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Monday, July 06, 2009


Did you get As on your term papers in college? That is one of the most thorough reports on having a second vehicle I've ever seen. Acutally it is the only one I've ever seen. But it was well done and included some of your trade mark humor.

Job well done.

Thank you so much! We have read your previous posts a couple times. Now it's all in one blog which we'll keep. The decision isn't final, but we're leaning on doing the same thing for the same reasons.

You make a great case for a second vehicle, but in doing so, you've lessened the argument for a 5th wheel over a MH. Two motors to maintain, for example. Driving separately. Parking issues. Sounds like the MH solution is not such a bad one after all. Other pros/cons remain, but all in all, we are very happy with our choice of a MH with a toad. Besides, we are also able to haul our second vehicle, our Goldwing, on a lift on the back of the MH. Most 5th wheels don't have the framing to support that extra load. However, now we have 3 motors to maintain. 8^)

-- jc&bev

No spousal passenger inspections and comments about wild hairs growing from my eyebrows, ears, or nose

My husband loved this one!!!

Our friends tried to tell us we would not be happy with a 5th wheel after having a motorhome.

Not true. More room, more of a home feeling. Husband likes only having one motor to worry about.

Sure you can't get up and walk back to the fridge or the bathroom while on the road but since I'm the one who does the driving I have to pull over anyway for the bathroom break so it doesn't matter either way to me.

It really comes down to personal preference and there is no perfect RV for everyone.

One big pro is the reduced mileage on the F450. At your current rate it will be years before you will need to replace it. The Liberty will be much cheaper to replace, when the time comes. So here again it is a win situation.
We also follow with a Toyota Camry, and two way radios. It never really occurres to use that we are in different vehicles. We have never been charged extra!

Wow! Thank you so much!!! I am the author of the question posted in the Forum. Your complete and thorough discussion of your decision, choice of vehicle, and statistics concerning additional cost and time spent driving apart was so very helpful.
This is the first time I have ever posted a question to a fourm and I have been so pleased and awed by the response by you and others fulltimers.
It has been quite a journey for us (as I'm sure it is for most folks) as we prepare to go fulltiming. Having the ablilty to get answers and excellent advice to your many questions from fellow fulltimers is so invaluable.
Terry and Linda thank you so much for all your efforts and support. We look forward to meeting you in October @ the RV-Dreams Rally!

We used your ideas when considering taking Kathy's car with us versus selling/storing. Even though we have only been on the road 3 wks, we already see the advantages you mention.

Once again thanks for the advise.

Alan & Kathy

Great recap and I loved the "additional pro's"

I most like the Pros (1) to (8) and especially the first one and the last one.

I'm glad I read this. My husband and I have just begun to think about full-timing in 10-15 years (I'm 32 currently; my husband is going in 38) after we are debt-free and have saved up some cushion funds. I'm just beginning our research, but we like the floorplans of the 5th wheels more than motorhomes... but not the idea of driving a HUGE truck around locally. This is exactly what I needed to read. :)

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