Question How many RV's have you owned?

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Midlothian, VA
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2017
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Newmar
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Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
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2017 Chevy Colorado
As many know, I'm in my first ever RV, a 2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, loving it. I ordered it without knowing if I'd even like RV'ing, it was an impulse buy, one with very little research after a rainy weekend visit to the local RV show event just for something to do. Stepping in a "bus" as I've always admired I was amazed at how much space was in these things, a residential frig, microwave, shower, washer/dryer, etc. etc. I was set on either the Dutch Star or Ventana but knew I wanted all electric and not have to deal with propane, I prefer simplicity where possible. I wanted the Dutch Star but the salesman talked me into the Ventana, hey, I thought those 365's looked so much cooler :)

3 months of sleepless nights, watching the movie "RV" with Robbin Williams, then arriving for factory pickup, aka training as I had no clue about these things. Well worth it! I've loved it since day one, well not sure I loved it then as it was overwhelming and seemingly as complicated as the A-10's I used to fly, short of the weaponry (hmmm, a mod idea!). I very much enjoy seeing new things to see, going to new campgrounds and destinations.

So for me it's one RV so far, heavily "made it mine" which makes it that much more enjoyable. Newmar has been wonderful to deal with for warranty, service, repairs and the Newmar community has been the best ever. Having left the Air Force in 2003 and with that leaving all of my friends behind and scattered throughout, I really didn't have a passion for anything after flying A-10's in the Air Force. Kind of hard to compete with that! RVing which started for me in 2017 gave me a new passion. This web site is a continuation of that passion by seeding the community of the future on a modern extendable platform, and I hope if I can find time beyond my software business duties to create RV related apps, etc.

While I digressed a little (a lot) I'd love to hear everyone else's story of your camping and RVing life. Mainly what RV's have you owned, share any stories about them, compare them, and let us all know your RV history.

Tell us how many and what kind of RV's you've owned, as much detail as you desire.
  1. 2017 Newmar Ventana 4037 on Freightliner XCR
 
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No Where In Particular
RV Year
2020
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4369
RV Length
43’ 9”
TOW/TOAD
2016 Colorado
I was raised as a kid with the benefit of parents that took us camping and enjoying the outdoors, so RVing has been a way of life.

DW and I actually took our honeymoon (along time ago) up the coast of California in a pickup and 9’ camper on the back. Over the years we have had 5 RVs, 4 class A. We got our first Newmar in preparation of retirement, a DS 4018 which as purchased new. We decided we would continue full time and that the DS 4369 would fit our needs better and made the change in Dec 2019. We are very happy with this coach and feel that if there is another it would be with a change of lifestyle and downsizing.

Hopefully we can all get back to RVing without restrictions soon.
 
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Location
Fort Myers, FL
RV Year
2019
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4018
RV Length
40'
TOW/TOAD
2018 JL Rubicon & 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk Elite
Ok … here is my entry for the "free car giveaway" for most RV's owned!!! After looking at the list I keep asking myself … "what is wrong with me" ??
  • Pre-1979 - Sears Pup Tent
  • 1979 - Coleman Pop-Up Camper
  • 1996 - HiLo 21' Funlite Travel Trailer
  • 1999 - HiLo 21' Funlite Travel Trailer
  • 2007 - HiLo 24' Towlite Travel Trailer
  • 2008 - HiLo 27' Towlite Travel Trailer
  • 2010 - Forrest River 21’ Flagstaff V-Lite Travel Trailer
  • 2011 - Tiffin 28' Breeze Motorhome
  • 2012 - Newmar Ventana 3433 Motorhome
  • 2013 - Newmar Dutch Star 4018 Motorhome
  • 2015 - Newmar Mountain Aire 4553 Motorhome
  • 2019 - Newmar Dutch Star 4018 Motorhome
  • ????
FLSteve
 
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Wa State
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2005
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Holiday Rambler
RV Model
30pdd
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31'
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2020 Jeep Gladiator
We have owned 3 RVs, 4 unofficially.
I also grew up camping with the parents my entire childhood. Tents to a pop up trailer to travel trailer. I'll always remember that old pop up Coleman trailer, so we helped the kids and grandkids get into a nice used 2001 Jayco pop up trailer. So technically we have owned 4, if only for a short time!

1998 S&S pickup camper-bought new
2006 Four Winds class C-bought new
2005 Holiday Rambler Admiral-bought used, and current
One more? A DP for retirement? I hope so.
 
