Originally Posted by TXiceman
If you buy a quality Rv with good bones, you can basically gut it and start over or just some changes like floor, cabinets, etc. But do start with a good higher end used unit.
This was the conclusion we came to.
OP, I'd focus on the 'foundation' and 'footprint' layout of the coach. (Foundation = Chassis, Engine, Tans. Tanks capacity. Footprint = number of slides, kitchen in slide or not, storage.)
Buy from the upper end of the food chain, research Wanderlodge, Foretravel, Entegra, Travel Supreme, Country Coach, Monaco (Executive or above, or equivalent in Beaver/Holiday Rambler), Newmar (Mountain Aire or above).
I'd even go look at older Newell's and Bus Built coaches too.
Pick a budget range for purchase, and drop years to stay within this budget, while still buying the highest quality coach you can find.
And as mentioned here by others, anything can be done, if you want to spend te money.
My advice would be to buy a bit older higher end rig that meets your main foundation/footprint needs. Then go use it for at least a year. Both of you start taking notes on what you feel is important to 'refresh' the way you want it. While using it this year, I believe you will change that list some along the way. This also gives you the time to research where you want to take the coach for the interior redo. I recommend looking for a 'all in one' place. A business that can do the cabinets, electronics, carpet, furniture, custom paint, etc.
We've been going slow and steady on our coach. As we used it over the last 2-3 years, I went ahead and upgraded: Suspension with Road Kings and Super Steer Motion Control (If budget would have supported, I would have also had the Active Air system installed.), House Batteries up to 800AH of Lifeline AGM's, Magnum PSW and all of the components, 1200W of Solar Panel and Classic 150 Controller. We've also swapped out old Tube to LCD TV's, added couches and chairs, and some cabinet work too. Yesterday we ordered the tile for the backsplash, and we're working on prepping the interior for a new interior paint job.
We are excited about making this 'Our Coach'. It is not an investment, we'll never get the money back out of what we are doing. But it is not about money itself, it is about our 'quality of satisfaction' while using the rig. It will put smiles on our faces as we miles on the coach. And we are planning on a 10-15 year usage period.
Long winded way of answering. But two quick key things: 1) What you think now, is not what you may think after a year or so of usage. 2) High quality coaches or a bus build rig, are worthy of redoing into what you want.
Best to you on your hunt, have fun, and take your time