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  1. First of all, you DO realize that Heartland doesn't warranty either one of these for full-time use, don't you? Of course, if you aren't going full-time that doesn't make much difference. Very few people use an RV for 10 years. Many people trade fairly quickly after purchasing their first RV as they realize what they really need. Some make two or three trades in the first few years, each one getting closer to what they really need. That, alone, would be a strong argument for buying used. We bought our Foretravel in the spring of 2013, so it was 20 years old. We are eternally grateful to the couple that shelled out the $350,000 it cost back in 1993, and the couple that bought it from them six years later and sold it to us. Without people like them who buy new coaches there wouldn't be any used ones for us to buy. My suggestion is that you share with us what you want to do with your RV. How many people and pets will be in it? Full-time, months at a time, weekends? Will you take it somewhere and park it for several months, or will you be moving every few days? Any health or mobility issues? All of these things (and many more) factor into what is the right RV for YOU.
  2. Yes, it would still be abuse. The difference, I guess, is that the Prevost looks expensive while the "rusty, dirty old motorhome" doesn't. If it doesn't look expensive, then the owners must not have much money. Years ago, Sam Walton used to drive his rusty, dirty old pickup to his stores, dressed in his old clothes, and see how he was treated. No camera crew followed him around like "Undercover Boss" does, but it was still the boss undercover. He learned a LOT about how his employees treated customers. It is hard to not judge based on appearance, but someone who is obviously living in that parking lot, moving only enough to avoid consequences, is certainly abusing the hospitality of the businesses that are paying for that parking lot. I can't say much about putting out slides, though, as sometimes that is the only way to access certain parts of the coach. Motorhomes are generally better in this regard, but even then putting out the bedroom slide might be the only way to access the bed or the closet.
  3. Thanks, Kirk. Kind of forgot about Turkey Creek. We used to live near Branson, so have some favorites there. Rainbow Plantation and Rainbow's End are on our list. Lone Star Corral and The Ranch are the two Co-ops we've already visited. Liked them both.
  4. We are two adults and a cat. We full-time in a 40' MH with no slides, but a large bathroom. Our "learner" was a Heartland mpg TT with a wet bath that was so small the door had to be open in order to adequately use it. That's what decided us on a real bathroom. I'd suggest that the OP decide on what he intends to do before considering a particular class of RV. Every RV is a compromise, so knowing what is important to YOU will help you pick the best type for your situation. It sounds like the OP wants to boondock and be as inconspicuous as possible. The two may be somewhat opposed to each other, but somewhere out there is the right rig. We frequently use Passport America parks, and can get at least one night at 50% of the regular price. Sometimes we can get a week at that rate. We have never paid more than $25 for a night at a PA park with the discount. Another option, if you are old enough, is the Senior Pass. That gets you a 50% discount at most COE and Forest Service campgrounds AND free or reduced admission to most Federal places. The price is going up from $10 to $80 soon, so if you are old enough to qualify be sure to get one now. Even when it goes up, though, it is still a bargain.
  5. We have a pretty good plan for the rest of 2017, but nothing for the first part of 2018. We'll be leaving the St. Louis area about the first of the year, and need to be back in SW MO in May. The general plan is to head south until we get to water and then turn either left or right. We've visited two SKP Co-op parks and would like to visit a couple more. We're also interested in visiting all of the State capitals. We prefer to stay in COE or State parks. What ideas do you have for us?
  6. Another thing you can do at a dealer that you can't at a show is ask to have the slides pulled in. Motorhomes generally will let you get from the front to the kitchen and bath that way, but many towables don't. Some do. Why is this important? A couple of times now I've found it necessary to stop on the side of the road to use the restroom. In our no-slide MH that's not a problem. Walking back to a trailer wouldn't have been a problem, either, but deploying a slide on the street side would have been. This situation doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. Something to at least think about.
  7. Many years ago I read a book that included some great advice. Although the advice was meant for a particular situation, I've followed it in other areas, too. That advice was to find the absolute highest quality you could in whatever it is you are looking for, then find something that you can actually afford that is as close as possible to that standard. Since you are looking at Class A motorhomes, what's at the very top of that list? Prevost? Try to find one and check it out. More realistically, look at the fit and finish. Go find a custom cabinet maker in your area and look at their best cabinets to see what to look for, then look at the motorhomes you are considering. Some people have described an RV as a rolling earthquake. You don't want cheap, flimsy stuff in your coach.
