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Old 05-13-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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Need help finding a class A motorhome.

We are in the market for our first RV.

We are traveling by car from Missouri to Phoenix and our route on I-40 takes us through Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff.

We thought we could do some RV shopping along the way.

Does anyone know of any big RV dealers around those parts ?

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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Have you narrowed down the search with budget, size and features? I can promise you that it will be a frustrating exercise if you don't make some progress in these areas first. I would recommend that you do a lot of Internet searching first, and you will be able to assess the market in those locations quickly, and save your feet. I know this goes beyond your request, but I also if you plan to finance, then get that lined up first. When we were shopping last year, we found what we wanted the same time as another couple. We were ready to buy that day and they were not as far along in that department and we were able to close more quickly. Regardless of what you may hear, good used motorhome s turn very quickly. Also, if you have your needs and wants organized, then a number of dealers have multiple locations and might help you from other locations than you mentioned. Our last dealer moved a DP from Florida to Louisiana for us to check out.

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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Hi twosmac,
Consider first determining how you will use the coach:
Full Time
Couple of weeks/months a year
Staying in one place for weeks or months
How many people will travel/live in the RV
Are pets a consideration?

How long do you plan on keeping the coach?

Floor plan sells the coach. Once the above mentioned items are taken into consideration the floor plans meeting your needs will rise to the top of the list of coaches to consider.

It is a bit late in the year, but consider attending the next large RV show (Hershey, Pa or Tampa, FL as an example). You will be able to see all that is available, in one spot, over several days.

If you are looking at pre-owned, the previous posters suggestion to use the Internet as one of the first steps is valid.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:25 AM   #4
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Stop in Albuquerque and see George at La Mesa RV - terrific no pressure salesman. They have a great selection of class A coaches, new and used. They're located off I-40, west of ABQ, near Camping World, which also has class A coaches you can check out.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:04 AM   #5
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If you are using a GPS there may be RV dealers listed in the P.O.A. or points of interest, along the route you are traveling.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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We are about to close tomorrow on our first MH, a 2003 Monaco Executive. We started researching and looking last October and have gone from knowing nothing at all to at least some more knowledge. People on this site are so amazing and giving of their time. Once you narrow down what you like, you can find owners of the same make and model and get in depth with what you need to check before buying. We had engine oil, transmission and generator fluids tested independently, which tells you how well maintained the coach has been because the wear metals of all the parts are incompatible. We also had an indepemdent inspection done. All was worth while, and we are getting a high end coach in great shape with the depreciation on someone else.

Best wishes on your search! Oh and if you swing further south from Oklahoma City, you can visit mhsrv.com in Alvarado, TX, near Dallas/Ft Worth. They have tons and you ride around in golf carts. Go to their web site and check it out!
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There are several large RV dealers in Arizona, Lazy Days on the Tuscon area I think. Another option is to visit www.RVtraderonline.com. You can set the parameters for the are you wihs to see. Good luck.

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