Hey there, well will try this again, tried to post this yesterday but didn't work. Here's a link to an Expedition exactly like mine, but also noticed that they have a 2003 expedition with air bag suspension for only a couple hundred more. So check it out also.
For Mike and Connie, no mine wasn't cracked, but you can use the 53 on the block to knock a couple hundred or more off the listed price
They are easy to spot, just crawl under the coach and look up on the passenger side and the 53 is molded into the side of the block about in the center of the block, just above the oil pan. Use a little flash light to help you out. The crack sometimes is just above the 53 near the freeze plugs or could be on the other side of the engine also, look at both places.
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If you find a coach with the 5.9 Cummins, check the block as described above. If it doesn't have the '53' on the block, you can rest assured that engine will likely outlast you. I had an '01 Dodge with the non-'53' block and that was one of the nicest running pickups I've ever owned. Have the drivetrain checked out by competent people and go enjoy your travels. Go talk to the good folks at Cummins and educate yourself also.
The like the Foretravel coach, but I sure don't like the 5.9 Cummins engine. Around 2000 they had lots of problems with that engine blowing a hole on the side of the blocks. I blew two on Dodge trucks and that was enough for me to stay away from that engine.
that 93 and my 95 are 6TB engines , not the ISB some isb's are great, some have the Brazil block , some have the killer dowel pin
the ISB can be reprogrammed, dodge truck owners have one, to change the hp , torque, and fuel mileage,
can't do that with my mechanical injected 6tb
I'm living proof that engine 5.9L 6tb, is Almost indestructible
As mentioned in a previous post, PPL is a good place to window shop and see what $50K buys. Plus, if you won't be buying for another 3 years, look at the $70K units (figuring healthy RV depreciation).
I'd stick to diesels because I think you'll get a better engine, chassis, and transmission than a gasser.
At the moment, there are some pretty good under $50K diesels at PPL -- the majority of them 300HP.
Regardless, you'll be looking at a Class A that could be 10+ years old. While a diesel engine and drivetrain may last forever, the other stuff (tires, fridge, air conditioners, water heater, etc) will not.
So with an older RV, plan for a healthy maintenance budget.
We bought an Alfa See Ya last year and have used it numerous time and it has worked out great for us. I do know that in ~2007 or so they had a delamination on the sidewalls, as I was at the "factory" service center in Feb of this year. It was not only them, but several other manufacturers too that used the same sidewall wraps.
Anyway, ours is older and NO problem with the sidewall and all systems go! We have been very happy with ours and have driven it about 3K miles and it runs great and we drive about 300 miles a day when we travel.
It may not be the best on the market? But what is? I'm not getting rid of mine, and I don't wish to start a MH bashing thread.