After what seemed like an endless search, I purposefully decided that an older coach (in my case a 2002 HR Navigator) was the way to go.
To me, it is just like buying a pre-owned home: Start with the foundation (chassis) and go from there. I finally stumbled upon what I believe to be one of the cleanest and best maintained older Class A coaches one could find with a list of goodies found only in coaches today that are above $500,000. 500HP Cummins, tag axle, Roadmaster Chassis, New wind shield, stored inside in climate controlled space its whole life, tires in great condition, solid wood cabinets, etc.
This one has been stored inside its entire life and has been meticulously cared for and it showed, so I jumped on it.
Mind you it took 18 months to find her but it has been well worth the wait. There are plenty of coaches out there, just not very many "good" ones so take your time and it should pay off.
All I am going to have to update are some knobs and drawer pulls, a TV and a few other brass type fixtures and I will have a rig right up there with some of the higher end units for under $100,000.
I am completely happy and hope this coach stays with me for the rest of my days, or until I win the lottery so I could buy a brand new one (maybe), whichever comes first!