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Old 01-03-2015, 10:20 AM   #29
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I intentionally focused on purchasing an older high end coach as a way to maximize value and minimize depreciation. I also wanted a DP as I had two gassers previously. I looked and looked and finally settled on a 2000 Country Coach with 41,000 miles in just plain beautiful condition. Saying this I'm mechanically inclined so I was able to go through numerous systems and perform maintenance and feel intimately familiar with every square inch of this MH. I also realized going into it that I would need to spend $5k to $7k upfront for various maintenance like new tires, new batteries, fluid changes and some upgrades (i.e. TPM system).

I think the key to buying an older MH is that you either have to be mechanically inclined or be willing to pay for the services of some who is, in order to perform a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection and both initial and ongoing maintenance.

Tim Sullivan, 2016 Winnebago Era 170A. (Formerly: 1984 Itasca 31' Windcruiser; 1993 Holiday Rambler 33'; 2000 Country Coach Magna DP)
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:54 PM   #30
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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!

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Old 01-04-2015, 06:35 AM   #31
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I'd like to know what MH was manufactured with "sticks and staples" since the mid-70's; certainly none in the last 10yrs.
While not a class A these guys definitely believe in wood...

The Age Old Debate: Wood -vs- Aluminum - Excel RVs

And besides repairing wood rot looks easy... LOL


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