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Old 01-22-2014, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

I am a single mom with two boys and a mini-schnauzer. I grew up rving with my parents and I am now in a really amazing situation. I have the opportunity to spend the summer traveling!

I am hoping that someone will tell me if my dream is realistic. I have budgeted $8000 for a used rv. I would love to hear if this is feasible. Are there rvs out there in this price range that are road worthy for a long haul? If anyone has specifics makes and models they'd recommend, I would welcome the advice.

ANY input would be so appreciated. I am handy, I don't need anything beautiful, don't mind DIY cosmetic improvements, it is the mechanical end of things that must be do-able. Thank you in advance! I hope to see you near a campfire this summer!

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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yes it can be done there are a lot of older units out there that have been cared for.What part of the country are you from would be easier for your search.Are you able to travel to look at the units or do you have some one you can trust that can look at what needs to be checked out

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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the bunch here!

You'll find lots of older travel trailers and 5th wheels out there in that price range. You may want to find someone who is technical to inspect any unit you are interested in. You could make a VERY expensive mistake by taking the word of a salesman!

Good luck, happy trails and God bless!
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:23 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. Are you looking for a class C or class A? Will you be towing a car behind you? There are a lot of RVs out there listed for $10,000 or less. I hope you find something that suits you! Don't forget to check the DATE on the tires, not just the tread - having to replace the tires (if they are older than 7 years) can cost a lot.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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I'm in AZ, and I have a big brother in MN who is knowledgeable. I've downloaded a list of things to look for from the web, and read that I may want to hire an "rv tech" to go with me if I find something I like. I'm seeing a lot of fake "by owner" listings in my city on Craigslist, and I really wanted to try and avoid dealers to save that middle man "cut" , not because I'm adverse to them, but because I'm on a tight budget . Thank you for the encouraging words!
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:19 PM   #8
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I think I'm posting these in the wrong order, but rjf7g, I grew up camping in a Class C, although if I could find an older Class A, I'd jump on it! If I can, I'll tow a small car. If you have any specific insight, makes/models, etc. to share, I'd love to hear them. And also.... didn't know that about the tires! I will!! Thanks!
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

You might have to do some searching out of your area. There are many online resources to check. Just Google search Buy an RV or something similar.
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Welcome to the forum... go chase your dream.. you only go around once...

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