RV owner for more than 10 years here...
All Class A's. The first one was a '78 26' Dodge 440. Rather vintage by today's standards. Traded it in on a 99 Southwind 29 with a V10. Great motorhome but no slides. Everytime we went out the wife would say we should have one with slide-outs. Traded it for a brand new 2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W (Winnebago), 32' with 8.1 and allison. That was 6 years ago now. We have absolutely loved owning it and have traveled all over the place, dirtbiking, jeeps, the boat, and just traveling. This is our vacation every year, plus all the long weekends.
Been riding dirtbikes forever. An RV is the best way to enjoy the desert. We have been out when it's below freezing, and winds to 60mph. Roughing it is fine 'till the weather gets bad, then they just pack up and go home. Or they come hang out with us in our cozy motorhome!
Hotels are fine too but there aren't any in the dez or up in the Sierras where we ride single-track. Plus you can't take three dogs to a hotel. Our pomeranians go EVERYWHERE with us. Napa Valley wine tours? Yep, with the dogs and the RV. Palm Springs for some mineral baths and go out on the town? You bet. Stay in the nice park with full hookups. With the dogs.
We have been to Seattle 3 times, all over California, Phoenix, Tucson, more than 25K miles in 5 years.
For us there is no better way to travel on the road. We don't like restuarants, we cook better and eat better. We have all our own 'stuff' with us, our own bed, our clothes, gear, everything. We like 5-star hotels, otherwise it gives us the creeps sleeping in a public bed. Is it expensive? You bet it is. Especially now with gas prices. It gets 9-10 unloaded, about 8 pulling the car (new style Scion XB) and about the same with the dirtbikes behind. If there's a headwind sometimes only 7-7.5. We are making payments for 18 years. I figure with gas and maint, insurance, the payment etc. about a grand a month. We get a tax credit for interest as a second home so that helps a lot. Plans are to travel to the NW again this year, take the trailer but put the versys on it and go ride Vancouver Island.
Wife went thru the cancer thing 7 years ago, lymphoma, 18 weeks of chemo therapy. Was horrible. She would not go camping if not for the motorhome. So while I like to rough it too, I do that with my buddies.
The biggest advantage of a class A are it's capacities. It will pull twice the weight as a C, has double the tankage, and has double the cargo capacity. Check out specs on competing models. Our 32 has a 190" wheelbase (shorter) so it will manuever into places a truck and camper would. If it can hang over in the back it will park in a regular car parking spot. It has a driver door, very handy for getting in and out, boat launching, gassing up (do that a lot!) etc. 75gl fuel, 90gl water, 90gl holding tanks, AC, home theater with surround sound, two slides, queen bed that is more comfy than the one in the house, and towing up to 5K lbs. It just doesn't get any better than this unless you go 36-40' diesel. We paid just under $100K for ours. And yes, we are upside down about ten grand. I talk of selling it and everytime I do the wife says "Then what are we gonna do? Forget it!"
Go for it! You and the family will love it.
Couple a pics of ours...