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Old 09-25-2014, 06:38 PM   #15
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The one thing that I do not have now, but wish I had, is more room for coach batteries. Plenty of room on the roof for more solar panels, but maxed-out space for more batteries. \ken
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:30 PM   #16
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The one thing that I do not have now, but wish I had, is more room for coach batteries. Plenty of room on the roof for more solar panels, but maxed-out space for more batteries. \ken
Mount the batteries on the roof!

I'm working on a solar system for RVs and that is where my batteries are going.
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:27 AM   #17
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I never [ever] would have thought of putting something that heavy up there. Interesting option to ponder, tho... Thx, /ken
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:09 AM   #18
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Depending on the condition, mileage & features, 175 is a very good price for an 08 AE

Here is a short list
Air Leveling
Large kitchen counter (prefer this to a bath and a half as you only get one or the other.
The big Aqua-Hot
No carpet in the living room area
Auto generator start
A good ice maker in the fridge
Sliding pass through trays in the basement storage, manual version ok
Ceiling fan in bedroom
Washer / dryer
engine break, two or three stage
A good extended service warranty
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:30 AM   #19
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I'd vote for most of what is covered. We never thought we'd say it but a bath and half are needed and even a fireplace (for a little heat). I'd carefully select a diesel unit that met some targets (not adding cost that's not needed to get the diesel)

To answer a couple of comments (I work with Cummins). 1. There aren't any "over the road" vehicles with diesels without turbo and 2. All future diesels will have DEF due to the EPA.
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I pretty much agree with everyone, but what I would add to the list is an outside ac/dc freezer. Especially if fulltiming.
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Good customer service is definitely a must !!
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Our must have list includes:
- Semi-monocoque chassis for strength, stability and longevity
- Reasonable size engine (no DEF) w/side radiator to get us over the mountains
- Residential fridge with unlimited ice for beverages any time
- AquaHot for a long hot shower and wonderful heat
- Air leveling because it always works and its simple
- VMSpc so I know exactly what is going on while driving

Its all pretty much fluff for me after that.
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Most things can be upgraded so our list is short.

Large enough for us & the dogs.
Fair size kitchen.
Ford engine, yes we decided on a gasser.
Tag axle.
Two air conditions for the Florida heat.
Large generator.

Main reason for a MH is for us to travel between our two Florida homes which are over 400 miles apart. And for bugging out incase of a hurricane.
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Most things can be upgraded so our list is short.

Large enough for us & the dogs.
Fair size kitchen.
Ford engine, yes we decided on a gasser.
Tag axle.
Two air conditions for the Florida heat.
Large generator.

Main reason for a MH is for us to travel between our two Florida homes which are over 400 miles apart. And for bugging out incase of a hurricane.
Not sure about that gasser with a tag, does one exist?
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Not sure about that gasser with a tag, does one exist?
Glenn,

Some of the older gas motorhomes had tag axles. My 1992 36 foot Airstream had a tag.

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Given my 'druthers -
Will stay with the size we have. Nice compromise.
Driver side only slides
Prefer Dometic gas/elec. frig here. No Norcold or residential.
Prefer center entrance door if there are any still available.
Passenger side dining (table and chairs)
Private pooper.
Jacks that do not depend on springs to retract......
And last, a side aisle floor plan. Given a choice, walking into a coach and being able to see from one end to the other not something I'll do again. Reminds me of a bowling alley.
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Heated floors
Tag axle
IFS (For the sharper turn radius)
Residential refrigerator
AquaHot (Preferably the dual-electric element version)
Tile floors in LR/Kitchen/Bath
Dual pane windows
Coach usable with slides in
Minimum 3 roof ACs
Large battery bank
Prefer only two slides--probably not going to happen!
Prefer King bed
Prefer stacked washer/dryer
DW wants bath and half--not sold on it yet!
Air leveling and some of the other things mentioned in previous posts are a matter of course in the coaches we are considering.
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I guess it depends how you are going to use the MH - short trips, snowbirding or full-timing, full hookups or dry camping/boondocking.

For us, full-timing, we outfitted ours just the way we wanted and it's been great for 10 years. We have lots of solar on the roof which we use all the time. We added this ourselves. We have a very nice desk area - again, a personal choice.

The only thing we'd want (& wasn't done at the time ours was bought) is a residential refrigerator but those can now be put in easily after market).

We would NOT want: 1-1/2 baths, washer/dryer, full wall slide (we purposely chose 2 slides on the same driver's side as we like public campgrounds and they usually have trees to place the MH around), fireplace, longer than 40', multiple big TVs (we don't watch TV so that's a personal preference)

If you feel you can get a good price on the used one you're looking at and the floorplan is good for you, you can always remodel some areas to suit you. You won't get one that's absolutely perfect. Good luck!
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