Hello to everyone !
I'm Tom of "Tom - Reds" , and although we have been members of this for a few months, this is our first posting. A little history. About three years ago we decided to get involved in RVing. At that time we didn't even know if we wanted to drag it or drive it. After thinking about how we wanted to use the RV and some basic research we decided on a Class "B" diesel motor home. So, off we went to Hershey. We live just outside of Philadelphia so it was just a two hour trip. We only went for one day, thinking that that would be enough time to pick something out. W R O N G ! ! ! Too many choices. We did however,decided that the "B's" were not for us. Too small overall, Wet baths and beds that need to be built, made up and taken apart every day would not work. We also discovered "B+" (or C-, same thing but "B+" sounds better than "C-")
Over the next year we went to smaller RV shows and did a lot of research on line. Last year we went to Hershey for three days. Much better!!!The time was well spent and saw a lot and we liked the versatility of the B+'s. Also we decided that the Ford V-10 chassis would work better than the M.B. for our usage level and circumstances(read $$)
Since then we have continued our Info gathering and went to more shows and local dealerships. I also spent a lot of time reading forums like this one (excellant), RV forum and others. Formost in this process we looked at construction methods, materials, and workmanship and tried not to be influenced by "eye candy" (Ron's words). After construction we looked for a true cold weather, three to three and a half season motor home and one that maximizes dry camping capabilities. Last, we considered floor plans. A walk around full to queen size bed and bath set up that can be closed off from the living/galley area is what would work for us. Also a comfortable sofa and a good size work table (maybe a non-slide dinette) in the living area. All this in 27 to 30 feet.
While all this may not be totally possible, we feel the three motor homes that we have narrowed it down to can come very close. We are considering a PC 2700 or 2910D, 2 units from the new (2010) factory direct mfgr in Ekhart, and one from a company in Mantoba.
So, all that brings us to now. Next week we head to Ireland with friends for some R&R and a football game (ND vs Navy). Reds suggested not to take any RV stuff along. I totally agree. Next month it's back to Hershey to talk with Reps from the three Motor home Mfgrs. Our time line to make a purchase is about a year from now. An end of year new 2013 or 2014.
We hope that some of you folks will comment on our process. What part or parts did we miss? What are your views on the PC's, cold weather and dry camping capabilities? What options or changes to a coach would enhance those capabilities? Any thing else that you could add or comment on would be greatly appreciated.
Tom and Reds
"All those who wander are not lost"