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Old 05-12-2011, 07:35 PM   #15
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WOW 4-7 thats crazy! I'll be getting one with an overdrive for sure. I am very mechanically inclined and can fix just about anything. I need the room of a class C and would love the room of an A.
In my opinion a class A would be the way to go. Generally more basement storage, more usable space up front and more fun to drive up high with the trucks
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:48 PM   #16
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With your budget you need to get the best buy you can because as has been stated there will be repairs right away. One of my biggest concerns would be purchasing a rig with bad tires. Even with what looks like new tread an older tire is very dangerous. I speak from experience here as I once blew a steer tire at 70 and crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic before getting it under control. This with a tire that had over 90% tread but was close to 10 years old. Tires are expensive and could eat up half of your available cash. Learn to read the date codes and good luck on your purchase.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:51 PM   #17
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With your budget you need to get the best buy you can because as has been stated there will be repairs right away. One of my biggest concerns would be purchasing a rig with bad tires. Even with what looks like new tread an older tire is very dangerous. I speak from experience here as I once blew a steer tire at 70 and crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic before getting it under control. This with a tire that had over 90% tread but was close to 10 years old. Tires are expensive and could eat up half of your available cash. Learn to read the date codes and good luck on your purchase.
I will look up how to read the date codes thanks for the info.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:56 PM   #18
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At $3500 your choice is going to be extremely limited, so you probably won't get to be choosy about fuel economy. Or much of anything else.

Maybe a Class B van or small Class C. Good luck with your shopping.
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With your budget, you will not find any of them new enough to have an over drive transmission. They will have 3 speed automatic transmissions. Probably you need to look for an older one on the 3500 Chevy or the E350 Ford chassis and about 21 to 23 foot long. The engine if these will be the old Chevy 350 CID(5.7L) or the Ford 351 CID.

Watch closely for water leaks, in a class C over cab section and otherwise all over. If the frig has not been replaced, that is an expensive item...$1000.00 for new. Six tires can runs $1000.00 plus. An A/C unit $500.00. An engine or transmission....BIG bucks here.

Be sure and go over it with a fine tooth comb mechanically and check all of the systems.

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I would strongly suggest thinking about a trailer instead of a motorhome on your budget. I'm assuming that, in reality, you aren't going to be doing much driving with gas prices almost certain to stay over 3 dollars a gallon and the low mileage you'll get on any motorhome in your budget (when you think about it, it's easily going to cost you $60 for every 100 miles traveled in gas alone).

And with a $3500 trailer you can find one in better shape than any motorhome in that price range. Even if you are mechanically inclined, my guy tells me that the odds of a $3,500 motorhome needing parts that cost a significant portion of that amount is very high if you move it much at all.

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:41 PM   #21
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I would strongly suggest thinking about a trailer instead of a motorhome on your budget. I'm assuming that, in reality, you aren't going to be doing much driving with gas prices almost certain to stay over 3 dollars a gallon and the low mileage you'll get on any motorhome in your budget (when you think about it, it's easily going to cost you $60 for every 100 miles traveled in gas alone).

And with a $3500 trailer you can find one in better shape than any motorhome in that price range. Even if you are mechanically inclined, my guy tells me that the odds of a $3,500 motorhome needing parts that cost a significant portion of that amount is very high if you move it much at all.

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I don't have a truck to tow it with but I see your point.
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I don't have a truck to tow it with but I see your point.
I have meet many people in RV parks that have a 5th wheel, or trailer that have no means to transport it. Whenever they want to move they hire someone with a truck and pay a one time fee to get from point A to point B.
A lot cheaper then buying a HD diesel truck to tow it around.
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Had a friend that had a Winnebago La Sharro MH, 4 cyl TD liked it a lot. Maybe an idea. Just make an offer. My father in law likes to buy old rigs and fix 'em up. $500 + is all. Just look around.
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The key things you should watch out for as you may have learnt from other posts on this site is roof leaks, delamitations and tires. My first motor home was an 83 class c that I paid $5000 CND. It had a roof leak and delamitations but everything else was ok. If you are patient you should be able to find one that could last you for a few years. Have you check the vintage rv forum on this site? You may find great ideas there
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Had a friend that had a Winnebago La Sharro MH, 4 cyl TD liked it a lot. Maybe an idea. Just make an offer. My father in law likes to buy old rigs and fix 'em up. $500 + is all. Just look around.
There is one of those on my local craigslist with a blown head gasket and a bad interior and the guy wants $2000. If he was asking a reasonable price I would buy it and fix it up myself.
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The key things you should watch out for as you may have learnt from other posts on this site is roof leaks, delamitations and tires. My first motor home was an 83 class c that I paid $5000 CND. It had a roof leak and delamitations but everything else was ok. If you are patient you should be able to find one that could last you for a few years. Have you check the vintage rv forum on this site? You may find great ideas there
I have more time than money so I'll be waiting for the right coach. I appreciate all the advice from all as I am a first timer. I will check out the vintage forum thanks.
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Nope, my '21 class C isn't for sale, my semi-retirement project bought this year. Although mechanically excellent, still put $4k into tires, general maintenance, steering stabilizer (really helpful on some of these units) to ensure a safe ride. Put $2k into repair from water damage - overhead cab, windows and full re-seal to prevent further issues. Good luck in your search!
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Did you have anything constructive to ad or did you just want to tell me that you can afford a better RV than I can?
I think he's trying to tell you that if you only have $3500, you will not get a unit that doesn't need a lot of work and that probably isn't enough to fix it up.

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