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Old 10-01-2015, 08:51 PM   #29
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Here are a couple of good choices in your price range.

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Old 10-02-2015, 04:29 AM   #30
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A few more things.........

If you haven't checked it out already, read Gone With The Wynn's blog on gas vs diesel. We drove a few DP's, then a few weeks later I had to help my daughter move. I got the job of driving the U-Haul gasser 120 miles. When I got out I told my wife I will never own a gas motorhome........

As far as age, think about the technology in the age of the coach. Older CRT TVs vs LCD, radios, satellite systems, appliances, HVAC all might need to be upgraded. Make sure the roof has been maintained. Engines and transmissions don't get anywhere near worn out if they're properly maintained, so be sure to demand maintenance records.

Some people say buy new to avoid someone else's problems, others say buy used so all the bugs have been taken care of. I say do your homework.
Thanks SL, If you buy new, the manufacturer seems to make a big difference as some have poor construction quality. My thinking right now is to go with a 5-10 year diesel RV that has been well maintained and is in good appearance. This fits my budget better anyway. I agree with your comments about the old CRT TVs, roof etc. One thing I do not want is any water problems so I will definitely be sure to inspect the roof thoroughly.

If I was buying new, I would probably buy an Entegra or American Coach but those are really out of my budget. For used, I have seen many good Tiffins, Newmars, Monacos, Holiday Ramblers. For a DP, I would like to get one with > 400HP to carry the weight without worry.
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Yes, I like all of those. Lately I have been gravitating more to the Monacos although I know they have had a rocky company history through 2009. But as long as I can get them serviced and they are well built, I'm thinking I should be ok.
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Buy big! You can get apps that tell you how big the campsites are in advance. There will always be a big enough place in area. A Monaco, or Newmar are your best choices. Hold back 10-15k for upgrades and repair surprises. Most folks buy too small rather than too big.
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I've had a 24 ft, 37 ft and now 45 ft tag. No comparison. Love our Entegra :-)
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You asked what I'd buy, so given your budget of $150K I'd take a hard look at this 2003 40' U320 Foretravel.


2003 Foretravel U320 40' Priced at $ 139500


I'm a big fan of the Foretravel design, quality, and construction. I upgraded my older U240 to my present 1997 U320 and could not be happier. The Foretravel in the link would work well for my needs, and if it works for yours I'd check it out. Leave a little money set aside in case you need tires, batteries, or upgrades.


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Buy big! You can get apps that tell you how big the campsites are in advance. There will always be a big enough place in area. A Monaco, or Newmar are your best choices. Hold back 10-15k for upgrades and repair surprises. Most folks buy too small rather than too big.
I like your thinking. I noticed you have a Holiday Rambler. I really like the 2007-2009 HR Scepters.
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I've had a 24 ft, 37 ft and now 45 ft tag. No comparison. Love our Entegra :-)
If I had the money, I would buy an Entegra Anthem. Great RV.
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You asked what I'd buy, so given your budget of $150K I'd take a hard look at this 2003 40' U320 Foretravel.


2003 Foretravel U320 40' Priced at $ 139500


I'm a big fan of the Foretravel design, quality, and construction. I upgraded my older U240 to my present 1997 U320 and could not be happier. The Foretravel in the link would work well for my needs, and if it works for yours I'd check it out. Leave a little money set aside in case you need tires, batteries, or upgrades.


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Wow, I love that RV and I know that Foretravel is tops in quality. I didn't think I could get one in my price range. I will definitely check to find one when I buy.
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I love these loaded topics. 3 pages after 1-1/2 days. We were in the same place as you 1 year ago. I always hear the term "floor plan 1st". For me it was "diesel 1st". Then it was a matter of how big, how many axles, how much HP. Then it was select the floor plan that suits me the nmost. That was my experience. Buy the nicest used rig your budget can afford. For $150K you can find a really nice, gently used, high end DP.
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I love these loaded topics. 3 pages after 1-1/2 days. We were in the same place as you 1 year ago. I always hear the term "floor plan 1st". For me it was "diesel 1st". Then it was a matter of how big, how many axles, how much HP. Then it was select the floor plan that suits me the nmost. That was my experience. Buy the nicest used rig your budget can afford. For $150K you can find a really nice, gently used, high end DP.
Thanks Scotty,

For me it will likely be a DP although I am still undecided about the length. I would rather have one bath with 2 sinks than 1.5 baths. I think I will probably end up with an RV in the 38 - 42' range but if I get one >40' it will have a tag axle. I also prefer one with at least 400hp. I love the Newmar Mountain Aires but would have to settle for one slightly older given my price range. Thanks for the advice. I like your thinking.
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When we went full-time the must haves were 1 1/2 baths, large shower, DP, oven, 4 slides.
After living in it for a year, replaced oven with dishwasher. Replaced sofas with large recliners (1 is a relax-the-back) and jack-knife sofa. Replaced rear bath sink with a large residential sink.
Wish we had a FULL length closest. Sometimes wish we were a bit shorter so we could use more parks, but it hasn't been a huge issue.
For us, floor plan was everything.
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I would go with a used, well made diesel pusher with a lot of CCC and about 38 feet or longer. I would look at Newman, Country Coach and Tiffin. My personal choice would be a Newman Dutch Star.
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I would look hard at this indoor stored rig:

2003 Country Coach Magna Resort, Class A - Diesel RV For Sale By Owner in Rocklin, California | RVT.com - 173565
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