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Old 06-20-2007, 02:31 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Experienced RV drivers share the tips they wish someone had given them.

RV advice: 'Making a U-turn is a nightmare' - CNN.com
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:57 PM
Location: Tempe (Phoenix) AZ
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Hey John, if you are still out there - can you help me out with info. about RVs? We have never owned one, never rented one, and never camped much... I mean more than sleeping at WalMart in our Dodge Grand Caravan with sleep mats a time or two.

How do you know whether to buy a cab over type or a motor home type? What retains the value the best, and is purchasing new the safest way to assure a good product? What do you recommend?

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Old 06-26-2007, 11:42 PM
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Balderdash, I think it's all a matter of opinion. You should go to an RV show, you will get all kinds of info. if you live in CA, they have them all the time.

John, I asked my husband for a tip--he said 'there's no trick, you just have to have enough room'
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:07 AM
Location: N. Ga
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IMHO, the key to picking the "right" RV is to decide your needs and wants first. Decide what kind of travel and camping you want to do. Those who want to do RV resort type camping will need a different rig than those who want to boondock. A fifth wheel can easily have the most "living" space, yet the set-up and ease of use can easily be attributed to a Class A diesel. State and National parks are usually designed with smaller spaces so a class C or a small travel trailer or pop-up might be just the ticket.

As far as value.... we have had both used and new. And to be quite honest, an RV is NOT an investment in the way of dollars. Its only intrinsic value is what it is worth to you and the enjoyment you get out of it. They constantly lose value obviously, like a car. As far as those that "hold" their value better, I'd say a class A Diesel pusher for a couple of reasons. #1. The cost is the most prohibitive to start out with, so they can still be quite expensive even as a pre-owned vehicle. #2. A diesel engine has a longer life expectancy than that of a gas burner.

When talking about quality of RVs, I think you'll get as many different opinions as there are brands of RVs. Most manufacturer's make several different models and these can vary in quality as well. This is where you should talk to people who own already. Try the forum at rv.net. There you will find owners of just about every brand who can give you the lowdown on the product you are considering.......

Safe travels....
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Old 07-03-2007, 03:46 PM
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I once met a retired trucker who shuttled RV's from factory to dealers. Visiting with him in a new $250,000 Class A motor home, I noticed that the living room slidout support arm butted right up against the ceiling-mounted smoke detector. Not exactly quality workmanship...
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