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Old 12-30-2014, 03:08 PM   #15
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Hi grimb,
Welcome to iRV2. First coach was in 1978. I've always used these three items as the first test of a coach I am considering.
1. Floor plan - If the wife doesn't see how it will work, you don't want to buy it.
2. Will the coach carry you, all your people and all your stuff? This is CCC or NCC depending on the Brand. GVWR minus UVW.
3. Will the coach tow what you want to tow? GCWR minus GVWR also the receiver weight rating.

Once the coach passes these tests, one can make the decision as complicated as one wants to make it.

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Old 12-30-2014, 05:34 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by TMan59 View Post
OK, I'll start off here before the thread goes to heck.
There is no right answer!
I would say Tman has nailed it.

I choose a Gas Engine, Have worked on and around Gas engines all my life, Up to recently did most all my routine maintenance, still do some of it,, not comfortable working on Diesel.

ON the other hand,, My Gas horse can only carry about 1,000 pounds and tow 4,000 pounds.

Most diesels can do several thousand cargo and 10K towing.

More capacity woudl be nice.

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Old 12-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #17
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Much good advice above. Determine how you plan to use it. We use ours for short trips, week long stays at state parks, an occasional two week trip. I am not a big fan of slides for a variety of reasons, so we don't have them. Our options are thus limited when looking for a new unit. A gas unit works well for us.

If we were to take longer trips, full time, or take kids with us, our choice of units would be different.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:43 PM   #18
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Since our first RV has not been delivered, I can not provide the first hand insight that many of the very experienced RVers have provided, but I can provide some of the considerations we took into account before we ordered our new Tiffin.

What is your budget? $50k, $100k, $200k+? The decisions at these price points can be very different. Our budget changed (up of course), but I have yet to see any newer diesel that was even in the ballpark of what we were willing to spend, and then, what size coach are you considering? 30', 35', 40'+? Again, very different things to consider....... We simply did not want to start with anything more than 35', so the gas / diesel question in that size range, at least with the newer Ford chassis narrows considerably from my perspective.

As noted already, how are you going to use it........?

We spent a lot of time on big sailboats, and RVs and boats have a lot of similarities characteristics. While the price of a used one can be cheaper up front, what are you going to sink into it? Do you have the time and expertise to do the work yourself? I knew I did not have the expertise or desire to deal with anything more than a couple years old. I'm pretty sure you could easily eat up $10k in just some basic maintenance items before you realize you need to spend another $10k or more.......

The technology has changed a lot over the last few years....... And while a 5 year old 40' DP may have had a lot of things standard that we consider important today, those features may not have been available on smaller coaches at that time. A 10 year old coach electronics have either been updated, or you would probably want to, but do either meet your expectations. Chassis, engine, and other systems are improved over time too.

Interior style has also changed, a lot. Compare a new unit, 3, 10 or 15 year old unit. Very different in many ways, but totally personal preference to what you like and you'll be happy to live in............

So from a total newbie, figure out your budget, how big you think you need, look bigger and smaller and determine what is important to you inside, and how much maintenance / time / upgrade budget are you willing to deal with.

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