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Old 12-22-2012, 12:44 AM   #31
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Decisions…. I did buy a large F250 SRW when I thought I was sure I would get a 5er, because the 5er's seem to be the most home-like RVs on the road. Then the 5er's I really liked got bigger and bigger, which would require a DRW truck. But the more I drive "the beast" I have now, the more I know I'm not gonna like having it as my daily runaround vehicle, especially a DRW. That, more than anything else, is what's pushing me toward the MH. So my first big purchase toward joining the RV world already seems to be a mistake. Hoping to avoid more of those.

And the large open living area of the 378TS is the closest I've found in my budget range to the home-like feel of the 5er's I liked - except for interior height. I'm 6'3", so I guess as long as I can live with sticking my head up in the skylight dome when I shower, and don't do any jumping jacks in the rest of the place, I'll get by.

I'm sure I'll have more questions as this goes along. Glad to know you folks are here. Thanks for the help. Thanks, ohiobill, NO3putt, and sherman12. Merry Christmas to all.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:49 AM   #32
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Decisions…. I did buy a large F250 SRW when I thought I was sure I would get a 5er, because the 5er's seem to be the most home-like RVs on the road. Then the 5er's I really liked got bigger and bigger, which would require a DRW truck. But the more I drive "the beast" I have now, the more I know I'm not gonna like having it as my daily runaround vehicle, especially a DRW. That, more than anything else, is what's pushing me toward the MH. So my first big purchase toward joining the RV world already seems to be a mistake. Hoping to avoid more of those.

And the large open living area of the 378TS is the closest I've found in my budget range to the home-like feel of the 5er's I liked - except for interior height. I'm 6'3", so I guess as long as I can live with sticking my head up in the skylight dome when I shower, and don't do any jumping jacks in the rest of the place, I'll get by.

I'm sure I'll have more questions as this goes along. Glad to know you folks are here. Thanks for the help. Thanks, ohiobill, NO3putt, and sherman12. Merry Christmas to all.

JJB
We are not full timers but we do spend from new years to mid April somewhere in the South plus also RVing in the summer. We switched from a 5er and a DRW truck last year to a Georgetown 378. One of the deciding factors for us was the truck as a second car when we were home.
Before the 378 when we look at new RVs my DW would alway say I like our fifth wheel better. When I showed her the Georgetown 378 she changed her mind. After we had it for a few months she said I don't know why we didn't do this sooner. The Honda Fit toad is a better second vehicle then crew cab dully. Merry Christmas to All.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:02 AM   #33
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We are not full timers but we do spend from new years to mid April somewhere in the South plus also RVing in the summer. We switched from a 5er and a DRW truck last year to a Georgetown 378. One of the deciding factors for us was the truck as a second car when we were home.
Before the 378 when we look at new RVs my DW would alway say I like our fifth wheel better. When I showed her the Georgetown 378 she changed her mind. After we had it for a few months she said I don't know why we didn't do this sooner. The Honda Fit toad is a better second vehicle then crew cab dully. Merry Christmas to All.
Amen! That is exactly what happened to us. Spent a month in Key West with a crew cab duelly and discovered that a vehicle that large did not lend itself to narrow, tourist clogged streets. That and set up time of the 5th wheel compared to the Georgetown. (Won't drink a beer during setup. MoHo means I can get to a beer quicker!)
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #34
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Us too! Traded a 31 ft Montana and Ford diesel for the Georgetown. Enjoy travel and staying in the Georgetown much more.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #35
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I think you are answering your own question.
Now you want other to agree with you. Hummm. 1st post.
Do more reading and decide if a Georgetownis what you need.
If you don't like what you hear or read move up to something bigger and more stable. I'm sure cost is a factor.

I have a 2012 Georgetown GT 378TS
37 ft and 3 slides. I have pulling 5th wheel for over 20 years.
I have driven many large trucks that weigh much more than this motorhome. They all drive like trucks.
If you are looking for a car feel you won't find it.
If you are considering going full time on the road buy a diesel pusher, air suspension, etc.

Give us some more information what you are looking for and what you plan to use it for. Weekends or driving cross country. Then maybe we can be more helpful. No matter what we say you will have the final decision but at this time it sounds you don't want to buy one.

Hope to hear more.
Iggy, if I may pick your brain..... (and anyone else who wants to chime in).

For full-timers, you suggested diesel pusher, air suspension, etc. I'm assuming you recommend this for the on-the-road travelling issues more than the parked day-to-day living issues. Correct? If so, I'm wondering about different ways that people live full-time. Some may camp just a few days in one place, travel 200-500 miles, camp another few days, repeat, repeat... Others may camp a few weeks, maybe a month in one place, then travel 200-500 miles, camp another few weeks or a month, repeat, repeat. So the difference in annual on-the-road miles is substantial. While my plans will be flexible, my goal is to travel about once a month, with a few hundred miles in between stays. Does this difference influence the diesel/gas question at all, in your opinion? Also, are there maintenance issues in diesel vs gas to be considered if the MH will sit idle (but lived-in) for a month at a time (roughly)?

I'm really attracted to the 378TS mostly for the floor plan, and it seems to have a decent reputation. Those around 2 years old seem to be in my budget. So far I haven't found a diesel I like as much that is within the budget.

Advice? Thanks a bunch.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #36
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These Ford Triton V-10 engines are the clear winner in almost all of the manufacturers Class A Gas Motorhomes.........that has to say a lot. If you do the basic routine maintenance, any of which would be cheaper than the equivalent diesel routine, I'd pocket the difference of price for a diesel, and go for the floorplan that best works for you. Almost everyone here on the Georgetown forum will tell you they love the dependability and performance of the Triton. Unless you have a NEED to tow beyond the limit of 5000 pounds, sounds like a gas model is for you.

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Iggy, if I may pick your brain..... (and anyone else who wants to chime in).

For full-timers, you suggested diesel pusher, air suspension, etc. I'm assuming you recommend this for the on-the-road travelling issues more than the parked day-to-day living issues. Correct? If so, I'm wondering about different ways that people live full-time. Some may camp just a few days in one place, travel 200-500 miles, camp another few days, repeat, repeat... Others may camp a few weeks, maybe a month in one place, then travel 200-500 miles, camp another few weeks or a month, repeat, repeat. So the difference in annual on-the-road miles is substantial. While my plans will be flexible, my goal is to travel about once a month, with a few hundred miles in between stays. Does this difference influence the diesel/gas question at all, in your opinion? Also, are there maintenance issues in diesel vs gas to be considered if the MH will sit idle (but lived-in) for a month at a time (roughly)?

I'm really attracted to the 378TS mostly for the floor plan, and it seems to have a decent reputation. Those around 2 years old seem to be in my budget. So far I haven't found a diesel I like as much that is within the budget.

Advice? Thanks a bunch.

JJB
Good discussion. We start our full time travels this coming March. Many of the decisions that we needed to make determining what we would be driving for our new lifestyle involved how much actual driving we would be doing. Because one of our goals is to park somewhere and stay long enough to really explore the history and attraction wherever we are we don't expect to put that many miles on the coach. I estimate that after 5 years or so of traveling we MAY have 15 to 20 thousand miles on the MoHo. Having said that: Floorplan was everything! As a bonus...I'm super pleased with the Ford V10. We drag a Wrangler behind and the 7% grades we hit while in the Smokies were no problem. No loss of speed and, occasionally, passing diesel MoHos while climbing. Yes...that V10 will let you know that it is there turning 4600 RPM but it's built for that. Also, never found a diesel floor plan under $400,000 that had a floorplan that was close to what we wanted. We just fell in love with the 378TS.
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