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Old 02-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Give me some examples.

Appreciate all the help thus far in my search for a MH.

As of now here are the specs:

Diesel pusher, 8.3 Cummins, 6 sp. Allison
Diesel Generator
Dinette, sofa, and rear bed.
50 Amp service
No longer than 38 feet
No Slides-have some flexibility here if necessary.
Chassis-I'll have to take what I get with the above criteria
But this may be the deal breaker--$20,000 budget.

8.3 for the torque--want to tow Honda Odyssey

This will put me in the early 90s models. Would appreciate any suggestions from those that own such a model so I can start hunting for some names etc. Thanks

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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I would suggest a quick trip over to RVTrader.com You can put in price, size diesel etc and it should show you a good cross section of what is available.

I would guess that your price point is going to put you in a much older, well used coach. I am pretty sure they will all have NO slides

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I had searched RVTrader with just the limiters of diesel, class A, and 10,000 to 25,000 and it only came up with 11 using a 400 mile radius. Guess I need to go back and open up the radius to get more examples. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Keep an eye on this dealer. They take in a lot of consignments.

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No slide units have come down a bunch, BUT, I don't know if anything that doesn't need a ton of work would be down in that price range.
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Good luck finding one with those specs. Don't have to worry about the slide because they didn't come out until around 1994 or 95. Diesel pusher in those price ranges will put you in an older coach. If you opened up to gas engine you could get around a 98 to 2000 35 to 37 foot for around $15,000 that should be in pretty good condition and some will be low miles and well taken care of. Just my $.02
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You might consider opening your search up to include the Cat 3126 as well. It should have no trouble toting a 38' coach w/toad. Ours certainly doesn't....
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6 speed Allison requirement pretty much takes you out of the $20K range by a lot, me thinks. Unless you can settle on a rebuild project.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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We have Cat 3208s in the boats and find that Cat parts are expensive. Hope the Cummins is a little better in that regard because of all the truck engines etc.

I have searched PPL and most in our price range are sold or have a contract, but good reference.

How about a 1997 Fleetwood Discovery with the 5.9 275HP Cummins and the 6 sp Allison. It is the 36a model with two sofas and the dinette. Not the 8.3 but thought we would look at it. Freightliner chassis. Present owner has had it for 10 years and kept in a garage. Any thoughts on it?
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The 5.9 275HP Cummins is a workhorse. Great engine. Great mileage. That's what I have and mine is a 38', towing a fullsize Chevy 4-dr pickup. Might slow down a bit on the mountains out west but I'm happy with it.

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fighter, many mid 90s Dynastys with 8.3, Allison 6 speed, no slides and enough power to pull your Honda appear on eBay frequently. I have a 96 Dynasty with 8.3..36ft...it pulls my enclosed race trailer just fine...and best of all it didn't break the bank to purchase it. Keep looking...they are out there. With so many folks wanting to play the "keep up with the Jones's" game....mid 90s without slides isn't too hard to find
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sc3283--thanks for the encouragement. I'll check out the Dynastys. Just for my enlightment, did they tend to wander, as your byline seems to suggest? FP
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1994 or earlier Country Coach Affinity, Magna. Heavy, well built, excellent quality and meets your specs. Will not be a racehorse at 30,000 lbs.

Foretravel of about the same vintage.

Monaco Signature, Executive, or Dynasty of about the same vintage. These may have larger engines in some of them.

Yes, they will be 19 yrs old or more, but are durable if well cared for. Interior and exterior cosmetics could be the largest problem.

If you are willing to do most of the service and repairs work on your rig, you could be very happy.
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What are the thoughts on a winnebago Luxor DP?

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