Howdy, With all the kids out of the house, My wife and I have decided to purchase a RV/fifth wheel to head west, taking advantage of my telecommuting job while she pursues her career dream for 12-18 months...and that's about as far into the planning that we have gotten. So, I figure the experts here could help me make a more informed decision for this lifestyle change as I have quickly fallen into "analysis paralysis" with my current research:
(1) First Time Buyer: I'm concerned that this could become a miserable experience if I don't make an informed purchase. We have been looking at used 5th wheels & a few RVs, but mostly private owners selling both truck & 5th-wheel (I like idea of packaged deal). I would greatly appreciate reference recommendations (books, web sites, etc.) for the first time buyer to provide myself some common sense purchasing considerations, lessons learned, and "what to watch for".
(2) Planning the trip: We'll take the setup on some shorter trips to become acquainted with the setup, but I really need some guidance and recommendations on planning the actual trip. Things such as RV parks along the way, how to make sure they are safe, financial planning, etc. I've already learned a fair amount on the forums here, but again, I would love reference materials to review with my co-pilot.
(2) RV living in Southern California: We would prefer to be in Northern L.A. area and have found one park already. When parking an RV, what sort of guidance, expectations, or recommendations (financial, lifestyle, maintenance, etc.) would you have?