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Old 01-30-2016, 02:53 PM   #11
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Have you done any research on: RV Sales - Class A, B, C Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, & Pop Up Camper RVs For Sale ? If not, you should BEFORE you buy.

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Old 01-30-2016, 03:23 PM   #12
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Like other posts we ant from a popup to a hybrid to a 5th wheel in 4 years We kept the 5th wheel fir 5 year and just bought a new 5th for retirement living down south in the winter. An outdoor kitchen was manditory for us. As well as a nice bedroom that we could walk on both sides

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Old 01-30-2016, 03:30 PM   #13
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All of those are campers to me !!
Understand. It's just that to answer your question and help out with decision making, it's important to know specifically what you are interested in.

My personal experience with each of these is as follows;
I have had several three trailers and two fifth wheels. I have friends with Class C motorhomes and another with a class A motorhome and one who lives in N.H. with a camper. My wife and I are retired and we have decided that we will never have another trailer because they do not track near as well as well as a fifth-wheel and they we get about 6 more feet of living space in a fifth wheel because it overlaps the pick-up when hitched up. In other words, more living space in less overall length.

I would not choose a camper for us because we like long trips and like more living space than they afford. Also, depending on the size of the camper, you should have a dually pickup for stability. My friend uses his camper for hunting and getting to the back country dirt roads but his is a medium size camper that does not extend beyond the end of the truck bed.

My wife and I almost bought a motorhome but we decided we did not want to deal with fueling that behemoth at gas stations or being relegated to truck stops. Also, most people pull a car behind a motorhome so they can have convenient mobility to see the sites and park easily while exploring the areas they visit. We like to pull into an RV park and set up the fifth wheel (one button auto level is a great option!) and then drive to a near by gas station and fuel up our very nice diesel pick up and then treat ourselves to a nice dinner out.

My wife and I are retired and travel extensively now. I was a heavy equipment operator for much of my career and I still have a commercial license. I never get tired of seeing new places in our 34 RLS Cedar Creek fifth wheel and we love our new GMC 3500 HD Duramax truck.

Anyway, hope that helps with your decision. Best of luck to you and hope to see you on the road!!
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Old 01-30-2016, 04:19 PM   #14
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Congratulations! Have fun at the show. Enjoy your new CAMPER when you get one!!!
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Old 01-30-2016, 04:22 PM   #15
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Make sure you report back with some pics of your new unit.
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Past experience has taught me to 1. have an idea what your looking for. 2. Don't get stuck on one dealer. Look around. and 3. Make SURE you pair what ever you get to your tow vehicle. A huge mistake can be made here. Believe me I know. Don't let a dealer tell you "sure you can tow that with that". All they care about is if you can get it off the lot.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:07 PM   #17
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Everyone should do their home work before going to any RV show....Get the type/model etc of what you are looking for....then get a $$$ figure from the I/N dealer or local dealer then you have an idea what you should pay......Haggle!!!!!!!! J
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:21 PM   #18
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We bought our first and 2nd TT within the first year. The first decision was made on blind assumptions and its amazing what you learn in a short amount of time. Before we purchased the 2nd one I think we looked at about 100 units and spent hours on line. We love it but now I think its a bit large for our truck (which is also new this year). It all has been more expensive than we thought but for us it is totally worth it.
As far as price goes, take along a computer for comparison shopping or go home and do some research. Its not a bad idea to put a little emotional distance between you and the salesman. The RV folks are anxious to make a sale and I bet there is often a little wiggle room.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:32 PM   #19
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Basically that is why you go to Camping shows. Get your feet wet ask a lot of questions and do your home work and make sure you have the tv to handle. Later RJD
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:19 PM   #20
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Good luck finding your new camper. Price is important, but I think livability is more important. It won't be a good deal of there isn't room for what is important to you. Where will the dogs lay, where will you put extra clothes, shoes, and equipment. Salespeople looked at me funny when we tested campers. I walked through the door as if I was holding a cooler or large bag. If I couldn't get through, we were done with that unit.

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