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Old 08-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #1
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Hey All,

I am looking for a MH for going to the races. I have a budget of $8500.00. I know that is not much but that is what I have. I am realistic in my expectations of what that will buy. I am just looking for some guidance as I do not have a clue about MH's. All opinions/criticisms welcomed good or bad. Thank you.

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Old 08-17-2012, 07:25 AM   #2
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Check Craigslist and see what is out there in your area. Hopefully a "just for you" unit will show and you will be off to the races!

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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Just got a flyer from my dealer where they were having a summer clearence sale of some 'handy man special' RVs. Seems they were looking to get rid of a bunch of RV's from their lot. As they were in PA, you may want to see if any of your local dealers have some trade ins that are a little worn.

Also, if you have a truck that can tow, you may be better off buying a travel trailer for your $8500.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:56 AM   #4
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We bought a vintage Motor Home for.... ........ 3500. knowing it would need some work. ( Hubby doesn't do engines)
We spent money on the engine at the start.. ..1954
Engine broke... got towed..............................300
repaired.......................................... ............920
broke again, went with rebuilt engine .............5476. (no one would show up to show us their advertised campers when we looked again for another. so took it as a sign to keep the Old lady)
That's only the big stuff. How much repair can you do on your own on engines?
Fortunately, the house body is ok at this point. We also bought a generator and rack for the hitch since the cab air conditioner doesn't work.
We have used it several times now. Enjoying it. Read, read, read, and don't let the troubles scare you off! Folks tend to post about troubles and not all the enjoyment they are getting out of their investments. But you will learn much!
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Sometimes towing a powered Parachute.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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Shakebake, if it were me (and it was me a month or so ago) I'd do it this way. If you are wanting to spend 8500 and have not factored in a repair/expense account of sorts in, I'd reconsider and shop the 7000 to 7500 market and reserve a tad bit for unexpected expenditures which are likely to pop up, sort of an escrow if you will. And even at 7K, they are out there you just have to look, the perfect RV will show up, the rest is easy. Buy, repair, enjoy, repeat!
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
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I think a lot have us started down the path of RV ownership just like you are. YZF571 hit the nail on the head though, leave an "escrow" account with a few bucks in it, and be ready to get your hands dirty. My first was a "campground queen". The owner had the motor portion of the motor home just good enough to go from winter storage to campground then back again at the end of the season, but the home portion had everything working, fridge, a/c, gen set, water system. I made her road worthy by doing tires, belts, air cleaner, change the oil in the engine and tranny, coolant flush, got all the lights working......
We had a blast with that RV, and found out we love RV'ing without breaking the bank. If you find one in that price range and keep her cleaned up and running good and decide to sell, there are quite a few people out there just like you, so you won't lose your shirt.
I hope you enjoy the whole experience as much as we have!

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