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 06-28-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
JSPERRELLA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: In Red Bay headed to Spring, TX
Posts: 173
How old is too old?

My wife and I are in agreement about buying a diesel pusher motor home and leaning towards an Allegro Bus in the 40 foot range. But we are still having issues on the age of a motor home. We will be purchasing in the first quarter of next year. We anticipate going fulltime 12/12/12 as that will give us nine glorious days to enjoy before the end of the world on 12/21/2012. My wife says no older than 2007. I would consider older depending on the care, maintenance and amenities of the motor home. We would appreciate your comments and experiences.
__________________

__________________
JSPERRELLA 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 06-28-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
bdpreece's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Woodburn Oregon USA
Posts: 2,596
The newer the better and can I have it on 12/22 since you won't be needing it?
__________________

__________________
Brian, Loretta & Daisy (Golden Retriever)
2008 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40 PDQ , ISL 400
2014 Ford Explorer toad
bdpreece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 02:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
radams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 398
Well let's see . . . I'd say no older than 2007!
__________________
radams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 03:09 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
JacknKay's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 594
We bought ours this year and it's a 2007. Tiffin products are nice and they have a great support system.
__________________
Jack & Kay
2015 Allegro 32CA Ford Chassis
FMCA #341229
JacknKay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 03:20 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
Posts: 238
Ours is a 2004 Beaver and we bought it in 2007. It is still running fine and giving us a lot of joy and taking us a lot of fun places.
__________________
Jim and Shirley McGehee
2004 Beaver Monterey Laguna
2013 Honda Fit Toad, 2003 Jeep Liberty Toad
jollyjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 04:35 PM   #6
Member
 
Rapid Robert's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sothern Arizona
Posts: 87
Well lets see, I'm 70 & think that is way too old! Oh, maybe I didn't read the post all the way through.
__________________
"Got a dog for my kid, the best trade I ever made"
Bob, Rita and the better half of my trade, Pudgy
2011 Serrano, 2012 Jeep Patriot on tow dolly
Rapid Robert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 06:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
texnet's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Granbury, Texas
Posts: 1,364
When is an MH too old? It is too old when it requires more upkeep than the depreciation of a newer MH. It is too old when it no longer fits your needs and lifestyle. It is too old when you have to worry about going out on the road for a several week or several month old trip. It is too old, even a 2010, when it was not maintained and treated well.

We moved from an 07 to a 03 and really like the additional 8 feet of space and all the bells and whistles! Yes, it was a move backward in years but a huge move upward in the coach!
__________________
Ronnie (WD5GIC) & Jan (WD5IHU)
2003 Monaco Dynasty Countess 42' w/tag, 2012 Ford Flex
http://www.ronniesphotos.com

texnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 06:53 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
wildtoad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,929
If it looks old then perhaps it's too old. There are many examples on this forum where folks have taken great care of a unit they bought new 10, 15, 20 years ago and have stored in a building, carefully maintained the mechanics and systems, washed, waxed and caulked the unit as required.

I have also seen folks with brand new units tell of horror stories with the quality of their expensive purchase.

I buy older units and prepare myself to spend an additional sum getting it in shape.

So it all depends on maintenace.
__________________
Tom Wilds
Blythewood SC
2016 Newmar Bay Star Sport 3004
2013 Chevy Sonic Hatchback (Automatic)
wildtoad is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 07:17 PM   #9
Member
 
bosshawg's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 52
We just brought a 2006 and we are fine with it. I think the slides may be better that the older ones.
__________________
2003 Country Coach Intrigue 40'
2011 Buick Enclave
bosshawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,609
We could afford a newer coach than what we have, but the one we have left a very sizable chunk in the bank that we didn't have to touch. Depreciation is practically non existent on it, and I had (am having) a blast fixing it up. That's me though. I had the time, the skill set, and the patience to carry this project through to the point where I can trust it to go anywhere I might be interested in taking it.

Point is, the call you're making is about a lot more than the maintenance that been done on a coach, or the year it was built. A lot of it is about what kind of an owner you intend to be. Will you be doing all of your own service work, or making lists of problems to take to a dealer? I would think the more you're able/willing to take on the older the coach could be. With a set budget, that older coach could represent a LOT nicer/more coach than a newer one might be? FWIW
__________________
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 08:18 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
tomwalt's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,318
You and your wife will know when you find the right motorhome. Look at all that interest you - it doesn't cost anything to look at models older than 2007.
__________________
Tom and Amy from Northern Virginia.
2000 Allegro 454/Workhorse P32/TST/Crossfire
Life is a DIY project - enjoy it.
tomwalt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 08:28 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
njs42's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Federal Way, Wa.
Posts: 2,901
Our 03 which we care for gingerly looks and acts new----just depends on how it was cared for----I agree with Tomwalt-----look at what you like---then decide.
__________________
I do all my own stunts
03 Dolphin LX 6355, Workhorse W22, 8.1 vortec, 04 CR-V, Blue Ox, Brake Pro----Norm, Barb and
Doc(He's a PhD)
njs42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Anacortes, WA (Stick & Brick)
Posts: 2,623
Slide-outs are a good thing unless you go really long. I'm not sure when they started to show up - maybe 1997 or so? Our 32-footer has a bedroom slide and a dining room slide and we figure we could full-time in it without a lot of grief, particularly if our nearly 14-year-old lab wasn't with us any more.

It's a front-engined gasser - we couldn't find a DP we could afford!
__________________
Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
ex-pat Brits (1968) and ex-RVers.
frankdamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 11:28 PM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 933
I've got a 1990... I paid for it cash and it didn't hurt. I put in a few thousand to update and fix it and it runs and drives great and is really comfortable. All the amenities including the cabinets, floor, appliances etc are first class and real quality products. It's been on the road for over 21 years and I suspect it will still go another 21. So, I say find what "fits" you and don't worry about the year or millage. If you are looking at a DP the motor will out live you.... and P.S. From what I see on the forum newer models have way more problems than the older ones....
__________________

__________________
Billieg 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


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:45 PM.


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