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Old 03-21-2014, 04:33 PM   #15
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Wouldn't even consider a diesel, way too many expensive systems to have problems and break. At $1200 a month one major problem could take the rest of your life to repair i'd most definately be in the gas market.

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Old 03-21-2014, 08:22 PM   #16
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I found THIS and will use it as a possible example of the best of all worlds for me. It is not too huge, not luxurious but like new and very attractive, very low miles - just broke in, lots of storage for a smaller unit, gasoline not diesel, not sure of engine and drive train, with my main complaint is that it is a dealer selling it so don't have the facts about its history and the price is still good yet I am sure high so dealer can make his 10k on it.

Any opinions based on what we have discussed so far: 2001 30' Brave with 26k miles

Not high quality interiors, but nice just the same and I keep things like new always. Am very clean to the point of immaculate. To get something that looks like new for 20-30k would be great. I can upgrade the interior to more luxury anyway I want. Some good quality leather seating, gold accents, and led lighting can go along way to fancying up a place.

My most concern would be structurally, suspension, roof, under belly, potential cracks, leaks, deterioration due to cheapness of the product line. Anything that nice that I can get a good 10 yrs out of would be all I would need. Like I said previously, I have no one to leave it to so after I am done with it, I don't care if it falls apart or not.

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Old 03-22-2014, 07:29 AM   #17
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A large older 40' Diesel Pusher can suddenly cost you major $$$ for repairs! For example I have an 02 Dutch Star and on our winter trip this year we have had 2 breakdowns on the Interstate costing about $4500 and I have done very good maintenance thru the years. Last year we spent $12000 on repairs to the engine when I discovered an exhaust leak that snowed balled into other problems. Over the years we have not had any other major problems other than regular maintenance. So as you see major problems can develop and Diesel Pushers are very costly to repair vs other types of rigs. For your budget I suggest you consider a used TT & Truck for the $$$ you want to spend. IMHO. Good Luck!
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:27 AM   #18
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As most reasonable people have mentioned, don't go the diesel route with that low of a monthly budget. My advice would be to do what we did since our situation was similar to yours. Instead of blowing your entire initial budget on the coach, understand that any one you buy will likely need repairs and then spend about 20k or so on the coach. I would be looking at something on the F53 chassis with the V10 of course.

You should easily be able to find something from about 99 to 2002 or so from a private seller in that range. The Fleetwoods were well recommended in those years and I believe the Bounders were awarded Best Buy by some publication. From personal experience with ours, I agree. It's no luxury liner but it's very solid and even after all new tires and some various repairs, we still are less than 20k out of pocket total.

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