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Old 06-29-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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Which M.H.to consider

I am looking to buy a 40-45 M.H. I was working a deal on a 03 Signature & couldn't come to terms. There are so many brands out there, heard of some & not of others. I try to read thru the forums to hear what the folks have to say about the different brands. For example Beaver seemed like a good quality coach but read about a lot electrical issues. I am looking to spend 100-200k for a 5-8 year old coach. I would appreciate your alls opinion on the best values out there. Wife & I will be living in it full time until I build a new house, then it will be used for road trips.

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Old 06-29-2014, 11:31 PM   #2
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I used the RV Consumer Group Guide while shopping for both our used MHs. It certainly was not the final deciding factor. But the guide did eliminate many units (with corian countertops and fancy TVs) in the preliminary round. A small amount of money well spent toward a large purchase IMO.

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:42 AM   #3
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read read read. That's the best way to find out what's hot & what's not!
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:31 AM   #4
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Boy, that's a question. Some are 'better' built than others but personal preference has a lot to do with it. And used, like a used vehicle takes some checking and an inspection because there is a couple more parts than in a car.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:34 AM   #5
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Hi jriedel,
Consider these items in order of importance,
1. Floor plan. Look at the coach in the travel, entertaining and sleeping configuration. Does it work for you?
2. Will the coach carry all your stuff and people? This is a calculation of GVWR minus the unloaded weight rating.
3. Will the coach tow what you want to tow? This is the GCWR minus GVWR. Also the receiver weight rating.

After you find a coach that passes these questions, one can make the decision as complex as one wants to make it. The questions about diesel vs. gas, the brand of coach, engine and transmission size all fall by the side of the road if the coach doesn't have the right answers to the above mentioned questions.
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Go kick a LOT of tires! We sure love our Monaco. Just watch out for the "trailing arms" issue on some of the older models!

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Check out Foretravel coaches. STILL in business, one of the top five in quality and loyalty.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:58 AM   #8
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Newmar - good quality & service on both diesel & gas units - check out the Newmar owners forum on IRV2.

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Remember Happy Wife, Happy Life Must pass smell test. When we started looking for me the important thing was it had to have a side radiator. I like to see the motor for the rear not looking down on it from the bedroom. Some have larger front doors and Country Coach fit on both plus it had a new radiator. With a side radiator you give up one side bay but you will save on the pocket book if you need to take it in for service even to change a belt, I changed the serpentine belt in about one minute.
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It seems most of the "newbies" want 40-45 DPers. My question is have you ever driven one, do you know anything about air brakes and what kind of campgrounds will you go to as a lot of campgrounds can't fit that size coach. Are you going to be towing a toad?

Why not consider a gas coach like a Winnebago say 35-38 footer. Most are on a Ford or Workhorse chassis. The Workhorse with the 8.1l engine and Alison transmission are great as is the newer Ford V-10.

Next like some other Rvers have suggested is the floor Plan. Can you access the bathroom with slides closed, can you have lunch with slides closed, in other words with slides closed can you move around inside.

Lastly keep checking on IRV2 forums (owners forums) to get ideas and to see what problems there are, look before you leap!

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Which one should I chose?

My 2 cents. You need to look at all you can for a good usable floor plan and other modern upgrades or options. Also why gas or why diesel? You could also search ebay for models and floor plans to compare. If you search ebay you can choose nearest and might be surprised at what is close by. Craigs list and several rv sites. Always plan for spending more than you expect - it's the incidentals that get you. You know unexpected repairs or upgrades. Hope this helps and you are an owner soon. Keep looking they pop up everyday for sale.
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For $100 to $200K you can buy a new one, as many dealers come 25-28% off MSRP.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:35 PM   #13
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Which M.H. to consider?

There is good advise in the above postings but the one question not answered that I think is very important regardless if the unit is new or used, "FACTORY SUPPORT." Try to get a good read in this area.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:55 PM   #14
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Most important is maintenance records and how clean the interior is. I purchased a service contract and do not regret it as they are rolling earthquakes. Be aware that many MHs built at the height of the recession were built with spare parts by lower paid techs. Buy an older, higher quality coach.

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