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Old 09-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #15
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We have a 2002 Fleetwood Revolution and I am glad we went with a DP. This should be our first and last as there are many more good years from this coach. With a sick wife it is the ONLY way to travel with her and our 4 legged girls. There is no way we could buy a DP new as the cost of our MH was 217.000 new. WOW! Be careful and look into gentle used older MHs. I Love to drive my DP. Best ride of all and quiet!
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:58 AM   #16
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If you don't mind driving look into Wade's RV in Sapulpa Oklahoma.

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Besides a dealer, where else do you suggest to go?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:46 AM   #17
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Besides a dealer, where else do you suggest to go?
Well, for the engine and chassis, you might try a truck specialist of reputation. For the house, there's multiple small business owners and gadgeteers alike that do this sort of thing. Is there not anything you can do for yourself and some of the easiest and simplest things can save you a bundle?
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #18
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The wife and I are going to be making our first RV purchase in the next year. We have looked at a great deal of motor homes and are leaning towards the Itasca Sunstar 35f or the Winnebago Vista 35f. We love the bath and a half floor plan, the L shaped sofa and the midship tv. We are planning a trip to Hershey PA next year for the big RV show just to see if there is anything else out there that fits what we like. We will be towing a 2007 Saturn Vue behind what ever we buy. Any thoughts?
The Winnebago/Itasca RVs are usually excellent choices. Go with the floorplan that suits you best and enjoy! Many manufacturers now have the mid-ship TV...our Bounder has one and we love it. (We did remove the L-shaped FlexSteel sofa a few months ago and installed a La-z-boy reclining sofa...ahhhhhh. )
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #19
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Good thread!
We looked at a 38 foot 2005 Winnebago Adventurer yesterday for 59000.
I will certainly read more here.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:17 PM   #20
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If you don't mind driving look into Wade's RV in Sapulpa Oklahoma.
And there in is the problem, at least for me. Anything other than a dealership, would be many states away.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:53 AM   #21
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Be sure to check out Tiffin Allegro 36LA plan . Glad we did as it was not on our list originally. Sold us.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:28 PM   #22
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Thank you everyone for all your input. We are looking at buying something used 2011 or 2012 model and we aren't looking at making the purchase till 2015 unless of course we win the lottery or something, so we have a lot of time here. We will mainly be using the coach for extended weekend trips but will plan at least one week long trip a year. As for the larger DP units we were wanting to be able to go into some of the state and national parks and I was told that most have a 35ft limit. Is this the a fact? I manage an auto and truck repairs shop, so a lot of the repairs I can get done myself and don't really need the dealers help on that end. I was planning on having a local RV shop get a look at what ever we are going to purchase to kind of run over all the systems and such just to make sure everything is in working order. The reason we were going to go to Hershey next year was to see if there was anything in the floor plan that we like that maybe we have missed out on, then purchase an earlier model year in that coach. I had looked at some front or rear engine diesel models but haven't found anything with the bath and 1/2 and midship tv with the L shaped sofa in the 35ft range. 2012 Thor Serrano 34m was the closest we could come but have heard a lot of people saying they had a lot of issues with that model. Any suggestions on a diesel that would fit our needs?
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:33 PM   #23
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Welcome to irv2! You are in 'many hands' country.

You must go with your budget first and then fit the coach of your dreams into it. We just did that in May.

Here are two reasons I can think of to go used. 1/ Let the first owner shake out most of the bugs. Most new coaches have them and if the dealer does not have competent techs, which in my experiences they don't, your punch list becomes a nightmare. 2/ The depreciation on a new coach is unbelievable.

A tag axle is alway a great asset to the toll takers. Just one more reason to charge you more. The financially more endowed than I am don't mind the extra charges and I am glad that they are so blessed. But, one chassis does not fit all.

The floorplan you have chosen is great and stick with it. We love ours and the 40U gives extras that the shorter units don't have. We went with the '11 because of finances. The later models have one advantage that I wish we had. The genset is on tracks. Ours has to be dropped to service. UGH!

You are on the correct track. I would truly think of used over new though.

Great hunting and happy future trail.

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Thank you everyone for all your input. We are looking at buying something used 2011 or 2012 model and we aren't looking at making the purchase till 2015 unless of course we win the lottery or something, so we have a lot of time here. We will mainly be using the coach for extended weekend trips but will plan at least one week long trip a year. As for the larger DP units we were wanting to be able to go into some of the state and national parks and I was told that most have a 35ft limit. Is this the a fact? I manage an auto and truck repairs shop, so a lot of the repairs I can get done myself and don't really need the dealers help on that end. I was planning on having a local RV shop get a look at what ever we are going to purchase to kind of run over all the systems and such just to make sure everything is in working order. The reason we were going to go to Hershey next year was to see if there was anything in the floor plan that we like that maybe we have missed out on, then purchase an earlier model year in that coach. I had looked at some front or rear engine diesel models but haven't found anything with the bath and 1/2 and midship tv with the L shaped sofa in the 35ft range. 2012 Thor Serrano 34m was the closest we could come but have heard a lot of people saying they had a lot of issues with that model. Any suggestions on a diesel that would fit our needs?
Recently returned from our third US tour, making use of every state and NP we could and found that there's always a coach larger than ours in all of them.
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Recently returned from our third US tour, making use of every state and NP we could and found that there's always a coach larger than ours in all of them.
I'm happy to know this, was wondering as the one we purchased is an old 1999 Allegro BUS 39. Hoping to run the east coast next spring, that will be the maiden voyage. Yes, new is wonderful, but used is so much more affordable and besides, who you trying to impress anyway?
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State and local parks size often depend on what geographic location they are in and how old they are. Before you discount the 40' and under look at the parks you are interested in. Email or call them for information.

Just another FYI. If you are going to tow a car consider one that can be towed 4 wheels on the ground. Our car is a Toyota product. We use a tow dolly because Toyota products can't be towed without one. This is a great nuisance. Our next car may be a Honda product.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #27
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great it took me 10 yr. to talk my wife into buying our 1997 dutchstar LOVED IT and sold it for 07 dutch star i will only buy newnar or tiftion I belive there are the two best coaches on the road, but rember there our two things you need when you buy on and that is TIME and MONEY but do it anyway you will love it !!!!!!!!!!
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I see you are looking at a 1 1/2 bath, friends that have them say that the toilet in the rear will stop working when the Black tank gets to about 1/2 full. This is to prevent the Black tank from being overfilled by the macerating toilet. To continue using, the Black tank must be emptied about every 3 to 4 days.
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