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Old 07-01-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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Purchasing a used Class A

We would appreciate some input. Last summer my husband and I purchased a 26 ft. TT. We were limited because our tow vehicle is a Durango. We have discovered this year as we have camped that it is entirely too small and uncomfortable. We also travel with 4 Chihuahuas so things get kind of close inside! We had thought that we would just try to put it on consignment and get rid of it but we would be losing several thousand dollars. So we have been thinking that maybe we would look for a used Class A. What we want to know is how old is too old when purchasing a used rv? We have seen some that are 2005-2007 models with low mileage but aren't sure that we should invest in something that old. Any advice would be greatly appreciate!
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We bought a 2006 last year and are very satisfied with it. Just make sure it is well maintained, clean and good quality.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:22 PM   #4
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Generally used MH are low mileage. The main issue is how it was maintained and used. If it is gently used and well maintained there should be no issues.

If it has a generator there should be appropriate hours on the engine. Generators need to be exercised so a very low number could mean some repairs will be in order.

Check for leaks in the roof and sidewalls. Best to have a good tech give it a thorugh inspection. Make sure all of the features and accessories are working. Check water pump, tank drains, radio, tv, water heater, furnace, fridge, fans, etc for correct operation. If it does not work get if fixed before purchase or be prepared to lower the price and fix it yourself.

Buying a used MH is no different that buying a used house. Due diligence is required and if done properly there should be no reason not to purchase an older unit.

First thing to consider is floor plan. If the floor plan does not work for you the unit will quickly become unsatisfactory. Does it have sufficient space, comfortable chairs, adequate storage, enough counter top, large enough bed and shower? You may end up spending several days indoors so will you be comfortable when it is raining and you do not want to be outside.

Do you want or need a washer/dryer, dishwasher or any other requirements?

Remember the higher models will generally have better quality materials and accessories than entry level units. Many will share the same appliances.

Good luck with your search.
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Thanks so much for the responses! Gordon, you are right about needing the space. It was so hot the last weekend we were out that we couldn't sit outside and being cooped up in that small space was not fun. I will share the suggestions with my hubby and I am hoping that we can do a little looking around this weekend.
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I think you can find a really nice RV in that date range, just be patient. We looked for over a year and found a 2005 that turned out to be a real gem.
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We bought an '02 Georgetown in 2010, from the original owners. It was in excellent shape, needing only new tires (it had the original '01 chassis build tires). Over the following 4 years, we had to replace the fridge, and the Onan 5500 generator was inop when we sold it (for less than half what we paid for it!!!)

When we realised we were withdrawing from our IRAs to use the RV we decided to stop.
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I echo the comment that it depends on how well maintained. I bought our 2000 Hurricane a few years ago and are the third owner. It needed some minor mechanical maintenance but everything else was good. It's now 15 years old, and of course showing some age, but it's good to go wherever we want to go.
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Milage may be an issue for gas. However Diesels are meant to run. We bought our 2000 with 102k miles. She runs like a champ
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Many, Many nice 2000 up models. Our 07 only had 20k on her and not a scratch!
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We bought a 1994 Holiday rambler with 140k mikes last year. She's been great!!
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Best advice I received from the forums, and didn't do was, "Before you buy one, rent one for a week. Then take it on at least a 400-500 mile trip. You will see if you really want something that big, if you like/dislike the handling, like/dislike the cost of fuel, maintenace costs, can the hitch tow over 5,000 lbs, etc."
We purchased a 2006 class A with 42152 miles on it in Arizona and drove it back to Oklahoma. On the way back the turbo charger went out and that cost us $6,000 bucks. The dealer covered $2,500 of it and the extended warranty covered ZERO.
So like the posts say be sure the one you are looking at has good maintenance records, was well kept up, and has tire that are no older than a year or two. If they are have the seller drop the price at least $5,000 to cover the cost of new tires with mounting, new valve stems, and balancing.
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We bought a 2007 in 2013 with 23000 miles love it. Make sure and inspect the under frame for rust. Looked at a 2002 class A from up north frame was almost rusted out.
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