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Old 08-24-2015, 07:09 PM   #15
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I would give this advise to anyone looking to own an RV. If you are not willing or are not mechanically inclined to deal with minor repairs, ( remember these are complicated and rolling down the road causes things to break ) or if you are not willing to hire someone to fix every little thing that goes awry.............think long and hard about what you are purchasing and get it checked out by a professional before diving in.
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:54 AM   #16
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mikensallyt - nice "entry" level coach. Too funny.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #17
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I would give this advise to anyone looking to own an RV. If you are not willing or are not mechanically inclined to deal with minor repairs, ( remember these are complicated and rolling down the road causes things to break ) or if you are not willing to hire someone to fix every little thing that goes awry.............think long and hard about what you are purchasing and get it checked out by a professional before diving in.
Now ya tell me!
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:06 PM   #18
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So after going a few places today and looking at some "entry" level RV's we stumbled upon the Fleetwood Southwind line and all I can say is that I can't look at the entry level ones now. I'm putting some numbers together to see if we can make it work. I currently have a 2000 model MH and will be either trading it in or selling out right. I like the cost of the lessor lines but now I'm not sure I wold be happy in the long run.Sure don't want to purchase and have regrets later on since its not something you buy every year and spending more money than I owe on my house.
In 1998 we bought a '98 Santara 35' Type A unit to move up from a Type C. DW liked the floorplan but I got tired of fixing the cabinets everytime out. Lots of glue and matchsticks in the hinge holes.
In 2000 we went looking for an upgrade and ordered a Newmar Dutch Star. Got the extra cost hardwood interior just to bypass further problems with the cabinets falling apart.
Then we wanted more slides and a larger unit so we ordered a 2002 Dutch Star. Kept it till earlier this year. Someone is going to get a well taken care of 2002 4090 DSDP for a good price!
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:19 AM   #19
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Buying used is a great option if you do your home work and spend the money to get it looked at by a professional mechanic.

-make sure you can see a documented service history
-check to see if there is any warranty remaining and if it's transferable
(Many manufacturers will not)
- check the age of the tires,batteries and belts
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:37 AM   #20
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The bounded is the same build quilt as the southwind. You might want to look at them as well. We are very happy with ours.
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:13 AM   #21
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New vs used, brand vs brand are not that significant. New units have a lot of warranty repairs, used units are much lower in price, so you can afford to pay for the repairs.

What matters is that these things are expensive to keep on the road. I have 8 tires on mine, and they are good for about 6 years. That is about $800 a year for tires. Add in some repairs, oil changes, etc. and you are at $2,000 a year pretty quick if nothing really serious goes wrong.

I would suggest that unless you are good at fixing mechanical and electrical things you need a healthy repair budget. A good test is what do you already have in your tool box? If you don't own a multimeter and about $5,000 worth of tools (in total, not just for fixing the MH), you are unlikely to be able to do much of the maintenance.
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Higher end does not necessarily mean fewer problems, just more expensive ones.

We spent a lot of time and at least three trips to the factory service center in the first year of ownership of our current coach to get most of the bugs chased out. You would be the luckiest guy on the planet if you bought one of any make, any price point, and had zero warranty issues.

Even the least expensive of the so called "entry level" coaches built today would put all but the most expensive of coaches made when we bought our first RV (back in 1979) to shame in terms of features and technology.

You just need to decide where your comfort level is, in terms of purchase price, and concentrate your efforts there. Between the manufacturers warranty and all your friends here, we'll get you through.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:15 AM   #23
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Well said JMonroe.
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