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Old 03-20-2014, 07:18 PM   #29
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I'll buy my last coach last. I like having something new to look forward to. With all the innovations, who knows what we might see in 10 more years. Look how much Class A's have changed in the past 20 years. 10 years ago who would have even guessed you would have a smart phone with instant internet or a TV thats 1/2 the size of your wall and weighs less than 20 lbs. I voted too.

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:19 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by bruceisla View Post
Rent 3 different types for at least 1 week each. You'll get a much better idea of all kinds of things !!
Work your way up. Get to say "This is better" a lot of times.
We rented a new Winnebago MH for a couple weeks, to take family to a graduation, got the bug. Bought a 23ft Scotty TT, went from FL to California, after 5 years we went to used 1990 Gas 31ft GeorgieBoy, then 10 years later to a new 2000 GB Landau DP. We no longer do the dog shows but enjoy the travels...
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:29 PM   #31
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Who comes up with these stupid ideas?
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:33 PM   #32
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Buy what you want.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:09 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by 89sandman View Post
last motorhome first. what a silly idea! unless your a few years from death it just isn't going to happen...
I agree, I'm in the camp that says buy the motorhome that fits your needs today.

Think about it, how many people buy a car or a boat or a plane or a stick and brick home and think it's going to be their last? I've owned multiple cars, planes, boats, homes and RV's. As your goals and needs change so does the toys or homes that you want. Each motorhome was bought for the "mission" during that time of our life. As our needs changed so did the motorhome/boat/car/plane/home.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #34
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Too many variable such as age and financial capacity to really test the answers.

However, we rented first. Then we bought what will be our first and last coach. We see the niceties of newer coaches etc, but we are not tempted to change. We come back and like what we have. No regrets.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:34 PM   #35
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If it's your first coach there is very little probability you will get it right the first time. Buying new the first time is okay if you have money to throw away. When buying a new rig (A, B, or C) the first mile will cost you thousands of dollars. Only way it pays is if you keep it for 5 to 10 years.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:27 AM   #36
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It's such an interesting question. Rvs are expensive like homes in some cases but depreciating like cars.

It adds an extra dimension to the buying process.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:23 PM   #37
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We started with a starter coach. For us it was a good solution. We learned a lot about motor homes, learned what we did and didn't like. Our next purchase met our expectations based on what we had learned with our starter motor home.
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #38
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We will never buy a new one. I've had 3 the second was a 2006 but I didn't like it to light weight. So we bought a really old one a 92 American Eagle, we have spent quite a bit on it but its fine. It will likely be our last coach, financial circumstances sometimes keep people from doing what they would like. We think we will need the money for our old age and taking care of DD. We have what we feel comfortable with and I'm enjoying it, what more can you ask? Do I get new coach envy, you bet I do, but I try to keep it turned off. But I think its wonderful that many of you can afford them and know you will enjoy them they are beautiful.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:22 PM   #39
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I think we lucked out and got our last one first .... that being said the only way I think we may get another is if we end up being the guardians of 2 kids from a friend. He just lost his wife to cancer and he has a muscle wasting disease ... last we knew Thom was down in their wills that he gets them if something happens. So no more looking for us right now till we figure out if we get 2 kids ages 10 and 7 .... If that happens then we will do what needs to be done and help them and get a bunk model ... until then we will stick with our Monaco. We just have not found any others that we want more yet.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:14 PM   #40
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I strongly advise you to buy a used "starter coach." Most people have no idea that MH's have dual electrical and water systems, how much room they can get by with, and how they like the road trips. I started with a 1996 25' Class A Tiffin Allegro with no slides, kept it 4 years, and just bought a 2001 31' Class A Holiday Rambler Admiral with two slides. If you are not convinced with my reasoning, please read the questions that "clueless" new owners ask about their new big rig!!
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They're the ones that we buy our 2 year old lightly used MHs from.

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