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fighterpilota wrote:

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.

I have a good 98 Itasca Sunrise by Winnibago 35 foot and am now looking for a bus conversion. Mine will be for sale if I find what I am looking for. We are in Panacea South of Tallahassee now until April. PM me if you might want to see it.


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Appreciate the replys. Kind of information that will help me. Didn't realize the GM/Workhorse/Allison tx was a plus. I was trying to avoid the GM, since I had a couple of them in earlier years, but will consider a GM/ Workhorse/Allison a plus. In previous reading on theis forum also noted good things being said about Tiffin.
I have been told that the prices will start going as the Snowbirds head North since they can buy them in Fl. drive them home to Canada, sell them and make a profit. Can anyone confirm this?
Will avoid slides. Don't want to pay extra or face the prblems with slides that could arise such as leaks and mechanical malfunctions. Use will be for trips with short durations, with a number of folks, up to 6 to 8, and just two to four folks for hunting trips, escuseions to visit someplace of interest or such.

Looked at three today in the local area. Going to look at another one tomorrow. Narrowing the search, 28 to 32 feet, Queen bed in rear or twins, dinette and sofa, Again, thanks for the advice/comments. FP

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If you are avoiding slides, you can trim your price a lot. However, it will be harder to find many no slides after 2000-2001; but there are some.


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An older motorhome with low mileage may not necessarily be a such a good thing: Our first old rig, 1973 Triple E (upper level rig) had less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. However, it had been parked every summer about 50 miles from the owners home, on a Pacific Ocean Beach. His wife and kids spent the summers there while he commuted. The appliances, cupboards, steps, doors had seen many many days of use. Plus the salt air and salty winds. . . .

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The Grandvilla Foretravel is a fine motorhome, but I'm not into diesels. We have two boats with the Cat 3208s in them which is a fine old engine--the 3116 not so good. But appreciate the thought.

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Canadian Rainbirds wrote:

An older motorhome with low mileage may not necessarily be a such a good thing: Our first old rig, 1973 Triple E (upper level rig) had less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. However, it had been parked every summer about 50 miles from the owners home, on a Pacific Ocean Beach. His wife and kids spent the summers there while he commuted. The appliances, cupboards, steps, doors had seen many many days of use. Plus the salt air and salty winds. . . .
Some additional complications of low mileage are that the coach never gets dried out. When the coach sits, condensation builds up in the walls and in the engine and trans. The condensation will cause rust if it never gets boiled out. Its hard on the drivetrain, but it is also hard on the electrical connections as well.

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Fleetwood Flairs were made up till 2006 and they were the lower priced good quality class A, my 2002 Flair has been a great coach, no leaks, no issues and it comes in both Ford and Workhorse chassis depending on the size, however $20,000 is a little low for around a 30 footer with slides.

Stay 2002 and newer and you will get a better chassis.

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I would like the newer vehicle but situation is such I have to try to get the "best value" I can within my budget, and again, I don't want slides. I won't buy one if it has a slide and is within my budget.

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I would think a "real" fighter pilot would want to live on the very edge, and challenge those slides not to malfunction, you get so much more room, especially in the salon area. My wife and I just purchased a 1998 Overland Lorado. It is bigger than you want, but we had the same concerns. We love it, with its very large front left slide. It's like most other mechanical things, if you have a good maintenance officer and crew, you'll log the same number of landings as take offs. Keep the Blue Side up! Grzly03

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