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Old 07-19-2018, 02:06 AM   #1
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Hello from the beautiful 1000 Islands.

I used to rv pulling a 28 foot trailer 25 years ago and gave it up because my children became "bored" with it.....in other words they found staying at home around their friends more interesting, especially the boys.

Well now life has changed, they have moved out and started a life of their own and we are now looking at retirement and something new.

To begin with, my wife is from Scotland and has not seen very much of Canada, except by air.

She retires in 11 months and I'd like to show her the country beginning with the west. I was born in Vancouver, so I'd like to go back to my place of birth.

The plan is to purchase a motorhome and get it ready for the long trip next year.

So I don't know if this is where I should post this or not, but I will anyway.

I have been looking at quite a few various units and have come to the decision that I'd like a class "A". It just seems the layouts are better and there is more room.

So my big question;
With so many different products available to buy and so many choices, is there any particular manufacturer to stay away from?

I am a boater and we all know to stay as far away as possible from Bayliners,Larson and some models from other manufacturers.

Is this the same with motorhomes?

I have looked at a Monaco Dynasty and a Miranda Coachmen and you can spot the quality difference quite easily.

So if you guys could advise me of some to avoid and maybe some to look into I would be very appreciative.

Thanks ahead Farkey.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:24 AM   #2
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There is a lot of lesser quality coaches out there. Me personally I would look at Tiffins , Monaco, and Newmars.


Welcome to the forum and new lifestyle


Enjoy the adventure.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:40 AM   #3
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Hello from the beautiful 1000 Islands.

I used to rv pulling a 28 foot trailer 25 years ago and gave it up because my children became "bored" with it.....in other words they found staying at home around their friends more interesting, especially the boys.

Well now life has changed, they have moved out and started a life of their own and we are now looking at retirement and something new.

To begin with, my wife is from Scotland and has not seen very much of Canada, except by air.

She retires in 11 months and I'd like to show her the country beginning with the west. I was born in Vancouver, so I'd like to go back to my place of birth.

The plan is to purchase a motorhome and get it ready for the long trip next year.

So I don't know if this is where I should post this or not, but I will anyway.

I have been looking at quite a few various units and have come to the decision that I'd like a class "A". It just seems the layouts are better and there is more room.

So my big question;
With so many different products available to buy and so many choices, is there any particular manufacturer to stay away from?

I am a boater and we all know to stay as far away as possible from Bayliners,Larson and some models from other manufacturers.

Is this the same with motorhomes?

I have looked at a Monaco Dynasty and a Miranda Coachmen and you can spot the quality difference quite easily.

So if you guys could advise me of some to avoid and maybe some to look into I would be very appreciative.

Thanks ahead Farkey.
From another forum this post has helped many - https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...d/13792144.cfm

Read through and see if it helps - personally we are all different - what I think might not work for you - Newmar has the best rep right now - Winny has been around forever - things that are Critical IMHO - Solid Wood - Big Deal - Good Components - Floor plan that works for you.

Bed
Shower
Seating
TV location
Storage
Capacities - water and Waste Tanks - fuel
Heat and A/C
Insulation, we use it a LOT in the Winter, but it helps in the summer to cool.
Size - IMHO bigger works
Toad will be a big deal

..................on and on

Sounds like you will likely do a good job - Define the Mission and then list what you need to make it Enjoyable.

We have done this forever but like you left while the kids grew up - More Sports than not liking - then we got back into while last one was in College, used the Coach to Tailgate - FUN - as he played pro and we followed for 10 years - More Fun - Travel all up and down the east Coast then to the Rockies, We travel in the shoulders and the Winter so we sometimes see things differently.

Get the Notebook - define what you need - search - enjoy.

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Welcome to the Forum!

some things to consider when looking at coaches:

  • new or used
  • diesel or gas
  • length of coach
  • full time, or short vacations
  • lots of miles, or short trips with long stays.
  • Are you mechanically inclined?

Just a few things to maybe expound on and people can offer more informed suggestions to steer your search.

