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Old 10-11-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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Buying a 2000-2007 Class A instead of new

I have had more than one person tell me NOT to buy a new motorhome, but instead to find a really nice one built prior to 2008. It seems they feel 2008 on is nor well built.

We prefer 32-38 foot class A. At the present time we have a 2016 Thor Ace and although everything has been fixed, we find it a little too small for our future needs.

So I would like to hear from others about buying an older motorhome. One problem I have heard about is RV parks refusing entry to anything more than 10 years old, regardless of condition.

What do you think?
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Several threads here with extensive discussions of CG with ten year age or similar rules. Suggest to use the search feature to find them instead of repeating.

As for used vs new, I am solidly in the buy used camp. Older high quality coach is better than newer lesser quality coach. Determine your budget amount, identify quality brands models, and work bAck in years to find a fit.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:15 PM   #3
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Ours is 14 and only one CG even hinted we might not be accepted. We're newbies and have stayed in six so far, all Texas. CG acceptance would be way down on your list of concerns.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:17 PM   #4
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Honestly the 10 year rule must be mostly a west thing. I have not seen it on the east coast. I know there are some in FL, but that is an "exclusive" thing....which is a different story. Problem I am seeing is that as the gas prices have gone down... prices on gently used newer coaches have become scarce and not much cheaper then a new coach. Once you get to 10 years old you enter a different game.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:30 PM   #5
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We haven't had any problems with getting access to campgrounds with our 2002 Monaco Windsor but I will say from a distance it still looks good and would stand up to most of the newer ones as far as fit & finish. Most of the campgrounds that have the 10 year rule are probably ones I'm not interested in staying anyway. We are very frugal and would rather spend our money on other things then high priced RV parks.
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FWIW most of the "buy older" advice is about buying an older dp instead of a newer gas. If you are moving from an ACE to something a bit larger you are probably also looking a gas thus an upgrade in quality on a more recent gas A may be a much better choice.

We looked at ACE and liked a lot of features. After reading all the ACE mods and problems I am glad we did not go there as the seem to be more concerned about price point than quality and workmanship. That makes it relatively easy to get better quality.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:43 PM   #7
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We have just bought a new to us 2008 Newmar Bay Star. WE are very happy with our used motorhome.
It had been well taken care of was very clean. A few nicks and and bruises but nothing major. Being on a Ford F53 platform the first owner did all the upgrades on the handling issues shocks etc. IT drives and handles great far has I am concerned.

We are happy to have what we feel is a quilty but older class A.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:13 PM   #8
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One problem I have heard about is RV parks refusing entry to anything more than 10 years old, regardless of condition.
We have a 1999 - bought new from dealer.

While we have "heard" of those few CG that specify "age intolerant" policies:
1. Other than as few Thousand Trails CG, we've never found one
2. There are soooooooo many CGs out there begging for your business... I wouldn't even concern myself with the few who don't.

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The ten year old guideline is always qualified by seeing a photo
of the coach, or actually seeing it. The rule is to keep old, ugly,
poorly maintained, pieces of rolling junk out of a campground.
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Ours is 15 years old now, never been questioned, and as stated earlier, any campground that didn't want us in is probably a campground we would be just as happy to drive by on our way to another campground who wants our business!

On the older motor home, I'm with them. No DEF, pre-emmisions, we purchased a 13 year old coach two years ago, looked at a lot of them, this one was well maintained with maintenance records and obviously well cared for, original owners, immaculate for a price we couldn't refuse. We're extremely happy with it, plus it doesn't have a lot of mirrors and fluff more suitable to a French W . . . .house or a funeral parlor.

Just our personal experience. We've spent about 195 days in ours since April of 2014 and we're happy with it.
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FWIW most of the "buy older" advice is about buying an older dp instead of a newer gas. If you are moving from an ACE to something a bit larger you are probably also looking a gas thus an upgrade in quality on a more recent gas A may be a much better choice.

We looked at ACE and liked a lot of features. After reading all the ACE mods and problems I am glad we did not go there as the seem to be more concerned about price point than quality and workmanship. That makes it relatively easy to get better quality.
I know I like the looks and features of Tiffin Allegro Open Road models like the 31SA but am concerned with quality. I keep hearing buy prior to 2008. And I don't really want to pay the price for a new coach.
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For 15 years we traveled approximately 90,000 of miles all over the "lower 48" and Alaska in our 35' 1996 Georgie Boy Cruisemaster and never once were we denied access or even asked the age of our MH. For the most part, I don't think RV park operators can tell the age of a MH by looking at it.
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The ten year old guideline is always qualified by seeing a photo
of the coach, or actually seeing it. The rule is to keep old, ugly,
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This is EXACTLY right. We know a family that owns a campground in S. California. They have told me that usually run down 'looking' motorhomes sometimes means maintenance on the motorhome is sub-par. Right after an 'incident' at their camp, they started publishing the 10 year rule. Apparently, prior to them publishing this rule, they did allow a run down camper in and the black tank valve decided to break away from the plumbing at the most inappropriate time. The tank was FULL.

We have never been questioned about our coach. It's in pristine condition as we have always stored it inside.

Not sure of your price range, size or 'must have' list, but If you can find a well maintained, "loved" coach with maintenance records, I don't think you can go wrong. I know if I was looking for that and new the history of it, I'd buy my own coach in a minute. (she's not for sale)
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Generally speaking a dp will be higher quality fit and finish. Quieter on the road and maybe a more solid feel.

But that is where the advantages end. Way, way more chassis maintenance. And way more expensive to fix and maintain.

In my opinion unless you have a stomach for spending big $$ on purchase, maintenance and repairs, stick with a late model gasser.
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