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Subject: Considering an RV Date: 5/11/2012 6:20 PM
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My wife and I are considering getting an RV in the next 3 to 5 years for an extended vacation (maybe a couple if we really like it). Growing up, her family used their trailer for many trips, so she'd like to get back into that. I've never done much RVing, but I'm willing to give it a try.

Our plan is to take an extended vacation - 6 to 10 weeks - and travel around the country, with an emphasis on things east of the Mississippi, as that is farther from us and has lots of places we haven't seen. We'd probably set up in one spot for a couple of days, visit the local sites, then move on to the next place.

We've done many driving vacations - that's our preferred way to vacation - but have always stayed in hotels or with friends/family. But for a long vacation like this, that can get expensive in a hurry.

Our son will be along with us, and he's the one that brings the issues. He uses a wheelchair - ideally we'd be able to take along his motorized chair. And that isn't something you can just pick up and toss in - it weighs over 150 pounds and doesn't disassemble easily.

My thought is to tow our minivan and carry his wheelchair there. It is set up to carry the chair, and will make getting from the camp site to the sightseeing sites much easier. It also means we can set up the RV and leave it at the camp site and not have to use it to do the sightseeing. And it avoids making any expensive modifications to the RV.

I think a Class A motor home makes the most sense. Class C's might not have the towing capability, and frankly I think I'd feel a bit cramped in the smaller space for so long.

After this "epic" vacation, we'd probably sell the RV. We can't store it at our home (no room), and storage costs here are significant. But that plan might change after the trip, you never know. At any rate, I'd like to minimize the depreciation for the 12 to 18 months we plan to own it. The whole RV idea is as much a cost saving issue as anything.

I was thinking we'd look for something used and purchase 6 months to a year before the big vacation. That would give us time to check it out, take some shorter weekend trips, and get used to traveling in an RV.

Any thoughts on this? Any ideas to share? Feel free to tell me I'm nuts or crazy or on the wrong track. ;-)

--Peter
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