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Old 08-09-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Question "best" used MH - limited funds

Boy looking for a decent used MH is fun & frustrating! Especially since we're both brand new & in our late 60's. We have $15000 cash that we can spend. Any suggestions on particular brands? We have eliminated DP's because, in all reality, cost of maintenance. You see I'm mechanically DEclined.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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I've owned several Holiday Rambler products and found them to be excellent. You should be able to easily pick a mid-90s unit up for that kind of money.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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$15,000 would put you in some nice units. I looked at a real nice Damon for $13,000 that only had 14,000 miles on it, found it on Craigslist. I was partial to Ford powered r/vs for no other reason than I liked the v10.
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I've owned several Holiday Rambler products and found them to be excellent. You should be able to easily pick a mid-90s unit up for that kind of money.
I agree. Mine has a Ford chassis with 8-16" tires. They are a lot cheaper to replace than 19.5".
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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You don't get much for $15k but there are deals but an RV for that money will likely need some serious tender loving care.

Having some technical RV savvy and skills to go with it is of great value. Investing in an RV technical training course might really pay off, even before you get an RV.

But keep looking, there is an RV out there for everyone, You really need to determine how you plan to use the RV also.

Good luck
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Full agree with taking a training course. With an older unit and a budget you really should know some basic repair and maintenance so you are not at the "repair shop" so much. This forum is a great place to learn. Also You Tube has great video on RV repair.
Find a trusted friend/ RV mechanic to inspect any unit you are interested in. You will learn just watching them. And maybe save yourself from a mistake.
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You have put yourself at a very difficult price point.

You are likely to be able to find a mid 90's unit but one that likely needs TLC - so then you are going to need another $5k to bring it up a fully usable standard, both cosmetically and mechanically.

If you look for a $10k unit, you are going back to the late 80's or early 90's with no slides and older technology but in good condition - that may not be what you are looking for or will make you comfortable.

Anything that looks to be 'too good to be true' probably is and remember that every unit will look amazing in photos but the reality will be disappointing.
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They are out there. I sold my 95 Holiday Rambler Endeavor LE about 1 1/2 years ago for exactly $15,000. It was road ready and in excellent condition (new carpet, furniture, tires, belts and hoses, brake job, brake flush). You've just gotta shohp.

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You have put yourself at a very difficult price point.

You are likely to be able to find a mid 90's unit but one that likely needs TLC - so then you are going to need another $5k to bring it up a fully usable standard, both cosmetically and mechanically.

If you look for a $10k unit, you are going back to the late 80's or early 90's with no slides and older technology but in good condition - that may not be what you are looking for or will make you comfortable.

Anything that looks to be 'too good to be true' probably is and remember that every unit will look amazing in photos but the reality will be disappointing.
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I bought well traded for my first rv this summer In traded a car I was not using and had little money in for a 1994 Coachman Santana. It's a gasser. No slides. But everything works and we love it. In real dollars I have $8k in it. I will use it for a couple of years and sell it

I have already noted in next unit I want diesel and maybe tags

We are loving it Hope you do to
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Not sure where you are located "beepaj" but I have a 1996 Holiday Rambler for sale right now that I use on a regular basis for $12500.00. I'm moving to a fifth wheel so I can tow it along with a boat. The RV is on Craigslist in Lexington, Ky.

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Here's Huey's HR. Looks like a great deal:

1996 Holiday Rambler Vacationer SE
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I've owned several Holiday Rambler products and found them to be excellent. You should be able to easily pick a mid-90s unit up for that kind of money.
I owned a 1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It was a very well built Motorhome and I had almost no issues with it.

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Pulled the trigger

Yup! Just purchased a 1999 National Tropi-Cal M6330. The guy even included a tow dolly that he was going to sell separately. Paid $16500 and am very happy. Well below NADA price.

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That's awesome! Congrats!
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