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  • 03/01/2012 4:10 PM
    Message # 841166
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  • 04/02/2012 10:45 AM
    Reply # 874517 on 841166

    My husband and I are contemplating purchasing our first RV - a 2012 Fleetwood Storm - does anyone have any recommendations of what to look for in the RV as well as possible pitfalls to avoid when you first purchase an RV.



  • 04/02/2012 7:26 PM
    Reply # 879330 on 841166
    Harry Salit

    I cannot tell you about the Storm but since this is your first RV I would  highly reccomend that you rent one for a week or two to make sure you like that life style. 

    You will probably spend around $100,000  for the new RV so 2 weeks rent is cheap in comparison.  Maybe you could even rent a Storm, it is a popular RV, if you search around.  Maybe  dealer would rent you one & the rent could apply towards the purchase price.

    Good luck,


  • 05/06/2012 1:01 PM
    Reply # 913063 on 841166
    Rich Golden

    I agree with Harry.  Unless you've already experienced the RV life and are firmly convinced this is the way you want to go I would rent one first to make sure.  It's a great life, whether full or part time. 

    I rented a medium sized Class C, then owned a large 5th Wheel, and now on my 3rd Class A (two were gas and one was a diesel pusher).  A fifth wheel is my preferred mode but my wife prefers the Class A. 
    We have a Class A, ‘nuf said.  If I had to do it all over again I would not buy new.  Be prepared for differing opinions on that point.  I would look for a one or two year old model.  My rationale:  several of the 'kinks' have already been addressed and the initial depreciation is out of the way.  And, in my humble opinion, the desired features do not change that much from year to year, if at all.  So last year’s model will provide as much pleasure and entertainment as the new one, and at considerable savings. 

    There are dramatic differences between the various manufacturers and their respective product lines.   But, generally speaking, in the case of a Class A, you sit in the front portion to drive; you cook, eat, and entertain in the middle portion; and go to the bathroom, shower, and sleep in the rear portion.  Now it is a matter of how much comfort, convenience, and powertrain you are willing to budget for in each of those three portions of the rig.  With that in mind, I would check out several of the features in several of the RVs.  Don’t solely rely on a salesperson’s input.  I'm convinced RV owners are some of the nicest folks in the world.  Generally, they love to talk about their rig.  So don't be bashful about visiting campgrounds and asking folks about the various features they have or wish they had.  Or, perhaps, a feature they could do without.  Their incite is invaluable for any buyer, first time or repeat buyer. 

    Also, peek in the service bays at any RV dealer.  Regardless of type (Class A, Class C, etc.), cost, size, diesel or gas, or age, they all have problems; some major and some minor.  Routine, at least factory recommended, preventative maintenance on both the chassis and the coach is essential.  It sure beats the cost and inconvenience of performing corrective maintenance.   Show me an RV owner without a warranty who experienced a major malfunction and I will show you an ‘unhappy camper’.  Therefore, I would strongly recommend purchasing an Extended Warranty.  And also shop for the features that fits your budget (i.e. coverage,  deductible amount, etc.) too.  An Extended Warranty can get expensive but they do provide a warm glow in the pit of the tummy knowing that major repair bills are covered.  And in the context of  an RV a major repair bill can run several hundred or into the thousands of dollars.

    Sorry for my rambling.  Volumes could be written to cover all the aspects involved in the choice of an RV buyer.  Owning an RV is much more complex than owning a passenger car but the basics are the same:  What is your budget? How are you going to use the vehicle?  What is the towing/hauling capacity? What features do you want? And, equally important, take good care of the vehicle. 

    I wish you well in your new venture. Good luck.  Drive a safe rig and drive safely.

  • 05/14/2012 6:50 PM
    Reply # 920224 on 841166
    Deleted user

    1. welcome to this site;

    2. tell us the general area your from,

    3. there might be someone very close to you all, that would be more than Happy to help you-If you were in My area, Southern Va, i would let you all spend a weekend in my 34 ft Bounder  just to help out-IN MY DRIVEWAY or yd, Insurance won't allow you to drive off somewhere.

    4. renting Might scare you if you hadn't ever driven something this Big-not knowing about Wide turns etc-

    good luck---PS this is my 4th motorhome & second Fleetwood one.I also have a fleetwood Travel Trailer.

    rich in southern va.

  • 05/28/2012 1:41 PM
    Reply # 933027 on 841166
    Find that I Have to let go of our 2011 Storm 28MS with only 7500 miles due to health reasons....Are you still looking for a unit like this ?
  • 07/01/2012 8:37 AM
    Reply # 989512 on 841166
    Deleted user
    Does Anyone know where drain plug is on a 08 pace arrow. differential. I wan't to change my fluid.
  • 04/12/2013 9:02 PM
    Reply # 1267537 on 841166
    Sam & Ginny Whitaker (Administrator)
    What type of chassis is it on? They built the motor home on two type of chassis.Some are on workhorse and some on the Ford V-10.
  • 04/14/2013 7:29 AM
    Reply # 1268252 on 841166
    Deleted user
    Second the recommendation about don't buy new. We did the first time and took a bath when we traded up. there are so many low mileage like new Motor homes out there. 
  • 06/15/2016 11:19 AM
    Reply # 4077209 on 841166

    Have a 2015 Fleetwood Storm. Having a issue with the grey water tank sending units. The light panel will show full when I know the tank is maybe half full. trying to make sense out of this. Any ideas? 

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