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Old 03-09-2014, 03:58 PM   #15
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In the process of looking at a 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge. Looks wonderful, and I will bet that 10 years from now, it will be still going strong, while a lot of 2005 Class A's will be sitting.

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Old 03-09-2014, 05:39 PM   #16
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We have a 1990 Barth Regency DP and absolutely love it. Best RV DP ever made.

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Old 03-09-2014, 07:19 PM   #17
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I have a 2001 Foretravel and it is in great shape. I have upgraded the inside over the years too with an 42 inch LED in the front and MCD blinds and granite in the kitchen and a stainless sink. Put in a dining bar and took out the J lounge. The old coaches have great bones and can run a long time. I have 151,000 miles on it and will have 152K next week.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:30 PM   #18
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Our first coach was 10 years old when we purchased it. Bought it from the original owners and it was in perfect condition with all it's records of service. It had 92K miles on it when we got it and had 116K when we traded it in and it still looked great. The dealership couldn't, believe it was 14 years old and asked if we had any potential buyer calling us to ask any questions they may have. We rec'd a call from the eventual couple that purchased it and it was only on the dealer lot 1 week before it sold. It was a gas coach and the engine and trans were rebuilt at 90K miles but it still ran like an top. Good luck on your decision and hope you find the one that works out best for you.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:56 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by mpierce View Post
In the process of looking at a 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge. Looks wonderful, and I will bet that 10 years from now, it will be still going strong, while a lot of 2005 Class A's will be sitting.
About 20 years ago a friend bought a 1978 Bluebird MH, took it to the factory and had it completely restored/modified/updated inside and out. It looked brand new, but he paid taxes on a 1978 year. He said he had calculated that he would save enough in taxes and other such expenses over the years to recoup the restoration/modifications expenses.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:36 PM   #20
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My wife and I bought our 2000 Newmar Kountry Star 3565 DP last October with about 67K miles on the odo. Everyone comments on how clean it is and well taken care of it was and that it doesn't look anything close to its actual age...and we agree wholeheartedly.

We LOVE the Newmar brand and see LOTS of them out there from the early 2000's still on the road looking and performing great!

We know that when we grow out of our current coach, we'll definitely get another Newmar.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:52 PM   #21
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You have the house and the engine of a Class A. Both require specific and routine maintenance.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:02 AM   #22
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we bought a 1999 fleetwood discovery diesel 38000 miles had a new shortblock in 2002 for some reason runs great love it !
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:24 AM   #23
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02 Discovery in great shape. I removed all the vinyl and repainted. Put 10K miles sense we got her.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:03 AM   #24
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Bought a 2002 Dutchstar 3852 with a 3126e caterpillar 2 years ago with about 58,000 miles on it. Now has 75,000 miles. Coach body in very good shape. Had to do minor maintenance such as tie rod end assemblies, change out a main generator fuse, service tranny and change oil and filters. Do not regret the purchase as I spent about 20% of the cost of a new one.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:15 AM   #25
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Also had to replace a cracked manifold but with my Good SAMs warranty my cost was a couple of hundred vs the 3400. If you buy used make sure to get a good warranty. For instance mine just covered the replacment of my awing motor. I have already received more benefit from my warranty than its cost and it wasn't inexpensive.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:11 AM   #26
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The only reason we are thinking about trading up to a new(er) coach in a year or two is because we have found several parks in the last 2 years that have restrictions on the age of the coaches. Most after looking at ours says no problems they are just concerned with not having the ones with cardboard for windows staying there. But there is one we did find that does not care about anything but what the age on the registration says, yes they want a copy of the registration just to make sure of the age. They won't go by what you tell them or looks, they want written proof.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:12 AM   #27
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Spend some time on the vintage thread. There's lots of older motorhomes out there doing just fine!
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Bought a 2000 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher when we retired in 2010 and went fulltime. We've been from FL. to AK., ME. to CA. and many, many places in between. Don't regret a minute of it. The only major thing we had go wrong was the fuel pump went bad in of all places Destruction Bay, Yukon Territory. Really wasn't a big deal since we have a towing rider on the Ins. policy. The only inconvenience was we had to wait three days for a tow truck to get us to Whitehorse, but thankfully we were already in a campground. Had a new fuel pump flown in and we were back on our way. Hey, it's all part of the experience.

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