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With so many choices on the market today, how do you make an educated decision as to what type of RV you’ll be happiest with? That’s just it. You don’t or won’t always know. Sometimes you just have to take your chances to see if it will be a good fit or not. RV travel trailers, 5th wheels, toy haulers, Class A, Class B, Class C. Who can decide with all these choices available?
Choices, Choices, Choices
Mark and I went through four types of RVs in the past 11 years. We’ve had two Class B diesel vans, two Class A motor homes, one 5th wheel and now a Class C.
The one recreational vehicle we have not experienced is an RV travel trailer. We’ve looked at several models, some you don’t even need a large pick-up or heavy duty SUV to tow it with.
Deciding on the make, model and style of your RV is an extremely personal decision. Do you need more room? Less room? One bathroom or two? If you don’t want to have to go up any inside stairs, then a 5th wheel is not for you. Do you have a suitable vehicle equipped with towing features? Then a bumper pull trailer may be a good choice for you.
Once our home was sold and we had long before made our decision what our dream RV would be, we had no idea it would cost us $100.00 in gas for every 100 miles we traveled.
Our Decision was Made
Our first choice in motor homes was a Class A Safari Trek. This model RV was 26 feet in length, had a bed that came down from the ceiling and had a huge, very luxurious bathroom. Now, what made this RV expensive to drive was it’s weight. The cabinetry was made of solid hardwoods and no laminates. The countertops were marble and the flooring was wood. It was an extremely heavy coach, well made, structurally solid. We chose to buy used from a dealership and the prior owner had added many expensive upgrades, including solar panels on the roof.
We loved this motorhome. Unfortunately, during this time, gasoline prices had shot up exponentially and we couldn’t afford to take trips of any length.
The morale of this story is sometimes you have to kiss a few toads before you find your prince charming of RVs.
One of my favorite RVs was our little Class B Sprinter Van PleasureWay Plateau. (Pictured above) This little gem was only 22 feet long and was economical to drive at 21 miles per gallon of diesel gasoline. The couch folded down into a very comfortable bed and the all-in-one bathroom, even though small, was quite comfortable. This little baby, we called Toby, could go anywhere, to the mountains, the beach, the desert and we were always comfortable.
Content in our Tiny Home on Wheels
These days, we are quite content in our 2005 Class C Fleetwood Tioga motorhome. She is only 24 feet long, is easy to drive and can be effortlessly parked anywhere in any RV Park or beach parking location.
With so many choices on the market today, we found that visiting an RV Show helped in our decision making. Since we live in Southern California, the annual RV Show in Pomona CA is and has been our favorite location for window shopping.
In a future blog post, we’ll explore our shopping experiences, how we “try before we buy” and our good-cop bad-cop routine for escaping overly pushy salespeople.