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Old 11-16-2012, 10:18 PM   #15
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I to know my way around a vehicle. Wife and I bought a used D/P and had it towed home in first outing. Reason, It set longer than being drove and a check valve in front of 1st fuel filter was plugged. Now it sit for 3 days while I researched and made phone calls and finally just dove in and found prob. It's a Holiday Rambler Imperial. Our son in Law got us 2.99 financing for 5 yrs.BUT, I've chased loose water connections and some other very minor probs. but some a le-man might not tackle. We've been fulltimeing in it for 2 yrs now and I still am Loving It! Look for Repossessed High end coaches and you'll be in good shape once you've gotten it out an dabout. Oh, I usually drive around 65mph and are getting 8.5 to 9.8 mpg. 350 Cummings.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:56 PM   #16
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Look for the M.H. in a state that has no sales tax.
But if you fine one in a state that has sale tax make them take it to a state that does not have the sale tax.
But be sure you keep it out of the state long enough so when you bring it home you can license it with out paying the sale tax.
Just a thought.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:13 PM   #17
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I would invest the $100k
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:40 AM   #18
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Not a real tough question.
Personally, I would go looking for a 05-08 Newmar Dutchstar 42' Tag with a 450HP Cummins with a floor plan I like. That would be IF I got tired of my 03.
What's your opinion of a 2005 40' Dutchstar with the 370 Cummings and about 50,000 miles for 95 K? I like the quality of the Newmars interior as well as the Monaco's.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #19
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I would invest the $100k
In what? It' already in a CD making a whopping 1.3 percent and I' not getting any younger.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:31 PM   #20
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Forget the tax evasion and gambling suggestions...why add worry and anxiety to your life? A CD certificate in a file folder will not bring happiness either, unless you own the bank. Hey...we are spending our kids' inheritance and having the time of our lives.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:59 PM   #21
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Buy land around Moab UT and build a RV like this.
You can billt em biger or smaller. and it doen't take forever to do.
I am at $7300 into this one.


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Old 11-17-2012, 06:17 PM   #22
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A nice 5-7 year old Winnebago DP. They make a high quality coach.

But I'm biased, as mine is going strong at 6 years old.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:21 AM   #23
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You really have to try and determine what your lifestyle is... which can be hard without doing it (a chicken and egg type issue, I know).

Some folks travel and spend almost all their time outdoors, always pulling out chairs and starting a fire. For them, a Sprinter-based rig could easily make the most sense with today's fuel costs. And heck, the Winnebago Via is slightly larger (Sprinter based Class A) but gets great mileage, has decent space, but big enough holding tanks to boondock / dry camp for several days at a time. Such smaller rigs also have the advantage of really being able to go almost anywhere, so you might not have to rent a car as much.

On the other hand, you might be the kind of person that spends the evenings inside watching satellite TV or getting online. So a larger coach with room to move around can be worth it (and, in truth, you need to drive some of the 36'+ diesels to see how maneuverable they really are).

Floorplans and what's important "how would I live in this" are the final thing to consider. For us, as an example, we often travel so we can be together as a family when I am working at locations for 2-3 weeks at a time. So we have to assume that sometimes the weather won't be ideal, and we want plenty of space for our two crazy Cairn Terriers to run around -- so for us, floor space in the living room (as compared to seating space) was a premium.

And if you are truly cranking in the miles, I think you'll be happier with the engine way at the back where you don't have to hear it... but that's just my preference.

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I see you are in Florida. If your plans include traveling much in the Western states or Western Canada you will want the greater power of a Diesel Pusher and as was pointed out to me by 'barbaraok' you want the exhaust brake for the down grades. I use the exhaust brake so much, I forgot its value. In the Rockies, bigger engines are better.
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I see you are in Florida. If your plans include traveling much in the Western states or Western Canada you will want the greater power of a Diesel Pusher and as was pointed out to me by 'barbaraok' you want the exhaust brake for the down grades. I use the exhaust brake so much, I forgot its value. In the Rockies, bigger engines are better.
I've been in the Drag Racing business all my life as a participant and manufacturer so getting the biggest, most powerful engine is one of the things at the top of my list. Mileage isn't really a concern since Class A's seem to get awful mileage no matter what size engine and I'd rather have the power.

Basically, I want to be as comfortable on the road as I am at home.
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Not a real tough question.
Personally, I would go looking for a 05-08 Newmar Dutchstar 42' Tag with a 450HP Cummins with a floor plan I like. That would be IF I got tired of my 03.
where can We buy a 2008 newmar 450HP cummins 42 tag for 100K
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #27
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You want power and comfort, you can get it in a Foretravel. High end coach’s and very well built. Google Foretravel and read up on them. You could say I am basis, but it is what it is.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:44 AM   #28
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Some of the Beaver/Monaco models give a nice bang for the buck.
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