What's the best RV for you.

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury highlights the differences between the several types of recreational vehicles -- motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, pop ups and truck campers.

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  2. Terry

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    Anything sub 20 ft for us :BigGrin:no fifth wheel,demountable or trailer tent.
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    Started serious motorhoming although I had played at it for many years with an Elddis Autostratus then went to a 38ft Rockwood RV, found this a bit to big and downsized to a 31ft Tiffin. Then tried a 16ft VW coachbuilt and found I preferred the touring aspect better than sitting in one place all the time. Although I loved the VW it was just not big enough for comfort so up sized again to a 20ft Tabbert which I find the perfect size and layout for ME at the moment. But circumstances can always change.
     
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    mine is 23'6"

    My Winnebago is 23'6" .. have a look at the red link below.. let it load and you get an idea of a B class that is no bigger than a european and has all the goodies.

    Bob
     
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    25ft is perfect for us at the moment gives us the space and storage we need for a 3 month trip but small enough to go where we want and tag axle makes it very stable with massive payload.:BigGrin:
    Done the whiole Rv thing from 36ft to 29ft too much planning not able to just tour and poor payload was too high a trade off for the comfort, plus poor insulation on Rvs kept us from the ski resorts which we love to do.:Sad:
    We will probably go smaller again as we get older but certainly wont go bigger, for now 25ft tag axle fits the bill.:thumb:
     
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    The only issue with tag axles is

    The only issue with Tax axles is that municipal sites in France will not allow them to stop as they consider that they are gypsies...

    Our 23' 6" Winnebago Apsect has a slide and sleeps four.. has the usual American fridge and Freezer separate doors.. cooker, microwave combo oven, massive bathroom .. has a 4 kw genny as standard ... insulation is fine we have found, plus we have the blast heater and of course hot water boiler.. plenty of room and the right size.. hunted two years to find it.

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    Yes,nice Bob :thumb: but it also has a bloody big thirsty v8/10engine and at that length it is a tad too long to park around town etc hence sub 20 ft:Wink:
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    When dad passed away, wife went and my 2 lovely Great Danes passed away had no use any more for 35ft RV..............at the time I had my family especially the dogs both 15 stone only vehicle suitable really.......

    Now its just me really happy now with my 6mtr A Class German van :Cool: good size to do most everything...............only downside is front wheel drive..............
     
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    Hi again Bob how long is the van from the cab ?IE back of front seats?
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    Quote

    The only issue with Tax axles is that municipal sites in France will not allow them to stop as they consider that they are gypsies...



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    no idea - but mostly wasted space

    never measured it Terry, but above the cab is the entertainment centre and two storage cupboards.. we have a 26" 230v mains flat screen and a DVD player plus the tv satellite control box plus wing cupboards and a set of speakers each side. so the space is not all wasted.. otherwise it is a V10 6.8 ltr Ford engine with two captain's chairs in the front.

    It is te back end that has all the room.. with the slide out taking the dinning table out (also one of the double beds) and the rock and roll settee the other double bed... the bathroom is across the back.. and it is large.. Winnebago managed to fir a lot in to the size.. it is on the E350 Super Duty chassis .. same as US Ambulances use... considering it is about the size of a large European and often smaller this baby has it all and more.

    We have fitted air suspension to the rear, a 1500 watt pure sin wave inverter. Free to air dome satellite, a VanBitz alarm system... Back up camera etc., as you can see the buy price was £28k (had been reduced from £37k) had just over 7k miles on the clock plus was just over 4 years old and unregistered when we got it. Compared to a European cost wise and what you get that is a bargain.. OK the fuel hits.. but at 5.5 tons all up and 75 tons with the trailer and car we get about 14 mpg including running the genny. Could have had LPG fitted but the buy costs v the use it was not worth it.. only person to gain will be the next owner.

    We are thinking of upgrading later this year.. so it may come on the market then. But as far as RV's go at 23'6" it is small.. but does have duel wheels so very steady...

    Bob
     
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    predictive text for you

    Predictive text for you.. might as well be a tax rather than a tag..:cry:

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    The music that accompanied the video was OK.
    Jim
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    Bob, is 75 tons a typo. How do you know for sure that you are getting 14 mpg out of it.

    I only ask because I have a Ford V10, 6.8 Litre.
    Jim
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    yes 75 tons is a 7.5 tons

    Yes Jim a typo.. do a lot of them these days.. old age is my excuse ..cannot really blame the Mac can I...

    I have calculated the mileage over a vast amount of routes and come out with between 14 and 15 to the gallon.. that also includes use of the genny at shows .. I use it a fair amount to charge the scooters.. 3 hours to 4 a day.. I also took reading on fuel costs on long runs to the South of France and back twice and allowed for the Tarn Gorge which dropped to 10 mpg .. so after 3 years of calculating general use, motorway and non motorway it has come out to about 14 mpg.... I thought it would increase when I started to haul the car trailer rather than the smaller disabled scooter trailer.. but it has not made much of a difference.

    Notice a slower get away from lights and more braking needed for roundabout and coming down to light.. just driving style.... but the overall file has not really altered that much.. yes in the mountains but as I do not drive mountains every day it is an average I would say it runs at...

    it is has the V10 6.8 engine on the slightly lighter E350 super duty chassis hence my 7.5 tons overall with the trailer. But even at the 5.5 tons it still returned about the same.

    My last V8 A class RV at 32' returned about 8 mpg... so the V10 (modern fuel injected engine) is much better.


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    Thanks Bob, that all makes sense. I havent really done a lot of fuel consumption calculations, my view being that there's nought that I can do about it. :Wink:

    If I had to guess I'd say 14mpg

    I do have an unconscious knowledge of how far a full tank will get me but that's just experience and depends a lot on route terrain. Not that I very often have a full tank you understand. :Laughing:
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    Are you confusing twin axle caravans with tag axle motorhomes Bob. I have heard of the urban myth that some sites don't allow twin axle caravans but having owned a Lord Munsterland and a Roma,both twin axle and both pulled with an American pick up truck I have never been turned away from any site both in Europe and the UK. Having said that I have been refused electric hookup with an American RV because of the huge amount of electricity they consume but that was admittedly only twice.
     
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    I agree not a lot we can do about it

    I agree Jim, not a lot we can do about it (fuel), but consolation prize is that the American RV has a lot more of those creature comforts than a European does. Plus a lot more room.. OK we pay for that by the fuel and the mpg we get, but it was our choice. I have had plenty of chances to go back to a European motorhome over the past 25 years.. had one at the start and doubt these days I would ever consider one. But that is personal choice.. But 14 miles to the gallon has been what I have found over the past 3 years and I have cover 10,000 miles just over in that time... so I think it is about right.

    Bob
     
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    Like wise, towed a twin axle Lunar all over France, Spain, Switzerland and Uk and was never refused a entry to a site .. but on more than one occasion been refused entry with the RV
     
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    I can confirm over a 3-4000 mile trip along side Rory and his diesel powered Damon we both averaged circa 14 to the gallon mine being the same as Bobs 6.8 V10 pulling 7.5 ton
    Even though Rory tried to cheat by not counting the 8 gallon of petrol he had put in his diesel tank by the bloody Morrocans:Doh::BigGrin:
    Geo
     
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