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Old 04-24-2014, 12:25 PM   #1
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Looking for my first coach

I am a single female looking for my first class a motor home. I only have about $45k to spend and wonder what my best choice would be. Want 34 to 38 foot gas coach. I live in Minnesota and we don't seem to have the best selection.

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take a trip to Florida and visit Lazy Days RV,they have everything.

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Two questions.
Have you driven anything that size before?
Have you checked out the difference in insurance between class A & C?
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:11 PM   #4
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The internet can be your friend. You can type in the above dealer's name to check their inventory. You can also use RV Trader.com. There you can customize how far you want to go out from your home to go to look at something. It is also a place to see what may be available for the amount you would like to spend. Hope you have good luck in your search, and maybe we will see you "down the road".
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:23 PM   #5
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You can check our Classifieds section. I see several gas coaches in your price range there....one of which looks to be a nice Pace Arrow in MI.

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Old 04-24-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Forum and sounds like you plan on having some RV fun. If you go with a class A MH, you probably will want to tow a car/toad, for side trips, etc. For a single person, a small class C might be the way to go unless you plan on fulltiming in the MH. The class C's are smaller and easy to maneuver and can be used to travel around instead of towing a car.

However, with that said, we just bought a 39 foot MH and neither my wife or I ever drove a MH. We took a free course at LAzy Days that increased our confidence. Both my wife and I take turns driving and backing in when we move around.

We looked at a lot of MH's and traveled to Dealers, looked on the internet, such as PPL and visited many RV shows before we decided on a specific floorplan and the items we wanted in the MH. Price was a consideration because we did not want to finance.

I am sure you will find a MH that will meet your requirements and have a lot of fun looking. Just don't get discouraged.

Best of luck and let us know what you buy.

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Old 04-24-2014, 01:33 PM   #7
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Another dealer to keep an eye on is PPL Motorhomes. They have a lot of consignment coaches that owners need to get rid of. If you find one you like you can make an offer.

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WE bought our PA 3 years ago in Minn. I wouldn't spend all the 45,000 on a MH you should save some for unexpected repairs. Take your time and get what you want. Sit in it try out the bed. Get something with storage. Check out the tires that's a huge expense. Ours don't have much but we can get by until we find something else after we go Full time. Are you in the cities? there are quite a few places around the cities or there are quite a few places along 94 going northwest.
Spend 100 bucks or so to have it inspected. We really lucked out when we bought ours. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time.Good luck,if your around the city's or if you need anything or have questions ask away or need someone to look at something lets us know. We are both retired and have the time to help out if needed.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:06 AM   #9
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Whether you get a Class "A" or "C" you will find that you need to have a towed vehicle. While a class "C" may be smaller, it is a major hassle to take it to the store when you have it set up at a campground. As far as size. Once you get used to the length and width (and the learning curve is very short) this will not be a factor. Look at the MHs that will give you a floor plan you will be happy with. Internet search will give you many choices.

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Old 04-25-2014, 08:16 AM   #10
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Welcome from another Minnesotan. Good advice above. As you continue looking you will find there are many good coaches available, including in MN. Here is a great place to buy a clean used coach.......buyrvsellrv.com Good luck shopping.
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The only thing I might add is, as this is your first coach I would be more comfortable buying from a reputable dealer, rather than a private seller (unless you have access to a knowledgeable and experienced RV tech to help guide you) as you'll have an easier time getting any "surprises" addressed (and there will be some). From a dealer it will likely come with some sort of warranty, even if it is of a relatively short duration.

I also agree with the advice not to spend every last dollar you have on the coach, make sure you have a cushion to deal with those "surprises" that will come your way (all part of the adventure!).

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things to look at

We found what we thought was a cream puff. little older coach but lived in a garage most of its life only 40000 miles on it . when we looked at it I had two different professionals check it out. TIRES are a big thing right off. everything worked when we took it off the lot and for about 3 months. but as time went on anything that doesn't do good sitting went out, example, ref. inverter, batteries, blower on furnace, satellite, most of the hydraulic lifts on door., really does add up. so be ready.. I still love her she will be new before long good luck and welcome to the forum
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:38 PM   #13
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Yes. My ex-husband and I had a 38 foot Fleetwood.
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Ask yourself some questions to decide what size and kind of MH is right for you.
- Where do like to camp? State parks, COE or USFS, RV resorts, etc.
- Do you always need full hook-ups? Do you want to dry camp (boondock)?
- How far do you want to travel?
- Do you want a "quality" coach or an entry-level coach?

We wanted lots of room, but we prefer state parks or USFS campgrounds and sometimes boondock. We prefer a quality MH with all the features and good materials - solid wood (real wood) cabinets, etc.

We have a Monaco Safari Trek. We have the living space of a 38 ft. coach in a 29 ft. package, along with a full-size bath room. We don't have a bedroom, but who needs it most hours of the day. Our bed comes down from the ceiling of the living room and goes up for the day. Treks come in 24 - 30 ft. sizes.

I think our Trek would meet your needs well. But look for what fits you.

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