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Old 04-26-2015, 10:12 AM   #1
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Too many choices, looking to purchase Class A used, where to look and trust, who can inspect for me, thanks

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Old 04-26-2015, 10:26 AM   #2
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Very broad.

Start here... How much do you honestly think it should cost and / or how much do you honestly WANT to spend. Be real honest about that, and then we can start to help with some guidance.
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:49 AM   #4
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The best way to buy an RV is to take your time and do your research. This is not our first RV by any means, but we spent two years researching and looking before we bought. You don't need to take that long but you do need to do your research. You will find that you may be able to buy new or used for a reasonable difference, or that at the starting price point, by adding a few thousand dollars you can really improve on what you buy. Sometimes spending a little more at the start saves you money down the road.

Go on every manufacturer forum here that you are interested in buying an RV. Read the forums and see what people like/dislike about their RV's, see what is breaking, how long they are down for service, how the customer service is, ect. You will start to define your own sense of what quality is to you. Then go out and look at them, drive as many as you can, and you will start to see what people are talking about and further define what is important to you.

Once you decide what you want, if you are buying from a dealer, do your research on the dealer. The dealership can really have an impact on how well you enjoy your experience and the shape of the RV you buy. There are good dealers out there you just have to find the right match for you.

Like I said before don't be afraid to go a little bigger, more expensive, a little newer than you originally planned on. It doesn't mean you have to but it could be the difference between getting an RV that is just ok, or getting one that you love and keeping it for many years to come. Remember the floor plan is important and will affect how comfortable you are in how you intend to use it. If you have done your research properly you will know when you are getting a good quality RV, at a price that is reasonable, and will have no regrets.

Good luck on your search, and remember no matter how long it takes, looking for one is half the fun, but can get a little discouraging at times. Take your time and the right one will come along.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:05 AM   #5
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Do your research, and rent a few. There are class A coaches available to rent, some thru the owner, some thru dealers, some thru clubs. Look online, we found ours on KSL.com in the Salt Lake area. We rented several, both class As and Cs, gas and diesel, and of course settled on the diesel pusher. We rented a nice front gasser, similar to the 1989 454 powered one we had a decade ago as a starter. This thing had a Ford v-10 with a 4 speed tranny and a heavy 36' double slide chassis. THat thing ROARED all day long, no torque at all, but alot of HP, downshifting and upshifting, what a mess! Yeah, the DP was worth it.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:10 AM   #6
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And remember, statistically, you'll use it no more than half as much as you think you will. That being said, what are you using it for? Me and the honey are empty nesters with retirement only a few years away. If you got preschoolers, your needs are alot different than ours. We just bought our last coach; are you buying your last coach, or your first?
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Welcome to irv2.
Here is a place to start on what to decided, how much, what type, and things you need to know.
Here is some Tech stuff you need to know to ask the questions and not get snowed by someone.
If your a Newbee here is something to get you around the forums.
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If I were ever to get another Class A, I would start with the MUST haves!....

.... A diesel pusher, tag axle, 2 stage jake brake, residential fridge, quad slides, and a matching trailer to take up that 70 foot I'll need for a TIAT, (towed In a trailer) supplies and storage.
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You didn't give us a lot to go with, what your budget is etc. So.... I opted for this one, below 60 thousand, Diesel Pusher, 300hp, not the biggest, but is an ISB engine, only requires about half the oil for an oil change that the big engines take and if like my little 300 hp cummins, will get 10 to 12 MPG, pulling my Jeep Wrangler.
This is a fairly low mileage unit, you should check the dates of the tires on any used RV you buy, you don't want something 7 to 10 years old, tires that is. The tires have a DOT date on them ask the dealer to SHOW you, it will be something like 3905 a four digit date code. That would indicate the 39th week of 2005, 10 years old.
Look for weather cracks, don't accept any, 3 to 5 years old would be a cut off for me. The tires on the DP run about 550 bucks apiece installed. A new set will set you back about 3500.
Make sure you check all systems Fridge, water heater, gas, batteries, generator, have a day set aside to check it all out.
This is a HUGE purchase it is a vacation home and as such can be a deduction on your income tax. So treat it as such, just like you would in buying a new home.
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Great replies so far! It was all about floorplan for us.

Diesel Pushers are often made for the 6-4-2 crowd. Six for drinks, four for dinner, and 2 for overnight.
There are exceptions, of course.

Gas powered Motorhomes sell approximately 4 for every 1 Diesel sold because there are SO many more options, and the obvious price point difference.

Best luck in shopping and safe travels
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My Diesel pusher will sleep 6 easily, for more I have to add nails.
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Great advice as always from members of iRV2.

The choices are endless and you'll drive yourself crazy unless you can narrow it down to a few top contenders.

Probably the best place to start is budget. Be prepared to go over just a bit because the one that is the best fit will always be just out of your budget.

Are you wanting to buy new or used?

How do you intend to use it? Full time? Part time? Long trips? Weekends?

Where? RV Resort type places, state & national parks, boondocking?

Are you going to tow a vehicle?

Lots of questions to answer before you can get much help!
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Yeah, search, search, search. Try to narrow down what you like & can afford to maybe three or four different makes. Then floor plan, although they're all pretty much the same. A good place to look is www.pplmotorhomes.com in Texas to see coach's with pictures. They are a consignment dealer who handle a lot of RV's. On their web site is a place that shows what they actually sold for. It's a good tool to see where you are as far as price point is considered.
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