Well here's our intro...
My wife and I are shopping for our first coach!
I work in IT and she's in the legal field. We each work from home some but are in the process of transitioning into fully remote positions this year so while we will be full time RV'ers we won't be retired, plus we are a little younger than most full timers, in our late 40's. We hope to be on the road by June 2017. About six months ago when we got the bug to do this, neither of us knew anything
about RVs, but after countless hours on Youtube and reading hundreds of posts online at a dozen forums, we've narrowed it down to a slightly used Seneca or if I get my choice, an Embark. We like the power and massive torque on these models compared to the somewhat under-powered V10 that seems to power most coaches these days. We've watched a ton of videos showing those coaches struggling up hills. Plus most of the smaller Class C's don't have a high enough ceiling anyway. We were originally sold on 5th wheels, but switched over to Class A's, then found out how they're basically death traps in a collision, then found the C's and finally Super C's. I'm 6'5'' so I need a tall ceiling, and it seems maybe 10% of the coaches on the market can accommodate. We're already minimalists, and we're only going to be towing a little Kia Soul. No pets or kids, just us, so it will seem like a mansion!
If you would be so kind as to allow me to utilize your years of combined experience, I have a few questions off the top of my head (I have a list somewhere).
Let's say I want to take a shower, how long do I need to leave the water heater turned on before I'll have hot water? I would imagine this varies with the make and model, but hopefully some of you actually own a Seneca or Embark and can tell me from your experience.
Regarding the slides on these 2 model Jaycos, how do you know when to let go of the button when you're running them in or out? What happens if you wait an extra second? Will it burn the motor up? How touchy are those systems? How often do they break down? What happens if they stop working when they are out? Is there a manual over ride? how does that work?
If I pull into an RV park and connect my fresh water, can I tell from the outside when the tank is full or do I have to go inside and read the gauge?
I understand I can leave it connected while I'm in the park, but I wouldn't want to do that. I would like to just fill up my fresh water tank then remove the connection. Is this a good or bad idea?
How long do these huge tires last? They are massive.
Are there any mods or upgrades you guys have done that you think are super important?
I'm sure I'll think of something else, but that's enough for now right?
Thanks in advance for letting me pick your brains!