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Old 06-30-2014, 09:12 AM   #15
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Go over to the Class A area of the forum and do some reading there. I think you will find all the info you need!

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Old 06-30-2014, 09:22 AM   #17
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wow, lots of good points, guess I came to the right place. We are new to RVing never had one. It will be for the most part just the wife and I. We are looking at the Thor Tuscany and the Fleetwood Discovery, like the floor plan, looking at 40+ feet. Budget is about 240K.

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My wife and I are 7 years full time in the same coach. We bought a 3 year old top on the line coach for less than half MSRP. After 4 years of full timing we spent a month in Elkhart and had an interior remodel done. I would go this route again without question.

There are lots of upper end coaches out there on the used market. With a budget of $200k you can get a really great coach and have money left to take it somewhere and have an interior remodel done to your specs.


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Old 06-30-2014, 01:25 PM   #18
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Discovery is a Fleetwood product. You may get better information by going to the Thor and Fleetwood owners sections and asking any questions about each specific model. In my opinion, something else to look at is service after the sale from both the dealership you are purchasing from as well as customer support from the manufacturer. Sometimes the best price isn't the best deal if you can't get service after the sale.


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Personally, I would prefer to buy a 7 to 10 year old DP for $140,000 and do whatever upgrades I felt necessary.

If you spend the $240,000 at purchase the rig could be worth $140,000 in 5 to 7 years.

We bought our then 7 year old DP at about 30% of MSRP from a dealer. The original owner took a hit of more than $240,000 in 7 years when it was traded in.

New diesel rigs do not have a lot of necessary features that are not available on the 10 year old rigs.

The engine size, floor plan, number of slide outs, net carrying capacity, towing capacity and Aqua Hot are things that cannot be changed easily on an older rig.

Televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, furniture, sound systems, and fabrics are items that can be renovated at any time.

Buying the older rig allows for a large margin of cash to be used for renovations with a significant amount of change left over.

New or Older, if you are going to rely on professionals for your maintenance and repairs, you will be spending a lot of annual dollars. Probably more on the older rig than on a new rig (until it becomes an old rig).
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I have owned top of the line and mid line coaches. This may be a true case of, you get what you pay for. My wife and I have always split the RV search chores. I know what I want in a chassis and she knows what kind of floor plan she wants. The search continues because we by used (not abused) and have bought newer and better every time. 17 years now and counting. By the way, we always buy from a private owner. You get a good feel for the upkeep by talking to the people who have done it.
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get a side radiator or you will be sorry.

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wow, lots of good points, guess I came to the right place. We are new to RVing never had one. It will be for the most part just the wife and I. We are looking at the Thor Tuscany and the Fleetwood Discovery, like the floor plan, looking at 40+ feet. Budget is about 240K.


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get a side radia ator a rear rad is a pita to maintain.
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GaryKD has a few great points, but left out service, which I would hold in high esteem. If your beloved coach is difficult to service, or the company has few service areas, or the service is rated poorly, then you might be in a bind. Plus, it's not just the nearby service you should look at, but the network, across the country (where you would be potentially traveling) that needs scrutiny. Some companies have it, and some don't.
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Just purchased an 07 Fleetwood Discovery 39V, with a full slide. Had EVERYTHING (and more) on our punch-list. VERY happy with our purchase.
We watch the used diesel web sites e.g. PPL, Lazy Days (no prices) and Motorhome specialists MHSRV.COM
Ended up flying down to Texas to pic up the rig.

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