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Best RV type


Ok so here is the question what in anyone's opinion is the best type of rv for traveling with a newborn? Your thoughts and opinions are needed and welcome. I currently have a 36ft fifth wheel and I feel that it is fit for us just not an infant. I am planning on purchasing a different  rv and was thinking a class A in the 36 foot plus length and a toad. My reasoning is that I think it would be difficult traveling with our dogs in the my current truck with the baby and all. So no one asks my truck is a 98 dodge ram 3500 extended cab.



-- Edited by wildbill2673 on Thursday 17th of April 2014 12:04:28 AM

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I can see the problem with the dogs moving around and having your baby in a car seat. You could place a barrier which would restrict the dogs to an area of the cab away from the car seat.

We carried our dogs in a box I built in the front section of the pickup bed. It had a large rectangular hole cut out in the wall that faced the hitch. I covered the hole with heavy metal screen. The lid stuck up above the bed rail an 1 1/2. I put a roof vent in the lid that could be raised when stopped to provide additional air.  I split the lid in two (one large section on curb side and a smaller section on driver side) the lids lifted up towards the cab.

The box had plenty of room for our two medium sized dogs a non tip water bowl. I had two of the cedar filled dog beds for them to lay on.



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I would prefer traveling in a motorhome when sportin' a baby around. Just handier while traveling and have to tend to the baby. With a trailer have to pull over, stop, get out of the truck, go to the trailer. Not to mention if got ugly weather to deal with. Even if have to pull over with the motorhome you just stay inside and deal with what you have to. As far as the dogs.......................Put them up for adoption and keep the baby.

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A long time ago we stayed at a park that catered to traveling carneys and circus performers. Most of them had children, pets and lived in fifth wheels. I guess that since babies and children grow so fast they were used to deal with the inconveniences. The idea of a waterproof, comfortable crate for your dogs sounds good to me.

By the way, Trailer King, PETA and the thought police are looking for you, they're not happy. On the other hand, the ones that screamed at the family with a toddler in a sailboat are looking for Wildbill. You can't win nohow.

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     OK adopting out the dogs is really not an option, one is around eleven and has earned his semi retirement from ranching and farming. The other is all most two and they are family.

 

      As far as putting them in a special box in the box of the truck nice idea just not for me and the displacement a tool chest, I really dislike moving things if I do not have to.

 

     I was thinking about a class A for multiple reasons as stated before you do not have to get from tow vehicle to living space in a class a in bad weather, more room for animals while going down the road, also living space will be warmed by rv engine while going down the road, can just pull off the road at a whim and boondock easier there are others just really think it would be a better idea at this time just looking for others experiences just to make sure I was not over looking something.

      The count down clock has started for an 18 year break from full timing it in four years or less.



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We full-timed for 12 years in Motorhomes and some of the things we really liked about traveling in them was the convenience of not having to go outside at rest areas etc. when just making a pit stop. Also, when you stop for the day, your living area is already at a comfortable temperature, (cool in summer and warm when it is cold outside), as you can run the AC if the MH has a generator, (like most do),or furnace while traveling. 

You do lose some living space in a MH, but not a real lot if the front seats swivel around to face the living area. Because of physical limitations and our style of travel it was the best type of RV for us.

Good luck in your search,

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As for the pets, with either type of RV, a pet being loose inside can become a projectile should one have to do an emergency stop.

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our dogs get strapped in and the cats would be secured in the bedroom so no flying objects.

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How much do you plan on moving? That would make the decision for me. I would not choose one over the other STRICTLY on convenience while in motion, although that would be a factor.

I always advise people who ask to look at the "normal" use of the RV or particular items you are trying to decide on. Choosing one way or the other based on the 1% usage case is probably not a wise decision.

For example: some will state that they choose a MH BECAUSE they do not have to get out in the rain and walk back to the trailer when stopping. SO lets look at that....A typical fulltimer travels around 7-10K miles a year. And most do not travel in rain routinely. Although it can happen. So the number of times you will encounter this situation and be "inconvenienced" is rather small. NOT a good selection criteria IMO. You LIVE in the RV 24/7/365. Make living the primary factor in choosing...not some extreme condition like "I can drive away if someone makes me uncomfortable". That particular one I hear a LOT. Thing is - in 14 years fulltiming it has never happened to me....not to say it could not.

Now to dispel some misinformation about trailers. A PROPERLY setup trailer can have all the items a motorhome has. Dishwasher, in-floor heat, genset, inverter, tile shower, etc. etc. There really is no difference if you do not want there to be. I can (and have) run my AC in the trailer while driving so the rig is cool when getting to a site. Happens once about every 5 years.....

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Jack Mayer wrote:

For example: some will state that they choose a MH BECAUSE they do not have to get out in the rain and walk back to the trailer when stopping. SO lets look at that....A typical fulltimer travels around 7-10K miles a year. And most do not travel in rain routinely. Although it can happen. So the number of times you will encounter this situation and be "inconvenienced" is rather small. NOT a good selection criteria IMO. You LIVE in the RV 24/7/365. Make living the primary factor in choosing...not some extreme condition like "I can drive away if someone makes me uncomfortable". That particular one I hear a LOT. Thing is - in 14 years fulltiming it has never happened to me....not to say it could not.


I agree those are not good reasons for getting a MH over a trailer.  I have a MH and pulled into camp when it was raining. I tried to wait out the storm, but the storm outlasted me and eventually I had to go out in the rain and hook-up (rained for three days). This is not always the case, but sometimes you're going to get wet. Also the quick get away if somebody makes you uncomfortable only works if you don't have a trailer or car to hook up first.



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ok something I forgot to mention is that my wife does not drive our current rig.

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