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Old 01-24-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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Buying a used Beaver class A

I am looking to buy a used class A and struggling a bit. I am looking for a 40 ft between 2005-2009. I thought when I first started looking that a newmar, tiffin or fleetwood would be best. Then I came across the Beaver line of motor homes. The wood work and overal layout are beautiful and the equipment with them are what appear to be top notch. However, not sure about buying a RV that is no longer made. I know the parent company Monaco is still around.

Is there a down side to buying a used Beaver RV, versus an RV from a company like newmar, Monaco, tiffin?

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I suppose it would depend on what kind of shape it is in. Or, what needs to be fixed or replaced and if parts are available. Maybe the price you pay for the unit, and how handy you are. Good luck.


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We had the Beaver Patriot and Marquis on our short list when hunting for a coach. We prefered the Patriot Thunder with the Big Cat, as it had less 'bling', which suited our style more. We were looking in the 2006 and younger, as we wanted the less smogged engines.

Both coaches are outstanding, and zero concern on buying one with Monaco having gone down and out, and now back up...

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I am looking to buy a used class A and struggling a bit. I am looking for a 40 ft between 2005-2009. I thought when I first started looking that a newmar, tiffin or fleetwood would be best. Then I came across the Beaver line of motor homes. The wood work and overal layout are beautiful and the equipment with them are what appear to be top notch. However, not sure about buying a RV that is no longer made. I know the parent company Monaco is still around.

Is there a down side to buying a used Beaver RV, versus an RV from a company like newmar, Monaco, tiffin?

Thanks
Not that Ive seen even in my 1998 - Everyone thats worked on it can get parts no issue.

They all use the same commercial engine and power train parts - and all the parts are available.

the rest of the stuff is just regular RV parts you can get online anywhere -a maxfan is maxfan.

I wouldn't even consider it among the issues the many possible issues to look for in every RV.The bigger RV shops all cross reference the parts and its no big deal.

If you want to see a nice RV interior take a look at an old "real" beaver pre 2004 few match it today.

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I am looking to buy a used class A and struggling a bit. I am looking for a 40 ft between 2005-2009. I thought when I first started looking that a newmar, tiffin or fleetwood would be best. Then I came across the Beaver line of motor homes. The wood work and overal layout are beautiful and the equipment with them are what appear to be top notch. However, not sure about buying a RV that is no longer made. I know the parent company Monaco is still around.

Is there a down side to buying a used Beaver RV, versus an RV from a company like newmar, Monaco, tiffin?

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We bought a 2005 Beaver in October and had no qualms about service or support. We're in the same town as several Beaver repair specialists, including Beaver Coach Sales & Service, which helps, but as others have said by the mid-2000's most of the parts are either Monaco, used on other Monaco brand coaches, or are generic used on lots of motorhomes. There is also a great Beaver support group - the Beaver Ambassador Club - at beaveramb.org.
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Wouldn't bother me in the least. I would not buy a single axle Patriot or Panther with the big motor because they are overweight right from the factory
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I've got an '06 Patriot Thunder. I would not buy a two axle coach because I drive in the mountains and often in sub optimal weather, and the tag axle provides a lot of stability.

Having said that, the wood work in our Beaver pleases us, but it is no comparison to the quality and finish in earlier Beavers, and possibly not a mach to the Marquis of the same period. It is comparable to the other Monaco products and the other brands we have seen.

I like the big Cat, the C13 has the torque to keep us at good speed up grades, and the two stage engine brake makes down grades a calm affair.

Nothing wrong with a Monaco that isn't also wrong with all the others. Look at the lists of problems posted for all manufacturers and you will see these babies are NOT trouble free.

If you are not handy, you'll need to know some good diesel mechanics and RV techs. If you are handy, you will find a new hobby. All the fun of a custom vehicle with a house added in.
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Most of the parts that would likely fail or be of issue are non-proprietary. Like any coach, most are comprised of different manufacturers including car and truck parts. I own a Beaver and haven't run across an insurmountable issue yet. Beavers are a nice coach and I may be biased but I think they are better built than many.
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Beaver

Had a 04 Marquis and now a 07. I just don't think they make a better coach. To us it was also the wood. Never had any problems getting parts. Beaver Sales can get just about anything. I even got replacement tile from them for both coaches. To me the 04 had more power and better mileage than my 07. Don't think you can go wrong with a Beaver. Just my two cents.

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Thanks all for the feedback. I love the wood work in a beaver.
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Have a look, 4 Beavers. Good luck in your search.
Kenai Coach 2008 Beaver Contessa Rome IV
same coach
2008¬*Beaver¬*Contessa Rome w/4 Slides¬*listed on RVOnline.com -RVs for Sale

2005¬*Beaver¬*Patriot Thunder w/3 Slides¬*listed on RVOnline.com -RVs for Sale
2004¬*Beaver¬*Patroit Thunder w/3 Slides¬*listed on RVOnline.com -RVs for Sale
2008¬*Beaver¬*Contessa w/4 Slides also Car¬*listed on RVOnline.com -RVs for Sale
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