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Old 05-02-2019, 05:12 PM   #1
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Fulltime Diesel Rig - Budget $50K to $70K

I'm getting closer to the day that I get to live the dream. Can't wait to start the search for the ideal diesel rig for fulltiming.

I plan to buy used and get whatever needs fixing fixed.

My budget is $50K to $70K. I'm wondering what quality used rig I can buy for that money.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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In late 2016, I bought a privately owned, meticulously maintained 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 4016 DP with all records for the high end of your range. We have full-timed in it since. They are certainly out there.
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I... 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 4016 DP
Can't go wrong with a Newmar. So a 12 year old Mountain Aire can be had for about $70k. That's a good start.

The 40' length is what we're thinking about as well.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:44 PM   #4
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thats not a lot of money for a DP maybe an early 2000s
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thats not a lot of money for a DP maybe an early 2000s
The best deals seem to be from private sellers. Once you go through a dealer the prices seem to be about 20 to 30% higher.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:52 PM   #6
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People on here have heard me say this before -- but i think it still applies.
In used DP's of that age you will need to be pretty handy and good at DIY.
There will be many small things to do no matter how well maintained an RV is of that age.

If you get a quality one at least you will have a chance of it lasting and performing as you need.

I personally think 40 feet is a good length.

I have a friend with a one year old 45 foot and they are thinking of moving down to a 40 ft.

good luck --- Dale
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We sold our 01 Monaco Windsor for 55,000.
It was in great shape and I am no dyi’er.
Stuff needed fixed, we got it fixed.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:14 PM   #8
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There are a lot of Tiffin Phaeton 36 to 40 ft units in the 2006-2007 era with under 50K miles in the 75-80K market...
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Early 2016 we bought a 2004 Monaco Camelot for 66K drive out from a dealer. It came with brand new tires and batteries. It had also been upgraded with newer TV's and new furniture. We have since put about 10K in it to repair, maintain, and acquire a few things needed for towing and travel. I was a mechanic for several years so I am ok with most repairs and we have done everything ourselves. This forum has been a life saver though. The information and experienced people here are priceless. In the range you are looking for just be prepared to do some things yourself or it can get real expensive very quickly. Best of luck to ya.
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I would up your length to 42’ so you have a tag axle. Many non tag of the $60K vintage have very little CCC. You should be able to find a 03-04 Monaco Dynasty for $70K. May more DP than you think you need...one time.
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Keep your eye open for a nice '05 - '08 Alpine coach. Would fit your price range and is a great full timer coach.


400hp side radiator. large fuel, fresh and waste tanks. High end coach interior quality. Drives great. Lot of resources available for DIY owners from other owners.



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We just purchased a 2004 Damon Escaper 4176. We purchased it from a friend that wanted to move up to a 5th. He took very good care of it and just had new tires last year and batteries last year. WE drove it back from Iowa to Texas and turned 24K miles on it. Put it in the shop to have some small things taken care of and all is working. The rig was a $400K machine new and we have all paper work on it from when it was new. IT was at the top of your desired pay but we thought it was well worth it. The little we have used it so far we LOVE it!!! Plan on using it more when I resign from the work place. They are out there but buyer beware. Many of the used ones from a dealer are AS IS so you have no idea what you are getting.
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Six weeks ago we traded our 2007 Damon Astoria 3774 diesel pusher for a new to us 2016 Newmar Ventana LE 4037 at NIRV in Dallas. NIRV sold the Astoria to I-35 RV Super Center in Denton, TX who gave it a "listed" price of $65,000. The Astoria in less than four weeks sold because mechanically it was in great condition, the inside was in excellent condition and it had only 18,000 miles of use. The cosmetic problem, and our reason for trading it away, was the 13 year old maroon color vinyl graphics had dried-out and cracked in many places exposing the white paint underneath. I don't know if I-35 RV Supercenter replaced those graphics or not before it sold.


So, if you take the time to shop, there should be very good condition, 13-15 year old diesel pusher motorhomes in your price range. Just be a patient shopper and when you find one you like, be sure to get a thorough pre-purchase inspection to identify all items a current owner would need to correct.
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Not sure where you are located, but a friend just put his 04 40' Country Coach on the market. He is moving to a longer coach. One thing I was impressed with on his coach, if you open the rear hatch you see a motor. The belts are there, the water pump, A/C compressor, etc. are all within easy reach. Kind of reminded me of a 60's era car motor, when you opened the hood there was just a motor sitting there without all the peripheral "stuff".
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