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Old 11-26-2010, 07:18 PM   #15
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Traded my fifth wheel on my MH. Whatever you decide on make sure you don't get cheated price wise by comparing prices at NADA.com.

Also search the internet and the forum for prices in the RV market place.

One thing for sure it is more expensive to keep an MH on the road so open your pocket book. Lots of startup cost including getting a toad ready.

I kept my Diesel Truck just in case DW changes her mind. Unfortunately for me she like the MH better. Still keeping the truck. Good luck with your selection.

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Old 11-26-2010, 08:49 PM   #16
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Stardust06 - In my experience most owners of motor homes like theirs. What I think is the true lesson to be taken from that is that there are a lot of good motor homes available. And the key is finding the right one for you. So you have to think long and hard and take your time. Go out and look and drive a whole bunch and sort of narrow down slowly what you like and don't like. I happen to be a bit mechanical and my wife decor. So I spent my time checking chassis, motor, systems, and she looked at floor plan and colors. I also relied heavily on the RVCG set of disks that has all the basic specifications such as CCCs, towing cap, chassis length, and so on. I recommend you purchase those form their web site. I spent about two years researching. And then about 3 months or so in intense looking.

We are one of those families who really like their coach now. Even though we were very lucky and were able to get a high end coach I do NOT think that buying high end necessarily makes you happier. Many of the members of our small RV club are very happy with their not so spiffy ones. One of our friends went to Alaska and back this summer and has a mid 90's Dolphin 36' gasser. They were accompanied by friends in a 2001 National Tradewinds DP. They both LOVED the trip. Neither had any big mechanical issues at all.

Last thing. Don't get hung up on brand. There are lots of good makers. But do study prices. Learn what is fair market value for a coach and try to pay as much under that as possible. Do not over pay. Only many hours will help you there. One other poster told you to look at PPL motor homes web site / consignment lot in Houston. IMHO that have a very good selection and you can use their web site as a reference for prices.

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This is one we are looking at for now any and all info on this one will help
me & the DW get closer to our own RV

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Thank you for the input ok we are looking for a DP used with low miles 15K to 30K. not sure about the maker of the motor need help on that part too.

thanks again
Two common diesel engine manuf, CAT or Cummins. Both are dependable.

Mileage on a DP is a less sensitive factor than condition of the House and the maintenance record history of the chassis. Do not limit yourself to low mileage DP candidates.

There are entry level DP units that do not provide air suspension and high end coaches that have electronic shades and all kinds of creature comforts.

High end older rigs with fewer slides may be more appealing at a price point than newer multi slide middle of the road offerings.

Take some time to learn the line up hierarchy of the manufacturers so that you can apply on line visual experiences to price points as you educate yourselves.

My preference is for a DP that has air leveling, and a side radiator but we do not have slides. Many owners are happy without my preferences but require 4 slides.

Only you can sort the factors in priority order.

Edit: But your target rig above shows you have them in order.

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