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Old 04-13-2012, 09:06 AM   #15
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If your anywhere near Florida, try Lazydays, in Seffner, Fl. Exit 10 off of I-4 near Tampa....have always had great experiences there when purchasing my m/homes...and also staying at the campground...see the salesperson JoAnne Heppe...great sales person...not pushy at all...and lots of used and new to choose from...Lazydays: If You Love RVing.....

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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My recommendation would be to seek out a good reputable MH service provider in your area and ask them. I was talking the the service manager where we have work done and he told me about a particular brand of DP that had a great reputation in the past but told me not to consider one made after a certain year. Several manufacturers have been bought by other companies and quality apparently has not been consistant. Talking to someone that is very experienced in working on all brands makes good sense to me.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #17
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We had a 40' Winnebago Journey for 7 years and loved it. It was truly well made and had lots of storage that our current 44' Monaco Diplomat lacks--although it is ample.
When looking at used coaches, check the date on the tires...they are expensive to replace every 6 years. All the other advice re licensing fees, sales taxes, etc. can quietly add many $ to the price.

Our 2004 Winnebago is listedat 89K where we traded it in, hard to believe for that much coach.

Now, we purchased a new Monaco and have had it since August and do not have one thing on our "punch list" --Navistar really demands quality and attention to detail. We hope to go "full-time" next year, but the size will be a problem if we were to look at State/Federal Parks, most of the time 36' is about the max you can get in those places. Choose carefully, considering how you're going to use it--camping, fishing, hiking--or traveling and sightseeing from a comfortable RV park.
Consider the layout...listen to your wife. Usually, for instance, if your dining table is on the right side of the coach, you do not overlook your hookups when you're parked and eating.
Have fun, buy a reliable coach, and we'll see you on the road.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:21 PM   #18
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We have been full-time for the past 10 months. The most important single item for us is storage space, since we have to carry 4 seasons worth of clothing. Not all DPs are created equal in basement storage capacity.

Also consider that if you tow a vehicle it can be used for additional storage. We keep bulky but light items in our toad. If we need to move them to the MH while using the toad it's easy and fast.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:39 PM   #19
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Head over to the following sites...one at a time of course! :-)

1. Motorhome Specialists/RV (Texas)
RVs for sale, New & Used motorhomes, New RVs, Texas RV Dealer

2. LazyDaysRV (Tampa/Tucson)
Lazydays RV Search Results
NOTE: assuming you're looking for a diesel pusher/Class A Motorhome
Once the page loads, use the options on the left side to narrow your search based on year date range, length, etc.,etc.,

3. PPL Motorhomes (Texas)
Class A Motorhomes for Sale - PPL Motor Homes

Input the details you need, such as 'date range', 'price point', 'etc.,etc' and then go through all the results and start trying to narrow down which coach maker/manufacturer interests you.

Once you've got a good indication as to which MH peeks your interest, head over to:
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

and type in the make/model/year of a particular coach and find some 'walk-throughs/tours' to get a better idea as to how the coach looks, how the floor plan looks., how much storage there is, etc.,etc.,
NOTE: Pictures are good to look at, but honestly, I find a good, high-quality video SO MUCH better!

Start taking notes of those coaches that really start to catch your eye!

Read up on customer reviews/chassis issues/warranty issues and/or concerns...

Get as much information about said coach as you can!

Visit as many local dealers as you can and see if they have any of the makes/models you've taken note of and see for yourself just now nice they are...or aren't, as is the case some time!

Become familiar w/the layout/floorplan and really ask yourself "is it really important?"
Case in point, *I* don't really care if the kitchen/sink is on the left or the right side of the coach (at least for now that is! LOL!)..my concern is 'where is the TV' and "will I have a straight shot at viewing it?"

The last thing I want to do is to be sitting in a U-shaped dinette and having to turn my neck 45 degrees because the TV is up over the front window!

Take as many test drives as needed and lastly...before pulling the trigger on a given coach, check out the 'dealer' you'll probably be buying from! Find out if they're good at honoring warranty issues, have good reviews regarding service issues, etc.,etc.,....Check them out as much as possible, so should something need fixing, they (Dealership) don't turn into a 'steal-er-ship'...if you get my drift!

Good luck w/your selection process! ;-)

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:42 AM   #20
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With the year spread and amount you're willing to pay, you'll have a huge amount of options. We we're in the same situation as you 4yrs. ago. It took quite awhile to decide what coach we wanted, looking at all the floor plans and making compromises because no coach is perfect to ones life style. After deciding that it would be a diesel pusher, and narrowing down the manufacturer to three makers, we really started an intensive search. I was constantly searching the web looking for that gem I knew was out there. And after a good year of looking I found it in Tenn. We flew out to see it...really liked what we saw...made a cash offer that was accepted and we drove it home to Md. We've now been fulltiming for 2yrs. and have no regrets what-so-ever. Just as a side note we decided on a Newmar Dutchstar, but I was also contemplating a Travel Supreme, and Winnebago Ultimate Advantage. So I guess what I'm saying is do your due diligence, and you'll find the right coach for you. Good luck!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:59 AM   #21
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You have a good budget for the years you are considering. I'd suggest:
1) Go visit and walk thru as may RV's and drive them as possible. PPL is a good place to hit lot's of volume of models at one time.
2) Sit down and come up with a list of 'Must Have's' and 'Like to Have's'. We added this to an Excel spread sheet, with a 1 to 5 weighted scale to give the important items the ability to add up. (I wanted Side Radiator, so 5. Wife wanted a Big Galley, so 5. Default value we used was 1. Though on some coaches, we put in a zero if an item was missing.)
3) Reserve some budget for baseline maintenance items (tires, battery, belts, hoses, flushes, filters, shocks, etc.) A reserve of say $10K for the price coach you are looking at, would allow you to do any of the above items needed.
4) Narrow down your choices to two or three manufacturers, and say two or three models. Then start your search.
5) Agree with getting the independent inspection. Be sure to get oil and perhaps trans analysis too.

In the year you are looking, be aware that some ISL400 (common engine) had problems with the I think wrist pins. Check the sn of the engine, and confirm if it is in the risk group. (Sorry I can't recall the years exactly - but some surfing will give it to you.)

We had Tier 1 coaches as:
American Coach
Country Coach
Travel Supreme
Monaco (Dynasty and above, Patriot and above)
Newmar (Moutain Aire and Essex)

Tier 2
Alpine (liked the coach, did not like the brakes, great handling rig)
Tripple E
Rexhall (On the Mountain Master. Steel cage made it a safer coach then many. (Probably one of the best bangs for the bucks.)

This was us, and only our opinion. What we like, may not be what you like.

I also in general, recommend dropping years to remain in budget, while buying the best quality coach you can. Quality lasts...

Have fun, and best of luck on your search,
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:42 AM   #22
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We bought a fabulous used MH from Justin at Stellar Autoplex in Phoenix. We drove from Michigan to get it. He deals in used vehicles, including MH's. He gets high-end, quality inventory and completely goes through it to make sure it's clean and mechanically sound. He's very honest and up front. Check out his eBay ratings (stellarautoplex). We have no regrets with our purchase. Not many people are willing to travel 5,000 miles round trip to get a MH. That speaks for itself. Keep an eye on his inventory. Stellar Autoplex - Chandler, Arizona

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