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Old 03-28-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone, Help on possible Purchase

We are Randy and Kathleen in the Northwest and looking for more info on a possible purchase. Am going to part-time work 31/2days so looking for larger diesel motorhome for weekends in the mountains and occ longer trips to Canada, coast and Calif.

We now have a 2001 24 ft. Itasca Spirit C class which has been a nice unit, very few problems for a quick weekend.

Would like to purchase a 34 ft or less diesel Class A. in the $75K or less range. Looking seriously at a gulfstream Crescendo 33ft Fred 324 in very good cond. with 5.9 300hp cummins. Have test drove it twice and developed a list of minor repairs, but am finding myself hesitant to make the plunge. Is fairly quiet at cruise but noisier with acceleration. Seems to have good power. Somewhat lower quality than many other coaches, especially all the plastic in the drivers area. I don't think the dealer has make much of an effort to repair or replace the small items. Also it does not have air bags but the ride is much better than our C-class.

I don't want another gas coach, and a decent diesel pusher is out of my price range. Any one have a positive experience with the Gulfstream FRED. It seems this 07' coach has been significantly reduced in price and has been on the lot for several months. I also have a tough time finding a 34ft or shorter diesel in good condition. This is a one owner with 21K miles.

Does anyone have any other ideas based on your experiences?

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Old 03-28-2012, 04:51 AM   #2
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Howdy and welcome aboard. I'll have to leave your question on the FRED to someone more qualified on the subject. I'm sure someone will be along to help but you may want to post a question or two in the Gulf Stream Owners area a little further down the main page. Hope you enjoy the site and find the coach you're looking for. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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Hi Randy & Kathleen! Welcome to IRV2! Glad to have you with us! You have definitely picked the right time to buy a MH. Like stick houses, MH sales are terrible right now. We just got a great buy on ours! Good luck & God bless!
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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Hi Randy and Kathleen! I am unable to help you out, but I wanted to welcome you folks to IRV2. The people here are knowledgeable and friendly and you will get some answers soon. Good luck on your purchase.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:08 PM   #5
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Rudy ....best of luck with your search ...however make sure u get this coach checked out by a professional....this will be the best money u will ever spend!!!!...Diesel is the only way to go however when u have a unit in the older catagory ..BEWARE walk softly and check check check with a pro.......besy of luck.....jm/lorraine mistyvalleyacres@aol.com
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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You sound leary of the MH. Trust you instincts!
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your suggestions. Saw too many red flags and will keep looking for another used, well taken care of DP.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:06 PM   #8
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You can easily get a DP 2001-2004 in good shape for under your price range. Just keep looking.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:18 PM   #9
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Hi Rudy, welcome to the forum. How far are you willing to go to get the coach once you have found it? Take a look at this one in Arizona. TiffinRVNetwork Classified Ads - Display Ad . It's a diesel pusher (noise in back) with air bag ride that as listed is in you budget and length requirements. A little more searching and no telling what you can come up with.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:20 PM   #10
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Have you driven a rear engine diesel? They are very quiet. You can absolutly find one well under your price range.

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