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Old 10-01-2019, 04:18 PM   #57
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Thanks for the replies. As a Bluebird iwner the batural progression is to either a more modern Bird or a Prevost. A Foretravel is not in the same class. I thought that none of the pre 02 XL,s had delam as they were riveted. Tha Xl2,s were not. I will be in Arizona for a month and plan on looking at some Prevost units. Even a 45 ft.

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Old 10-01-2019, 06:29 PM   #58
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I will be in Arizona for a month and plan on looking at some Prevost units. Even a 45 ft.

Be careful Moisheh...there is no cure.....

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Old 10-01-2019, 07:01 PM   #59
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Thanks Ron. My wife will be the anti prevost!
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Old 10-02-2019, 06:08 AM   #60
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OP, I would not worry about going to a 45’ rig. We recently went from a 42’ Dynasty to a 45’ Navigator...had not hit a curb in years at 42’ but it took several months to not in the 45’. During the summer we stay mainly in USFS CGs and 90% of the time we get into our first choice without a reservation... just finished 7 weeks out West and only once did we not get a site. In those 7 weeks I was the only rig over 39’ in a CG without FHUs.

I consider my RR10S chassis a poor man’s Prevost with outboard airbags and rock solid handling...same for Newell and Foretravel too but at a lot lower cost. Yes, parts and service on a Prevost are available everywhere but in 100K miles only once was I delayed and that was for Cummins parts.
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I did follow a thread a few years back where I read that a coach builder, I believe Marathon could do a total remodel and update for 250k. Now yes the material and labor will most likely be much less but you are also buying years of experience and making mistakes that creates what you want. So the layout and finish should be superior. That may be something we look at, find a triple slide bath and half that is worn out inside and have it redone. For that to work for me I would need to find one for 350 to 400k so all in its 750k. Not cheap but would be a fraction of the 2 million of a new one.

As far as the toilet question. We have a bath and a half. The half bath is right over the tank and the rear bath has a 20' or so run to the black tank. Both toilets are maserator toilets so it 95% liquid when it starts its trip. Dumping is also easy, black tank looks like chocolate milk. The only issue we had with plugging up is at the actual toilet. That is rare and mostly due to putting paper towel in the toilet. Easy to unclog, shut water off, flush and plunge at the same time and it clears.

Good luck on which ever path you take.
You can get a very nice Prevost for $400k. I bought an 06 LX2 from Marathon in Florida for $390k. Not sure what would need to be done to get it up to $750k. It’s practically brand new as it is. Call Kasey at Marathon. He’s the sales guy who I now consider a friend as well. The entire crew is so nice there.

There is an H3-45 at Marathon Florida which sold for $3mil to a consortium of rap musicians (can you say a rapper is a musician?). They totally trashed it according to the Marathon folks, and have left it there for a couple years with an unpaid repair bill. According to the person I talked to, it’s worth “nothing”. I want to say it’s maybe a 2010 model, so probably an $800k coach if in good shape. Maybe you want to call them to see if you can arrange to buy it for cheap and renovate. Supposedly the rap folks have another coach they use so maybe they’d sell this one for less than market value.

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