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184
Location
West Palm Beach Fl
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4369
RV Length
44
TOW/TOAD
Buick Enclave
2 for me

2013 Entegra Anthem
2017 Newmar Ventana
 

Jim

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North Carolina
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2009
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Tiffin
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Phaeton QTH
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40
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2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
Ok … here is my entry for the "free car giveaway" for most RV's owned!!! After looking at the list I keep asking myself … "what is wrong with me" ??
  • Pre-1979 - Sears Pup Tent
  • 1979 - Coleman Pop-Up Camper
  • 1996 - HiLo 21' Funlite Camper
  • 1999 - HiLo 21' Funlite Camper
  • 2007 - HiLo 24' Towlite Camper
  • 2008 - HiLo 27' Towlite Camper
  • 2010 - Forrest River 21’ Flagstaff V-Lite Camper
  • 2011 - Tiffin 28' Breeze Motorhome
  • 2012 - Newmar Ventana 3433 Motorhome
  • 2013 - Newmar Dutch Star 4018 Motorhome
  • 2015 - Newmar Mountain Aire 4553 Motorhome
  • 2019 - Newmar Dutch Star 4018 Motorhome
  • ????
FLSteve
Seek help, @FLSteve. :p
 
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Location
SW Florida
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4369
RV Length
43
TOW/TOAD
24' Enclosed (Mini & Harley)
Relative newbie. Except for a stint in the Boy scouts followed by a period of time wearing olive drab clothing (Army) RVing or camping was never my thing. We were always boaters. Actually planned on living aboard and traveling on our boat when we retired.

When the time approached we began comparing full time traveling in a 40' boat to full time traveling in some type of RV. We decided that the RV was the way to go. Did fivers first then went to Class A's.

1 - Keystone Montana 38' fiver
2 - Keystone Montana 39' fiver
3 - Thor Challenger 38' Class A gas
Current - Newmar Ventana
 
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WA, MT or somewhere else!
RV Year
2018
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Mountain Aire 4047
RV Length
40'
TOW/TOAD
2014 Honda CR-V
Six!

1972 Red Dale 15' travel trailer
1993 Aljo 21' travel trailer
2000 Keystone Montana 34' 5th wheel trailer
2012 Forest River Solera 24' Class C coach
2014 Newmar Ventana LE 34' Class A coach
2018 Newmar Mountain Aire 40' Class A coach

The little Red Dale served us the longest and still evokes a lot of great family memories. It might still be with us if it had not been crushed by a tree that was uprooted during the 1993 Inaugural Day Storm in the Seattle area. Fortunately, we were not in it at the time.

TJ
 
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TGO Titusville FL
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2015
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutchstar 4369
RV Length
43
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2014 Honda CRV
Ok … here is my entry for the "free car giveaway" for most RV's owned!!! After looking at the list I keep asking myself … "what is wrong with me" ??
  • Pre-1979 - Sears Pup Tent
  • 1979 - Coleman Pop-Up Camper
  • 1996 - HiLo 21' Funlite Camper
  • 1999 - HiLo 21' Funlite Camper
  • 2007 - HiLo 24' Towlite Camper
  • 2008 - HiLo 27' Towlite Camper
  • 2010 - Forrest River 21’ Flagstaff V-Lite Camper
  • 2011 - Tiffin 28' Breeze Motorhome
  • 2012 - Newmar Ventana 3433 Motorhome
  • 2013 - Newmar Dutch Star 4018 Motorhome
  • 2015 - Newmar Mountain Aire 4553 Motorhome
  • 2019 - Newmar Dutch Star 4018 Motorhome
  • ????
FLSteve
BTW, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ?
o_Oo_O
 
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Fremont, California
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4018
RV Length
40’
TOW/TOAD
Jeep Wrangler Sahara
We were both fortunate as children, because our families each had small trailers for camping trips. We have great memories of those adventures. When our children were young, we purchased a solid sided pop-up camper so they could have their own fun memories. In our late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, we enjoyed visiting many countries in the world. We started to realize we needed to explore the US and Canada, and thought the best way to enjoy long road trips would be in the comfort of a motorhome. In 2005 we purchased an Alpine Coach. We loved it!! Then in 2017 we moved on to our Dutch Star. We already have 35,000 miles on it, and many more good memories. Judy D
 
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Sarasota, FL
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Newmar
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London Aire
RV Length
40'
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2008 Jeep GC Overland
1st RV for us.
 
