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Old 12-11-2021, 01:18 AM   #1
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Hello all
Looking at getting an RV and hitting the road in about a year, just trying to get my ducks in a row. Im 50 and still working, but work remotely so can work from anywhere with Wi-Fi. Looking at spending about 25-35% of the year on the road.
Id like to hit some national parks Ive never seen, Ive always lived east coast (Pittsburgh). Looking at Zion, Glacier, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Teton I understand not all areas will have Wi-Fi.
Biggest question for now is what type of RV? I was thinking of towing a ~25 trailer, but I read there are size limits in many of the parks. If a park has a 28 RV limit, is that the length of RV plus towing truck? The attraction to a towable is unhitching and exploring more once I arrive.
Traveling will be me and my woman, shes not overly outdoorsy so toilet access is necessary.
Thoughts? Are there other questions I should be asking myself?
Thank you in advance

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Old 12-11-2021, 01:22 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site.

Since you're not sure and have a wide open canvas I think I'd start with renting a few for some short trips and keep notes as to how you like them.

Rent a trailer (if you can find one to rent), rent a Class-C, rent a Class-B, etc.

You'll get an idea as to what size you can live with and what things are must haves for you.

As an example: If you get something small enough (say a small Class-B) you won't need another vehicle: Just unhook and go sight seeing with it. Of course that means you won't have as much room inside as you would with a trailer or larger motorhome.
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Old 12-11-2021, 01:26 AM   #3
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Hello all
Looking at getting an RV and hitting the road in about a year, just trying to get my ducks in a row. Im 50 and still working, but work remotely so can work from anywhere with Wi-Fi. Looking at spending about 25-35% of the year on the road.
Id like to hit some national parks Ive never seen, Ive always lived east coast (Pittsburgh). Looking at Zion, Glacier, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Teton I understand not all areas will have Wi-Fi.
Biggest question for now is what type of RV? I was thinking of towing a ~25 trailer, but I read there are size limits in many of the parks. If a park has a 28 RV limit, is that the length of RV plus towing truck? The attraction to a towable is unhitching and exploring more once I arrive.
Traveling will be me and my woman, shes not overly outdoorsy so toilet access is necessary.
Thoughts? Are there other questions I should be asking myself?
Thank you in advance
So yinz are planning to hit the road? That is a lot of time for 25'. You have plenty of time so look at all options. I loved the idea of an Airstream but we ended up with a Class A d pusher. We tow a car. Ours is 34 feet and have yet to not be able to go where we wanted. Enjoy the hunt and decision process and you will love it out and about. BTW - My wife went to Pitt and I Penn State.
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Old 12-11-2021, 01:49 AM   #4
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Stay away from Thor products. Very, very far away from Thor products. Spend a little more and go with a different brand.
I am not knew to RV's and have owned several in my life time and Thor is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to build quality. Save yourself the aggravation and cross Thor off the list.
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Old 12-11-2021, 02:53 AM   #5
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Stay away from Thor products. Very, very far away from Thor products. Spend a little more and go with a different brand.
I am not knew to RV's and have owned several in my life time and Thor is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to build quality. Save yourself the aggravation and cross Thor off the list.
That sounds a bit weird that a company that owns 85-90% of all RVs on the highway is the bottom of the barrel?
After 10+ years as full-timers I'd suggest something more than a 25'er whether it's towable or drivable, that's not much room for 2 adults.
Whatever you chose you'll most likely be towing something, whether a trailer of some sort or a vehicle behind the motorhome, so my recommendation is get something big enough to be comfortable living in & drive the tow vehicle or the toad to sightsee.
From our experience the choices would be a class A, preferably a diesel, or a 5th wheel towed with a diesel for the roominess inside & storage in/out on both. A class C has very little storage inside & out plus you lose several feet of interior space due to the cockpit, not to mention that cockpit is very cramped especially for the passenger.
For us it was better to stay in a privately owned rv resort/park rather than the state/national campgrounds for ease of parking a 40' 5er with a crew cab dually truck & better wifi capability then drive to those areas of interest. By doing this we found we could travel sightseeing in any direction on day trips without having to always pack up & move the rv.
Honestly there's no wrong way to do this, the best way is what works for, but I highly recommend the full timing, even if for only a short while, it's a great experience!
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Old 12-11-2021, 04:37 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard. Jamie gave you pretty good advice about renting a couple different units to try out. There is a dealer (in my area) that will rent out a trailer, drop it at the campsite then pick it up at the end of the rental. They will also rent out a Class C & a couple years ago Class A motorhomes. (we bought a class A after the rental season) There should be some place in your area that will rent out a few units for you try. Enjoy the search and the journey!
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Old 12-11-2021, 09:56 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. All of the advice you've been given is good. Another option is what we do. Ours is a class C. I don't tow anything. If we need to go exploring we rent a car or uber it.
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Old 12-11-2021, 02:41 PM   #8
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Something about b and c rv units:
Fat folk aren't going to be able to comfortably go from seat to coach.
Add a bad knee and you're:
Finding a place to park
Going outside in the weather
Going back inside the side door on a c unit.
Go back outside only to go back inside through the cab door.
Or just plain suffering in a b unit.

Consider a two-story house and recently gone bad hip.
Same type of discomfort, disillusion, delusion.
'We can do it'.
You can do it NOW, maybe not later.

It's the part no one likes to think of.
The cabs suck for most folk of any abnormal height, width or immobility.

Rent one, then decide.
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Old 12-11-2021, 04:27 PM   #9
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Something about b and c rv units:
Fat folk aren't going to be able to comfortably go from seat to coach.
Add a bad knee and you're:
Finding a place to park
Going outside in the weather
Going back inside the side door on a c unit.
Go back outside only to go back inside through the cab door.
Or just plain suffering in a b unit.

