OK, generally speaking, how old is too old for a first purchase? I can do a lot of the interior type repairs, but mechanical and frame (motor, generator, chassis or axle etc) are beyond our capabilities. Do we start low and look at something like this https://orlando.craigslist.org/rvs/4973870449.html
and expect some repair dollars (assuming a basic check by an experienced RV guy/independent service) or do we just bite the bullet and set a higher [price] floor?
I haven't reached the seller yet, but I'm guessing we'll find out that at best this unit has been sitting. That of course means replacement of hoses, belts, wipers, likely tires, etc. My other concern as we look would be the roof - my gut is telling me life will be better if I avoid a rubber roof. Do you agree, and if so does this automatically mean I should be looking for a coach no older than "X" and/or only specific brands?
I have to say, we have been looking for a couple of months now and somehow I feel in some ways we know less than when we started
I know I don't really want to take on any loan for this RV. Is it realistic to think we can stay at or below $30,000 (incl initial repairs such as new hoses, etc) for an RV (31'-38', at least 1 slide) that won't bankrupt us in the first year, or should I resign myself to paying more than that?
Part of my concern is I'm not sure how much use we'll actually get out of it. We have rented Class As and I owned a travel trailer years ago, so it's not a totally new experience. However, we are raising a grandchild (means school schedule time restrictions) and DH is a brittle diabetic with other health issues so I'm not sure how he will fare with his health in the next few years. We have all intentions of frequent use (we have been visiting our timeshare at least once a month and are planning lots of summer travel) but who knows?
We have no specific timeline, so I suspect that helps us keep looking and hope to find (and recognize!) the right one