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Haslet TX
RV Year
2013
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Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4318
RV Length
43
TOW/TOAD
2019 F150
I grew up camping and have always loved it. A good part of that was in a tent.
As a teenager my parents bought a Jayco pop-up from an uncle so I guess that was our first camper.
Years later I bought a 5th wheel on a deer lease and had it until it literally fell apart.
After the kids were gone we bought a small travel trailer but it was smaller than I wanted.
We bought a big Jayco trailer and loved it until I ripped the side of it off in an accident.
Later we bought another TT from NIRVC in Lewisville, we had excellent service from them. We kept it for several years and I began working some out of it. So much better than hotels.
That grew into deciding to get a 5th wheel. We bought a FR CC and it was a horrible relationship between us and them. Never again
As business got better I wanted bigger and better and quickly realized I had moved into a different price bracket and a used MH was at or near a new 5th wheel and a new truck. Plus having a dually as my daily driver was not appealing in DFW.
We went back to NIRVC and found what we wanted, let me say they took the high road in everything, very impressed with them.
The difference from towing and driving is amazing. The MH is far and away better than what we thought it would be.
 
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Portage, MI
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana LE 4037
RV Length
40' 11"
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2021 Chevy Trailblazer
We are on #2. Started with a brand new, watched it being assembled in Nappanee Bay Star Sport 2705. That validated the "bug" for a semi-nomadic life. When I stumbled across a 2017 Ventana LE 4037, I could not resist. That's what we love now. However, there's always that upgrade dream in my eye. 🤔
 
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Rockville, Va.
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2020
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Newmar
RV Model
Canyon Star 3710
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38
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2017 Gmc Terrain & 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR-2
Very much, still a "newbie" here! The DW was approaching retirement, and we decided to get a "motorhome" & see if we liked the "RV'ing" lifestyle. Did some research & decided that a Newmar was the coach to buy.
Found a 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 3778, 38' coach. One owner & looked like new. A fantastic coach! So in October 2018, we took the plunge & bought it! I think it was the best buy I've ever made! We were ecstatic with it. After several short trips, we were on the way home from one, & started discussing travel after retirement. She commented about it would be nice to have a "new" one to make retirement trips & adventures. Didn't take me too long, and the new 2020 Newmar Canyon Star was on order!
In October 2019 we went to Napanee & spent the week doing "FPU"! What a great experience! We definitely have a great affinity for our Newmar!
We love our new coach, but sadly we have had to cancel several short trips, & was looking forward to the 2019 Newmar International in Wyoming. It would have been our first trip out west! We had planned on it being an 8-9 week trip! Guess when the "rona" is gone, we can get on the road again!
So....two coaches:
2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 3778
2020 Newmar Canyon Star 3710
 

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2019
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Tiffin
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RED 33AA
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35
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We started with a new 2006 minnie winnie class C. Traded it in and purchased a new 2019 Tiffin RED. Almost purchased a newmar, but didn’t like the dealer. Got a better price with the Tiffin.
 

Jim

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40
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2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
This is our second Class A. We wanted a way to pull our Jeep to Moab and to to bring the dogs with us. We bought a 2004 Windsport with 45K miles for $20,000 as we wern't sure we were going to like the RV lifestyle. But we did, and unfortunately the V10 didn't perform as well as we had hoped. Sold that and bought the Tiffin W/Diesel and all the good stuff that a diesel brings.

I'm pretty sure that a new(er) model is in the future as well, but right now we're having fun with the one we have.
 
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Near Atlanta
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Newmar
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Canyon Star
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40
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Jeep Wrangler
We've owned one so far.

2017 Newmar Canyon Star. Just sold last month. We are looking to upgrade to a DSDP after the lockdown and we sell our home. Goal is go FT. Hopefully, things will resume and our dreams will go forward.
 
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Florida
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2018
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Newmar
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CanyonStar
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39' 11"
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Demco KarKaddy 460SS and VW Passat
We have owned only one to date new in 2018. The new 2021 CanyonStar with the diesel is of interest. The new CanyonStar has included almost every one of my " wish it had" list. Diesel power, extra GVWR 30k vs 26k, air ride, independent front suspension, air brakes, etc. For us a DP is just too much: size, money, operating cost, etc.
 
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Newmar
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Mountain Aire 4346
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43
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2012 Cadillac SRX
In 23 years of camping....
1968 Scamper popup
1983 30 ft Fleetwood Southwind MH
1995 36 ft Coachman Santara MH
1998 38 ft Dutch Star MH Freightliner
2000 40 ft Mountain Aire MH Spartan
2006 42 ft Travel Supreme MH Spartan
2012 43 ft Mountain Aire MH Freightliner
 
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