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We are looking at purchasing a used Holiday Rambler Alumascape made in 2006. I have been camping all my life, and am looking at our 4th 5er in the last 10 years. I understand all the aspects of required Maintenance and do everything myself.

I always thought HR was a good brand, but never owned one. Does anybody have any input that might sway me either way to buy or not to buy?

I have looked over the RV pretty well, were going back this weekend to see it again. It looks like it's hardly been used. One fear is how well Never Lube bearings hold up to sitting in storage for 2 or more years that this rig has been sitting. But dealer will do everything we want to it (within reason) and it comes with 90 day warranty.

We want this one to hold us over for around 5 to 6 additional years, then Daughter is out of collage and those bills will be done . At that point we might buy a new one that should last us the rest of our RV life. yes I have a truck that can safetly move the 14,400 GVWR.

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Posted: 08/01/12 06:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just hope it isn't the one we got rid of after ten months....


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If you can find an older Auma-lite it will be a better trailer. HR sold out to another maker and the quality suffered. Alum-lites were a very well built unit. That said, any problems have probably been corrected by previous owners.


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when you say older rig, what year did quality go down hill?
I have a feeling this rig was bought as a year old left over, went to FLA for 2 winters then traded in on a different rig in the fall of 2010.

compared to every other used rig we have looked at, this one seems in best shape. We really take care of our RV, and thought everyone did until we started looking at Used Rigs . I am amazed at what people do to RV's.

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kakampers wrote:

Just hope it isn't the one we got rid of after ten months....


That can be said about all manufacturers.


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Don't know about the 2006 models, but our 2001 Alumascape has held up great! No major maintenance items needed. We purchased ours used in 2005 and have pulled it from one side of the country to the other more than once. Ours is a smaller unit (<12K GVW) with a single slide.


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We ordered our 2004 Presidential in Oct of 2003, took delivery in January 2004 and have had no problems with it and no regrets. We plan to use and tow it another 10+ years.

Happy camping!!! See y'all down the road!!!


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We had a 99 Alumascape 26 RKS, and wish we had NEVER sold it. I dont know about a 2006, but we had a 2005 HR moho and were very pleased with it. Build quality was great.


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Charlie D. wrote:

kakampers wrote:

Just hope it isn't the one we got rid of after ten months....


That can be said about all manufacturers.


what can't be said about ALL manufacturers is that they build their units on frames they found sitting in the back somewhere, that were from a company that went out of business a year and a half earlier due to RECALLED frame issues! That's what I got and the axle ripped off backing it into a campsite....unfortunately Monaco ruined the HR towables...the earlier ones were great. That's why we bought an HR, on it's name....I won't touch anything earlier than 2004...JMHO.

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This is our 3rd HR and have had no problems with them , we really like HR. We full timed for a year and could not ove asked for a better rig.
PS we are in our 70s and camp all the time for over 40 years.


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