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Old 02-08-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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OK , here goes.
MH Newbie here. I've camped all my life. tents to popup to Travel Trailer to Class C (rentals). We've decided to bite the bullet NOW and get a DP to use for the next 4 or 5 years, before we semi retire and fulltime it. At that point we 'think" we'd prefer a 40footer. Our goal/dream is to hike all the national parks.
For now we're thinking in the 36' range. from all the wonderful information here and talks with friends, a Tiffin or Winnie/Itasca is where we want to head.
The unfortunate part is that our budget is limiting us to a 2001-2003. looks like some good deals can be had... 75K miles and less. for $45K to $50K.
so the questions begin..
-what are some of things i need to look for on something that age? is this the age (10+ years) that the heater / AC / fridge etc etc all begin to die?
i know i have to pay close attention to the maint logs (presuming they are kept)
the Cat/Cummins , should be fine if maintained, brakes, etc. but what else?

-we live in NH. not much for sale here in winter.. everyone we see for sale is in AZ, TX, FL, etc.. so it means air fare out and hopefully drive it back.
How do i find a decent RV inspector that i can trust?

-we hope to put miles on it for 2 to 3 weeks vaca a year plus as many weekends as we can. NE offers so much for short trips.

-we decided on a DP for: 1-the ride, 2-towing 3-the room(with slide outs)

-we've done the camping shows and really like the feel of a 40 footer, but since this is our first jump into it + our budget, a 36 should be fine.

i'm sure there is a million other questions i should ask, but so many have already been answered in threads i've read.
Thanks in advance
-mike
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to irv2. I would recommend a qualified rv tech to go over everything in that age range. You can certainly find a lot of good RVs but I'd want to be sure of what I'm getting.
Good luck.
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