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Old 04-04-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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New Retired Solo Full Timer Researching Diesel Pushers

Hey everyone.....49 years old, recently retired and thinking seriously about full timing in a Class A diesel pusher. Will take a bike and motorcycle with me (have been checking out motorcycle lifts).

So I'm seeking posts and welcome input on the best used diesel pusher in the $50-$100k range. Thinking 36-38' to keep the GVW down and for ease of operating since it's just me. Have not ruled out a Class C or toy hauler but believe Class A is the direction I'm headed.

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Old 04-04-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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Congratulations on retiring at 49. I missed that mark.

There are tons of DP's to look at. I say go for high quality, with good nuts and bolts, even at the sacrifice of a few years older.
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I'm a DP guy, but in the size range your looking at you'd get s lot more for your buck and newer if you go Gas. Just a thought. Then next year you can upgrade to a DP.
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Howdy and welcome Bob!

I am also a solo full-timer but still employed I love the lifestyle! As you've probably found, there are many options available. Very generally speaking, you get what you pay for so I'd suggest looking at the higher end coaches for whatever model year is of interest (meaning: a high end coach from 2000 may be a much better buy that a low end coach from 2010). That said, there are some deals to be had. I know a few people that haul a motorcycle around (as their toad) and that seems to work just fine for them. I pull a Jeep which serves as my garage for hauling my yacht, road and mountain bicycles, and fishing gear.
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Myself, I have 29 more works days. (age 53). Congrates on the early retirement.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:22 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies and advice! I was thinking 2002-2009 is about my range. I've been doing a lot of research on brands, years, options you want and don't want. I'm starting to formulate an "uninformed opinion" and am leaning in this direction.

Monaco
Beaver
Country Coach

From what I've "read" these would be lower quality units

Thor
Damon
Fleetwood
Tiffin

Other brands I welcome input on

Holiday Rambler
Winnebago
Newmar

I don't mean to offend anyone with my newb assessment, just want to make a smart decision.

Thanks!
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Glad to have you here with us.

Being a Newmar owner I may be a bit prejudiced but the do make quality coaches. I would also change Tiffin to the quality list. Just make sure to have which ever MH you choose, inspected same as you would for a house you were buying.

Lucks of luck with your search and Happy Trails!!!
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I'm a DP guy, but in the size range your looking at you'd get s lot more for your buck and newer if you go Gas. Just a thought. Then next year you can upgrade to a DP.


Thanks Jon, I initially looked at Class C gas but I've migrated to thinking Class A for several reasons; single with everything inside, power and longevity of a diesel, amenities and storage space

I realize there's down sides to "going bigger"; less nimble, fewer options higher cost for hooking up, some limitations on where you can go.

Would everyone agree that a Class A is typically better built and better suited for full time living??
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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What ever you end up with, I am envious that you are able to retire at 49. I got 10 years on you and I still work, not that hard but still work.
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What ever you end up with, I am envious that you are able to retire at 49. I got 10 years on you and I still work, not that hard but still work.


Thanks for the kind words, I've been doing some consulting. I'm not sure I'll ever completely retire, I just don't have to get up and go anywhere and if I don't make any money that's okay too.
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I was suggesting a gas class A. Maybe a Samon Outlaw toy hauler. Or one of these Seneca toy haulers.

https://www.google.com/search?q=sene...Uih7TTtDQgM%3A


Lots of choices and the great part is you only have to please yourself

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Thanks Jon, I initially looked at Class C gas but I've migrated to thinking Class A for several reasons; single with everything inside, power and longevity of a diesel, amenities and storage space

I realize there's down sides to "going bigger"; less nimble, fewer options higher cost for hooking up, some limitations on where you can go.

Would everyone agree that a Class A is typically better built and better suited for full time living??
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Yeah the Super C's are cool, I like the Duramax power platform. I'd be concerned about putting too much focus on my toys and not enough to where I would have to live and sleep! It's intriguing though.
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