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Old 09-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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As the kids finish HS and we start to look toward eventual retirement, my wife and I are looking to travel more. Cruises are nice for some visiting some places, but for many more hitting the road is the way to go - hence my presence here.

I like the notion of a sub 20 foot B, while the wife kid of likes some B+ models for the added space for things like e-bikes. Driving a rig that wide - particularly backing it up - may break her of that, but we'll see. Our absolute length limit is 25 feet so that we can get into National Parks without an issue.

I suspect that we will start with something old & used to get our feet wet and hopefully the repair bills will be less than depreciation would be on something newer. But we're also keeping an eye on new stuff, because one day it will also be old & used. And in the mean time the engineer in me can gather ideas & notions of possibly doing my own DIY when I eventually have the time & space to maybe make that possible.

So this weekend it's off to the local Atlanta area RV show, wishing that we had the time & money to go to the big show in Hershey instead. I suspect that most all of this show will be towables of some sort, with a smattering of big A & C rigs. But we'll see, and I'm sure we'll have a good time.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:26 PM   #2
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As the kids finish HS and we start to look toward eventual retirement, my wife and I are looking to travel more. Cruises are nice for some visiting some places, but for many more hitting the road is the way to go - hence my presence here.

I like the notion of a sub 20 foot B, while the wife kid of likes some B+ models for the added space for things like e-bikes. Driving a rig that wide - particularly backing it up - may break her of that, but we'll see. Our absolute length limit is 25 feet so that we can get into National Parks without an issue.

I suspect that we will start with something old & used to get our feet wet and hopefully the repair bills will be less than depreciation would be on something newer. But we're also keeping an eye on new stuff, because one day it will also be old & used. And in the mean time the engineer in me can gather ideas & notions of possibly doing my own DIY when I eventually have the time & space to maybe make that possible.

So this weekend it's off to the local Atlanta area RV show, wishing that we had the time & money to go to the big show in Hershey instead. I suspect that most all of this show will be towables of some sort, with a smattering of big A & C rigs. But we'll see, and I'm sure we'll have a good time.
Welcome to the forum LostInWoods!

I saw this posting at a PPL Consignment lot in Cleburne TX. A rare model and no longer made on the Promaster chassis. Was it simply not popular or was it over capacity with any sort of load of passengers and gear on board? Just too slow and cumbersome? Maybe someone will post who has one.

Regardless, the used Winnebago Trends sell pretty cheap yet pack a lot of space in a tidy package with sleeping capacity for up to six. If I didn't have mine, I'd probably drive up and look at it.

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-r...trend_rv-43065
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LostinWoods, good luck on your search. Check out used Leisure Travel Vans or Pleasure Way campervans, both known for quality construction. LTV no longer makes their Class B Free Spirit, but we are very happy with ours.
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Thanks for the replies. I looked at the Trend and also the Paseo, and it's funny how the Trend does seem to be pretty cheap (comparatively) while the short-lived Paseo seems to hold value really well. Go figure.

I had not really looked at the older LTV class Bs, but saw that they once offered the Free Spirit SS, which had a slide. I'm curious what y'all's experience with slides might be.

My inclination is to avoid them as an eventual water problem. It rains a lot here and I won't have a place to garage an RV anytime soon. Pleasure Way's CEO said on a recent Ultramobility interview that they won't offer a slide because of water and their 5-year warranty. Is this a justified concern or maybe just paranoia on my part and perhaps theirs?
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