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I am in the very early stages of considering the RV lifestyle. The wife and I ride ATVs and our Hoss's and would like to travel to the mountains and various other places to enjoy both.

I'm guessing that several of the members here have some experience on this topic. Any advice?

The newer "Toy Box" 5th wheel and travel trailers seem pretty cool...anyone gone that route? How is it working out?

The Class A Motorhome with a trailer is what I would like to do, but it seems like you really have to be bucks up to go that route :shock: . Again, any suggestions on what to avoid or any "must have's"?

There is alot of fun to be had in the "camping" areas at Daytona, Myrtle Beach, Laconia etc. I would like to join in some day and get away from the hotel scene if at all possible.

Help!

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Bill:

Crazy Steve from Wisconsiin is going through the same thoughts.!!

He just left for a two week trip to AZ - Calif.., looking for a
diesel motor home..

E-mail him in a few weeks as I bet he will have a ton of info to
share.

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We spent 2 years on the road in a class A 36 ft no slides. I prefer the class A for the type of travel we did. When I stopped there was no set up. I could drive at any time and the wife could walk back and get me some refreshment ( not a beer of course , because we all know that drinking and driving is a no no ) Everything in moderation. She could sight see or sleep. Great for both of us. If you plan on just going somewhere and setting up for an extended period than a 5th wheel might be the answer since you can leave the unit parked. Get a good sam membership. I think that is the name . Look up resales for rv park spots across the country. Similar to time shares and unless things have changed will save you loads on park fees, but you have to move weekly.
We hauled a car. I saw one trailer that had 2 levels. He pulled in his boss hoss, pushed a button and up it went , giving him enough room to park a 4 wheel drive under it. Fully enclosed. Now that was cool. That was about 7 years ago at Fox,s RV park and river bar on the river north of parker arizona. Both Spencer (park owner) and the guy with the trailer had Boss Hoss bikes. First time I had ever seen or heard of these bikes. Ah. yes we all remember our first time. The trailer guy had a bus worth a million canadian or u.s. I forget . But whenever the bike was outside the bus would not even get a glance. If you get a chance stop in at fox,s. A biker friendly place and say that( Seedo bill ) said to drop in. We rented water craft under the palm tree there for 2 summers. I wonder if there is a thread of memory left from that life. Anyway Im off topic. The thing now is having a slide, regardless of class A or 5th wheel. The ones without are still fine but to be" in "a slide is a must. All pricing is relavent . As far as diesel or gas , that's really a personal choice. Our gas model would only do 15 mph up long grades, without killing it , on many occasions. Cruising speed 50 to 60 on average. A real nice site seeing speed well out of the danger zone for gauking. Milage about 8mpg if I remember right. You will never reget this lifestyle or type of holiday.

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I am thinking about going the RV route because of room rates at the major rallys. We stayed at Cadillac Jacks in Deadwood for Sturgis the last couple of years. They just sent us this years rate 276 a night.


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I am thinking about going the RV route because of room rates at the major rallys. We stayed at Cadillac Jacks in Deadwood for Sturgis the last couple of years. They just sent us this years rate 276 a night.


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Kaveman,

We have a 15 year old Winnie, 33'class A, old but in great shape and I bought it 5 years ago for $15M......this will be our 6th year, 5 Sturgis, 3 BH rallies, 2 Florida trips + a few shorter trips. After last summer, we figured our saving in rates between campgrounds and room rates had paid for the MH in total.

With a 454 it pulls great, but the fuel mileage is poor, about 5 to 6 pulling a 16' enclosed. If you're just starting, there are a lot of these older coaches around that are inexpensive and easy to find parts for. Once you get into sliders and diesels, you get into much higher maintenance coasts should something go south, and facitlities are harder to find that can work on them. Only thing we miss once in a great while is a "driver" if we're someplace and the weather is crappy.

As far as the lifestyle, I would much rather take the motorhome and trailer to an event than stay in a hotel/motel.........the average RVer is a lot of fun and the atmosphere is always laid back and festive....every day is a party :lol: In addition, your scooter has a garage EVERY night 8)

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We started RVing in 72 to go dirt bike riding with the kids and friends. I have several Motor Homes and I do prefer them to pulling a trailer. Main reason is I never know what I am going to tow, weather be a jeep, Bikes, boat, Snowmobiles or just go to the snow to ski. The Motor home for me is much more conferrable than any Motel room plus they are just great to drive. I have thought about getting a new Pusher but I just can't get my wife pumped up for it because our 34' Bounder is still like new. I have taken it to Sturgis 4 times and one year had a bunch of Boss Hoss owners stay with me.

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I have been thinking about getting an RV rig of some type to do some traveling. But since I will be traveling alone and want to do some wilderness type ( unpaved, rough road ) travel I plan on going a different route. I am thinking about a Ford *-350 or *-450 with a Camper on the back. I have noticed that Lance sells some with a Slide-out, and for one person should give plenty of room. Also I would get a small trailer ( Just big enough to hold my Trike ) that is made for rough roads. I saw one a couple of years ago that was used in Alaska, heavy duty construction, skid plate and off-road tires, now I just need to find it again.

My next step is to go to an RV show where there is every type of RV and Camper you can think of and compare them. Both quality of build and comfort level.

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Chris,

Thanks, it looks much better than the photo shows. Kenny Dean does a good job.

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Mark,
Saw an RV on TV and thought about your post above about off-road RVing. The program is "RV TV" on The Outdoor Channel (not Outdoor Life Network) which is channel 606 on DirecTV. The program showed a new RV called the "Earth Roamer XV". It is an off-road RV built on a Ford *-450 4x4 diesel. Sounded like it was just up your alley. FYI.

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Grumpy, Thanks for the info. I have been busy this winter splitting frame on the Boss for tranny rebuild and putting new kitchen in the house. I don"t get time to post much and takes me time to reply.I agree the campgrounds are more laid back than the motels. I could have had an RV like you were talking about for what I got in this kitchen. Maybe next year.

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Grumpy, Thanks for the info. I have been busy this winter splitting frame on the Boss for tranny rebuild and putting new kitchen in the house. I don"t get time to post much and takes me time to reply.I agree the campgrounds are more laid back than the motels. I could have had an RV like you were talking about for what I got in this kitchen. Maybe next year.

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