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Old 11-04-2014, 10:36 AM   #1
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Buying my first class b. Consider an older rv(GWV) 1999 with 45k for $25K with best floor plan, OR a newer diesel(VISTA DIESEL CRUISER) with 50k miles for $40K with ok floor plan. Will not be full time but long trips coast to coast for three years. I have zero mechanical ability and wonder does newer mean less problems? What factors should I consider? Thanks to all for sharing their experiences.

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Old 11-06-2014, 10:15 PM   #2
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I replied in your other thread. Newer and best floor plan is best.

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Glad you're aboard. Get the floor plan you like the best. IMO Diesel's are a better choice than gas, mainly for longevity and torque. They are more expensive to repair if you don't keep the maintenance up on them. Best of luck in your decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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I also replied my thoughts about Pleasure Way in your other thread. You don't say what chassis the Great West van has or if the diesel is a Sprinter, although $40k for a newer Sprinter would seem to be a good deal if the condition is good. I have read several cases of rather expensive Sprinter maintenance, but I have no personal experience. I decided to get a conventional gas van, Chevy with 6 liter V8. Plenty of power and 16-17 mpg highway. Diesel vans won't be much less in fuel cost, and the maintenance will almost certainly cost more over time.
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Sounds like you will be doing a lot of driving. Be sure to road test any unit before buying. Overall condition is key, be picky, but don't expect an older coach to be perfect. Generally newer is better, rubber and plastic parts deteriorate with time as well as mileage. Corrosion ( electrical problems ) will increase with time. Units driven on salty roads, stored or used near the ocean, or stored in direct sunlight can be problematic. Many class B coaches are garage kept, try to find one. Buy the nicest unit you can afford. The class B's have the least depreciation among motorhomes. Good luck, make the shopping fun.

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