Oh, and you are probably already thinking this, but I would plan on a number of short shakedown cruises to get a feel for the coach. Don't be too concerned about filling it up with everything you might need before you go, there is plenty of time to decide what you really need when you are on the way. . . . . Lists, I'm a big fan of lists, make them, re-look them in a week or so, and see if the things you have on your list still apply as needs, or just passing fancies! Good luck in your choice!
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:28 AM   #5
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Welcome to the Forum!

some things to consider when looking at coaches:

  • new or used
  • diesel or gas
  • length of coach
  • full time, or short vacations
  • lots of miles, or short trips with long stays.
  • Are you mechanically inclined?

Just a few things to maybe expound on and people can offer more informed suggestions to steer your search.

Oh, and you are probably already thinking this, but I would plan on a number of short shakedown cruises to get a feel for the coach. Don't be too concerned about filling it up with everything you might need before you go, there is plenty of time to decide what you really need when you are on the way. . . . . Lists, I'm a big fan of lists, make them, re-look them in a week or so, and see if the things you have on your list still apply as needs, or just passing fancies! Good luck in your choice!

To answer a few items; I'm looking only at used, gas or diesel is not important except diesel requires air brake certification on DL, length I'm aiming for is about 35', mostly long vacations, lots of miles.....west coast and back and finally, yes I am quite mechanically inclined but my hands have lots of arthritis and I suffer from diabetic neuropathy But I do try to do things myself before calling a pro.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

You've got a lot of tire kicking to do!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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There is a lot of lesser quality coaches out there. Me personally I would look at Tiffins , Monaco, and Newmars.

Welcome to the forum and new lifestyle


Enjoy the adventure.
If looking at used then add Country Coach to your list.
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Farkey,

Welcome to IRV2! Based on what you are saying, I recommend you checkout RV.org. They rate RVs by visiting factories and collecting user information. Happy RV Hunting.
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You''re gonna like it here.

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Old 07-20-2018, 06:18 AM   #10
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Today I'm going to make an offer on a 40 foot, 2002 Monaco Dynasty that we looked at last week.

Hopefully it is still available. Crossing my fingers.
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I closed the deal early this afternoon.

Now what I need to do is get the air brake endorsement and lucky for me there is a course this weekend.

I've heard it is not easy and many have failed the first time.

Not sure how one could fail an air brake course, but I will soon find out.
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I closed the deal early this afternoon.

Now what I need to do is get the air brake endorsement and lucky for me there is a course this weekend.

I've heard it is not easy and many have failed the first time.

Not sure how one could fail an air brake course, but I will soon find out.
Congratulations on your new MH (and its not true unless you show some pictures)

The air brake course is not difficult. I did mine over a weekend at Algonquin College. The instructor was also the examiner and everything was included in the price (even a semi for the training and test). He just gave us a slip of paper to take to Service Ontario and the endorsement was added, no fuss.

I also have the "D" as my MH is over 26000Lbs, it involved a medical, a written and road test. Renewal at 5 years required a written but you tell them it is non-commercial (not an option the first time) and it then excludes things like gladhands and secondary brake systms.

Also over 65 (in Ontario) you will now need a yearly medical for a "D". Hope the new provincial gov't cuts this out as it just clogs up the doctors office and costs me over $100 a year. My doctor has no hesitation in suspending my license if he thinks I am not able and I see him every 4-8 months now. First one might be due this year as I just turned 65.

Anyhow, enjoy the MH and this forum is a great place for tips. There is no such thing as a stupid question - only stupid answers. We all gotta learn.

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To answer a few items; I'm looking only at used, gas or diesel is not important except diesel requires air brake certification on DL, length I'm aiming for is about 35', mostly long vacations, lots of miles.....west coast and back and finally, yes I am quite mechanically inclined but my hands have lots of arthritis and I suffer from diabetic neuropathy But I do try to do things myself before calling a pro.
Being mechanically inclined helps with both the small and the large stuff. For the small stuff, you can do it, for the large or more expensive stuff, being knowledgeable helps to not be taken advantage of by unscrupulous mechanics.

We bought an older 38.5' Newmar Class A. We lucked out and all the maintenance was up to date with records and receipts to prove it. Stuff has broken over the last three years, and I have performed a lot of upgrades, but overall, we are extremely pleased with the quality and performance of the RV. I've also done a lot of research on coaches, and we're glad ours has a side radiator, making the engine easily accessible. I would also recommend Entegra and Tiffin as quality coaches. Other good coaches out there as well, I'm just not real familiar with them.
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