Consider a two-story house and recently gone bad hip.
Same type of discomfort, disillusion, delusion.
'We can do it'.
You can do it NOW, maybe not later.

It's the part no one likes to think of.
The cabs suck for most folk of any abnormal height, width or immobility.

Rent one, then decide.
My wife loves the diesel Pusher especially in transit. Bathroom and kitchen easy access, our two dogs have room and in the rain (Pacific Northwest) we can wait out rain easier. With the engine in back and below do not give up space. I was keen on a Super C with the Frieghtliner chassis but would need a 40 foot to get the same inside space as our Aria 3401.
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Old 12-11-2021, 05:14 PM   #10
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Something about b and c rv units:
Fat folk aren't going to be able to comfortably go from seat to coach.
Add a bad knee and you're:
Finding a place to park
Going outside in the weather
Going back inside the side door on a c unit.
Go back outside only to go back inside through the cab door.
Or just plain suffering in a b unit.

Consider a two-story house and recently gone bad hip.
Same type of discomfort, disillusion, delusion.
'We can do it'.
You can do it NOW, maybe not later.

It's the part no one likes to think of.
The cabs suck for most folk of any abnormal height, width or immobility.

Rent one, then decide.
Just buy a Prevost as your first "kit" RV. Otherwise you won't be happy contorting yourself around in those "lesser" RVs. And remember... "fat" is likely a life choice one makes with diet and exercise. Make "better" choices and those knees will thank you later in life.
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Old 12-11-2021, 05:23 PM   #11
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Prevost is simply the same as an e450.
They provide chassis and skeleton.
Someone else builds the coach.
These are often bespoke.
Thor is seldom bespoke.

Ford doesn't build motorhomes.(unless something has changed)
Prevost doesn't build motorhomes.(not on a reasonable levell)
Ford used to.

As said:
No one likes reading about this.
It's a fact.
We don't get younger
Contortions(and no one can say it's not contortion for those outsized or bound by pain) gets tougher and more painful.
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Old 12-11-2021, 05:24 PM   #12
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Stay away from Thor products. Very, very far away from Thor products. Spend a little more and go with a different brand.
I am not knew to RV's and have owned several in my life time and Thor is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to build quality. Save yourself the aggravation and cross Thor off the list.
We love our thor!
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Old 12-11-2021, 05:40 PM   #13
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We love our thor!
Had you not quoted him/her
I wouldn't have seen it.

I got tired of it long ago.
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Old 12-11-2021, 05:53 PM   #14
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Prevost is simply the same as an e450.
They provide chassis and skeleton.
Someone else builds the coach.
These are often bespoke.
Thor is seldom bespoke.

Ford doesn't build motorhomes.(unless something has changed)
Prevost doesn't build motorhomes.(not on a reasonable levell)
Ford used to.

As said:
No one likes reading about this.
It's a fact.
We don't get younger
Contortions(and no one can say it's not contortion for those outsized or bound by pain) gets tougher and more painful.
Well, just skip the Prevost "kit" and step up to a Newell. They build theirs from the ground up... ALL in house.

Personally I like our Thor unit. Thor oversees manufacturing of a "cost appropriate" product. They are NOT perfect, and it shows in the shortcuts taken. They are called "entry level" for a reason.

Although Thor has inflated their prices in the last year or so, they are still the most affordable avenue to gamble with a new unit. I say GAMBLE, because you might get a decent one, and you might get a lemon. But remember... the RV industry has cleverly avoided lemon laws.

So... you do your research and take your chances. In the end you'll find that Thor products are the most budget friendly of NEW motorhomes. There is also a vast market of "lightly used" motorhomes to be had. The advantage in fairly new, lightly used is that POSSIBLY many of the bugs have been fixed.
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Old 12-11-2021, 06:29 PM   #15
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Well, just skip the Prevost "kit" and step up to a Newell. They build theirs from the ground up... ALL in house.

Personally I like our Thor unit. Thor oversees manufacturing of a "cost appropriate" product. They are NOT perfect, and it shows in the shortcuts taken. They are called "entry level" for a reason.

Although Thor has inflated their prices in the last year or so, they are still the most affordable avenue to gamble with a new unit. I say GAMBLE, because you might get a decent one, and you might get a lemon. But remember... the RV industry has cleverly avoided lemon laws.

So... you do your research and take your chances. In the end you'll find that Thor products are the most budget friendly of NEW motorhomes. There is also a vast market of "lightly used" motorhomes to be had. The advantage in fairly new, lightly used is that POSSIBLY many of the bugs have been fixed.
That's just about the best Thor synopsis I've read, ever.
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Old 12-11-2021, 06:36 PM   #16
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Well, just skip the Prevost "kit" and step up to a Newell. They build theirs from the ground up... ALL in house.

Personally I like our Thor unit. Thor oversees manufacturing of a "cost appropriate" product. They are NOT perfect, and it shows in the shortcuts taken. They are called "entry level" for a reason.

Although Thor has inflated their prices in the last year or so, they are still the most affordable avenue to gamble with a new unit. I say GAMBLE, because you might get a decent one, and you might get a lemon. But remember... the RV industry has cleverly avoided lemon laws.

So... you do your research and take your chances. In the end you'll find that Thor products are the most budget friendly of NEW motorhomes. There is also a vast market of "lightly used" motorhomes to be had. The advantage in fairly new, lightly used is that POSSIBLY many of the bugs have been fixed.
I was going to buy a Newell but did not win the lottery. That are freakin unreal. We had a guy pull into the site next to ours at the beach. They were pulling a real hummer for a toad. Just spectacular. $2million will get you a good RV.
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