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Old 10-17-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. My wife and I are looking for an RV and can't really decide on what type. We have owned 2 in the past, both Class C's. The first one lasted about 60 days from TX to NC to Colorado. In that time, a transmission was rebuilt, cab a/c replaced, left stranded with a fuel pump and in Denver, the transmission started acting up again, so we traded it on a new one thinking that a new one would offer less problems! From the cab and chassis it did. I replaced a fuel pump after owning it for 10 years. Not bad, but the house. Things started coming apart in Utah after leaving CO. We were plagued with AC failure, refrigerator failure, leaks, floor rotting. There was a leak from the shower that leaked into the storage compartment below it. I disassembled the whole shower, replaced plumbing from where I thought the leak was, put it all back together to find it was still leaking. My resolution? Drill a hole in the storage compartment and let it leak. I wasn't about to take the shower apart again. (This wasn't the leak that caused the floor rotting) I sold it to my dad for 4500 for a deer lease vehicle and danced a jig when it rolled off my land. Swore I would never own another. So here we are, my wife and I had the kids at an early age, the youngest is at college and the oldest is now an RN and can afford her own life! our motto is "Free at 43". And we're back looking for an RV to escape the Texas heat. We both work still but we work from home, so we can work from anywhere. Unfortunately, my wife has had back and neck surgery and we're looking for something with a smooth ride. I was settled on a truck and fifth wheel, but duallys are at a premium and without getting rid of my current car, my budget allows for a dually with about 150,000 plus miles on it. From other forums, even though the trucks can go 300-500 thousand miles, it might not be without a set of 3k dollar injectors or new transmission. Plus to get the ride I'm looking at least 3500.00 in a complete air bag suspension for the truck. Then I started looking at Diesel pushers. My grandfather had a 1999 Discovery that I was around quite a bit and it always felt like the thing was made better, floor more solid, better ride, no creaks, etc. from looking at used ones it seems like I could get a pusher with low miles Around 10 yrs old, for 50-75 K. Seems like the cummins 5.9 is the most popular engine. So finally my questions: Are pushers put together better than fifth wheels? What would be the life expectancy of a pusher in this category? At what mileage can I expect major repairs? Or should I stay with the fifth wheel truck scenario? Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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Glad you're aboard. My $.02, A good used diesel pusher would have a better ride to help your wife's back issues and should, with regular maintenance, last at least 5 to 10 years, maybe longer. Best of luck on your search and decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Hello everyone. My wife and I are looking for an RV and can't really decide on what type. We have owned 2 in the past, both Class C's. The first one lasted about 60 days from TX to NC to Colorado. In that time, a transmission was rebuilt, cab a/c replaced, left stranded with a fuel pump and in Denver, the transmission started acting up again, so we traded it on a new one thinking that a new one would offer less problems! From the cab and chassis it did. I replaced a fuel pump after owning it for 10 years. Not bad, but the house. Things started coming apart in Utah after leaving CO. We were plagued with AC failure, refrigerator failure, leaks, floor rotting. There was a leak from the shower that leaked into the storage compartment below it. I disassembled the whole shower, replaced plumbing from where I thought the leak was, put it all back together to find it was still leaking. My resolution? Drill a hole in the storage compartment and let it leak. I wasn't about to take the shower apart again. (This wasn't the leak that caused the floor rotting) I sold it to my dad for 4500 for a deer lease vehicle and danced a jig when it rolled off my land. Swore I would never own another. So here we are, my wife and I had the kids at an early age, the youngest is at college and the oldest is now an RN and can afford her own life! our motto is "Free at 43". And we're back looking for an RV to escape the Texas heat. We both work still but we work from home, so we can work from anywhere. Unfortunately, my wife has had back and neck surgery and we're looking for something with a smooth ride. I was settled on a truck and fifth wheel, but duallys are at a premium and without getting rid of my current car, my budget allows for a dually with about 150,000 plus miles on it. From other forums, even though the trucks can go 300-500 thousand miles, it might not be without a set of 3k dollar injectors or new transmission. Plus to get the ride I'm looking at least 3500.00 in a complete air bag suspension for the truck. Then I started looking at Diesel pushers. My grandfather had a 1999 Discovery that I was around quite a bit and it always felt like the thing was made better, floor more solid, better ride, no creaks, etc. from looking at used ones it seems like I could get a pusher with low miles Around 10 yrs old, for 50-75 K. Seems like the cummins 5.9 is the most popular engine. So finally my questions: Are pushers put together better than fifth wheels? What would be the life expectancy of a pusher in this category? At what mileage can I expect major repairs? Or should I stay with the fifth wheel truck scenario? Thanks for any advice you can offer.
That sounds about right for pretty much any RV.