  8. Also, you can register to vote there with that same receipt as long as it is from the same county. When we moved to SD we didn't realize that. We stayed at a great State park south of Sioux Falls. Got our driver's licenses issued, car registered, and went to register to vote. We found out that, even though we had a Sioux Falls address, our voter registration would be in the neighboring county because that's where the park was. Two weeks later we came back to Sioux Falls and stayed in town at the Fairgrounds. THAT receipt let us switch the voter registration from Lincoln County to Minnehaha County. We actually registered our MH in SD while we were in OK. The MO plates were about to run out, and we knew that we were heading to SD next, so we talked to our mail service, Your Best Address, and they talked me through the process. Somewhere along the line, though, either they or I miscalculated, and the check we sent was for more than what was needed. The new plates came with a refund check! The Jeep wasn't up for renewal, so we elected to save the $25.00 handling fee and do that registration ourselves. Remember that SD has no vehicle inspection, so you can register and renew without bringing the vehicle to the State. Your driver's license expires on your birthday, but you can renew it a certain amount of time beforehand. I suspect that those fulltimers who have winter birthdays frequently ask to renew as early as possible.
  9. Budgets and rigs vary greatly. Can you live in your S&B on $3500/month? If so, you can probably do very nicely as full-timers. Some budget categories will be higher when full-timing (fuel comes to mind immediately), while others may well be less (property taxes). How you travel and where you stay are the two that can vary the most. If you are going to tow your coach 500 miles every day, staying in resort-type campgrounds, you will spend a fortune in fuel and campground fees. On the other hand, if you tow it 200 miles and stay for two weeks in a COE campground, using a senior pass, then move on down the road and repeat, your fuel and camping costs will be much less. In addition, you will be less stressed. If you are used to buying your food in bulk at Sam's you will find that your food costs will rise slightly, as you won't be able to buy case lots of things. On the other hand, you can go to the local farmers' markets and get fresh produce for the same or lower price than in the grocery store. Tip: ask locals about local/regional brands. Also try a local restaurant once in a while. While down in Cypress, TX we were put on to a local place that looked a lot like a junkyard on the outside. Inside, they had wonderful burgers that were large enough to let you eat half then and take the other half home for the next day. Same thing when we were in Wisconsin.
  10. My suggestion is that you look at every coach you can, no matter the make, price, or condition. You are looking at the floorplan. Spend some time in it, "making" the bed, "washing" the dishes, "taking" a shower, etc. It won't take you very long to figure out which ones will work for you. While you are doing that, research which brands have the quality you want. The brands you mention are in different price categories when new, so you are not really comparing apples to apples. The quality varies with the initial price. so don't expect that a coach that has a list price of $100,000 is going to have the same quality as one that has a list price of $1,000,000. That million-dollar coach will be $100,000 before too long. Buy a used coach when you buy, but get the highest quality you can. Jeff and Suzanne really know what they are talking about. They can tell their own story, but they chose high quality coaches. Like them, we chose a Foretravel for our coach and we've been really happy with it. Ours is older than theirs, so it didn't cost as much.
  11. Last summer we were having difficulty finding a place in Illinois. Every place we called was full. Finally someone mentioned that a pipeline was going through the area and everything along the route was taken. They suggested we go 50 miles either side of the line. We did and found a site on the first call. Now, if we get told everything is full on three calls we ask what's going on.
  12. We're fortunate enough to have large tanks, so filling and dumping is done as needed. The proper hoses are brought out, hooked up, used, and put away. I have two Rhinoflex hoses in case I need more hose to get to the sewer connection, but usually use only one. When they are hooked together I often forget which one was which, so I'm sure that both hoses have been used more or less equally.
  13. We also chose regular Medicare and a supplemental policy. I forget the letter, but it covers everything except the deductible. There is another letter that also covers the deductible, but the premium for that one is more than the deductible higher than the one we chose.
  14. How much one spends varies so much that it is difficult to come up with any sort of number. As we were working on our budget we arbitrarily decided that if we kept diesel, MH insurance and repairs, and campground costs to less than what we were spending on our S&B we would be find. Overall, we've usually been well under that amount. We don't eat out much, so our expenses there are generally a lot less than most other people's. We also like to stay at COE campgrounds, where our "geezer pass" lets us stay for 50% of the regular price. We also do some workcamping (campground host, Habitat For Humanity Care-A-Vanners) that gets us free camping. Our plan is to work about four months each year, volunteer about four months each year, and do our own thing about four months each year. That part hasn't worked quite as planned, but close enough.
  15. During the past 12 months we've traveled about 4400 miles and stayed at 18 different places.