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Old 10-23-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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DH wants a motorhome....oh my!

We went to the Pomona RV Show and DH has the bug and wants a new toy. This looks like it's going to be expensive, but I have my reservations. We have a 5er and often go on excursions once we set up camp. How expensive is it to set up a toad? We have 2 kids, 12 and 9 and feel a motorhome might be tight for us. For those with kids how tight is it when everyone is inside? DH liked the Greyhawk 31FK and the Precept 31UL.

Insurance... I hate to even ask and we won't mention California registration.

What will be the biggest change for us? Are the roofs fiberglass or rubber? Benefits ...drawbacks 5er versus motorhome?
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:39 AM   #2
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Greyhawk is rubber and the Precept is fiberglass. Getting a towbar, baseplates and supplemental brake system can run around $2,000 +. We've really enjoyed our two motorhomes, but since we spend more time in it since originally anticipated we are going back to a FW. Personally I don't want a class "A" since I want more between me and the bumper besides the windshield. (JMHO)
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:04 PM   #3
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Greyhawk is rubber and the Precept is fiberglass. Getting a towbar, baseplates and supplemental brake system can run around $2,000 +. We've really enjoyed our two motorhomes, but since we spend more time in it since originally anticipated we are going back to a FW. Personally I don't want a class "A" since I want more between me and the bumper besides the windshield. (JMHO)
Yep, agree with most of what Grumpy said. Precept..fiberglass roof, towbar, etc $2000.+.
We just moved from a 37' 5th wheel toyhauler to the 31 UL in July. Very pleased with the move. Space???????? with the 2 young ones will be different but with the cockpit seats rotating to become integral parts of the living area, it could be very doable. Precept has other models that include bunk bed styles.
Search on the threads for Precept & Greyhawk and you will find a considerable amount of info.
Not all vehicles can be a towed vehicle behind a MH so take that into consideration.
Good luck and don't hesitate to ask questions and search the threads.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:35 AM   #4
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Recently bought 31FK as our first MH. We initially had deals in place for two different Winnebagos but fortunately they fell apart. For the most part Jayco is better built and has more festures as stand than Sunssekers or Winnebago Premier editions. The 31FK floor plan for the TV IS THE BEST DESIGN in any similar sized rig.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:14 AM   #5
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I also have an FK and have to agree about the tv location. I have three small children and so far we have enough room. As for towig we have not tried it yet but we mostly do long weeked trips so we really dont need a car. I have also found that renting a car is cheaper then renting a golf cart go figure. The only thing i dont like about the class c is the low ccc (cargo capacity).
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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Wife wanted to go w/ a motorhome when we decided to upgrade from our 06 TT. In the end I won out and we bought a 2014 W hawk that offered everything we had on our wish list. We have taken several trips [2 Alaska and one to the Pacific NW] that would have required long cross country drives just to get to the place we wanted to visit. Our answer is to fly and rent a MH and spend all of our time on location rather than getting there. Before someone jumps up and says that getting there is half the fun, let me say that we have driven cross country more times than I can remember and I've seen enough of Kansas, East/Central Colorado, etc over the years.

The beauty of a TT or 5'er is once you're set up, the TV becomes your tour vehicle. No need for a small toad. In addition we don't have a $75k , 85k, or much higher vehicle sitting out behind the house 10 months out of the year and all the insurance and maintenence that comes with a motor home. In our final decision, a new longer TT with more features and creature comforts won out and after 1 1/2 years with it we have never regreted our decision.

there is no right answer on this one, just personal preferences.
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Wife wanted to go w/ a motorhome when we decided to upgrade from our 06 TT. In the end I won out and we bought a 2014 W hawk that offered everything we had on our wish list. We have taken several trips [2 Alaska and one to the Pacific NW] that would have required long cross country drives just to get to the place we wanted to visit. Our answer is to fly and rent a MH and spend all of our time on location rather than getting there. Before someone jumps up and says that getting there is half the fun, let me say that we have driven cross country more times than I can remember and I've seen enough of Kansas, East/Central Colorado, etc over the years.

The beauty of a TT or 5'er is once you're set up, the TV becomes your tour vehicle. No need for a small toad. In addition we don't have a $75k , 85k, or much higher vehicle sitting out behind the house 10 months out of the year and all the insurance and maintenence that comes with a motor home. In our final decision, a new longer TT with more features and creature comforts won out and after 1 1/2 years with it we have never regreted our decision.

there is no right answer on this one, just personal preferences.
Just to make it clear, we use our TT for a lengthy trip to the Gulf in Jan / Feb, several long weekends to meet up with the grandkids, and a driver trip in the Spring and or Fall. We just got back from a week on the Blueridge Parkway.
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It's just a matter of finding what suits your needs before you spend all your $$$$ experimenting. We had a TT then a MH and finally settled on a fifth wheel. That is what meets our lifestyle needs. We are on our third and hopefully fifth wheel.
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If and when you shop for a flat towed vehicle, make sure you check the specs for the specific vehicle you are buying. The specs change from year-to-year and model-to-model. Checking the owners manual for the car you are buying can save you from getting a surprise.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:14 PM   #10
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We just recently traded our TT in for the Greyhawk 31FS. Better fit for our needs with the kids when traveling. Trying to figure out now what my toad is gonna be. It is all about what fits your family the best. I wish I could hit the lottery because then I could have my choice of what to take based on where we are going.
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