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Old 08-23-2015, 10:09 PM   #1
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Thinking of Transitioning from TT to Class A or C

Other than price, floor plan, fabric, and fit & finish, what should a guy consider to determine if transitioning to a class A or C is a good idea or not? Any help with this decision would be appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:27 PM   #2
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One factor that pushed me towards a motorhome years ago was travelling with young children (now I have graduated to grandchildren!) and my parents and in-laws when they were alive. The ability to have everyone in the coach while driving has been a blessing. A bathroom is instantly available, as well as snacks or drinks for them and the driver! For the kids, having the dinette space available for on-the-road games helped pass the time, as well as having TV with that can be viewed by the passengers going down the road while a DVD movie plays. And passenger napping is usually more comfortable when you can stretch out a bit, as compared to the cab of a truck while on the road with a group. And to get the space I would want today in a trailer would probably mean a 5th wheel, so many of them are gorgeous inside and out! But I would have no other reason to own a suitable tow vehicle at this stage of my life. Many others today decide they do want a truck even when they are not towing. More power to them, whatever you can afford and want is great!

I know I spent more on my MH than many do on a trailer/tow vehicle combo, but I like travelling in my unit and having those amenities right there while going down the road. I do tow a car, I actually have both a '13 Focus and a '14 Explorer set up to go depending on who is (or is not) with the DW and I. But if you tow a vehicle, that brings a whole other set of decisions that have to be made such as flat tow, dolly, stick shift, towable automatic, etc.

I am on my third Class C now, never regretted going the MH route.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:32 PM   #3
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Considered a MH when upgrading our TT but stayed with the TT after considering our usage pattern, front end cost, need for a toad, and the realization that I would end up with a $$$$$$ [fill in the figure] motorized vehicle sitting in storage for most of its life getting a max of 10k - 12k miles per year.

Bought a White Hawk and upgraded to a Duramax that we use regularly for non towing and towing. The WH doesn't require any regular maintanence other than the wheel bearings and winterizing.

Going MH is in my opinion a lifestyle issue and if you place extra value on creature comforts while on the road, a MH might be your ticket. Keep in mind that Many MH's with multi slides have limited interior access when closed and on the road.
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I did a truck camper years back and every time you want to move everything had to be packed. I like being able to drop and use the TV to get around. With a toad you have two vehicles to maintain. I have slowed down and don't drive over 250-300 miles a day most of the time and I can get all my travel companions in the my super cab. Having everyone together could in a class A could be fun while traveling.
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I agree with Bassdogs, We sold our class A MH then bought a White Hawk and a Duramax which we drive almost every day.Now the wife's car sit in the garage for weeks at a time.
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I did a truck camper years back and every time you want to move everything had to be packed. I like being able to drop and use the TV to get around. With a toad you have two vehicles to maintain. I have slowed down and don't drive over 250-300 miles a day most of the time and I can get all my travel companions in the my super cab. Having everyone together could in a class A could be fun while traveling.
X2 You are "king of the road going down the road" but MH lose there advantages when you get to your destination. Most MH's don't have the room of a FW or even some TT's when you are set up and you still have to pull another complete drive train!! And if you can't get a pull thru spot in the campground, you have to unhook the toad just to park for the night!!
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I agree with Bassdogs, We sold our class A MH then bought a White Hawk and a Duramax which we drive almost every day.Now the wife's car sit in the garage for weeks at a time.
Great minds think alike! Like I said MH's are a lifestyle and great for those whose usage pattern involves a lot of roadwork with passengers. There are also as many negatives as positives. When we overnite at a WallyWorld, we simply find a flat spot off to the side and put out the slide and we are good to go for the nite. Same at a rest area for a brief comfort stop and lunch. Close up [and do a double check] and back on the road in no time. Like the convienence of a truck after we set up as we use it to transport kayaks, firewood, and sometimes friends to the beach.

Before you jump on a MH, suggest you rent one and take a trip. We went that direction twice in Alaska and again in Oregon. Fly, rent, RV, and fly home. Spent our time on the vacation and not on the road just driving to our destination. You will get a feel of MH'ing and can decide if it makes sense for you. For trips where getting there is part of the fun, we pull the WHawk. For our trips [even some long ones] East of the Mississippi we decided the WHawk was the ticket.
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Yes i agree a mh is the way to go if you want comfort on the road .
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Thanks folks! Lots to consider but hard to adequately weight the pros and cons pointed out. I guess it's all about what's considered convenient and at what cost. I like my TT and the fact I have something to putt around in while at the destination. If I want a toad with the MH, I'm still towing and still need to uncouple. Again, thanks for the comments.
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Thanks folks! Lots to consider but hard to adequately weight the pros and cons pointed out. I guess it's all about what's considered convenient and at what cost. I like my TT and the fact I have something to putt around in while at the destination. If I want a toad with the MH, I'm still towing and still need to uncouple. Again, thanks for the comments.
Like I said, try renting a MH and see how you feel after a week on the road. You've experienced the TT thing, so you will be able to contrast the difference. Yes there are +/- with a MH. Maybe that will help. It is a big $$ decision and not one that you want to make on a whim.
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