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Old 04-07-2016, 07:27 AM   #43
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Bob, you will find a lot of help here on irv2. Good luck in your research. My wife and I have owned many RV's of all makes, the pros and cons of each. Our recent move to DP's had us asking many of the same questions you have.

I definitely would recommend a DP. Like you we looked at many dealerships and private sales in FL and TX. Ended up finding a nice used, low mileage DP with a MC rack, ramp, Brake Buddy, Tow Bar, everything from a private seller.

There are pros & cons with that vs a Dealer but in the end I think we made out much better $$ wise.

We took advantage of attending the RV Super Show in Tampa for a couple years. We have on our list some of the things that are Wants, Needs, Must haves. I would also consider a coach that has a good resale value just in case 2-4 years down the road you want to upgrade.

I would be curious to know if you have owned other RV's before? If so what were some of the things you liked most and what you liked least. This might help us better understand your needs. FT use of course is something that imo is another ball game. I would want a really good quality build.

In a previous post you mentioned 3 Categories of coaches: 1. Monaco, Beavers and Country Coach. 2. Thor, Damon, Fleetwood, Tiffin
3. HR, Winnebago, Newmar

When you look at some of these keep in mind some make all levels of MH's from the high end to the basic entry. Like Fleetwood for example.

Newmar builds some very nice high end coaches and I would not put them in cat 3. Tiffin also builds some very nice high end coaches and I certainly like the service Bob Tiffin has built and maintains down in AL. I have spoken to many of the Tiffin owners and they really praise the service and support.

Monaco, another great line. When you have a chance to visit with owners at a CG, or here on irv2. Monaco's are always a favored brand.

We really like the Winnebago Tour, 2014 or newer. Some of the older models had issues with slide outs (a real head ache). For your price point, I highly recommend you use the multiple sources on internet and even the classified section of irv2 with private sellers.

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:32 PM   #44
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You left a great coach off your list - Forest River Berkshire .... Have one and live it.... Go to the Forest River forum and read all about it.... We all love ours and believe you truly get the "best bang for your buck" here....

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Another possibility is to tow a pickup and store the bike in the back of the pickup?
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Another possibility is to tow a pickup and store the bike in the back of the pickup?

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:56 PM   #47
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There is an interesting thread in the Newmar forum: 2016 Bay Star 3124 ~ Can we join?

Everyone seems to recommend the longest possible motorhomes. Personally, I feel certain I could live and work indefinitely in our 33-footer if it was just me. I would even consider stepping down to a 28-footer (Bay Star Sport 2705 is hotness). For that price range, going gasser and slightly smaller lets you buy newer and higher quality.

If you're looking at 2007-2008's, I'd add National RV to your list. When we were looking, these units kept coming up and always felt a cut above the competition of their era for quality and features. As much as I think Newmar is great, I once had the opportunity to see a National, a Tiffin, and a Newmar from 2007 all sitting next to each other, all priced about the same (60k-ish), and the National stood out.
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Agree with high end older purchase

On our 6th Coach, now running Super C Dynamax with Cat and Allison 6 spd. Have had Class A diesel pushers and they're fine too. Haven't heard of anyone saying they had too much power in their engine so consider HP and torque. I agree with the previous post about looking at well-cared for, low mileage older, high end models whether Newmar, Newell, Foretravel or what have you. Good luck on enjoying your early retirement.

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