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Posted: 11/14/20 10:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I posted this as a question within another thread/topic, but thought that it may make more sense to post it as it’s own specific topic in the Class C section...

I am considering a Class C for a cross country trip from VA to WA, but most that I am finding in my price range are older (1980s/90s/early 2000s)... Given low miles and no major current issues upon inspection, are these generally reliable enough to be trusted for a cross country trip? I am feeling the need to be extra careful as I will be traveling as a lone woman (not including the several pets along for the ride).

Are there any makes/models that have a particularly good reputation for longevity? Or conversely any that I should avoid?

Would it be better to absolutely find a newer model? And if so, from what year on would be best?

Thank you so much!! I welcome any and all advice!!

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The newer, the better. The late '90s and early 2000s Ford chassis were and still are very reliable. The GM chassis are equally so but not quite as common. Of course, this is predicated on wear items like tires, brakes, belts, hoses, fluids, etc being thoroughly checked and replaced as needed. For RVs this old, however, the condition of the "house" portion is probably more important to consider than mileage on the vehicle. Most motorhomes this old will have leaked at some point, which is not a deal killer as long as the leak was properly fixed and any water damage addressed. But major water damage issues are very common and easily hidden from the untrained eye. Buyer beware.

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Avoid Ford Chassis between 1998 to 2004 due to spark plug issues.

Be prepared to replace the tires, fan belts, and chassis hoses.

Look for water damage to the "house"

Look harder for water damage.

LOOK EVEN HARDER FOR WATER DAMAGE.


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Are you qualified to inspect the chassis and the house? If not an RV that old needs two pros inspecting head to tail, top to underneath.


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pianotuna wrote:

Avoid Ford Chassis between 1998 to 2004 due to spark plug issues.

Pay someone to change the plugs !

pianotuna wrote:

Be prepared to replace the tires, fan belts, and chassis parts, hoses.

Look for water damage to the "house"

Look harder for water damage.

LOOK EVEN HARDER FOR WATER DAMAGE.

Concur, especially on the last three ! [emoticon]

IMHO, anything over 10 years old needs a new roof. Not just a coating, but peel off the rubber membrane, inspect for rot and replace.

* This post was edited 11/15/20 06:53am by theoldwizard1 *

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If there is any way to get a "mechanical inspection" done before paying for it, do that. Next, try for an RV expert to check the House side so you know what you must fix for what money, or can live without fixing.

Assuming you can afford whatever the mechanical inspection reveals, once fixed, it should be no more of a risk than any vehicle for cross-country.

Make sure you have Good Sam Road Side or equivalent!!!! That is key for your scenario.

the House side is a mix of must have working and things you can live with not working. Some are easy fixes, some appliance repairs can be expensive when they can't find the problem right away.

You can have "car trouble" with any age of vehicle. For a cross-country all you need is road-side insurance and a Visa card with a huge credit limit. Also a cell phone with no time limit when the road side insurance puts you on hold while they find you some help.

You need to be able to house your pets too, if the MH is in the garage over a weekend someplace along the way. Some motels will, some won't.


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I would stay away from an older motorized rv. Previously i leased a 1500 pickup and bought a small travel trailer which could easily be towed without adding any special equipment other than a hitch.
You gain a new reliable vehicle and an rv that is less expensive to maintain than a motorhome
If the trailer does have some kind of repair issue you simply bring along a tent. Tents are pet friendly.
After your lease is up in 24 or 36 months then you might be in a better position to afford something different.

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theres places that rent rv,s might be the cheapest,,less exspensive way to go.

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pianotuna wrote:

Avoid Ford Chassis between 1998 to 2004 due to spark plug issues.

Be prepared to replace the tires, fan belts, and chassis hoses.

Look for water damage to the "house"

Look harder for water damage.

LOOK EVEN HARDER FOR WATER DAMAGE.


We bought a new E-450 in 2001 and used until 2015. Never had any spark plug problem, nor any other real problems.

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pianotuna wrote:

Avoid Ford Chassis between 1998 to 2004 due to spark plug issues.

Be prepared to replace the tires, fan belts, and chassis hoses.

Look for water damage to the "house"

Look harder for water damage.

LOOK EVEN HARDER FOR WATER DAMAGE.


We bought a new E-450 in 2001 and used until 2015. Never had any spark plug problem, nor any other real problems.

Dusty

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