Wife and I are looking for an Rv. something like a class C type....We are looking for something to live in since it is just her and I. Dont have a whole lot of money so if anyone has anything out there they want to get rid of let me know you can email me at sprdave222@yahoo.com....Maybe someone has one thats been sitting in there yard for a while and just wants to get rid of it or maybe just for a small fee. we live in Dallas Texas so let me know what anyone has out there. It will be our first RV but we love to camp and just want to live in one since we are by ourselves now with no kids because they are older. Thanks for any help.

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Comment by William Briggs on November 13, 2011 at 9:56pm

P.S. -- I do enjoy my old Class-A, however, and plan on living in it until it falls apart. At that time, I might consider a fifth-wheel configuration. However, the A-Class with its onboard generator and ready-access to the coach's refrigerator and bathroom is a benefit over the fifth-wheel. I do like the idea of being completely self-contained when camping. The onboard generator is a luxury I do enjoy. Gray-water holding tank has capacity for only a few days, but in many places I can discreetly drain that water onto the ground. Black-water lasts about a week, at which time I need to find a place to dump. Freshwater is 60 gallons, so it is more than enough; I'll be needing to drain the blackwater before the freshwater runs empty. Onboard propane supply lasts a month in cold weather and lasts all summer when I'm not running the heater. Batteries last a few days if I'm using only lights, but if I'm running the furnace they need to be charged once a day. Running the generator for an hour or two is usually sufficient.

Comment by William Briggs on November 13, 2011 at 9:46pm

Dave, you'll enjoy the full-time lifestyle. Read through the CraigsList ads every morning; sometimes I see some interesting deals on that site. It sounds like you are mechanically-minded, so keeping one up will be no problem at all. You'll discover that living a full-time lifestyle is a lot less expensive than living in a traditional home--IF you are smart about it.

The older A-class units are fully depreciated, so are usually the same price as the C-class models but offer more living space. You ought to be able to find a decent motorized RV which is in good shape for $10,000 or less. One in that price range will be about 20 years old, have about 50 or 60,000 miles on the engine, and all systems will be operating as designed. You'll want to customize it, of course -- new curtains and upholstery and flooring -- and expect some minor maintenance but you'll be able to live in it just fine.

If you happen to have a pickup truck, an older-model fifth wheel might provide less total maintenance costs, however, and a better fuel mileage, and one less engine to care for.

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