Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-11-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2
Hello from Louisville, KY - First Post

My wife and I are looking at our first motorhome. Having fun searching the forum but if you have any advice, let me know. Some key points for us as follows.

Budget is around $100k.
Definitely want to stick with a diesel pusher.
It would be great to have a TAG
Prefer upper 30ft size
Prefer any kind of flooring over carpet
Prefer full body paint (had a boat with gelcoat before)
No kids, just cats
__________________

__________________
bimmerboy318 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-11-2016, 02:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Near San Antonio, TX
Posts: 430
Plenty of 10yo diesel pushers out there in your price range. I would buy from a private individual, ask for maintenance records. Have inspections done on chassis and house.

Also. Look at nada guides for motor home values.
__________________

__________________
Montyhp
2005 Discovery 39s Cat C7 330hp, AF1 brakes,
2013 Silverado Crew Cab Toad, Blue Ox Towbar
montyhp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 02:06 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
oakcreekeric's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Oak Creek, WI
Posts: 940
Just an FYI - If you're still in the "deciding" stages...

The #1 thing to consider is FLOORPLAN !?!?!?!?!

I understand there is a fairly large RV show in Louisville at the end of the month.. Its a great opportunity to see many RV's (and their floorplans) all at one time.. Might be a good time to figure out what you like, and don't like...

Shopping is one of the best stages of purchasing a new (to you) RV... Enjoy !!
__________________
Eric & Denise
2012 Itasca Sunstar 35F
2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
oakcreekeric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 02:23 PM   #4
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 26,358
Quote:
Originally Posted by bimmerboy318 View Post
My wife and I are looking at our first motorhome. Having fun searching the forum but if you have any advice, let me know. Some key points for us as follows.

Budget is around $100k.
Definitely want to stick with a diesel pusher.
It would be great to have a TAG
Prefer upper 30ft size
Prefer any kind of flooring over carpet
Prefer full body paint (had a boat with gelcoat before)
No kids, just cats

Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

We love our Monaco Windsor! It has the perfect (well, almost) floor plan for us. I didn't want a tag axle. Love the full-body paint! You might want one newer than our 2002, but you can find this model 40PBT in the $70,000 range.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
__________________
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 02:34 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Damon Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 493
Welcome to the Forum!! We live just down the road in E-Town. You will receive good advice from members of this Forum. Most are experienced and knowledgeable and many have been RVing for years. If you have any questions relative to dealers, etc. in our neck of the woods, shoot me a PM. Happy hunting!!

Bronk
__________________
bronk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 02:45 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Bronccat's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bourbon City, KY
Posts: 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by bimmerboy318 View Post
My wife and I are looking at our first motorhome. Having fun searching the forum but if you have any advice, let me know. Some key points for us as follows.

Budget is around $100k.
Definitely want to stick with a diesel pusher.
It would be great to have a TAG
Prefer upper 30ft size
Prefer any kind of flooring over carpet
Prefer full body paint (had a boat with gelcoat before)
No kids, just cats
I'm in Bardstown, welcome!

We bought a 39' DP in November, still so much to learn

DO NOT go to Day Bros in London (I have stories if you need clarification :-) )

I went to Davis in Memphis and was pleased with the process

Should be lots of coaches out there (although we're in a tough area vs. TX, FL, AZ)

I definitely recommend 3rd party inspection (including a truck shop who is authorized dealer for the engine MFG)

Talk to the PO for sure


Our criteria was as follows:

  • Brand (I won't editorialize, just do tons of research. And bear in mind that the quality of many brands vary greatly by who owned the company when it was built. I'll include in this check for major recall issues)
  • Price (we had to flex on that)
  • Layout / slides
  • Engine model / MFG
  • Proximity (became more important later after getting burned by a dealer. I didn't want to go to FL or something just to find that I had been lied to)
__________________
2006 Monaco Knight 38 PDQ HAR-VEE
2010 Ford Flex LTD
Bronccat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 02:53 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Bronccat's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bourbon City, KY
Posts: 128
I'll add:

Be prepared to spend another 3 to 4K on "stuff". Biggest part of this for us we getting set up to tow our car but the little stuff was about 2500 of that (and we're not done yet).

