Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
TheTourVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 110
You Have $100,000 - Decisions

Let's say you have exactly $100,000 (pre-tax) to buy your new (to you) RV. What would you do? Here is the criteria...

It must be a Class A
It can be diesel or gas.
Minimum of 2 slides.
It must be at least 34 feet long.
Try to be fairly reasonable on current prices.

I know its an odd question to ask, but we are very curious and any help would be appreciated with this little survey.
__________________

__________________
TheTourVan is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-26-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTourVan View Post
Let's say you have exactly $100,000 (pre-tax) to buy your new (to you) RV. What would you do? Here is the criteria...

It must be a Class A
It can be diesel or gas.
Minimum of 2 slides.
It must be at least 34 feet long.
Try to be fairly reasonable on current prices.

I know its an odd question to ask, but we are very curious and any help would be appreciated with this little survey.
100k buys you a brand new gasser or one heck of a nice DP..

I all ready own a gasser, so a DP would be on my list..
__________________

__________________
shoreco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 05:26 PM   #3
Senior Dude
 
Dogpatch's Avatar


 
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere, BC.
Posts: 5,584
Blog Entries: 8
Knowing what I know on how to shop for RV's now that I have done it twice in 2 years, I could get a beauty. I thought I did pretty good with spending a 3rd of that amount. a $100,000 would put me in a mansion on wheels!
__________________
Les (RVM12), Bonnie, Morgan and 4 leggers Bella & Bruce
2010 Forest River Cardinal 3450RL 40' Full Body Paint- 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie 6.7 ltr Turbo Diesel, 68RFE Trans. 4x4 SRW SB Pullrite 2900 18K FMCA-420438 Good Sam
Dogpatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
TheTourVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by shoreco View Post
100k buys you a brand new gasser or one heck of a nice DP..

I all ready own a gasser, so a DP would be on my list..
Any thoughts on which one? We are curious about someone with that budget and what they would purchase.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dogpatch View Post
Knowing what I know on how to shop for RV's now that I have done it twice in 2 years, I could get a beauty. I thought I did pretty good with spending a 3rd of that amount. a $100,000 would put me in a mansion on wheels!
We did as well. Any thoughts on what you would buy?
__________________
TheTourVan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
SteveLevin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 1,195
There are plenty of DP's in that price range or less. I would tend towards buying something for $60-70,000 and then spending the rest upgrading it to exactly how I wanted it.

In the end, the biggest consideration is floorplan, and that's a personal decision.

Steve
__________________
The Green Machine -- 2000 Mountain High Coachworks Summit (Spartan chassis / Cummins ISC)
...and F-Troop: Fearghus, Fiona, and Frankie (Cairn Terriers)
SteveLevin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 05:54 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Tha_Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 4,507
The way I read your post you have 100,000 pre tax or about 70,000 after taxes which will still offer a lot of rv's. Gassers a cheaper to buy and maintain and DPs generally have more power and smother ride. I would suggest shop around look and drive both do your homework and happy travels.
__________________
2007 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40V
Tha_Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
TheTourVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveLevin View Post
There are plenty of DP's in that price range or less. I would tend towards buying something for $60-70,000 and then spending the rest upgrading it to exactly how I wanted it.

In the end, the biggest consideration is floorplan, and that's a personal decision.

Steve
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tha_Rooster View Post
The way I read your post you have 100,000 pre tax or about 70,000 after taxes which will still offer a lot of rv's. Gassers a cheaper to buy and maintain and DPs generally have more power and smother ride. I would suggest shop around look and drive both do your homework and happy travels.

I guess I worded it not all that well. I am well aware of what can be purchased and we currently have a DP that we like quite a bit.

