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Old 10-11-2012, 03:50 AM   #1
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What would you buy?

I have a friend who is wanting to buy a nice used Class A, gas only, about 32 ft and wants to spend about $100,000 for the RV and any needed repairs (new tires, etc.) He is asking me for suggestions about which brands and how old a rig he should consider. He is not a mechanic.

Since you are the experts, I'm hoping you can provide some good answers.

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For that kind of money, he can get into a new coach in that size range. Then he will have everything new, tires brakes and engine and trany. And a warranty to fix anything else that may happen. There are many brands to consider, but I would look real hard at Newmar. We purchased one last Summer and it has not had to go back to the dealer for anything. Fixed a few minor things myself and everything now works great. Go new, and he will not be sorry. Especially if he in not mechanically adapt. Motorhomes are very complex, high tech machines these days. Don't take chances on a used unit.

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A brand new Forest River Georgetown will list for about 110k but will sell for 80k. It is the number 1 selling gasser on the market and is the one I chose after a lot of looking.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:47 AM   #4
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One year ago, we purchased a new Winnie Adventurer 35P for $110K and haven't regretted it.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:58 AM   #5
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Tell him to look at new ones. Could get a great deal on a 2012 with new ones coming out.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:13 PM   #6
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I agree, with a good budget the possibilities are endless! Is your friend wanting a gasser strictly? There are many late model DP out there in his price range. JMO!
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:17 PM   #7
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I'd buy a new Winnebago or Itasca for that price. Or a used diesel pusher.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #8
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$100k is tons of money...the world is his oyster. I'm going to suggest a 2010+ Thor Challenger, or a new Thor Daybreak (not quite as fancy as the Challenger, but cheaper new).
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For that kind of money , he can get a decent used diesel.
He should check at rv.org for ratings, prices and reviews.
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Great advice from everyone. I'll second the votes for a Newmar, FR Georgetown, or Winnie Adventurer. While I've had to work on some, those coaches are simpler and easier (ie: cheaper) to repair than the high-end stuff and both FR and Winnie have great dealer support.
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I'd go to Motorhomes of Texas in Nacogdoches, TX and see what they have in used Foretravels.

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There's a difference between not being a mechanic, and not willing to do, or learn to do, at least some of your own maintenance?

I would suggest somebody not planning on doing at least some of their own maintenance consider a 5er? The motor home is going to need ongoing maintenance that is not only expensive if you have to have it done, but especially frustrating for those not expecting it! Add to that the huge financial hit they'll take on a new one, and not having anything else to go on, I think you have assembled a recipe for disappointment. That's just me though. -Al
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That budget allows you to look at both new and used, buy the MH that best fits what you like. We started out looking at used, wound up buying new ( Allegro 36la). Although I am some what mechanically inclined we felt we would be better off with a new MH. You don't know what you don't know. In addition we couldn't find a floor plan that we liked as well in a used unit.
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Alright you asked for everyone's opinion. Most of the the coach owners have had 1 or at the most 3 different coaches. So if they like their coach they will sing it's praises. The first thing you friend has to do is educate themselves on RVing. The best place to do that is to go to rv.org buy their product and read ALLthe material. Then go to their ratings page and pick the coachs and models that he think will best fit his needs and wants. This will be the best money he could spend on buying an rv.
Then go to oodle.com and plug in what he's looking for. It searches all over the web, except craigslist, and if you check the right boxes will send you daily updates on what you're looking for. Be prepared to take some time and do some traveling to find what you're looking for. Don't fall in love with a coach till after you buy it. Also if you see some coaches list at prices that are too good to be true, they probably aren't. Those same folks that are sending you email about a lot of money you have in a foreign bank have discovered they can do the same thing with rv's. So be careful and good luck.
By the way I get nothing from rv.org and if I buy another coach that will be the first place I go back to.

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