I've been researching the same way you are right now, and it almost feels like a minefield sometimes.

Will watch this post with interest, as I am also searching for an all around good truck that can tow, but also don't want something with 1 gazzillion miles on it..

as far as a pusher goes, mine had 55k miles on it when we bought it, so far we've put close to 16k in "fixer up" / "darn! that just broke" money into it at just about 10 years old (new to me about 12months ago).

How the one before you cared for it matters...... and it's tough to tell...

I'm of the opinion they are all just about junk, and you live with that, or you move on.

DP repairs are pricey.. we've been thinking about swapping to a 5th

Although, I see a LOT of older DP's on the road... so life expectancy can be quite long, but for how much repair $$ / stoppage while you wait for a shop to fix what you need?
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I would first recommend that any rig you buy to get it inspected by a qualified tech and the same for the TV if its a 5er or a tt that you end up with. We have a 5er and love the room. We recently upgraded to a 2011 F350 from a 2006 6 litre. If your looking at an older pickup I would look to a Ram, as it seems to have consistently better rating than older F350's. As an example our 06 F350 which pulled our 10k lb 5er, had the high pressure pump, intercooler, 2 x turbos replaced over the 4 years we owned it. My neighbours older Ram which pulls his tt had no repairs in the same period. As for a tt, 5er or Class A, take your time, ask questions, check out forums, ask owners, before making a decision and committing.....Good luck
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my water heater just burst all over the floor. i have zero water now... 10 years old..ehhhhh....
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

We decided to go with a 10 year old DP. It had 84,000 miles on it. We just turned over 100k. We've made a lot of improvements for safety and comfort. We bought it in the range you mentioned. So far, we feel we made the right choice.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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A DP definitely would have a better ride. This one popped up in our local Winnebago group last week ...it is somewhere in Texas ...I believe that area code is DFW area. This would be the ISC 8.3 liter engine.

2004 Winnebago Journey Class A motor home. Only 48,000 miles. 39 ft. with 3 slides. $75,000 330hp Diesel Cummins engine, full body paint with invisible bra on front, rear vision camera, exhaust brake, auto leveling system, air suspension, steering stabilizer. 22' awning plus widow awnings. Ducted AC. Furnace and water heater both run on gas or electric. Upgraded cherry cabinetry. Microwave/convection oven combination, 4 door fridge. 2 flat screen Tvs. AM/FM/CD stereo plus DVD player. Queen size bed. Shower with skylight. Combination washer/dryer. All the basement storage you will ever need. Very clean well cared for RV. Reason for selling: we don't travel as much anymore and plan to get a smaller unit. Price negotiable. Call Mel: 512-653-7477
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my water heater just burst all over the floor. i have zero water now... 10 years old..ehhhhh....
Wow! Sounds like you've hit the tipping point. I know from reading your posts that you are a positive guy. So sorry you are suffering from someone's inattention to normal maintenance procedures. After sinking all the money in, it is normal to wonder if it is time to move on or succumb to the thought "Gee, I have fixed everything that could go wrong... we're probably good!"

Hope you are dry soon and the water didn't damage anything!
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It's all personal preference. And there is no right answer.

For our family setup, a FW works best. Way more room in a FW, IMO.

Plus the Tow Vehicle is situation is pretty straight-forward. It's easy to get a Ford F350 worked on if you have any repairs. Whereas it's much more of a line to wait in for getting work done to your MH coach at any given RV repair facility. They all seemed booked out for weeks. So I figured, if something breaks on the FW, I can fix most problems with the coach. If an engine/ driveline item comes up on a MH, you're not really in a position to fix it without shop-space so you're subject to the schedule of the repair facility nearby to where it broke.

Some things to consider.

That said, AFCChap's MH seems like a pretty interesting option.
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