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Old 05-05-2015, 04:47 AM   #1
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Needing advice on going from TT to MH

DW and I are wanting to move up to MH from our TT for all the obvious reasons. Semi-retired and like to travel (but hate airports!). Looking for a reliable starter rig that won't spend all it's time in the shop. Found a used (very low mileage) 2014 Coachmen Mirada 29DSSE and saw at the dealer a 2015 Coachmen Pursuit 29SB. Anyone have any experience with these models? Also, if there is another manufacturer/model we should consider, would like to hear about that, as well. Finally, any thoughts for a newbie entering the MH world? Thanks!

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Old 05-05-2015, 06:19 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!
I would recommend getting a used, well cared for rig to begin with that has the bugs all worked out. Less money, less hassle! And you can jump into a higher class coach that way, like HR, Monaco, etc.
Check out PPLmotorhomes.com for a good look at selection and pricing basis.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:23 AM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

I'm not familiar with those models so can't be of any help. Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:17 PM   #4
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I'm not sure the brand makes much difference, though the higher end models are generally better built overall. What you really need to be concerned about is the condition of any used coach, which means it should be be inspected thoroughly and every system and appliance tested.

Personally, I would choose a somewhat more upscale model than a Mirada, to get a better grade of cabinetry, upholstery, flooring, etc. Go a year or tow older if needed, so you can buy for about the same cost.
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Looks like your eyeing 30' class A gas coaches. Probably a good choice. I'm not familiar with Coachmans, but there are lots of coaches in that category (Fleetwood Bounders, Georgetowns etc) you might want to check out (possibly slightly longer). I think the basic advice you'll get is find a floor plan that you like. Generally speaking, you'll be sitting/sleeping in it more than you'll be driving it. You might get lucky and find some 2014 leftovers in the price range of a used 2014.

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Thanks for all the good advice. Since posting this message, have found at PPL good looking 2011 Holiday Rambler and 2013 Winnebago Vista. Low mileage, good price, and DW has approved colors. Will test drive and then decide. Need to be sure. Got a family trip in June from Houston to Boston and back. Feeling a little like Robin Williams in RV.
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I'd go for the HR over the Bago...good luck!
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No matter what you get there always seems to be something that needs attention or repair. Just kind of the nature of RVs. Bouncing down the road causes things to loosen, weather can make things corrode or leak, manufacturers don't always use the best construction techniques, and other reasons. I would tend to agree the higher initial cost units may have better materials, but none are without problems. You should be kind of familiar having your TT already.

Can't offer any advice on specific models you listed. Have fun no matter what you end up with.
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When looking at used coaches look back far enough in age to where they were still being build well, but are new enough that you can still get financing if you need it to purchase one.

The quality on the newer coaches in the entry to mid level class is lacking. So many people we've met with new rigs are not happy having spent so much money and having lots of problems with their rig. Not so much the chassis, but the coach itself.

When we made the decision to go FT and jump right into it we were in the market for 5er and new pickup. But we found a well cared for DP MH for less than the cost of a new pickup. The previous owner took the hit on depreciation and we got a great home on wheels. Yes, we've had a couple of major expenses...one expected such as tires and one not expected, rear axle trailing arm upgrade but overall still a better deal and experience than some have had buying new or just a couple model years old.

There are great deals out there to be found, you just have to be patient and look. Our friends recently found their dream MH, and stepped up from a small 5er to a nice and affordable high end used DP like we did.

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