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Old 11-18-2014, 08:03 PM   #113
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The Tacomas are nice rigs. Cari and i had one (a 2007 4x4) as her daily driver that was used as the TV for a 17' Aliner TT. A fun package and saw many enjoyable and memorable adventures.

I had the idea that a van might be a nice next step in adventure-rig evolution and the first time my wife drove in a full size Chevy van she was sold. For us the visibility and commanding view from the cockpit is quite something (granted we have aftermarket wheels/tires and a lift kit). We can drive in it for 1200 to 1500 miles in a day, and have. The van is also my wife's daily driver.


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Old 11-19-2014, 08:37 PM   #114
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AIAC's...it's our experience that in "most cases" no single brand or size fit's everyone's needs through all the years of their life's.
Class A Motor Home owners find out quickly that having a Mini Floridian condo on wheels constricts their choices of locations, parks both public and private that have limitations.
So, they upgrade to a smaller fiberglass trailer unit that is so much more flexible for their usage needs.
Casita, Escape, Scamp, Bigfoot, Boler, Oliver and all the other great fiberglass trailers rule!
No "Stickies" allowed...lol
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:21 AM   #115
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Listening to the reasons for ever growing size of trailers almost steers one to small class A motorhomes.

There are a wealth of used class A 28 foot motorhomes that can fit in most public and private campgrounds that are no more expensive than an Oliver. Particularly when one considers the cost of the trailer and the cost of the tow vehicle. With a motorhome the tow vehicle can be an inexpensive vehicle.

These motorhomes usually contain a real shower, a true walk-around queen bed, thermopane windows, generally mini-condos.

The mileage may not be much less than some of the trailer/tow vehicle combinations and less when one considers you're generally towing a small vehicle that gets great mileage. The motorhome tow vehicle can be a true go anywhere vehicle, though not the case for the motorhome.

We've owned both and both were fun.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:24 AM   #116
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You must have forgotten about how easy motor homes break and how expensive and inconvenient they are to fix. I've been down that road too. Give me a trailer any day!

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Old 11-20-2014, 08:46 AM   #117
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I have gone on a few trips with friends who have a gorgeous (and expensive) motorhome. Guess who does the driving around to places from the campsite?
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:57 AM   #118
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Likewise I don't care for the motorhome concept either, but each to his or her own. For us due to our lifestyle (very active) a MH would never get us to where we want to be or go, but a suitable TV like our F150 does. And if I want to take off and go photograph, no problem, jump in the truck and head out while the wife stays in camp reading, knitting etc. This setup is on an order of magnitude more flexible. Granted the price of admission isn't chump change, but then there isn't another drive train to take care of either.

Get back home and I can head out to the lumber yard to pick up just about anything I want or need for the next at home project. Or I can head out on the dusty backroads or hit the trail head to photograph. You can't do these things in a MH. A condo with a drivetrain just isn't my cup of tea.

I'm quite comfortable with my decision and have no plans to change anytime soon.
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:15 AM   #119
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Our motorhome was 13 years old when we sold it. Most of the failures, and they were few, they were failures of RV things, a circuit board in the fridge.

The structure of the motorhome, engine and major components were solid. The furniture was outstanding, great bed, chairs and couch. I had no complaints with my motorhome.

Great 3300 watt generator, fully integrated into the electrical system.

We had our's for 8 years and drove over 100,000 miles, the engine never hada hiccup and it was a Ford gas engine.

If you're looking for space and comfort it's hard to beat a motorhome. We bought it when it was four years old with 20,000 miles, price $35,000.

As well you can tow a four wheel drive vehicle or a highly efficient small vehicle for driving around and our experience was that little tow vehicle hidden in the wind shadow of the motorhome had virtually no effect on mpg.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:36 AM   #120
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I have mused over a class B motorhome, but always come back to have an extra vehicle. We need two vehicles for everyday use and my truck is also the tow vehicle. A motorhome would add a third along with all the additional maintenance, insurance, etc. There may come a day when the act of hooking up the trailer is difficult due to age and physical condition and if I am still able to drive, a van camper may be my only option. For now the Oliver 23.5 suits us just fine. Counting down to our Dec. first delivery in Hohenwald.

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