My wife thinks that an RV would be awesome. We went to an RV show today. We are total noobs.
I’m sure there are some dopers with RV’s and I would welcome the voice of experience. I don’t even know half the questions to ask.
We’re a family of 5. Three girls 14 and twins are 10. Will want to be able to travel with them all as they grow. Overnight/3 day weekend trips in Northwest Washington, take it when we go crabbing for the day, spring break week, 2 week trip in the summer, maybe something at Christmas or winter break.
Also have a sister in law and set of in laws that would be nice to travel with but only occasionally. If an RV is big enough to accommodate all 8 of us, then we could also invite another small family or friends of the kids when the relatives aren’t with us.
Some rambling background:
However, I have never driven anything so big. I’m thinking while a 33 foot Winnie Minnie would be great once you’re at the destination, not only would it be a pain to drive, there are probably roads that you can’t take it on getting to National Parks or even California Highway 1. And I know once you get to the campground, it’s probably too big to want to take it to get to the store much less the trailhead. And I know I don’t want to pull a car behind an RV.
I want something on the Ford F350 or F450 platform. Just 'cause unless one of the teeming can convince me otherwise.
Looked at the Itasca Spirit. I think it was 25 or 28 feet. That looked a lot more practical for just my family. We do have to decide (if we do the RV thing), if it’s just for the 5 of us or trying to do more folks.
Also have looked at some Forrest River RV’s. The one with the bunk bed is too long. The extended family liked the Winnie Minnie better anyway (and it’s cheaper).
So, like some practical feedback on sizes? What’s too big or too restrictive because of size? How do you deal with the sewage waste when you get home? Assume you dump it at the last RV site, but what do you do when you use it on the way back home? Can it just stay in the tank or do you need to empty it? I’ve got a 45 foot driveway, so I assume I can just park it there, but do you find that a convience or a hassle and try to find a parking place somewhere for the low usage season? What are the gotchas newbies never think of? How much is insurance? How much is upkeep?
I’m sure I’ll have more questions but would really appreciate some RV owners chiming in on their experience.