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Old 09-18-2016, 09:28 AM   #1
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Trying to choose our first coach.

I hope this post posts . I've had two others that I took awhile to write but screwed up somehow when trying to post. 1) we found a 2007 Itasca Sunriser with a floor plan we love. Our preference is diesel, but our budget makes that hard. Our budget depends on how long we can get financing for: if 20 years, then 100k. If 15 then maybe 85k. If only 12 then 65-70k.

This Itasca has 2000 miles on a Jasper rebuilt vortec engine installed in 2014 along with a Banks exhaust system. The rig has a file folder full of service records I only just scanned, but the engine was replaced because the p.o. overheated it on a hill. Its got the Allison transmission. New tires in 2014. Inside and out it's very nice and total miles I don't know. My wife really liked the floor plan. It has a brand new Splendid washer dryer. It has a 4 door refridge and a fireplace. Double pane Windows. They want 75000. The bed is an adjustable air bed so we couldn't lay on it. He didn't turn it on and we couldn't drive it yet.

Were concerned about a couple things. One is the motor Home came from Idaho. The salesman said he met the guy on the phone and had to talk him into letting him sell it in Oregon. That just sounds a little weird. Don't they have RV dealers in Idaho. And why not Portland, its a bigger market. The other concern is the motor. Was this a case of not enough power, over heated it trying to get it to do what a diesel will and then replacing the motor and adding a Banks exhaust and finding it still doesn't have the power. Something about spending 10000 on a new motor.on a nice coach and only putting 2000 miles on it in two years and then selling it doesn't sound right. Finally, 75k sounds high.
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Don't get bogged down on the first one you see. Lots of low mileage ones out there that are taken care of. Going through a dealer means your paying for a commission and sales tax on a used coach. Aftermarket stuff means the owner wanted to go faster than the coach wants to. If your handy, a nice older one without a loan is the way to go.
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I don't know what model or size you're looking at but you might want to do some 'Googling' and find some comparable ones....to compare price, etc. Here's one:

New Or Used Itasca Sunrise RVs for Sale - RVTrader.com
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As was previously stated price does not guarantee quality. I suggest finding a top of the line, older low mileage gas unit for cash.We paid cash for our 2000 Tropical and have been pleased with the quality and performance. I would not buy a diesel at any price due to issues caused by poor quality fuel. I have known several people that have had to replace injection pumps and injectors due to poor fuel quality. Lack of maintnance was not an issue in these cases.
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I would not buy a diesel at any price due to issues caused by poor quality fuel. I have known several people that have had to replace injection pumps and injectors due to poor fuel quality. Lack of maintnance was not an issue in these cases.
A big plus for diesels is that you can fuel up a truck stops - no poor quality. In 8 years of full-timing and many diesel-owning friends this has never been an issue.
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We ended up finding a Monaco Knight. 2005, 22000 miles. New tires, new batteries. Really well cared for. 4 slides, roomy inside. Double fridge and they put a washer dryer in for us.
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Going through a dealer means your paying for a commission and sales tax on a used coach..
Georgia "fixed" that problem. You now pay sales tax when you register it based on what ever price THEY decide the Fair Market Value is... regardless of what sales price is listed on the title. And they make the make it so you have to pay it first, and then appeal, and make the appeals process very difficult. They screwed me good on my private sale 16 yr old rig.
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