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Old 01-17-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Which one?

I'm new to the forum but would like some info. My wife and I had two fifth wheels in the past. Our kids are gone now and we would like to get a diesel pusher. I'm thinking a 04-06 year model and 32-34' size. Are there certain makers we should stay away from and/or certain engines to stay away from?? Thank-you for the help.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:43 AM   #2
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Having had them all, and now a gas one. When you find one you are thinking about post it here and ask for some feedback from current owners. Everyone has different needs and likes. Good luck.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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I'm new to the forum but would like some info. My wife and I had two fifth wheels in the past. Our kids are gone now and we would like to get a diesel pusher. I'm thinking a 04-06 year model and 32-34' size. Are there certain makers we should stay away from and/or certain engines to stay away from?? Thank-you for the help.
Remarkably, almost everyone will recommend exactly what they have.

Look at the quality of the cabinets, accessories, floor plan, etc. Use a checklist like the one in my link below or google Motorhome Checklists.

Make sure you get the mechanicals inspected by a diesel mechanic.

Remember there is no perfect coach.

http://home.roadrunner.com/~kwildman/checklist.pdf
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:04 AM   #4
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The years that your looking at will not be a problem but the size may be. Not a lot of 32 - 34' pushers to pick from. I'm not saying there are none but they may be hard to find. As I type this I'm looking at a possibe 34' Country Coach right across from where we're staying but it's not for sale. In looking at it as well you might take into consideration the wheel base of a coach that size. It may not give you the ride your looking for. Just a thought.
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Hi Mooseguy,
Welcome to iRV2. Floor plan sells the coach. Focus on the floor plan that will fit the way you'll use the coach. Is there a reason for the length limit? Lastly, the years you are looking at were the last booming business years for the coach manufacturers. Manufacturers were shipping product faster than they could put the coach together. Quality suffered during this time.
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I think the motorhome wheelbase is a concern. I've owned eight motorhomes and the longer wheelbases are easier to drive. Less steering wheel correction. I'd at least consider a 36-38 footer to start with. You will have a larger selection if you look at 36 footers. My first pusher was a 36 and thought it was great. I'd also want the manufacturer to still be in business so that parts are still available.

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I've told a few other folks this.
First go to rv.org. Pay what ever they're asking, read their book, decided what works for YOU. Look at there rating on the coaches ( I have found it to be right on based on shows, rallies, and looking at other coaches) Then go to oodle.com plug in what your looking for (having several choices is a smart way to go) They will send you daily updates of what you're looking for. They search databases all over the internet except craigslist. When you see some you like start communicating with the folks and then spend some phone time and travel time and money to go and look at what they're selling and see if it's what you're looking for. Two things to run away from. 1) deals on the internet that sound too good to be true, they're not. tips that it's a scam: Low price, If they can't be pinned down on where the coach is and when you can go see it it's a scam. 2) Sales people who just want to close the deal asap.
Spend some time looking for what is best for you. Everyone with a recommendation is going with what works for them.
Have fun and happy hunting.
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If I'm going to pay for someone to rate an RV I want them to have actually looked at and driven the rig. Anything else is just an guess in the dark. Maybe if I didn't have 55 years RV'ing experience and being an ex-engineer it would be different though.
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Dear Mr D. I believe it was Mooseguy who was asking for opinions. I'm sure if he had your vast amount of experience and being and engineer he'd have all the answers like you. Just trying to help the guy out. He started with more information than I had and this was a great place to start your search. Beats going to a dealer and asking what you need.
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You may want to check out Used RVs, Motorhomes for Sale, and Consigned sales - PPL Motor Homes they keep track of what MH's have actually sold for in the last few years.
You could also look at Prices & Used Values for RVs, Travel Trailers & more - NADAguides for what they think they are worth.
I know most do not pay full price, most pay the low price. It is a buyers market. If you do not think you are getting the price you want then do not be afraid to walk away from the deal. Do not get talked into paying more than what you are comfortable with. Go with the floorplan you like, remember you are going to be living in it, even if just for camping you want to be comfortable or you will end up not liking it.
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