I am asking everybody here if they had 100k to spend on a coach, what coach are they buying. Not dp vs gas or what year, but what actual coach or coaches are they looking at and buying.
__________________
TheTourVan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 06:09 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Pusherman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rochester NY
Posts: 2,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tha_Rooster View Post
The way I read your post you have 100,000 pre tax or about 70,000 after taxes which will still offer a lot of rv's. Gassers a cheaper to buy and maintain and DPs generally have more power and smother ride. I would suggest shop around look and drive both do your homework and happy travels.
At a sales tax rate of 8%, as it is in New York State, that would leave about $92K for the purchase budget.
__________________
Don
'07 Winnebago Journey 34H - CAT C7, Koni's, MCU's, SS Bell Crank, Safe-T-Plus
'07 HHR Toad, SMI AFO, Blue OX
Pusherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
sirpurrcival's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,069
$100,000 dollars shold put you solidly in the DP Market. In that price range you are probably looking at 40to 42' and somewhere in the 8 or 9 year old market. Now if you are looking for bang for buck, A National Tropical or Dolphin Might be worth looking at. The seem pretty reasonably priced. You might also be looking at something like a Dutchstar from Newmar or even a Tiffin Allegro Bus all somewhere in that 2003 to 2005 window. If you are prepared to go a little further back and go upscale a bit, you might be looking at something from the Monaco Signature Series. Something from the 2000 year. There are no shortage of Fleetwoods on the market either that would fall into that price range. Personally, I would verge towards the Newmar's or Tiffins or if I was wanting to go a bit newer would look at the Nationals.
__________________
1999 - National Tropi Cal
sirpurrcival is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
TheTourVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by sirpurrcival View Post
$100,000 dollars shold put you solidly in the DP Market. In that price range you are probably looking at 40to 42' and somewhere in the 8 or 9 year old market. Now if you are looking for bang for buck, A National Tropical or Dolphin Might be worth looking at. The seem pretty reasonably priced. You might also be looking at something like a Dutchstar from Newmar or even a Tiffin Allegro Bus all somewhere in that 2003 to 2005 window. If you are prepared to go a little further back and go upscale a bit, you might be looking at something from the Monaco Signature Series. Something from the 2000 year. There are no shortage of Fleetwoods on the market either that would fall into that price range. Personally, I would verge towards the Newmar's or Tiffins or if I was wanting to go a bit newer would look at the Nationals.
Great info. Thanks.
__________________
TheTourVan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
docj's Avatar
Official iRV2 Sponsor
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,712
It really boils down to how much age you are willing to accept in order to get a higher quality coach. We bought a 10 yr old DP because we wanted solid walnut cabinets, a huge CAT engine and the overall quality Beaver was known for. Some people wouldn't want to accept having to do updates of TV's and that sort of thing, but we felt that those were outweighed by finishing details that were hard to beat.

Of course, you can take this approach and go even further. We had seriously considered Wunderlodges up to 20 years old and some Prevosts also, but we drew the line at that, but we know folks who own those and love them.

Some people will raise issues about the manufacturers of many of these coaches being out of business (including ours). We have found that totally not to be a problem. There are hundreds of qualified service locations for the engine and transmission and virtually all chassis parts are found on lots of heavy trucks and most truck shops can repair or replace them. The vendors for all our major onboard systems (heating, plumbing, jacks, etc) are still in business and are glad to provide service assistance.

IMHO it boils down to personal choice; we wanted a DP and were able to find a well-cared-for MH that suited us. Other people will make equally valid but different choices.
__________________
Joel Weiss--WiFiRanger RV Ambassador
RVParkReviews administrator
2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton CAT C-12
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 07:08 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTourVan View Post
Any thoughts on which one? We are curious about someone with that budget and what they would purchase.



We did as well. Any thoughts on what you would buy?

Every builder has had a problem, once a coach is out of warrenty it is up to the owner to keep it water tight, perform normal oil changes and lube chassis, etc.

Motorhomes are not "investments", therefore I would suggest buying a rig a few years old...

I would start with a "floorplan" and an interior decor that fits your needs and taste...

I would also look at a DP for that kind of $$$, because a nice used gasser runs about about $35k/$45k...(my current rig total out of pocket is $31k including many upgrades and brand new tires). It fits my needs and it is paid for...I have entertained the idea of "upgrading" and I will when the time is right...(I am always looking)

I would look for rigs selling for around $125k and offer 100k (maybe a little less to cover tax)

Good Luck, let us know what you get...
__________________
shoreco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 07:09 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Tom-NC's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Murphy, NC, USA
Posts: 1,060
TourVan,

Number one I would get a copy of Motorhome Magazine and look at the RV's in there that are for sale.

Number two I would by a Winnebago product such as an Adventurer either 33 or 35 footer with a gas engine which would probably be a V-10. You could also consider the Itasca Suncruiser which is bassically the same as the Adventurer and both made by Winnebago.

There are also sites on the internet that sell RV's and you could probably "google" them.

Good Luck and by the way I'm on my 3rd Winnbago and like them.

__________________
2014 Winnebago Adventurer 35P,Ford F-53, V-10
2011 Ford Escape,2000 Roadmaster Tow Dolly
"Have a Great Day, Enjoy RVing."
Tom-NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,377
It, along with our trade, would make a down payment on a new Dutch Star for us. Although I might take a used Essex or King Aire.
__________________

__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.