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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)


    Not to mention the tailgate parties for theater shows.


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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

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    Not to mention the tailgate parties for theater shows.


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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    The biggest issue with RVs (and boats for that matter) that I've run into is that when something breaks, you'll have a tendency to want to fix it to "better than new" status. Becareful getting caught in that trap. I'm not saying duct tape and twine to get by, but don't drop in a $1000 inverter when a $200 will work fine. You will NEVER get your money back out of the thing. In fact, on a quiet summer night, listen for a draining sound in the RV, that's the rampant depreciation. Now if you need upgrades for it to work the way you want, that's a different story. But don't upgrade for the sake of upgrading.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    But don't upgrade for the sake of upgrading.
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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Is this even remotely close to something you and the missus would have considered buying on your own? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it is not.

    Wifey and I have flirted with the idea of an RV for us. Even within our constraints we keep coming back to the fact that a powered motorhome makes no sense for us. We've settled on a nice travel trailer + a nicely outfitted (and SAFE) ex-cab pickup to tow it with. (It helps that I already own the pickup..)

    That thing would be an easy pass for me. YMMV.. of course. Although my from the hip guess is that your target lifestyle isn't that far off from my own.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    I'm with bubba. Not a fan of powered RV's. On a week long camping trip with the fam and you have to drive your house to the store because you forgot to buy eggs? Eff that. That and inheriting someone else's problems. Probably lots of them on a 20 y/o RV. I'm sure that if you actually wanted a camper, you'd probably have one.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    This is friends 94 Flair in my back yard .

    He has had some good luck with his and it is a blast to roll in.

    Dogs love them also.
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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    1. We don't own a truck capable of hauling a travel trailer, or even seating the family in it. That's still at least a year and a half away.

    2. This would be a zero cost to acquire situation. It was the wife's grandparents, both of which passed within 3 weeks of each other very recently. We'd be on the hook to fix whatever needs fixing, but even at that, it'll be a low buck grab. We also will be doing a thorough inspection of it before deciding to take it or not, possibly including paying an RV specialist to go through it.

    3. We will be getting a solid idea on fixed expenses for reg, insurance, inspection, taxes before making a decision.

    4. While we never thought about getting a camper, the thought of having a travel trailer and truck to take the fam to trackdays/vacations with has crossed our mind now that the wee one is be-boppin around on two feet. But that was a pie in the sky "if we had a bunch of extra muny" type situation. Truth be told, we have a hard time imagining any vacations at this point, it's busy enough just making it from weekend to weekend. It would require a significant shift in thinking and planning. We just don't plan to do vacations at this point, and we need to change that, RV or not.

    5. The "find a way to justify" is a strong human fault. I'll be going into this with my eyes open as much as possible.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    2. This would be a zero cost to acquire situation.
    Lol...

    I don't believe that. At least you recognize the repair, reg, insurance, etc costs. Those are where the costs to you are. My Q stands; is this something you want to pay for? I know my family wouldn't..

    You're vaguely like me in that you're enough of a control freak to want to DIY a lot of those fixes. Do you have that kind of time?

    A mid-sized pop-up or small travel trailer might be different. That I'd take and put the time & $ into repairing and/or storing until the family was old enough to use it.

    IMO class A's only make sense for retired people who downsize to a house waaaay the fuck out there (wait.. suddenly remembered who I'm talking to!) and/or sell off the family home anyway and live in the motorhome full or near full-time.

    I keep putting myself in your shoes and that probably doesn't help much. But I can't help it.


    Were I you I'd be saving that $ for a van/truck/SUV/whatever that can haul the family + toys. I think it's a matter of time before you are into an ex or quad-cab Tundra.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    I think I'd take it if I lived in the woods like Clay does. Kids and dogs both LOVE campers. I remember my dad's rig which I traveled extensively in, and my friend's dad's rig which we took to the races (my first track experience). This was formative stuff.

    I'm on exactly the opposite side of this debate. moving your house every night is exactly the point of a camper. Trailers make no sense at all to me. If you are going to one spot for the week, just rent a cabin.

    As I say all this I'm considering selling my beloved battlewagon for a bigger class B RV.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    When you're the passenger in that scenario, that's relaxing. When you're the guy (me) that's hauling the camper, setting up, breaking down, the whole moving daily SUCKS. We'll usually stay somewhere a few days, tour around and sight see in my pickup. When we're sick of that area we'll move on to another location and do the same. My wife will not haul the camper, but, she'll drive the truck solo, so that's my time to relax.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by GearHd6 View Post
    When you're the passenger in that scenario, that's relaxing. When you're the guy (me) that's hauling the camper, setting up, breaking down, the whole moving daily SUCKS. We'll usually stay somewhere a few days, tour around and sight see in my pickup. When we're sick of that area we'll move on to another location and do the same. My wife will not haul the camper, but, she'll drive the truck solo, so that's my time to relax.
    I agree about travel trailers. Why set up, break down, stress over driving when you can just rent a cabin. RVs are a different story. At least how I use them. Surfing, motorcycling events of all sorts, climbing or hiking, bicycling, etc. are all made a lot more fun and comfy by having a rig you can drive up, park, and fix a meal in or change, or shower, etc with zero set up. Similarly if you want to go far and see a lot, an rv just makes sense. American oversized campers and trailers maybe not so much. The Flair wouldn't be my choice, but I'd probably take it for free and use it, if for slightly different purposes.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Hooking and unhooking takes minutes, it's all the other crap that takes the time. Things like, leveling, whether it's on boards or those fancy blocks, putting down stabilizers, opening slide out, opening awning, hooking up water/electric if available, getting out your grill and supplies, putting all the stuff back where it goes so it didn't roll/fall in transport.

