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Old 11-08-2015, 10:28 PM   #1
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or Opinion, EVERYONE!!!! Face it, that's what I'm here for, so, here goes.
Have been full-timing with the husband going into our sixth year.
Husband and I are divorcing...not sad. and he is buying me out of my half of our 42' MH (nope, still not sad) and our TOAD vehicle, 1998 Jeep Sahara (now I'm sad). We are currently on a job in California where a friend has offered to GIFT me a 1974 Dodge American Clipper Class C MH (it was given to him). He is an ACE mechanic and has offered to look it over so we can discuss how much it would cost to make it road worthy and one step further, he has also offered to do what repairs he is able to. Right off we know it needs a new radiator and I will ask him to put in all new hoses as well. It's got 92k miles on it. He says the previous owner took great care of it and did oil changes frequently. Cosmetically it appears to have been taken very good care of. I am )t to mention that going back to a sticks and bricks or a routine 9-5 is simply out of the question? Not going to do it.
I've searched Craigslist with no luck in my price range, yet. First two were scams (WTHeck?) and the third, well let's just say EVEN DUCT TAPE couldn't hold this rig together. Since,this class c rig has come along.
Then there's the TOAD vehicle to consider.
I've been entertaining looking for a diesel pick up with a truck camper only because I know a diesel engine will last a long long time. Or possibly a diesel pick up with a pull trailer. I've also considered a Class B Camper Van. Something else to consider is, I will be taking my medium size loyal and trusted companion (dog) with me.
My next job begins in mid-May so I have to be prepared with a rig by then. Actually, I'm hoping to have one before the end of December so I don't have to spend money on paying rent until I find what a can afford.
Does anyone know anything about this year make and model class C?
Suggestions?
Thank you in advance for any advice.
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:30 AM   #2
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:43 AM   #3
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or Opinion, EVERYONE!!!! Face it, that's what I'm here for, so, here goes.
Have been full-timing with the husband going into our sixth year.
Husband and I are divorcing...not sad. and he is buying me out of my half of our 42' MH (nope, still not sad) and our TOAD vehicle, 1998 Jeep Sahara (now I'm sad). We are currently on a job in California where a friend has offered to GIFT me a 1974 Dodge American Clipper Class C MH (it was given to him). He is an ACE mechanic and has offered to look it over so we can discuss how much it would cost to make it road worthy and one step further, he has also offered to do what repairs he is able to. Right off we know it needs a new radiator and I will ask him to put in all new hoses as well. It's got 92k miles on it. He says the previous owner took great care of it and did oil changes frequently. Cosmetically it appears to have been taken very good care of. I am )t to mention that going back to a sticks and bricks or a routine 9-5 is simply out of the question? Not going to do it.
I've searched Craigslist with no luck in my price range, yet. First two were scams (WTHeck?) and the third, well let's just say EVEN DUCT TAPE couldn't hold this rig together. Since,this class c rig has come along.
Then there's the TOAD vehicle to consider.
I've been entertaining looking for a diesel pick up with a truck camper only because I know a diesel engine will last a long long time. Or possibly a diesel pick up with a pull trailer. I've also considered a Class B Camper Van. Something else to consider is, I will be taking my medium size loyal and trusted companion (dog) with me.
My next job begins in mid-May so I have to be prepared with a rig by then. Actually, I'm hoping to have one before the end of December so I don't have to spend money on paying rent until I find what a can afford.
Does anyone know anything about this year make and model class C?
Suggestions?
Thank you in advance for any advice.
Hi and welcome,

I've been a fulltime solo for several years in a 1990 28' Class C on a Ford chassis. A few friends are in Dodge based C's and they're OK. Carbs seem to be the biggest issue for them. Every different make and model has strong and weak points. For instance early 90's Fords have crappy fuel pumps, $700- $1000 to fix. When I was looking I found van forums for each make and model chassis. People on those boards enjoy fixing vehicles and know their favorites inside and out.

Some solos are happily wandering around in Class B's. Older B's are pricer than most C's and get about the same mileage. Some solos have Toyotas. I've yet to meet one of those who doesn't like their "toybox". I would happily switch to one. Most Toyotas on CL are scams.

Unless you need it for work, a toad isn't required if you keep the overall length under 30'. I boondock most of the time. The only thing I always hook up is the power cord if AC is available. Hooking and unhooking only take a minute- your dog will take longer to potty. I use on board tanks for everyday living- they last a good while for one person. I dump and refill fresh water when I need to.

I may get a toad at some point but I don't miss not having one. Remember you'll be on your own so if you're with your "home" someone you don't know might be. Remember, those scammers from CL have to do something profitable!

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Old 11-09-2015, 07:53 AM   #4
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Sounds like the coach is in decent shape, you could put a couple $$thou into it (radiator, hoses, fluid changes, tune up) maybe put a new water pump and alternator & batteries for peace of mind. Labor wouldn't be much if the mechanic swaps these out with the new radiator.

Ask your friend to do a compression check to find out if there are any issues with the engine. About the only unknown could be the transmission, a rebuild could run you 2-3 grand(? I haven't had one done for a looonnngggg time) Also need to check out the suspension, shocks, tires

You would probably have around $5000 in the coach. Probably can't find one in good shape for much less.

If the layout fits you I'd say go for it.
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