Good thread. May I chime in?
Our present TT has a Norcold 2 door unit. It is going on 12 years old and no issues. I have done no PM on the unit short of an annual visual inspection. Always keep at coldest temp setting, and it works fine both 12v and propane. BUT, it is always on the back of my mind - absorption unit fire.
We are about to pull the trigger on a Class A, and if we do purchase the new Georgetown 329, it will have the SS package with the residential fridge. DW just fell in love with it when we saw one unit so equipped. We do dry camp for at most 2 days at a time, and hope to do just fine even if it takes running the Genny for an hour or two per day. Reports are that the new 2015 models are energy Sippers compared to just a few years ago.
We are having the same dilemma, used vs new, with the price differential being 20K more for new vs 4 year old used, comparable models.
My experience with my TT was, the 1st 5 years cabin items pretty much trouble free, while 2nd 5 years+ items start breaking (water pump, converter, water heater, water leak, awning, yada-yada). So if we buy new unit, pay 20K for 5 years of trouble free service (disregarding small warranty fixes by dealer).
In our case, we have set a timetable: by 4/1/15 we are going to order a new unit, likely a Georgetown 329, unless we find a used "just like new" model that just can't be passed up. So far, we have not been able to find such a unit and we've been shopping for 2 years! If you have, you may want to jump on it...
It has been said by many here "buy your last motorhome first". Words of wisdom.
I'm done now :)
I talked to the dealer yesterday and the unit was still available. He wanted me to but down $500 deposit to hold it. "No way" I said, until an inspection was done and I saw the unit in person.
The inspection service does have someone available who can look at the unit, but I'm getting cold feet as I will likely be spending $1000+ in travel/inspection services before I can ever get a look at the unit.
we may just pass on this one...
Any input from someone who has distance purchased a used RV?
I was planning on calling the dealer to get their input on the condition, then having a professional inspector check it out before we go look at. A day drive from my house. We have seen other models and like the floorplan, just lurking for the right one, and this may be it.
Again, thanks for the replies.
Plan B has always been we have a Good Sams Towing Plan membership, but often we lack a cell signal way out there. I think that if we pull the trigger and go, I will invest in a cell phone signal booster.
Things I will probably do to the truck:
New Hoses & Belts;
I've been noticing a wiff of antifreeze at times when the heater activates, so have the heater core replaced, it may be weeping;
Maybe change out oil on rear diff.
Thanks for the good advice. I was planning on bringing to my mechanic to give it the once over, change belts, hoses. Also was planning to have the transmission serviced.
What about the plugs? They are stock but no issues. I was going to have them changed. Should I also have the COP's replaced? Do they have a suggested life?
Hi all. Currently own a 2005 Ford Excursion, V10, with about 120K on the clock. All is stock from Ford.
We currently tow a 25' TT that weighs 4500# dry (probably 6000# loaded). We have taken it out west from VA to Yellowstone 3 times.
My son graduates college this year and we wanted to take him back west this summer since he loves Yellowstone. The round trip is at least 5000 miles, and if anyone has been that way they know it can be desolate for stretches of 60+ miles or more at a time.
Here is my concern. Since the truck has 125K miles and is now 10 years old, would it be wise to make the trip with the current rig?
I know it is a judgement call, but I was looking for experience from others who have made similar trips with vehicles of the same vintage (10 years old with 100K miles).
The transmission to which you refer is the 4R100. We have it in our 2005 Excursion mated to a V10. It has been a reliable transmission for our uses towing a 6000# TT, with 125K on the clock. We use the Ex mainly for towing so the 125K has pretty much been heavy duty use, including 3 trips from VA to WY (Yellowstone) up and over the divide and many grades.
Now, we did have a front seal leak around 100K. The seal was only $90 but the labor was $1000+ to drop the transmission. I was told that slow speeds with high temps (say summer stop and go traffic) with a load can overheat the fluid causing this problem. Some folks recommend putting on a larger cooler, but I just decided to stay with the stock cooler.
Other than that issue, no complaints.
Wow, that's a beaut. We were looking at the sub-100k models, likely a new gasser. I think we really like the Jayco Precept 31ul and plan to go see one this weekend. Also on the short list is the Georgetown 329. I am more inclined to the Sunseeker 3010ds, but the DW thinks the Class C's too small.
We looked hard at the ACE 30.1 and FR3 30 but are concerned the single ac unit will not be enough as we camp mainly south of the Mason Dixon line. If FR would offer a second ac as an option we would probably be sold...
Gonna bump this one back to life.
To the original poster, what did you wind up purchasing?
We are on the verge of ordering our 1st Class A and have narrowed to a handful. I was wondering what you decided as it may impact my short list.
Anyone who has a 329 willing to give opinions on this model? The floorplan seems to be the same as the FR3 30ds and ACE 30.1. Although pricier, it does seem to include the 2nd AC and DW likes the residential fridge option.
Go to NO! As a native, you will love it. Just a few suggestions: Audubon Zoo and Park, streetcars, Aquarium, the mighty Mississippi, Jackson Square, Bourbon St, antique shops on Magazine, music food, Lakeshore Drive on Lake Pontchartrain ( Landry's is right on the water with great views), catch a pro basketball game (pelicans), take a drive to Biloxi and check out the beach, take a drive up the river on river road and go plantation house looking (e.g. Oak Alley), and none need to be done at night.
NO is like any other big town. Just stay where all the people are any you'll be just fine.
I suspect you were travelling I95. I just get in the right lane, set the cruise on 65, and let the fools fight it out in the left lane. I95 is a mess, too many Yankees heading south for FL than the road was designed to handle.
One of our favorite campgrounds. Unless there has been a change, you can reserve in either campground A or B, but not a specific site. Once you arrive, just pick any spot in either A or B, depending on which one (A or B) you reserved.
WRT route, don't use 64. If you are coming down 95 or 295, get on VA 10 through Hopewell to Surrey.
The free ferry (Scotland Jamestown) is a fun way and quickest to Williamsburg.
We plan on taking the plunge in the next month or so. Our current TT has been well used as a family rv, but now the nest is empty and no need for double bunks.
This will be our 1st motorhome. We have been shopping for over a year, but the ones we like are out of the price range, and we just can't find a good quality used at a used price.
My question is this. Have any on the forum moved from TT + family to Empty Nesters with Class C and kept the C long term (say 5-10 yrs)?
If you bought and regretted due to size, etc., chime in too.