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Old 07-06-2016, 03:30 PM   #1
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Hello from Kentucky!

I've been researching RVs for a long time and I'm starting to think I'm ready to make a purchase.
I want a C class (I think) and I want to stay under 26' (I think)...and plan on doing much more research until I'm sick of looking at them.
Is there a best time of year to purchase? RV/Boat shows? Winter? Or are there pretty much the same price (new) all the time?
Looking to forward to reading many reviews and tips/advice on this forum.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:45 PM   #2
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We bought a 25 footer Four Winds 23U fits the wife and I perfectly in other words it works for two no kids no pets. We bought used by accident it had only 1600 miles on it saved us $15,000 to $20,000 and had all the bugs out. We also are blessed to have a great local dealer. I think a quality dealer is very important and buy what fits you and if you can find used you can save a lot.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:49 PM   #3
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The 23U is definitely one on our list. It will be the wife and I traveling with 2 medium sized dogs. Occasionally may take sports related road trips with another couple. That makes me lean more towards the 26' or so...but I like the size and drive-ability of the 22-25 footers. I, too, would love to find a slightly used one for that kind of savings.
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:17 PM   #4
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Welcome from Florida!
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:38 PM   #5
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Welcome from Orygun!

The 1st RV is a learning thingy... You will discover what works and what does not for your "style" of RV'n.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as "too much storage" inside or out

We bought an older Thor/Four Winds 34', learned on it ( and made the prerequisite newbie mistakes) Now We are looking to step up to a $ix digit full timer rig .
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Old 07-06-2016, 10:44 PM   #6
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How's the weather in my. Heading there tomorrow.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:08 PM   #7
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Hello back from KY. Advise is to look, look and look some more. As you look make a list of things that you like. Then make a list of "got to haves", "nice to haves", "not needed".

Get to know each of manufacturers with "C"s. Go to their websites, go touch them at various dealers and get smart about things like appliances, storage arrangements, inverters, battery banks, etc. Then head to manufacturer specific forums (like Thor, Forest River, Jayco, etc) and then go to the various general forums IRV2, Good Sams, etc.

Ask questions. Look up models on RVTrader, RVT and others for price points. It won't be long before you figure out that you know more than the sales person selling to you.

PS: the folks at Tom Stinnet are nice enough but not a large motorhome dealer. There are others but service in our area is rather spotty. We bought from Paul Sherry in Piqua, OH. Service was honest and straightforward.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:17 PM   #8
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test drive have the wife test drive it as well. have the sales man go through everything.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:52 AM   #9
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Another welcome to the forum from Florida!

Like with cars and trucks, RV choices are different strokes for different folks. I have owned most forms of RVs, and the one deal breaker for us is a corner bed, or anything requiring a ladder. The first item on our "must" list is a walk around queen bed.

All vehicles, including RVs, suffer big depreciation in years one, two and three. For your first purchase, you might consider going that route. Whatever you buy, being a bit handy will help a lot. Good luck!
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:15 PM   #10
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How's the weather in my. Heading there tomorrow.
Been raining a lot...going to have a heat index of 102 today...stay cool. Going to be a dry weekend though.
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:17 PM   #11
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Hello back from KY. Advise is to look, look and look some more. As you look make a list of things that you like. Then make a list of "got to haves", "nice to haves", "not needed".

Get to know each of manufacturers with "C"s. Go to their websites, go touch them at various dealers and get smart about things like appliances, storage arrangements, inverters, battery banks, etc. Then head to manufacturer specific forums (like Thor, Forest River, Jayco, etc) and then go to the various general forums IRV2, Good Sams, etc.

Ask questions. Look up models on RVTrader, RVT and others for price points. It won't be long before you figure out that you know more than the sales person selling to you.

PS: the folks at Tom Stinnet are nice enough but not a large motorhome dealer. There are others but service in our area is rather spotty. We bought from Paul Sherry in Piqua, OH. Service was honest and straightforward.
Thanks for the reply...I notice they have good prices in Piqua...glad to hear your experience has been pleasant. So do you actually take it back there for service? Seems like we would want a good service spot closer to home, but if there isn't one, I understand that as well. I am going to ride up to Edmundson soon to crawl over a few...how is their rep?
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:18 PM   #12
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test drive have the wife test drive it as well. have the sales man go through everything.
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:19 PM   #13
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Another welcome to the forum from Florida!

Like with cars and trucks, RV choices are different strokes for different folks. I have owned most forms of RVs, and the one deal breaker for us is a corner bed, or anything requiring a ladder. The first item on our "must" list is a walk around queen bed.

All vehicles, including RVs, suffer big depreciation in years one, two and three. For your first purchase, you might consider going that route. Whatever you buy, being a bit handy will help a lot. Good luck!
Thank you...I would definitely prefer to find a low mile 2-3 year old unit that someone bought and never used.
The corner bed does seem like a deal breaker to me also...after looking online, the 22B and 26B seem like better options.
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