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Old 05-24-2023, 09:53 AM   #1
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Major Downsizing to 2017 Winnebago ERA 70A

Hello to all and thanks for allowing me to join your site.

I love RV'ing and are not new to the RV life style. I have had many rigs including a Allegro Bus, Class C Four Winds, Forest River Travel trailer and my latest a Cougar 5th Wheel.

Getting older and looking to make life simpler, I have downsized to a 2017 Winnebago ERA 70a which is so easy to drive (even if it is space challenged,)

As I am sure many will tell me its going to be a major difference. In the long haul it will be so much easier to maintain and when you consider the inflation costs in the last 2 years I am looking for some savings there as well (if I can stay out of the Mercedes Benz dealership lol).

Like life in general, it will be another new learning experience that awaits me!
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Old 05-24-2023, 11:08 AM   #2
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I'm with you on this. We're getting to the point that we're seriously considering selling our class A and are considering our options. I'm just physically not up to dealing with everything that goes along with a class A, hooking and unhooking a toad etc. anymore.

I've always done my own non-chassis maintenance but climbing on the roof isn't in the cards anymore and I don't feel like paying someone to do a less quality job than I would have done. Besides that, our MH has had both of it's CAT converters stolen from the storage yard. I want something I can park at home

In many ways it's starting to seem like more of a burden than an asset. I want something that's simpler to maintain and doesn't require a toad. Plus, having started out with a DIY van conversion in 1972, followed by two VW Westfalia pop-tops, it might make us feel young again.

My wife is in a wheelchair which is an added complication but we have an Econoline E350 van with a lift. I'm planning on doing a minimal conversion with not much more than a bed, 12V fridge and a porta potty to see how things go before doing anything more extensive. It already has solar and I'll install shore power so we'll can have a small microwave, etc. Winnebago's accessible Roam is interesting but I'm not up for that level of investment right off the bat.
Bob C
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Old 05-24-2023, 06:52 PM   #3
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Bob, the Winnebago Roam seems like its right up your alley. I have a friend who is mobility challenged and has one. His wife does most of the driving (which in the past with their Class A she would get nowhere near the Captains chair).

Much like myself it's been a learning experience for him going from an Allegro Breeze to a Roam. He too purchased his B used and saved a great deal of money on it.

Cheers and all the best enjoy the road!
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