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Old 01-18-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Need help spending $85,000 on first RV

I need help on figuring out the best bang-for-buck on my first RV purchase. I want something under 35 feet that sleeps 6-8. We will be using for 2-3 weekend trips throughout the year with a few week-long trips in the summer. Travel will be throughout the West as I live in California. Budget is $85k. I would like to buy something I can keep for 7-10 years.
So for $85k, I have found the following:

2013 Hurricane 32a
Brand new coach with perfect floor plan and style to our liking. But I hear mixed reviews on quality.

2009 Fleetwood Southwind 32vs
Found a beauty being sold by original owner that was well taken care of with 19k miles.

2008 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 34sbd (Diesel)
Used Diesel with 20k miles. Again, very well cared for and sold by original owner.

What would you bet your money on? Or is there something else you would recommend I should consider?

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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The best bet is diesel.

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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Hard to sleep 8 people in 34 footer.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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The best bet is diesel.
X2, we picked up our 04 Winnebago. Journey 39K last month for 65k, with 47,000 miles on the Diesel motor. We have three slideouts. I would go for the Holiday Rambler and a million mile motor.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:11 PM   #5
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The Thor Hurricane sleeps 8 because it has a queen bed over the cab area that slides down electrically. Really nice feature.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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1000 HP diesel aint going to help if you cant sleep the whole family

I would go for the best lay out, because thats what you are going to be "living" in

New there is a warrenty

The V-10 should move a 32' rig just fine

I rather have a 350HP Cat pushing me along, but I LOVE my layout and the fact I have no slides to deal with. So just remember how that layout works for ya.

Just a tip, get all the people traveling with you, and all of yall lay down like its bed time, see how each unit feels. Do the same with just sitting around inside, there will be rainy days that you will all be stuck inside.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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Since the rig will be sitting unused a lot I would eliminate the DP. Of the gas units the Southwind is a few steps up from the Hurricane.

Does the Southwind come with 22.5" wheels? If so - that would be my pick if it will sleep 8.

Wait!!! All you need is a tent or 2 to supplement sleeping. My sister-in-law and her husband had to sleep 8. They had a Damon Daybreak with bunks, dinette and couch bed. They said they never had 8 sleep in the MH. There were always kids that wanted to sleep in tents. That sometimes they were the only ones in the MH...they needed to travel with 8 but only sleep 2 or 4.

Cool - good luck.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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We are a family of 4, but I want to be able to accomodate friends and family that want to tag along. I think tents or cots will work if it can sleep 6.

Great suggestion on getting F239141 on getting everyone in the coach and laying down and sitting around to see what it will be like.

I really appreciate all the great replies!
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The Thor Hurricane sleeps 8 because it has a queen bed over the cab area that slides down electrically. Really nice feature.
I hope you have great affection for these potential 8 people. That many in a 32 ft mh is something not for the faint of heart. I have a 31 ft Hurricane and find having just two people in it during a driving rainstorm tight. One thing to think about is where are these 8 people going to put their stuff? Yes it may sleep 8 but this also means taking down the dinette every night and putting it back up. Unfolding the sleeper sofa and putting it back up. Doing the same with the drop down bed.

We bought our Thor 30Q used (third owner). Quality is so so. Tank sizes are barely adequate for two people. If you plan to always be hooked up to sewer then not an issue, but something to look into.

You sure you want a MH versus say a 5th wheel? You usually get more space for the money but you do have to buy a truck.
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One word of caution, Thor does not have a sterling reputation for quality. Six people might be doable in a 34' coach, I seriously doubt 8 will work.

Also, with so many people in the RV, you need to be concerned with sufficient seat belts for travel and CCC or cargo carrying capacity. Six people and all of their gear will probably overload a typical gas engine RV.

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May I suggest you purchase your first motorhome based on the best floor plan that will accomodate a family of four. A diesel will give you a higher gross vehicle weight rating. Do you plan on towing a car or truck? I can appreciate you wanting to be able to sleep a higher number of people at times, but that is also more wear and tear on your house and chassis components.

The numbers game is always at the forefront especially when you are considering monthly payments (if applicable), fuel or gas, insurance and maintenance, etc. Are you pretty handy mechanically? There is always something to fix on these beasts and you need to be aware of this reality . If not, you may want to consider an extended warranty just in case.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:20 PM   #12
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You guys gave me some good things to think about on trying to squeeze so many people. So yes, I agree my decision needs to be made based on what will fit my family. I can always have guests drive their own car to the location or keep it to 1 or 2 "small" kid friends.

Regarding towing, I really don't know. I am thinking not for most trips since it will be only 2-3 day trips.
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8 people in a MH they better be small children or falcons cheerleaders. There is a reason a new motorhome and a 3-4 year old coach are the same price.
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If you are not going to tow a car, then you could tow a travel trailer for the extra people.

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