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  1. Out of curiosity what’s the weight of a full paint job?
  2. As you pointed out in one of my first threads...a planner after my own heart. 😎
  3. You have gotten some great advice here. My wife and I are rank newbies in the same place that you are . Still searching for the “right“ RV. We went to a local RV show on a lark to take a look at what was on the market. We walked through a lot of motorhomes and (just like shoes and clothes) Mrs Av8r loved the most expensive ones. But the most important info came from chatting with experienced RV-ers who gave us tips on stuff big and small that we never would have even considered. If you go to a show talk to the other attendees, not the salesmen. (sorry RV salesmen).
  4. All, Thanks for the information. I’ll look up the publication and websites recommended. We’ve gone to a couple of RV shows and wandered through the new stuff and I’ve planned to attend a boot camp when we get a little closer to hitting the road. Maybe sooner would be better. Thanks again, great group.
  5. I am in the early stages of a motorhome search. At this point, I THINK I’m looking for a Class A Diesel in the 36’ to 40’ range. We may be full or semi full-timers (probably with a couple of large dogs) beginning in a couple of years. I have always bought my vehicles (cars, motorcycles, airplanes) used and am planning to go that way here as well. However, this brings up some questions as I’m not very familiar with Diesel engines/truck chassis. I’m hoping some of you can share some knowledge. What’s the history of Class A MH development? That is, how old is too old? Have there been significant safety or operational improvements that appear after certain years? ABS? Auto-leveling? Or...?? For example, DEF seems to appear after about 2010. Was that by law? Do all diesels use it? Are there certain years with certain brands that should be avoided? (or sought after?) I hope you get the idea of the kind of info that I’m looking for. Thanks for any wisdom you can provide.
  6. chirakawa, Thanks. I should have been able to break the code on “fiver.” Now I can think of a lot of things that get some guys really excited. So I’ll just let my imagination run wild.
  7. Can somebody give a guy a break here? please decode: HDT - TT - Fiver - thanks
  8. Thanks Kirk. I’ve given some thought to renting. Class A’s are a little spendy to rent but, I suppose, cheaper than buying one and discovering we don’t care for life on the road. BTW.. I note your dolphins and SSBN Patrol badge. BZ sir.
  9. Thanks to all for your welcome and suggestions. SWharton: “I also think you are putting the cart before the horse” This made me smile because my wife said the same thing and of course this is simply day-dreaming at this point. Some background by way of explanation. I have spent 50+ years as a professional pilot. 21 years as a Naval Aviator, another 18 with an airline and the last 12 in corporate/charter. In brief, planning is what I do. 😎 The question came up as I “planned” some trips and found very little that would do what I was looking for. So.. don’t own the MH yet; timing’s not quite right. I’m doing that research and I’ll be back here with more detailed questions as I get smarter. My bride and I went to a local RV show and ran into several active RV-ers who were happy to share tips and experiences. We learned a lot (shockingly- more than from the salesmen 😉). Thanks for the prompt input. I’m pleased that this forum is active and that responses come in real time. I’ll be back frequently. (In the mean time I’ll be secretly planning fantasy trips)
  10. Hello All, New member with a few questions. I am about a year away from retirement. We are intending to buy a Class A sometime over that time and hit the road semi-full time in search of a permanent place to land. in the mean time, I’m doing research on the RVs and the lifestyle. Hoping that Escapees will be a useful resource. I’ll start with this: I’m looking for a navigation app which will let me easily tailor my route as well as driving speeds/time/distance as necessary. Of course info on nearby parks which will accept the size vehicle (and dogs). The standard nav apps assume shortest distance and highway speed limits which won’t necessarily apply to a motorhome. Anything like this available? I apologize if this subject belongs in another forum and/or has been previously covered. I couldn’t find a search function to check for earlier threads. Please chalk it up to a rookie mistake and feel free to direct me accordingly. Thanks.
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