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Looking for older Class A. $20,000 max. Years past I have owned a 1974 Winnie, Two travcos with 440 dodges, and a Winnie Elandan. Now want to get back into MH again. Want dinette, sofa and rear walk around bed. Ford chassis. Nothing longer than 34 feet. 28 to 30 preferred. I have searched this forum and found information overwhelming. Primary interest is in construction. Leaking roofs in particular. In the 1994 to 2004 model range which ones have the best construction and least apt to have had a leaking roof history. Some brands have fiberglass roofs which I suspect would be desirable. Don't know what they are but from reading on the forum her believe Winnies are one. Any others? I'm in the panhandle of Florida so am searching in a 400 mile radius and find lots of MH on RVtrader, but don't know how to evaluate build quality. Thanks for your guidance.

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Winnie's have rusty Windshield Frames! Fibreglass Roofs improperly caulked leak as often as Rubber Roofs!
With any Used RV there. Will be some problems that will need to be dealt with!


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You should be able to find a decent RV for that. Stay 2000 or newer. Gas chassis got a lot better after that, esp FORD. I would never own a pre V-10 Ford again. Both had wider track, more power and brakes. I would look for a Tiffin. Still in business, still get support.


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Ford's around 1990-2000 had transmission problems. Chevy Vortec 1997 on had much better engine and transmission. Many new sales happen around March with trades especially in Florida when snow birds head north. Get on a list for wanting one at dealers, they will contact you.

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robatthelake wrote:

Winnie's have rusty Windshield Frames! Fibreglass Roofs improperly caulked leak as often as Rubber Roofs!
With any Used RV there. Will be some problems that will need to be dealt with!


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Starting in 2002 models had the Workhorse 8.1L and Allison transmission.

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Triker33 wrote:

Starting in 2002 models had the Workhorse 8.1L and Allison transmission.


A good choice for a gas coach but hard to find a clean coach with a slide or two for $20k. I would recommend a 30-32 Tiffin with that drive train.

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Have you considered a Safari Trek? (circa mid 90's to maybe 2002)

They're well built as all older Safari's are. They have HUGE rear bathrooms, (like a large diesel coach) and are short (about the length you're after) because there's no dedicated bedroom. The bed lowers via power from the ceiling in the main living area.

You can also find diesel versions. The diesels are a FRED design like the gassers.

Safari built their own chassis, so the Trek isn't the typical oversize RV body sitting on a bread truck frame.


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'95 -2004 older? Hmm, what does that make mine? BTW: My roof doesn't leak, nor will it ever. Has to do with the construction, rather than the age.

In those model years, you should probably be looking at GM/Workhorse, rather than Ford. Later years, Ford was OK, or maybe even better. If you are going back qs old as '94, you may even be able to find a higher end DP, and if you are willing to wait and shop, maybe even a Foretravel.


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trop-a-cal wrote:

Ford's around 1990-2000 had transmission problems. Chevy Vortec 1997 on had much better engine and transmission. Many new sales happen around March with trades especially in Florida when snow birds head north. Get on a list for wanting one at dealers, they will contact you.

The Ford transmission was modified around 1997 so it was no longer an issue.


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