Also, figure on dropping another 3 to 500$ on getting all service items up to date. Unless you have impeccable records, it's a great investment so you "know".
__________________
2006 Monaco Knight 38 PDQ HAR-VEE
2010 Ford Flex LTD
Bronccat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 02:58 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: KY
Posts: 1,151
Allow me to disagree with Broncat
I just purchased a new Bounder from Day Bros and my first hand experience found them competent and honest. I can not say the same about Northside in Lexington they are oxygen thieves.
__________________
Brenda & AL
2017 Thor Venetian, T42
2017 Chevy Sonic, 2014 KTM 690 Duke
z3406 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 03:01 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
bigben's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 700
Home base outa L'ville. Welcome!!!
__________________
US Army Retired - loving it in our Challenger 37TB.

bigben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 03:07 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Bronccat's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bourbon City, KY
Posts: 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by z3406 View Post
Allow me to disagree with Broncat
I just purchased a new Bounder from Day Bros and my first hand experience found them competent and honest. I can not say the same about Northside in Lexington they are oxygen thieves.

I think I'd been OK if I was buying a new one - not as many opportunities to misrepresent things. I also think, had I been dealing with anyone besides the owner's little brother - I wouldn't have been mislead.

One guy down there, Zach, was very forthcoming and tried to clean up the mess but couldn't get any support.
__________________
2006 Monaco Knight 38 PDQ HAR-VEE
2010 Ford Flex LTD
Bronccat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 06:29 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
jacwjames's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 4,598
I belong to the Monacoers Yahoo forum, a senior member has just listed his 2002 Windsor for $40K, which is a heck of deal. From what I understand it has upgrades like residential refrigerator and is meticulously maintained. It has ~80K miles on it.

This is an older coach but this year Windsor was mounted on the same chassis that the Dynasty, Executive, and Signature is on. It does not have a tag axle but still a nice coach (yes I own one). Here is a brochure for that model year.
Monaco Brochures

I can get the info if you wish.
__________________
Jim J
2002 Monaco Windsor 38 PKD
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/5.7 Hemi
jacwjames is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 06:42 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Near San Antonio, TX
Posts: 430
Just to clarify in case you haven't come across the info yet. A 10 yo DP with 60000-80000 miles is just barely broken in. If it has had all maintenance, it will probably outlive you.
__________________
Montyhp
2005 Discovery 39s Cat C7 330hp, AF1 brakes,
2013 Silverado Crew Cab Toad, Blue Ox Towbar
montyhp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 06:56 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Bigd9's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Posts: 3,877
Welcome bimmerboy318. We are in the other side of Kentucky from you 30 miles east of Lexington.
__________________
Good Luck, Be Safe and Above All, Don't Forget To Have Fun
Pete
2006 Fleetwood Discovery 35H, being pushed by a 2014 Honda CRV
Bigd9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2016, 07:18 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
KarenS144's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Paoli, IN
Posts: 1,075
Welcome to iRV2! I'm just a few miles from L'ville in southern Indiana. You can get an idea of what 100K can get you by looking on some of the online sale sites. Remember asking price and buying price are different.

We bought our first RV (a used B+) from a dealer. Our 2nd, a new Class A gasser from a dealer and our current used DP from an individual off of all things....Craigslist!

One thing to consider is how you'll used the coach. If you're using it for short trips of a few days, your needs maybe different than someone traveling for weeks at a time and if you're full timing, you may need something totally different.

The RV show in L'ville is a good place to look and get an idea of sizes and floor plans. While there are only new units there, you can still get an idea of different sizes and floor plans. Just don't take your checkbook!
__________________

__________________
Karen & Gary
Glamping is not for the faint of heart!
with furkids Gypsy & Cody &
traveling in a 2011 Ventana 3433!
KarenS144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spartan Chassis post rally after Pomona FMCA tom chelbana Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 0 01-10-2015 01:05 PM
Avoid I-65 through Louisville topdownman Navigation, Routes & Roads 5 09-28-2014 08:16 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.