Originally Posted by Voyager1
I'm new to RVs ...
as previously suggested- only YOU can decide which features you do NEED and don't need...and which are worth paying for.
I rented a unit in Ireland- and this made clear to us that we need a fore/aft bed as we are tall- and no climb over.
We also realized that we didn;t need a shower- we are either in a campground, or remote enough to use the outdoor shower which many rv's have
balancing energy use is a new game...
we observe that many solar systems are inefficient -pointing most of the day where the sun is not...they also require the van be parked in the sun and get hot...rather than in the shade of a tree.
choice of parking spot can determine whether you need the AC or not.
for me I bought a gas chev- I or anybody anywhere can work on it with parts from autozone.
I don;t need a dealer with special tools ( does he have an RV lift???) and a parts supply line to germany or italy.
I can buy my tires at costco for $180
diesel is more expensive, the motor heavy and that weight has a mpg penalty and maybe a load capacity issue too.
in the end we spent less than half our budget for an 8 year old pleasure way with all the old proven stuff...propane burners, fridge ( ac/dc too) furnace and water heater, onan genny underneath ( rarely used). gravity tank dumps.
( ANY RV tech can work on this stuff...and so can I- pretty much)
and about the largest bed available
we have just over 25k on this in the past 30 months with trips as long as a month in great comfort
the biggest challenge is determining what you want in an RV- we looked at a dozen units and watched many many videos to watch how people moved around the cabin
features like a large head and extra seating means you loose space for something else, bed size or cabinets.
so there's my 2¢