micd, thank you very much for all the time you've spent educating me with your experiences, I greatly appreciate it!
Thank you for the referral to rv.org. The $140 would certainly be worth the having access to the reviews. Unfortunately, I don't have the required Mac or Windows operating system.
Thanks for all the buying tips. Funny about the mold -- just yesterday we looked at an '86 Monaco and -- I kid you not -- you could smell the mold from the outside
of the rig. That's how bad it was. It was on a dealer lot too and my wife couldn't believe a dealer would try to sell something like that.
Thanks too for the insight on the Winnebago. When you're a kid, you remember things like your neighbor's Winnebago's under-hood fire and the ceiling falling down, but that was a long time ago. A lot has changed since then, and I couldn't tell you how well that neighbor maintained his vehicles either.
It's off-topic, but while we were on that dealer's lot my wife said she saw one particular motorhome and each time time she looked at it, she had the thought that we must
look at it before we leave. It just looked liked one more motorhome in a row of motorhomes to me. When we did look at it, we both really liked it and it was nothing like what I've decided we would eventually get. It was a 2006 Fleetwood Tioga Jamboree 29V, class C, Ford chassis, 12,000 miles. It looked new, smelled new, and even the cabinets opened like they were new. Its sale is the product of a divorce, apparently.
I guess the point is, maybe I need to broaden my search parameters and not be so narrow minded about what I think we need to be happy and comfortable in. Even though that rig was only a 30', it had a more open feeling than that 40' Monaco had. It may very well be another rig that has been sitting and neglected, but it sure didn't look like it judging from first impressions.
I really haven't had much luck finding a well maintained diesel pusher in my price range so maybe a gas chassis is going to be more for us. We really don't plan on driving much anyway. We'd love to take a summer Alaska trip, but the truth is we probably won't migrate much more than 200 miles from our winter spot to our summer spot. And with a rig that small, we could drive it a lot of places where'd we'd otherwise have to take a toad if we had a larger MH. Oh, and smaller campgrounds would be more accessible too! I kind of like that idea. So here I go rethinking what I've already decided.