nwgs motorhome addiction and therapy thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, May 20, 2009.

  1. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    This particular one has about 35K on it and is about what an extended 'stripper' goes for.

    DIY? :lobbyReady to roll?

    :lol3

    Oh, and CJ, thanks for the offer.:D
  2. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Question is are you ready to roll or do you want to dick around with building one for a couple years first... :lol3
  3. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I camped next to a guy with one of those a couple of years ago. He liked it well enough, but was disappointed that it didn't get the 22 mpg that Sprinter owners report. I suspect it may have had something to do with the added weight and wind resistance. Or the 12' enclosed trailer full of bikes he was hauling. :lol3
  4. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    If you are speaking friend as in a single traveler, it may be time for your buddy to light his load a bit. We have spent several summers doing the loop from the east coast to AK and back. On this last trip we met several couples full timing in this size of sprinter based Motorhome. These were strictly the N.A based folks I'm referring to. When it comes to the euro crowd of Mann, Hyder, and other brands, the vast majority of RTW rigs we saw were not even that big.

    I like the concept that you don't own stuff, it owns you.
  5. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Zactly. Takes me back to when I thought a vintage Airstream was a good idea. We got a camper we could use 'right now' instead and never looked back.

    Forget that PM I sent you.:lol3
  6. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    That's how I feel about it. Took a while to figure that out...

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    Zactly is right. Buy that sucker, there's plenty of summer left but who knows how many summers. :norton
  7. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    :nono That's on the driver.







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  8. Da Bear

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    Yeah, how was I to know these things weren't meant to go that fast?:lol3
  9. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    63,000 miles. Longest stay was 4 + months. Could "full time" But can't devote the time.
    Size? You only sleep in it.
    If you don't get out of the RV - What's the point of going?!
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    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Exactly! I always say a camper is like a hotel room in Paris. And you don't go to Paris to sit around in your hotel room.
  11. McNeal

    McNeal Long timer

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    I'll be the contrarian. I've got a 5th wheel and there have been times when my wife and I stayed in the trailer almost the entire weekend and still had a good time. More than once we've pulled into our favorite state park early in the year on to have the temperatures stay low enough that it snowed lightly, but was cold. Inside of hiking we kicked back and read books. No phones, no tv, no internet, just peace and quiet.
  12. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Hey, I thought I was being the contrarian! :lol3

    JK, that's why RVing is great. Totally up to you how you do it. :freaky
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    Agree with this... If you are out enough, you run into bad weather and kicking it and watching a movie or reading a book is still better than being at work :lol3
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    Totally understand the limitations issue. The wife was felled by a nearly fatal stroke many years ago, still fully paralyzed on left side. Since then we have been through two pop-ups, five travel trailers and now have a 33' diesel pusher. Accessibility and RVing are not mutually exclusive, but it's a difficult and occasionally expensive hurdle to jump. You're right, as a van owner I wouldn't want a class C based on one. Tough to "launch" my sweetie into the passenger seat from the ground, and trying to enter and exit the seat from inside a Class C proved to be impossible. (we rented one for a test run, didn't go well at all) the big issue I have with the sprinter sized rigs is the lack of a large permanent bed in many (most?). We have no use for an overhead bunk, and most foldable dinette, or sofa contraptions end up providing a totally horrendous sleeping experience. Hope she finds something that has the least number of compromises. This last line is something that my wife spends a lot of time struggling with, mentally. It seems that the best quality of life for her is to find the path with the least number of obstacles in it. Shopping for RVs in no different. There is nothing, short of a horrendously expensive custom rig, that will fill 99% of her needs. The shopping trip then becomes a hunt to find the rig with the least number of obstructions and the best, lowest stress experience for her. Good luck, in all seriousness it's a can be a tough hunt. Best of luck to her and thumbs up to you for helping.
  18. nwgs

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    I like your style. :thumb
  19. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I've been out of motorhomes for a while. My mom, dad and I used to travel in motorhomes and lived in one for a year after moving to California. I love motorhomes, but this is when gas was 1.25 a gallon. We ran 70s and 80s motorhomes.. 8-10mpg class C types, etc.

    I prefer tent camping by motorcycle now, but I think down the road I could dig having a motorhome with a dual sport. So my question to you experts is this:

    What is the best mpg motorhome that is capable of towing 2 motorcycles (think 2 dr650s as heaviest, possibly a couple drz's or ktms as lightest)? I don't need big- small fridge, gas stove, generator (optional), bed, bath/shit room.. I'm open to diesel and I suppose the 4 banger Toyota jobbers, though I doubt the latter could handle the bikes.

    What kind of mpg might this setup get? Id like to keep the bikes on the rv as opposed to pulling a rolling trailer (kills mpgs, pita to park, etc). Maybe a beefy hitch trailer or front mount?

    What I'm asking for might be ridiculous, but I'm old school with RVs despite being young. I don't know what these puppies are capable of now.. any ideas?
  20. KHJPHOTO

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    17-19 MPG towing - 22 MPG without bike & trailer. Unlike Class A's or C's
    can go anywhere. Use the unit as a base camp and go out from there. Nice
    to return daily or a few days to a real bed and a warm shower...or AC!