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I think I finally made my decision. 2021 Jayco Alante 27A, it has about 14K miles on it. I have a test drive scheduled for later this week and if I like I may make the purchase by the weekend from my local La Mesa RV. I already am pre approved for financing through Good Sam. The price is pretty good but I hope to be able to negotiate a few thousand more off the price based on what I see as the average retail range on JDPower for that coach.

I was also considering a 2020 Thor ACE 27.7 but it sold before I could test drive it.

After doing lots of research I decided a smaller Class A would more suit my wife and I than a Class C. I looked at a ton of different floor plans, watched YouTube videos and of course went to shows…decided on used over new as it is just more economical. Had to factor in storage and insurance as well.

 

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Awesome! I reached the same conclusion (small class A rather than a class C). I had to convince my wife, so fortunately it worked out :) I have the same floorplan as yours, but the ward and bathroom are flipped.

I think you dodged a bullet with the Thor. I test drove a Thor and it felt like it was going to fall apart driving down the road. I went with a used 32ft Winnebago with 13k miles. It's been fantastic.

I'm curious what the interest rate is nowadays. We were at 6% when we bought it 4 years ago, but have since paid it off. I'm sure rates are pretty unfriendly at the moment.

If I could provide any advice, I'd say: 1)Buy the extended warranty...you're going to use it! 2)Take good notes at your walkthru...there is a lot to learn, especially for a first time owner.

Looking forward to pics after you buy it! The view driving down the road in a class A is incredible...a whole new world! I bring a swiffer with me when I travel so I can keep the windshield clean :)
 
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I was approved for 6.37% interest rate--which was below the posted rate on their website of 7.49%. The dealer thinks they can compete so I will give them a shot.

Good advice, I am 100% planning on getting the extended warranty and will also be joining Good Sam.

The dealer said the walk thru includes about a 2 hour orientation on how everything works, I will have no choice but to take notes, that much information will be a lot to absorb.
 
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I did the test drive yesterday, I was surprised at how easy it handled. A few things to get used to from driving a car for years, braking distance, taking right turns wider than usual and not being one of the fastest vehicles on the road (I am not a lead foot but I am a 10MPH over type of guy). I decided to make the purchase after I did the drive.

I did a full walk around, didn't notice any defects, I tested what I could--basically the slides, electrical and drive--didn't do anything with the plumbing. The dealer does however schedule me to bring it back in after 30 days where they will address any issues I noticed in the first month of ownership.

I spent my day after the drive going around to find an affordable RV storage facility that had spots available, the snowbirds come down with their RVs and buy up most of the available spaces. I found one that is fully paved, has 24 hour security, RV dump station and a wash bay--he had 1 spot left to fit my coach (it's a 35 foot spot for my 30 footer)...it's an uncovered spot but that isn't a huge deal for me. I also finalized the insurance, got the Good Sam extended warranty (cheaper and more comprehensive than the dealership offer) and roadside assistance.

I won't pick it up until the 21st, I could have picked it up this week but my schedule is pretty packed so I pushed it to then.
 

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I did the test drive yesterday, I was surprised at how easy it handled. A few things to get used to from driving a car for years, braking distance, taking right turns wider than usual and not being one of the fastest vehicles on the road (I am not a lead foot but I am a 10MPH over type of guy). I decided to make the purchase after I did the drive.

I did a full walk around, didn't notice any defects, I tested what I could--basically the slides, electrical and drive--didn't do anything with the plumbing. The dealer does however schedule me to bring it back in after 30 days where they will address any issues I noticed in the first month of ownership.

I spent my day after the drive going around to find an affordable RV storage facility that had spots available, the snowbirds come down with their RVs and buy up most of the available spaces. I found one that is fully paved, has 24 hour security, RV dump station and a wash bay--he had 1 spot left to fit my coach (it's a 35 foot spot for my 30 footer)...it's an uncovered spot but that isn't a huge deal for me. I also finalized the insurance, got the Good Sam extended warranty (cheaper and more comprehensive than the dealership offer) and roadside assistance.

I won't pick it up until the 21st, I could have picked it up this week but my schedule is pretty packed so I pushed it to then.

Congrats! Looking forward to a couple photos.
 
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Unfortunately I broke the camera on my iPhone, a 50 lb dumbbell wins every time versus an iPhone--funny enough everything else works. So pics may be a while.

Here is a link to not my motorhome but the exact make, model, year and with the same options (overhead bunk, modern farmhouse interior package).

 

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Unfortunately I broke the camera on my iPhone, a 50 lb dumbbell wins every time versus an iPhone--funny enough everything else works. So pics may be a while.

Here is a link to not my motorhome but the exact make, model, year and with the same options (overhead bunk, modern farmhouse interior package).


That's freakin' sick, dude!
 
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I pick up the RV today. I was told to expect to spend 3 hours there as they go over every system and component to the coach one on one with me. Should be done just in time to get settled to watch the US play Wales in the World Cup.

Spent the past week getting things I need off of Amazon or at Target/Walmart. It’s like getting stuff for a new apartment…towels, bedding, dishes, not to mention RV specific stuff like hoses etc.

Also since my wife is nervous about driving it I signed us both up for RV driving school the week before Christmas. It’s 2 6 hour days, cost $$$ but worth it if it gives my wife some confidence when it comes to driving, I am sure I will learn some stuff too.
 

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I pick up the RV today. I was told to expect to spend 3 hours there as they go over every system and component to the coach one on one with me. Should be done just in time to get settled to watch the US play Wales in the World Cup.

Spent the past week getting things I need off of Amazon or at Target/Walmart. It’s like getting stuff for a new apartment…towels, bedding, dishes, not to mention RV specific stuff like hoses etc.

Also since my wife is nervous about driving it I signed us both up for RV driving school the week before Christmas. It’s 2 6 hour days, cost $$$ but worth it if it gives my wife some confidence when it comes to driving, I am sure I will learn some stuff too.

Smart. The best way to tackle those fears is to build up knowledge and confidence. I'm sure it will be well worth the investment.

I've always hoped to go down this road (yeah, I'm punny) someday, so your experience is very timely and invaluable! Appreciate you!
 
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La Mesa RV had a big red ribbon on my RV and a big sign congratulating me for my purchase. Super thorough with the walk through and they did a great job detailing it to have it ready for me to take home. Much better experience than dealing with car dealers.
 
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Pics are with the slides in, I forgot to take pics with e slides out LOL
 

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