Originally Posted by Mayertw
I currently do not own a MH and have some questions before I invest. I am looking to purchase a 2004 Fleetwood Discovery 39S. It is a diesel pusher and I was wondering:
1. is gas or diesel the most cost efficient way to go?
2. is anyone aware of issues with this type of MH?
3. what would be an average monthly cost at an rv park in the south?
4.What should I expect to pay in maintenance fees for a class A like this over a five year period e.g., roof, engine, tires, appliances etc?
Thank you in advance for any help,
I'll try to help with some short time experience. I have a new to me (since Feb 2013) 2002 Discovery 37U DP. Cost of gas vs Diesel is about the same. Gas cost is less but the DP usually will get a little better mileage. The big plus with diesel, for me anyway, diesel torque is awesome, dependability and I love the smell of the big cat purring, lol
Issues with this type MH: It all depends on the previous owners maintenance. If it looks like new and smells new then it probably was taken care of. Let your wife go inside and if she stays more than 5 minutes you probably are looking at a good coach, lol They, MH's, all have there little "issues" like a house
Monthly camping cost depends on what time of year and where you stay, daily rates in South Carolina can range from $12 up to $60+ per day. Depends on special senior citizens discounts and club member rates too.
Over a five year period: There's insurance, on road assistance and property tax (unless you live in FL, no property tax)
Figure changing all fluids, filters and tires...around $3000 depending on tires you buy, could be higher. Probably you will replace a few batteries, up to six, total around $800. Roof should or could be OK if you take care of it. Maybe a fridge @ $1200. Upgrade the TV's to HD $450 and add a satellite dish @ $160.
Buying a car dollie or some type of apparatus to pull your toad around $1000.
But the fun you'll have will be priceless!!! Workin' on em when you're not camping is pretty fun too.