We have had a small 5th wheel for years and still enjoy it but are considering switching to a 25 to 27 ft. Class C or even a similar length Class A. But, like many of you, our income will require one older(early 2000's or even late 90's) How many of you have purchased a motor home with years and miles and how did it go. The last thing we want is to get one that is constantly costing hundreds or thousands for repairs. Our son tried one in the mid-90's for $11,500 but it was a ton of trouble and $$$. Don't know if that was unusual or typical?
Most will tell you what a big mistake you are about to make. Check my sig. Bought this about the time we joined the group and couldn't be happier. repairs, yes. But with good due diligence, the right older vehicle is out there.
1988 Mallard class c 24' Chevy chassis 350 cu gas.
Any motorhome you buy, no matter what age, is going to cost you thousands for repairs, maintenance and upgrades. The newer the motorhome, the more they cost. There are a lot of older rigs for sale out there that are in excellent condition and would make a great RV for you. Just start looking.
Miles and Darcey
1989 Holiday Rambler Crown Imperial
In the older years, the "Holiday Rambler" units (I put that in quotes because there was also "Alumalite", "McKenzie" and maybe more) offer vastly superior construction unless you get into really rare like the few Airstream motorhomes that looked like their iconic shiny trailer, or the the B+ range like Telstar.
God Bless, jd
2003 Jayco Escapade 31A on 2002 Ford E450 V10 4R100
I bought a 95 in about 2007 and it wasn't bad at all. I had to fix some things while I owned it but nothing major. I knew I was in for tires and batteries when I bought it. During my ownership I had to replace dump valves, charging relay, fix a snotty water heater (plugged jet) and fix the fridge which had been disabled by crud in chimney. Never had a catastrophe and it's still good.
I know lots of folks with older RVs. If taken care of they are just fine.
It's a balancing act.....spend money for the newer one, or spend money ON the older one.....either way, owning an RV isn't for the faint of heart or wallet.
If you give it a good check-over and the miles are good, the unit looks well cared for, and they keep maintenance records, you can save a lot of money, and enjoy yourselves in a decade or older RV.
Just be willing to put aside some extra money for the repairs, as they will come along.
Look for any leakage (big item in a "C" cab-over) as well as the tires that were mentioned above. You may want to have the engine checked out, but other than the drivetrain, it's going to be very similar to your previous RV.
Have fun, and good luck
Bill & Claudia / DD Jenn / DS Chris / GS MJ Dogs: Sophie, Abby, Brandy, Kahlie, Annie, Maggie, Tugger & Beau RIP: Cookie, Foxy & Gidget @ Rainbow Bridge.
2000 Winnebago "Minnie" 31C, Ford V-10
Purchased April 2008 FMCA# F407293 The Pets
not sure what is most important dealer or private, bought mine in 10 its a 98 coachmen c had 29k 450h gen so far lost 1 coil, 1 awning (my fault) & ball joints but it was prv. & we love it just do a lot of searching we did 1 wkend 1000 mi(local State) & this was last i we saw. they are out there just takes time. MUST have all manuarls,also if ur handy can save lot $$$
98 Coachmen "C" Santara Model FL (Front Lounge) 30.4
Ford V 10 Super Duty (same as E 450)