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Old 07-01-2007, 05:41 AM
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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About the most we did while in transit was visit the bathroom and pour coffee. Gotta have the driver warn you about the big rigs, though, as stated above, you get sucked into a vortex for a sec. Bad time to be standing w/your hands full. This is the closest I got to cabin fever, when we were trying to make 500 or more miles in a day.
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:23 AM
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Some years ago I was researching if you could ride in the trailer or not. It isnít allowed in a travel trailer, but in a 5th wheel it was allowed if you had two-way communication with the pull vehicle. This was back in 96 and specific to CA so no telling if this is still allowed anywhere. You should be able to do a search and find out.
I have never ridden in a trailer, but I doubt it would take more than a few miles to convince you that itís better being in the pull vehicle.
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by balderdash View Post
HELP! About the 5th wheel - we never considered this, but we are now that this group seems to be so happy with your travel choice. My husband seems to think that a 5th wheel does not have a generator, and that everything is run on batteries??? Is this true? I would think you could add (if not factory installed) a generator to anything that has space, but where do you keep the fuel supply then?

Also, a 5th wheel.... then can you use the bathroom, and ride in the back when you are truckin' down the road?

And a stupid general question... with a motorhome, can you be up walking around when in transit, or does everyone have to be sitting with a seat belt?

Thanks all.
Most of the 5th wheels I have looked at the generators were optional and they had storage areas setup for them.
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Old 07-01-2007, 10:28 AM
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I forgot about the slide out issue. I know all RV's have different class names. I never remember which is which, but we met people camping with the kind that had the van in front with the over the cab bed. You know what I mean, anyway when they came in our trailer they went on and on about how much more room we got from the slide out.

The thing that really made our decision easy was if you have a motorhome that is just one more engine to take care of.

Every trailer we have been in is made up of the same componets. Every thing has two functions. In a 5th wheel they are set up more like small houses. A real dining table, etc not everything is set uyp to be turned into a bed. and they usually have at least 2 slide outs.
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Old 07-01-2007, 01:23 PM
Location: Tempe (Phoenix) AZ
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RedNC - Thanks for the return PM on question. Really appreciate your input.

The Class C with the truck like front and sleeper over top do seem to cut into a lot of space. Unless the extra sleeping space is needed it doesn't make sense. I didn't know the 5th wheels were so different but that certainly makes it a lot more appealing. We'll take a look at them before we decide. It wasn't really a consideration before. But then we have gone full circle so far, from Class B (eliminated due to extreme cost to buy), Class C (liked the open space of Class A better) to Class A and now a 5th wheel! Thanks to all of you who have helped us in this search.
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:11 PM
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We had a 34 foot class A and loved it. If you go too small you will get cabin fever. Of course this depends on how much you use it. If you are a married couple and both retired then you will not be restricted to weekends. Personally, I would not advise anyone to get a class A unless you are retired so that you can really travel. We never had reservations for any campground. If you get to one that is full (unlikely) and you are tired just go to the nearest wayside and sleep next to the truckers. It is important to have a generator (Almost all class A's have one) so that you have the freedom to run the air, heat, etc when you stop somewhere without hookups. The more slide-outs that you have, the more room when parked. A slideout can really make a small unit seem big. Good Sam Insurance is the best and if you are the FIRST OWNER it gives you FULL COVERAGE for an RV that is totalled or stolen. I insured my new 34 foot class A for less than it cost to insure my car. Plan on paying for parking in an RV storage lot because street parking is restricted almost everywhere. We used a covered lot because the sun can really do a job on the RV both outside and on window coverings. An awning is nice to have. We met a couple who bought a Winnebago Rialta and were very upset. They wanted to travel full-time and found the Rialta to be way too small. Size will be determined by how much you will be in it. Our Winnebago Itasca Suncruiser was listed at $112,000, but this was fully loaded. We ended up paying in the $90's. Buy out of season and look at last years model. Remember, just like a car, they are worth less as soon as you drive off the lot so give your purchase a lot of time for research and be willing to walk if they won't deal. Camping World has the largest selection of RV products. Don't skimp on the toilet tissue or the liquid for the black water holding tank. A back-up camera is almost a must. Our RV was gasoline powered, but we met a lot of people with diesel pushers who loved them. One couple had a 40 footer and although it sounded louder than a gasoline model to people on the outside, they said that it is so much quieter than gas when on the road. If you have any other questions please ask.
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:36 PM
Location: Central Florida
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Originally Posted by RedNC View Post
When you are not camping the motor home is just sitting and a sitting drive train is a rotting drive train.
Something to consider.
Would you please elaborate? I asked my husband and he could only think that maybe the seals get hard, but that also happens as it ages. Ours definitely sits more than it's on the road, plus it's several years old. But so far we've had no problem with the drive train. Thank goodness!
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:40 PM
Location: WA. Part time,Golden Valley part time
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We bought our Class "C" used from Cruise America, It was great. Completly gone though repainted all serviced. New wheels, tires, brakes. Had 55.000 miles on it. We have driven over ten thousand miles since and have not had a problem. Came with a 12 month warrenty. They have all different sizes. Its a 22 ft. When we traveled we were allowed to go places the bigger units were not allowed to go, Some thing to consider. We found our house in AZ just driving the side streets. Stayed at Wall marts and casinos. No problem.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:17 PM
Location: N. Ga
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Originally Posted by balderdash View Post

And a stupid general question... with a motorhome, can you be up walking around when in transit, or does everyone have to be sitting with a seat belt?

Thanks all.
We always prefer to stay seated with our seat-belts, but have on occasion got up and walked through the coach to the bathroom. Hubby also likes to go back in the bedroom and watch TV while I am driving. I can't do that... the movement in the back is annoying to me.

We love our motorhome and find it much more convenient than our previous RV (fifth wheel).
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:20 AM
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We have a 27 foot Class A motor home with a 454 gas engine. While driving on a 2 lane narrow winding mountain road, We can really be slowed by a grade down to 30 mph sometimes. If there is a line behind more than 4-5 cars you need to pull over to let them pass but often there is no pull out. I hate driving in the mountains for that reason. With The 27 foot camp grounds are easier to find, they always have enough space for a 27 VS a 40 foot RV. you may not need to call ahead but we always did just in case. but they always had space for a 27 foot class A and there is no tow vehicle to try to park. The 27 foot has limited closet space that is my biggest gripe but there is just the two of us. Our Class A has a 60 gallon gas tank and that would last for a whole day of hard driving. If I maintained the speed limit or close to 65 I could get 10 MPG but at speeds of 70-75 the mileage went down to 8 or worse. We have a generator too and when parked at a truck stop we can run the coach air conditioner and a microwave oven to heat up lunch. we have had our Class A for 13 years and haven't needed any driveline repairs. I would like something a little longer and maybe a slide out but I am retired now and have to limit our travels to time and distance.
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