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Old 07-04-2015, 02:26 PM   #15
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If you are just going to be a weekend camper, I would recommend stay with a TT, if you want to travel, MH is the way to go. If you are going to be a traveler, rent one for a week or two and travel to see if you and your spouse can live that close. The other thing is if you are a gas mileage watcher, do buy a motorhome. When the gauge gets low, fill it up and move on. We purchased our 2004 Gulfstream Sun Voyager new and have put 97500 mile on it and still going.
There are lots of great posts of what to look for in a used coach, I would make a list of them and check them all out. Don't want to buy someone else's problems.

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Old 07-04-2015, 02:52 PM   #16
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Inspect the roof and all the sealing/penetrations.

Look inside for any water damage or stains.

If there is any question of water infiltration, ask for a good "Wet" test to prove the rig doesn't leak.

Check date codes on tires and inspect brake rotors.

Any good seller and careful owner keeps all receipts and service interval records. Ask to see them if not already offered up.

Open all windows and overhead vents and exterior doors to verify proper operation.

A good seller will show you every nook and cranny mainly because they are proud of the upkeep and experience they have done.

Verify holding tank levels on the interior meter. Question if the grey and black read full.

Flush the head!

Run the faucets.

Cycle the slideouts at least twice...WITHOUT shore power.

Cycle the leveling hydros.

Finally, after a good long test drive (using both ac and heat and any other controls you can finger) and right before closing a deal, sit in the driver's seat and turn the ignition key on. VERIFY the check engine light (MIL), brake light and any other potential 'light" that would glow on it's separate bulb behind the dash cutaways is present. After start, any without problems and/or engaged should go out.

Best wishes on your find!

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Old 07-05-2015, 04:43 AM   #17
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Thanks to everyone for the great advice! I like the idea of renting one. We have a lot of decisions to make so I think for now we will put up with the small TT and carefully think over our options, taking all of the great suggestions into account. One of our biggest hesitations has been the fact that we really can't use it that much until hubby retires, which may be a couple of years
down the road. Hope everyone had a great Fourth weekend!
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:34 PM   #18
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You can always buy a warranty from Good Sam that will cover many items should they go bad. Pricey to buy, but, so are refers, genies, etc.

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Bought an '05 Holiday Rambler 8.1 L gas. Very happy. Insisted on a Camper's World check up. It passe, we paid. no problems
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We bought an 8 year-old Georgetown 32' Class A that was advertised in our local paper. The sellers were the folks who bought it new and they had documentation in such volume about how it was looked after, it was mind-boggling.

They sold it to us for what they still owed on the initial purchase financing, and it was about $5K below NADA. We ran it for four seasons before the rising costs of fuel and CG fees found us withdrawing from our IRAs to fund the lifestyle. We sold it on consignment through a local dealer who "supposedly" had a good reputation. Yeah, sure!! It sold for less than half what we paid for it four years earlier, and about 30% below NADA.

We're now "retired RVers" and less well-off than we were.

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