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Old 02-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #15
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #16
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If you can find a Luxor in good shape, I'd jump on it. I think the Luxor had an 8.3 big block, which would make it a very capable rig. It's a step above my Vectra, and I love my old rig. My 5.9, 6 spd, 230 HP, 600 lb./ft pulls a 3,000 lb. Tacoma just fine since the 35' MH only weighs about 22k loaded (no slides). We averaged just under 10 mpg on a 4500 mile trip last summer towing, without having one single problem.

To have the expectation that any of these rigs will climb a hill (with or without a toad) like a car is to end up very disappointed. My little 5.9 will run down the road as fast as you want to go, no problem. I try to keep it at about 62 mph (1900 rpm), but if I start overriding the cruise, will find myself running 75 before I know it. I suggest focusing on the condition of the unit, and avoiding anything that doesn't show pride of ownership. Any of these older diesel rigs are very competent motorhomes.

Thanks for keeping us informed. It's exciting to see someone selecting their first motorhome when they have done their homework like you have!
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Just had another thought. Craigslist has a lot of motorhomes for sale in many larger metro areas. Can't tell from your profile what part of the country you live in, but there are a lot of units in the Phoenix CL, and many on the west coast as well. In AZ, if you buy from a private seller, you don't have to pay the sales tax that would be due if bought from a dealer. This varies with state and county. That tax adds about 9.2% to the price tag where I live...!! I actually bought my Vectra on CL 5 years ago from a private seller in Tucson. I mounted a new set of Michelins with the money I saved from not paying sales tax..............
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My friend just brought home a clean 1998 Gulfstream Tourmaster.....Cummins 8.3 no slides and a diesel gen. on a POWERED slide for under $30,000.
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