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Old 09-30-2016, 10:01 AM   #11
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I'm with Phil (I guess we are biased )


The price differential between a Georgetown and a Forester is not that much but the layout will probably be more agreeable to your family (the 364TS is a great bunk bed layout.)


One other consideration is how long will your trips be? Just a 100 or so mile drive to a lake or campground? Or, will your travels be cross-state or cross-country? If this is the case, you may want to look in to a Berkshire as Phil suggested. I am here to tell you that there is nothing better than a diesel pusher for loooong trips.


OTOH, if it is just short weekend trips, the Georgetown would probably suit your needs. As others have said, before you buy go to a RV show (the bigger the better) and take a look at the floorplans that interest you and, especially with a 1 & 3 year old, envision yourself stuck inside the coach for 3 days because of a unrelenting rainstorm--does the floorplan and space STILL work for you?
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:09 AM   #12
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I totally agree with your thoughts about your previous experience(s) in a Class C. While you may have had an extra 2 people on board, you still get the idea of how it works.
From what I saw (which was limited) on storage doors on the 3171DS (and clone), I would really explore that aspect. I have two fairly large doors for my rear storage space (one on each side) and that was a big selling point for me. We originally started looking at Class A's, but interior-wise, DW wasn't impressed and couldn't find/get what she wanted. That's why we went with the 3010DS and we have very few regrets. We compromised on the rear slide (we wanted all slides on the driver's side) and we have the sofa instead of the recliners, which DW liked in the Forester we looked at. But, I think you can find pretty much get what you want in either the A or the C. They both have about the same floor plans/slide configurations. But check the storage. That's huge with a growing family.
Good luck and

And after reading BamaBob's post, he brings up some REAL good points on short vs long trips. I've only done short trips with my Sunseeker. I may change my mind after I take my first looong one.
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:20 AM   #13
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The only issue is the length we need to keep around 33' or so or it won't fit in our drive. What do you think of the FR3? The FR3 32DS
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:36 AM   #14
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The only issue is the length we need to keep around 33' or so or it won't fit in our drive. What do you think of the FR3? The FR3 32DS
For a entry lever motorhome, the FR3 is not bad - reviews have been mixed however. I have a FR3 owner attending our FROG Rally next week and I will ask her to give me a review. She arrives on the 4th so I will try to post the review that evening or the morning of the 5th.

As for parking the rig, have you considered these options:
  • First off, do you have a covenant or Homeowners association? A lot of neighborhoods do not allow RV owners to permanently store their RVs next to their homes (I know silly law, but you better check that out)
  • If you can store the RV at your home, is there room on the side of your house to pour a concrete pad for the RV? If yes, how long can the pad be? (the pad will need to be at least 10' wide to accommodate parking and slide-outs)
  • Have you considered a local storage facility? Many storage facilities offer reasonable covered and uncovered RV storage options
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As a young growing family, I would buy what fits your budget and what will fill your needs for the next 5-7yrs. As the kids get older (maybe another?) and more involved in sports, weekends and time away may be few and far between or you may enjoy it so much that you'll want to move up. I had a large 5th wheel when I had teenage daughters at home, now that they've moved out and we only have our little one (9) we found that the GTown 364 fit our needs. We can easily stay in this one for many years, as our family is not going to grow anymore. When looking at trailers, it's pretty much a no brainer to buy your "next one first", but with a motorhome you have a mode of transportation that you may not use as much as you think (being young) and at a cost that's a lot more. Once you've decided, go with the biggest fridge you can get!
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:38 PM   #16
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Once you've decided, go with the biggest fridge you can get!
As usual, SPOT ON Tim

You will never hear a RVer complain that their fridge is too small
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:49 AM   #17
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We have a Forester 3011 and we love it for our family of six. The kitchen counter and plenty of sleeping space was the main reason for choosing this floor plan. We looked at the 3171 but felt the tradeoff for the bunks was a much smaller and more crowded living space. We opted for the larger fridge and we wouldn't want it any other way. Outside storage has been sufficient for the RV gear, gas stove, griddle, BBQ, propane tank, 8+ camping chairs (including my large zero gravity recliner), cooler and some extra toys and I still have extra storage throughout if I had more I wanted to carry.

Our kids are 16, 14, 12 and 10 and we all have plenty of space to spread out. We tent camped when the kids were much younger so I don't have experience with requirements of a younger family in and RV but this floorplan works great for us and we sleep two on the couch hide-a-bed and two on the upper bunk.

We also opted for both driver and passenger swivel seats people can hang out at the table and eat or play games while another group sits on the couch to chat with those in the front seats. And often times a few kids are hanging out on the upper bunks hanging out and talking.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:38 PM   #19
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We just purchased a Sunseeker 3170DS after searching for many months. We have 3 children, ages 13,11 and 8. Deticated sleeping space for each child was a must. I didn't want to bother with converting a dinette or sofa every night or if someone wanted a nap. Plus, our son is quite tall and still growing. The dinette and sofas seem to be short for him to be comfortable and the size of the overhead bunk in the 3170ds is fantastic. Counter space is limited, but with the counter extension and the flat top stove cover, I've been able to make it work. The tub is a plus, we have a little dog that we bathe in there as well as my 8 yr old still likes to take baths. We wanted windows on both sides of the upper bunk for cross ventilation. (Some class cs only have a window on one side or none at all up there and it can get hot. Also about windows, I like fresh air and will have the windows open as much as possible. Some of the newer units have frame less windows (which I love the look of) but they only crack open which allows for little to no air flow. Deal breaker for me. We also wanted to keep our length under 35 feet. As not to be limited on parks we could get into.
We looked at the F3 and the Ace 30.2 with bunks. The problems with the F3 was that the drivers seat would not adjust far enough up for me to drive without putting a cushion or pillow behind me. I'm 5'2. It does have the double fridge which is nice, but because of that, there is virtually NO kitchen storage or pantry space. Not good for a family with 3 kids. The overhead bunk would fall off the magnets when driving. They may have fixed that with the 2017 model. We looked at the 2016.

The Ace was nice and I was able to drive comfortably. The drawbacks were that the toilet sat up higher than most. My feet would not touch the floor and my 8 year old couldn't get up on it with out a struggle or a stool. I saw that as a pain in the neck. Also the black tank was smaller than others. Only 28 gallons. With a family of 5, that would fill up guickly.
If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to try answer. Best advice is take the whole family and spend lots of time in each unit you are considering. Have the kids lay in the beds, picture where you would put yor food, clothes, toys etc. You may find things that you like or don't like that you never thought of.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:37 PM   #20
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I believe all here have given you some good advise. Here is mine and it may hit some points already mentioned in earlier posts. As a 40 + year camper and having kids your age and some grand kids now. Here is the advise I have given to my kids. Get what you can afford, after providing for the future of your growing family This type on expenditure will deprecate very quickly in most cases. After providing. As some posts mention things will change as you family grows, Keep that in mind. My kids have and most there age that I know in the 30's have toy haulers. I had a tent trailer at that age and eventually moved into a 5th wheel and now a Sunseeker 3010 DS. Oh and I bought a trailer for hauling toys. But as the family evolved so did our camping equipment. We mostly bought used because we traded up every few years. But what ever decision you make the equipment you use to get out into the great outdoors will not make much if any difference in the quality time spent with friends and family and great stories and memories that will come from RVing.

Best of luck And happy camping!
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