    Now, maybe you just pull in and don't do any of that stuff which is fine in some cases but my wife (and I'm sure a lot of other wives) isn't going to be too excited with that approach on HER vacation as well as mine. And some of the places I go with my camper there just aren't cabins. We're big boondock campers that will literally drive 16 miles out semi maintained logging roads to camp without any hookups.

    This was our spot one October, we were the only ones here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Surfing, motorcycling events of all sorts, climbing or hiking, bicycling, etc. are all made a lot more fun and comfy by having a rig you can drive up, park, and fix a meal in or change, or shower, etc with zero set up.
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    and shade

    Vanagon...sprinter...etc.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    Vanagon...sprinter...etc.
    Not family friendly..

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    This thing is big enough that we could even take our pawed horse along.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Do you have any idea what the water leak is? Not to be Debbie Downer but water damage can be an ever loving nightmare. Ask me how I know. Is it floor damage, wall damage with delamination?

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    <---not having those pesky children.

    Time is different to everyone. Hence why they make hundreds of campers/layouts/etc. I think my parents have owned like 10 RVs since I was a kid (They will happily tell you about the time my car seat was strapped to the motorcycle and not one part of the camper itself). All driving ones. It is what worked for us. Paul_E_D and I were just chatting about this the other day....the amount of time to set up and tear down. What is important to you? If you spend as much time as we do in it, it is important.

    So back to the free camper. Sure nothing is free, but I say go for it. Even if you don't go far in it, it is cool. Your kid will think it is awesome. Enjoy it until the upkeep becomes too much. Yes campers have issues so just keep up with it. And watch for things like pumps running, etc.

    And please video your first trip in it. I am sure it will be awesomely hilarious!

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Itís the GM 454. Reported 10mpg, better than I figured.
    GM went to roller cam and Vortec (L29 heads) on the 454 in 1996 which is the last 454 and is known as the Mark VI. Not a powerhouse, but it should be an improvement in efficiency over the Mark V 454 with it's flat tappet cam and non-Vortec heads. I have one of these Mark VIs in my boat, nice motor. Should work well in that RV. Mine is bone stock and makes 340HP at the crank at around 4400 RPM. Clearly designed for torque, not max power... They last forever too. I routinely run mine at 3200-4000 RPM all day.

    Good luck! Sounds like a fun thing to try.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    I don't know where the water leak is, or what damage has resulted. Things yet to be determined. This is all very new, and just the fact that it was brought up in conversation was a little early to be discussing, IMO. But, the case remains, we'll need to evaluate the RV, decide if we want it, then commit at least for a year or two.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    when you can just rent a cabin..
    you've said that twice now

    why would you assume there is a cabin everywhere you would want to vacation ?


    with a motorhome, you can live in a Walmart parking lot

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    After a lot of googling photos back and forth with the wife, we've figured out it's a 1996 Fleetwood Flair 29V.

    JUST like this one:

    1996 Fleetwood Flair 29V Class A Gas Mesa, AZ Little Dealer


    She kept saying the layout was wrong, and I hadn't stepped foot into this thing since we were both in college (YOUR MOM GOES TO COLLEGE). Finally found the right layout/size/etc down to the upholstery.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    In my experience, for someone who lives on a good sized ruralish private lot who takes his RV to most anywhere that they are allowed to stay for any amount of time (like campgrounds, for instance), it feels a lot like taking a vacation at the ghetto. Slamming doors and farting dudes 25 feet away on all sides, smelly ass bathrooms, and the worst motel room ever (inside almost any RV) when you could be at home sleeping in your own bed and peeing off your back deck without issue, or staying in a hotel at the vacation spot for less money than the gas and camping fee cost in the RV.

    It all boils down to this: for the rugrats and wife in the back chillin while you chauffeur them around the county, it’s pretty cool. For the dude in the left seat dealing with all the issues, it ain’t much of a vacation. Even the driving part seems fun for about ten minutes, but traffic, heavy crosswinds, parking, tight roads with tailgaters, big hills, etc gets old quick. I had plenty of white knuckle adventures. One time I seriously thought I might get blown off the highway coming back from the cape.

    A lot of the kindof unpleasant realities of owning one have come up in this thread, but not nearly all of them. For free, the downside to trying it is low, and if you decide to get rid of it and the family gives you shit, tell THEM to winterize, maintain, drain the shit out of, and look at the thing for a while in their driveway etc etc etc and see how they like it.

    And Paul E D, if you decide to sell your Sprinter, let me know.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    And Paul E D, if you decide to sell your Sprinter, let me know.
    Nice try, but the line starts behind me.

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    Re: Winnebago (not really, it's a Fleetwood)

    I know I will regret it if I sell. The thing is DIALED now. It's just a little small for regular 2 person living/travel.

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