Selecting the Right RV

Buying the RV was a fun process. We started researching the types in June and bought our 2006 Four Winds Hurricane Class A in October. It’s 31 feet long, which is on the small end of a Class A. This is the kind you drive and people (and dogs!) can hang out in the RV when it’s moving. There are multiple types with significant differences so we studied them to figure out which was the right one for us. Once we figured out the basic type, we put together a complete list of criteria and started serious looking.

RV at the Dealer - Copyright © Timm & Theresa Martin

Some of the key reasons we went with the Four Winds Hurricane Class A 31 foot RV.

  1. We’ll be driving about 20,000 miles so having one we can move around in while it’s on the road was critical. This meant we needed either a Class A or Class C.
  2. We needed maximum capacity for “boon docking” or “dry docking.” This means you’re off by yourself somewhere or in a campground without an hook up to water or electricity so your RV has to have enough water and power to sustain your usage. Class As have about twice the water tank and power generation capabilities vs. Class Cs.
  3. Many parks we’ll visit limit the size of the RV to less than 35 feet.
  4. We decided on a gas powered RV vs. diesel. “Diesel pushers” are about twice the cost of gas powered RVs. What we lose in this decision is power up hills. We’ll see if that was a good decision when we’re traveling around the Rocky Mountains and up the AlCan (Alaskan / Canadian) Highway!
  5. We had a price range in mind that we needed to keep the cost under in order to meet our budget for the trip.

This was probably the most important decision we made because we’re going to live in that RV for a whole year!

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