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Old 02-03-2009, 11:50 AM   #29
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I bought a our 1991 F53 chassis Holiday Rambler a year ago and have had no major issues. It depends upon what you buy and how well you evaluate it. I my case living at 7,000' EFI was mandatory the 1991 has it. Low mileage was mandatory it had 56k. Clean inside and out was mandatory. The captains chairs were just reuphoupostered sp and the was new flooring and a new fridge.

The engine compartment was clean and so was the oil. All original manuals were present with all service records.

I put on 6 new tires, had the motor serviced - all new hoses, belts, plugs, plug wires etc. The only issue was a feedback from the heater core to the AC so I added a second manual valve on the downstream side.

I also changed most of the major 12 wiring updating it and adding an inverter and a new converter and good batteries for boondocking.

It was a great buy for not a lot of money.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:24 PM   #30
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You folks are making me feel ever so much better about my purchase of a 1993, Fleetwood Flair. She has 40k miles, new tires, complete interior upgrade and I drove her for the first time this morning.
When the check clears, she'll come home to her new driveway.
I look forward to a long and enjoyable relationship with her and all you people.

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Old 02-03-2009, 02:25 PM   #31
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You folks are making me feel ever so much better about my purchase of a 1993, Fleetwood Flair. She has 40k miles, new tires, complete interior upgrade and I drove her for the first time this morning.
When the check clears, she'll come home to her new driveway.
I look forward to a long and enjoyable relationship with her and all you people.

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Congratulations....I think you did the right thing, since it shouldn't cost you a dime in depreciation, just to get it home, freeing up some bucks for other things. Also, if you change your mind about anything and want something else down the road, you shouldn't lose much on what you have now.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:45 PM   #32
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If you want older, look at the vintage section. Our Silver Streak is only 30 years old now. There are a number of 1950's unit still on the road and looking good.

Look HERE for some photos of our older trailer.

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Old 02-04-2009, 11:50 AM   #33
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I'm not sure I got a good deal or not; I paid $25500 (this includes tags, taxes, and title transfer) for a 1999 33 foot coachman santara class A with one pushout, it has 36000 miles on it. so far no major problems, but I've yet to take my first trip. I'm going over it with a fine tooth comb before I hit the road. It does have 6 new tires, so no worry there.
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Thats a lot less than people have paid, just getting their rig off the lot, so don't sweat it. Sounds like a pretty good deal anyway, as they're not giving them away just yet, even in today's market.
When things were much better and the market hot, I paid 28,500 for my 36ft. 98 model, before the extras and even put 8 new tires on it. Even at that, it was a pretty good deal at the time for this top of the line gas coach, but just a little more than a year after that, all h.....broke loose starting with the fuel costs, so now what's it worth, even though it's a better coach now than it ever was.
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This thread has been going on now for almost a year. We have not heard back from the op since March 08. Sure wish I knew what she did. Our experince in purchasing older coaches was that for years we would purchase something in the 8 to 10 year old range that was in good shape. After clean up and fix up we would use it for about 3 years then sell it and start all over again. The only thing we ever lost was the clean up/ fix up costs so usage was almost nil. Then we started purchasing new. I don't even want to go there.
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This thread has been going on now for almost a year. We have not heard back from the op since March 08. Sure wish I knew what she did. Our experince in purchasing older coaches was that for years we would purchase something in the 8 to 10 year old range that was in good shape. After clean up and fix up we would use it for about 3 years then sell it and start all over again. The only thing we ever lost was the clean up/ fix up costs so usage was almost nil. Then we started purchasing new. I don't even want to go there.
We'll, how about going there anyway, so the rest of us might learn something from your experience, which just may produce some other testimonials.
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We'll, how about going there anyway, so the rest of us might learn something from your experience, which just may produce some other testimonials.
Yes; please do;
You learn from others:
much less expensive than from your own mistakes.
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We'll, how about going there anyway, so the rest of us might learn something from your experience, which just may produce some other testimonials.
Our last used coach was a 1987 Bounder purchased in 1994. When we purchased it the entire floor had been covered with indoor/outdoor carpet. Upon removal the original carpet was like new. We cleaned it up, replaced the tires, had the generator repaired and off we went. Used the Bounder for 4 years and then traded it in on a new 32 foot 1998 Rexhall Airbus. It is hard to say just what I got for the Bounder but we were happy with the difference in price and off we went.

