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Old 11-03-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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New vs Old Class B purchase

If you had a $30-$40K budget would you choose a 2000 GWV($25),2006 Vista Crusier,diesel$40K, or a $35K pleasureway excel? Please base your answer on a non-mechanical, frugal, first timer. Lots of miles anticipated through cross country trips.

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Discovered there were never any replies. So, for a mechanical novice - I recommend buying as much of a newer RV as possible.

RV's are just big machines. Things break and older rigs need care.

For picking a model, buy a RV that appeals to you. The house in the back usually gets much more use than the driving parts. A small thing can become a big bother over time.

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I'm biased, but for that $ and those years, I'd pick a Chinook Concourse. Well built, fiberglass body, good layout, reliable. Mpg won't be as good due to the V10; 12.5 max.
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We also looked at similar but slightly newer class B's. Ended up with a Pleasure Way Lexor over the Excel although the extra bit of width and nicer bathroom in the Excel were nice. Just did not like the Ford front section compared to the Chevy, and we had a width limitation where we park it. Really impressed with the features and construction of Pleasure Way. If the Excel is in good condition and you are o.k. with the Ford chassis, it's worth your consideration.
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