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Old Mar 19, 2017, 11:07 AM   #1
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The wife wants to cut back to 3 days working per week so we picked up a 23 year-old USA Europa motor home (23 ft.) for $10K. Added another $3K for brakes, shocks, hoses, etc. Took off for Santa Paula this past weekend for a shakeout cruise about 120 miles North. Took us more than 4 hours through heavy (typical) traffic in LA and North along the 101 to Ventura. The motor home performed well and was very comfortable as we parked at a KOA campground that included tents, trailers, 5th wheels and a few $200K + motor homes. The return trip to Huntington Beach was just at grueling traffic-wise. We definitely needed more than 2 nights of camping to make the trip worthwhile.
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We averaged only 10.5 MPG, but most of the trip was constant stop-and-go and about 10-15 mph. Should do better on the open road. Here is Pam with our travel companions.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 11:12 AM   #3
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Weather was perfect for mid-March. Took long walks, read, and slept like babies.
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That sounds like a nice addition to your lifestyle. I've thought of renting one to try it out on a trip or two. Looking forward to photo tales of your travels!

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We've done RV'ng for years, though not in 10 years. Renting is a good idea to see if you like it -- and which size/type fits your needs. Lots of beautiful country in your area. I went to college down the road in Wilmore (Asbury).
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Like Jehan, my wife & I were considering renting one for a trip to Yellowstone. She won't fly and needs to lie down every now and then due to a bad back. Problem is I couldn't locate a place to rent one in our area. So... end of THAT story.
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Yikes, Gary. That's surprising. You may also know that lots of private parties rent out their units. You might check Craigslist.
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