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timn

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Posted: 09/21/21 08:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok the wife is retiring next summer. We travel now in a artic fox 990 slide in. We are getting older and need more comfort. I have been looking at several older used class a diesel pushers. We really want to keep our purchase price below 60000 $. I have found a pretty nice Dutch star 1999 model with 110000 miles on it. I just don't to have break downs on the road. Should I stay away from older mhs is it worth the risk. Thanks for your opinions.

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110k? Hmmmmm...... If it were a truck...okay. MH? Not so much. It probably towed a car behind it too.

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Mine has 252k at the moment, and 7000 hrs on the gen. I have no hesitation about doing a loop of the country every year. Have the fluids analyzed on the oil, coolant, and transmission. Have a competent mechanic look it over. Be prepared to replace air bags, air conditioners, and appliances at that age. After all you would not buy a 20 yr old house and not expect to replace appliances and hvac equipment. The drivetrain is the most robust part of the motorhome. Look for signs of water ingress


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You need to look more. For $60,000 you can find a newer and less milegae diesel Rv. That said you find what you want and like and check it out. I did a quick search on RvTrader and come up with 2000 in your price range. Many other places to look also. Don't jump into buying.

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You should be able to find a late 2000’s (05-10) DP for $60k if you can come up a bit there will be more options. And definitely search a lot. You can find them with 50-100k for a really good price. And newer will be more powerful and more features.

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Absolutely take your time and drive as many coaches as you can, this way you can determine which type of drivetrain will suit your needs best. As stated above, there are plenty of motorized RVs available on the current market, rushing to a decision, particularly with class A rigs, can turn into tens of thousands of dollars of repairs and huge losses in resale value. When buying an older motorhome there are so many details to research, sure floorplan is important, but overall condition and proper maintenance is critical to say the least.

We just went through this process and looked at everything in our state, in the end we had to travel 1K miles to purchase our current rig. This was last summer while covid was raging through our great country, tried to line up inspections, unfortunately no RV inspectors were willing to take the job. Luckily owners let us stay 3 days in the RV and I was able to drive rig and verify operation of all major systems. We found the best deals were from private owners, we made sure to have money in place as RVs were selling days after being posted.

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Here is one right here. 2006 40ft 70k miles for $80k

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Thanks dg but I am thinking maybe I want one a little shorter. I have been looking at Winnebagos all day. I am just not sure what way I want to go. Keep the ideas coming.

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timn wrote:

Thanks dg but I am thinking maybe I want one a little shorter. I have been looking at Winnebagos all day. I am just not sure what way I want to go. Keep the ideas coming.

No problem. I was just giving you an idea of what can be had. I have no doubt you will find something you want in very good shape. Just be picky and get what you want. It would be great if you could find one stored indoors.

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I made the mistake of starting with a 36’ DP because it would be hard to find sites big enough in Public CGs with anything longer. Didn’t take long to learn that’s BS so traded for a 40’. Recently went from 42’ to 45’ and during the summer we stay mainly in Public CGs without reservations … it’s not that hard as long as you do not show up Friday when the working folks go camping. Buy more DP than you think you need…ONE TIME!
The one dg posted is a well built rig at a good price… don’t right it off. As the saying goes….. you can lead them to the water But…….


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