Would I like to have one of these? Why sure, but a Marathon or Newell Class A diesel pusher rolling mansion is not in our budget until I we finally win the lottery. Until then our Tuscany has all the features we desire and she has been a wonderful coach.
This is a Prevost by Marathon, so beautiful.
For 6 years we enjoyed our 32' Keystone Everest 5th wheel, this coach took us to many wonderful places and we had 2 slide outs, we were so happy. Generally a 5th wheel will be more spacious and have more cabinet space too. The 2001 Ford F-250 Powerstroke diesel was a hoss, I loved that truck, 209,000 miles and still going strong! Kathy took this picture from her car as she followed, we were on our way through Utah. We wanted to enjoy Kathy's Mercedes Benz SLK-230, so she followed in her car and we got to enjoy it at our destinations. Her following was inconvenient, since she was in her car and we were not together, plus the additional fuel costs. We loved our 5th wheel, but we just wanted to experience the motorcoach life, and so far I'm glad we did.
From beautiful Winchester Bay, Oregon to
the Rio Grand Valley of Texas
and the beach site at Mayport Naval Station, Jacksonville, FL
So which is better? Tough question, but here is my opinion.
5th wheel probably has more living and cabinet space. Motorhome will have more basement storage.
If you are going to spend a lot of time in one place, a 5th wheel may be more practical unless money is not an object. After all, why have a big motorhome that just sits for extended periods?
If you are travelers, the motorhome is so much more comfortable. Two hours in the pickup and your back and legs are killing you, but in a motorhome you can cruise all day sitting high in the leather capt. chairs looking out of the giant windshield at all the beauty the USA has to offer.
Have to go to the bathroom, no problem, just go. Of course I'm talking about the passenger, driver still has to stop. The air ride suspension proves much more comfortable than the tugging and pulling of the 5th wheel behind the truck.
Time for lunch, Kathy fixes it while we travel if the weather is bad or we don't want to stop. One of our favorite things is to stop at a pretty rest stop and enjoy an outdoor lunch, often parking by other RVers and exchange greetings and stories.
You tow your car behind the motorhome, so when you arrive at your destination you have all the transportation you need. We use a tow bar, I do not like the tow dolly. The dolly requires much more work to load and unload your car,plus you have to store the dolly.
Yes, a motorhome can be expensive to maintain, what toy isn't? Boats, motorcycles, and even cars are expensive, but to play you have to pay... right? The memories you make are hard to put a price on. Let's say we have a $2000 repair issue, yes it's a lot of money but we have not paid property taxes and utilities for many years so the money is available for repairs. If you go full time, have money in reserve! Thanks to the internet many issues can be resolved yourself if you just put out a little effort.
You don't get views like this from an airplane. The view as we head to Arizona, I love the desert and mountains.
This is our site at Galveston Island, the Gulf is in view from our windows.
Whatever you choose to buy, my personal opinion is (1): don't buy new, get a 1 or 2 year old rig that probably has the bugs worked out, (2 )don't pay "doc fees" when you buy it,and (3) don't buy extended warranties. No financial expert that I have heard has recommended extended warranties. Take that same money and put into a bank account, draw some interest, and then use it for repairs that MIGHT be needed, I have read so many horror stories from fellow RVers that were ripped off due to all the exclusions in the fine print. Remember, these companies are here to make money, not dish it out to us because they want to be nice and help us. As always, discuss this with your financial adviser or professional.