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Old 12-03-2015, 11:03 AM   #1
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Red face What is worth $33,000 extra?

Hey everybody, new poster, but long time lurker. I've got a situation and a question I'd love some opinions on.

Situation: My wife and I are about to start Full Time RVing and we are in the middle of trying to decide on a RV. We have it narrowed down to two and they are $33,000 apart in price. $75,000 and $108,000 after purchase, tax, registration, required modifications we are wanting done, etc.. Like I said, we will be living out of it, so obviously I don't want to skimp, but I also don't want to un-necessarily splurge for something that isn't that big of a deal. This is our first RV, but we are not strangers to trailers. Without further adieu...a spreadsheet!



That spreadsheet is the big "differences".

The similarities are: they both seem to be well kept up, we like both of the layouts (although we like the Itasca a little more), both have big refrigerators, both have floors, walls, windows, ceilings, etc..

Anyway, I'm looking for any guidance. We can afford either one, but the Itasca we would have to dip into savings a bit for, which we'd rather not do, but would if we feel it would be worth it in the long run...
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:08 AM   #2
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To me it is a no brainer. I'de take the Itasca any day over the fleetwood.
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There is no lack of "Diesel vs Gas" threads on this site. Do a search and read away. In the end, you will be the ones living in the coach so you will have to decide what is right for you.
But since you asked ... if it were me, all other things being equal or at least close, I would jump at the the Diesel and save the $'s.
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To me it is a no brainer. I'de take the Itasca any day over the fleetwood.
Thanks Ranger Smith! Even for the extra $33,000? Is there anything in particular that would help you make that decision or is it just a bit of everything/generally nicer RV?
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I'm sure there will be lots of folks replying to this question with far more personal knowledge about these two coach options than I have, but my immediate reaction to the information you've provided is: "how could the gasser at $33K more possibly be a better deal than the diesel?" While it's true that mechanical repairs and maintenance on the Freightliner will cost more than the Workhorse, the $33K would represent a pretty nice "service policy" for a number of years. Then there's the whole issue of heat and noise from the gasser's engine.... Just my immediate reaction, but I'd say go for the Itasca.
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Drive them both and then try to tell yourself that the Diesel Pusher doesn't ride better, ride quieter, has more storage, is much more stable on the road, and in the end is a lot more fun to drive and live in.

The money is well worth it.
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Thanks Ranger Smith! Even for the extra $33,000? Is there anything in particular that would help you make that decision or is it just a bit of everything/generally nicer RV?
Am I just confused? I read your spreadsheet to say the Itasca was the less expensive??
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Woah, damn. Sorry guys. I messed up my spreadsheet. lol The Prices were flipped. If that were the case, it would DEFINITELY be an obvious decision. DOH! Fixed it...
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Either i am reading the spreadsheet wrong or something. The Itasca seems to be the less expensive of the two and definitely the better buy!

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but the Itasca we would have to dip into savings a bit for, which we'd rather not do, but would if we feel it would be worth it in the long run...
A bit confused... You say, by going with the Itasca, "we would have to dip into savings a bit".... but according to your spreadsheet, the Itasca is the cheaper of the two..

I'd likely say go with the one you're leaning towards.. which seems to be the Itasca... If you, in fact, have the prices switch, and the Itasca is the more expensive one.. the reason is the chassis and engine.. very difficult to compare diesel to gas, with respect to price.. the started out at completely different price points when new..
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I find it hard to believe that the gasser is priced higher.
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Am I just confused? I read your spreadsheet to say the Itasca was the less expensive??

either I need glasses or a head exam...checked again and the diesel is the higher...still would go for the Itasca.
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Okay, I see the prices are right now. Still go with the DP.
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Haha! I fixed my goof. I had the prices flipped. My wife usually makes the spreadsheets because this is what happens when I do it! lol
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