So starting in 1998 the payments began.

In the spring of 2004 the Airbus got a full tune up all new tires and a set of brakes in preparation for a trip. Unfortunately we had a week to go before leaving so we went to an RV show where we fell in love with a 2004 National Tropi-Cal diesel pusher. Eight days later we are headed down the road in the new rig.

And the payments doubled.

After eleven years of making payments I now have a motorhome that is worth less than I owe on it.

Do I have any regrets? Probably only one I wish I was in a position right now to purchase a good used motorhome since the prices are really good.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:13 AM   #39
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You can usually find a great rig for less than 20K. We paid 10K for ours with absolutely no surprises. We also paid cash. No payments.

I think that since a MH is so complex that it is really not that difficult to determine wether the used rig you are looking at is a good buy or not.
In a not so good buy you will see problems, in the engine bay, the carpeting, the upholstery, the frig, general cleanliness even in the basement, lights not working, no records, no manuals, no receipts, roof seems not sealed and maintained, dirty engine compartment, missing equipment, dissimilar tires, bad paint and not waxed, dirty interior, evidence of leaks, overheads have trash, faucets leak, brakes are soft and the engine does not pull.

A good buy should have no visible issues. If it is priced to pay off their loan you are paying too much. If there is an issue they should point it out and why they have not fixed it.

Also take a look at the owners, their appearance, the reason for selling.

I think in every area of the country there are some excellent buys out there and also some really bad ones. If you can find one you will have an excellent MH without payments.

I came back from Quartzite trough Lucerne on highway 18 yanking my toad up the 16% grade. I kept it in low, averaged 25 mph and could easily accelerate when I wanted to. At turnouts I pulled over and let cars pass and easily went back to 25 mph no matter the grade. I consider that a pretty good test of the engine and drivetrain.

Buying a good used vehicle also allows you to affordably make modifications and upgrades that you want.
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I think the secret of buying a used motorhome is to (expect repairs) have at least $2000 laid aside for upgraids and repairs. Tires; batteries,tuneups,leaks and so forth.
You will most always never buy a used motorhome that doesn't need something. a refrigerator could cost you $1200, to $1500 dollars. furnace another $500, the expense adds up fast.
Never expect to buy a used unite and think you won;t have to repair it.
So far I have about $1200 in the motorhome I just bought; and it was what I thought was in good shape.
If the motorhome you are looking at has a roof leak or delamination of the sides----keep looking.
This is my fourth motorhome; I've been retired and have traveled for more than 25 years and have racked up over 400,00 miles so I'm not a novice.
this is my 2 cents worth
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You and I do not disagree but a good pre inspection can limit surprises. Also buying a used motorhome for 10K makes it a lot easier to make repairs and upgrades without an $800+ MH payment each month. For 10K or so you have a lot of freedom. Also older motorhomes with new appliances are common.

I replaced all the rubber in mine and planned to do so wether it needed it or not. I also changed the oil and had a complete tune up wether it needed it or not.

Most buyers of new MH's will spend several days and a lot of time at the dealer ironing out the kinks. Time and travel are worth money so there is a pretty high cost involved in getting a new MH to function. A lot will want to upgrade their inverters to higher wattages when they really find out what they have.

A friend of mine bought new and added solar for boondocking. I don't know how many days he spent at the dealer until he realized they did not know ho to wire it. So he drew it out and instructed them how to wire it. Also the plumbing on his slide broke, 3 times, the third time he fixed it himself with a higher quality part from the local hardware shop. I would imagine this added up to more than a couple of thousand dollars in his time and travel or travel interruptions.

Good deals are out there and be prepared to buy when you find the pearl you are interested in for it won't be there long.
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Good deals are out there and be prepared to buy when you find the pearl you are interested in for it won't be there long
Agreed:
Decide what you can afford; have the money, or financing avaible; when you find that great motorhome be prepaired to buy,
good motorhomes at a fair price arn't around long; I second that.
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buying new doesn't mean you won't have problems, A motorhome is a house on wheels bouncing down the road, things happen, new or old doesn't matter.
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