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Old 03-16-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Opinions please

I have been following IRV2 for a couple of years and dream of someday soon, owning a MH. My bride and I are together now for 50 years so I guess we could probably do just about anything and still enjoy each others company and why not in a motor home. We love to drive and explore.
We've looked at so many and because we still own our home and have a floundering business after 40 years we think we need to unload all of it. The problem is apprehension about spending a lot of money and find out it's not for us. Now to the point. I have recently found a 1998 Holiday Rambler Endeavor DP that is incredibly well cared for with 60k miles 1 owner, brand new tires clean inside and out. I have driven it a couple of times and really like it. The previous owner an elderly gentleman was a diesel mechanic for Mercedes. He and his wife ( in there eighties ) bought a smaller class C.
My question is, with so much knowledge and experience here on IRV2, I would greatly appreciate any comments or opinions that anyone would offer. Would this be a good way to enter the RV world, should we pass and look for something newer but more expensive? This one is being offered at under 29k.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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Not sure about the price, but buying used is a perfect way to find out if you could enjoy the lifestyle. Have you thought about renting a MH for a week or so first? That way you can find out what your likes and dislikes are. Please also remember, a MH is probably the most expensive method of RVing out there. Not only fuel, but maintenance and the need for a toad adds expenses really fast. Have you considered also other forms of RVing? For instance that same 29K could buy a decent TV and travel trailer. Meaning only one drive train to maintain. As you now have your vehicle to run around in while the trailer is parked. Buying used always give a first timer the option to sell and not loose so mush money if they decide it is not for them or they simply hate the floor plan.

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:48 AM   #3
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Hi NuB2,
I do not know the price or the HR Brand. Assuming there are no leaks (in the coach and the automotive fluids) there are three things the wife and you decide.
1. Floor plan - this is usually a wife decision
2. Will it haul all your stuff (weight not space). How much carrying capacity does the coach have? This is usually a husband decision.
3. Will it tow the car you want to take with you (weight question)? What is the hitch rating, take the Gross combined weight rating minus the street weight of the coach, loaded for travel. An easy way to do this is take the Gross Combined Weight Rating minus Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. That will provide a general area of how much you can tow. This is usually a husband decision.

After this all the decisions are personal preference.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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If you and the DW are togther for 50 years, I am going to assume that you are 70 or there abouts... My first incling is to say buy what you can easily afford in your current situation and at a price you think you can resell at, and not get hurt. If this rig truly is the "the one", I would look to see what comparable rigs in similar condition are going for. If it's better than most and at a better price, I would buy it and take a few trips to places you want to see on short spurts. I would also think about selling my floundering business, assuming you can manage off retirement and/or sale of the business... but not your home... not just yet. At that point, I would start taking trips with your home to return to. If after a while you decide fulltiming is for you, sell the homestead, and the 1998 HR, and move up to what you then will "know" is what you want. In the meantime, if you find out fulltiming is not for you, you still have your home, and can sell the coach with little loss and have some cool memories... that's what I would do...
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