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    Any RV enthusiasts here?

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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    No one into RVing?
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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    No one into RVing?
    Love RVing.

    I've owned a couple Class A's, but they are so big they really restrict where you can go. Got over that kind of RVing, which really wasn't RVing at all.

    I currently have an Earthroamer LTS. Class C. Very functional and there are few places it can't go.


    Haven't had as much time to travel with it, but that's coming down the road when I fully retire.


    I grew up camping with the family. Epic trips every summer.


    We tent camped to the New York World's Fair in 1965 from Los Angeles.


    You really do meet the nicest people when camping.

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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    Love RVing.

    I've owned a couple Class A's, but they are so big they really restrict where you can go. Got over that kind of RVing, which really wasn't RVing at all.

    I currently have an Earthroamer LTS. Class C. Very functional and there are few places it can't go.


    Haven't had as much time to travel with it, but that's coming down the road when I fully retire.


    I grew up camping with the family. Epic trips every summer.


    We tent camped to the New York World's Fair in 1965 from Los Angeles.


    You really do meet the nicest people when camping.
    We are in the process of selling our house. Wish us luck, please.

    Upon researching different classes of RVs, lifestyle etc, we came across Robert's videos. He travels all over the country.

    We are deciding between C and toyhauler.( we have a truck) C, because they are easier to drive than the A. They are somewhat limited in their floor plan, and we yet have to find one with W/D hookup.
    That is why we are also considering toyhaulers. We might get a very basic one and rebuild it ourselves. We don't care for dinettes and the useless sofas. We would take those out and replace them with recliners.
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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    We are in the process of selling our house. Wish us luck, please.

    Upon researching different classes of RVs, lifestyle etc, we came across Robert's videos. He travels all over the country.

    We are deciding between C and toyhauler.( we have a truck) C, because they are easier to drive than the A. They are somewhat limited in their floor plan, and we yet have to find one with W/D hookup.
    That is why we are also considering toyhaulers. We might get a very basic one and rebuild it ourselves. We don't care for dinettes and the useless sofas. We would take those out and replace them with recliners.
    Good luck on the house sale!

    For what it's worth, a toy hauler has some real benefits. Being able to leave "the house" behind for day trips or just running errands, is a big plus.

    You will get used to hauling the house behind you. Paying attention to ingress and egress will become second nature after a short while.

    The other thing is, a toy hauler doesn't have an engine and transmission. Nothing is worse than having to live in your house while some kind of repair is required to be made before you can go anywhere.

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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    Good luck on the house sale!

    For what it's worth, a toy hauler has some real benefits. Being able to leave "the house" behind for day trips or just running errands, is a big plus.

    You will get used to hauling the house behind you. Paying attention to ingress and egress will become second nature after a short while.

    The other thing is, a toy hauler doesn't have an engine and transmission. Nothing is worse than having to live in your house while some kind of repair is required to be made before you can go anywhere.
    Yeah, that is something that worries me.
    Which is more conducive to boondocking? I would think it is the toyhauler, no?
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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    Yeah, that is something that worries me.
    Which is more conducive to boondocking? I would think it is the toyhauler, no?
    I haven't owned a 5th wheel type toyhauler, but I have friends who own them. It's my observation a decent, well equipped toyhauler is going to be just as self contained as any Class rated RV.

    From what I can see, toyhaulers tend to have good ground clearance and the rear overhang is manageable. Don't overlook that. That overhang can be an issue if you're thinking of the boondocking/dry camping style. Overhang results in the rear of the unit dragging the ground if a dip is too severe.


    I think boondocking is the essence of RVing. That's why I got away from the condo on wheels approach and bought the Earthroamer. It's about as off-grid but comfortable as you can get.

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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    I haven't owned a 5th wheel type toyhauler, but I have friends who own them. It's my observation a decent, well equipped toyhauler is going to be just as self contained as any Class rated RV.

    From what I can see, toyhaulers tend to have good ground clearance and the rear overhang is manageable. Don't overlook that. That overhang can be an issue if you're thinking of the boondocking/dry camping style. Overhang results in the rear of the unit dragging the ground if a dip is too severe.


    I think boondocking is the essence of RVing. That's why I got away from the condo on wheels approach and bought the Earthroamer. It's about as off-grid but comfortable as you can get.
    Ok, back to camping. It is getting nasty out there.

    What are your thoughts on gutting an RV? I am going back to buying an older one, replacing all the iffy parts for sure. What I am mostly interested in (husband disagrees), is taking out useless stuff.
    We also have to have a decent size bunk, or elevated bed, for the "horse", which, when built into the floorplan, just makes the entire space awkward.
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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    Ok, back to camping. It is getting nasty out there.

    What are your thoughts on gutting an RV? I am going back to buying an older one, replacing all the iffy parts for sure. What I am mostly interested in (husband disagrees), is taking out useless stuff.
    We also have to have a decent size bunk, or elevated bed, for the "horse", which, when built into the floorplan, just makes the entire space awkward.
    I have no experience doing such a thing. No reason you couldn't.

    Just keep in mind the weight issue when trying to do it yourself. When you dig into an RV you will find that the materials are typically laminated to look good, but are quite thin.

    Also, a quality brand will have had quite a bit of R&D reflected in how it is assembled. Imagine a home going through a never ending earthquake for hours on end. That R&D tends to help the manufacturer engineer things to help keep things together, or allow them to flex, without damaging the surrounding structures.

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    Re: Any RV enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    I have no experience doing such a thing. No reason you couldn't.

    Just keep in mind the weight issue when trying to do it yourself. When you dig into an RV you will find that the materials are typically laminated to look good, but are quite thin.

    Also, a quality brand will have had quite a bit of R&D reflected in how it is assembled. Imagine a home going through a never ending earthquake for hours on end. That R&D tends to help the manufacturer engineer things to help keep things together, or allow them to flex, without damaging the surrounding structures.
    That's a good point. Of course solar, wind, extra water capacity etc is also something we are looking into.
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