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Old 05-29-2016, 10:49 PM   #1
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My name is Kuba. I live in Nashville TN where I moved from Poland 10 years ago. My wife and I are entertainers. We have a variety show, I play an electronic vibraphone and a few other instruments and my wife (from TX) sings. We travel with our show around the US. We used to own a travel trailer (pulled by a Toyota Sequoia'07) and now getting ready to buy our first motorhome. Our next tour starts in September and we would like to buy it just before the tour.
I would like to ask for some advice. We will be traveling with our 6-yo daughter and home-schooling her. We will be playing almost every day in a different town, with average travel distance of 250 miles. It would be best to have a very reliable engine with being able to boot camp every 2nd or 3rd day. My instruments and other music equipment weigh around 500 lb. We won't be pulling anything behind us. We prefer practicality over luxury especially when traveling during the tour. I would like to buy a used unit. I would like to spend no more than $50k but I would go as high as necessary to get a reliable uint. Any advice will be appreciated!
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Happy Memorial Day every one!!!
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:08 PM   #2
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Good luck with your music business. If you are ever in the middle Georgia area let us know so we can come and listen.

Keep an eye on PPL Motorhomes. They have a lot of consignments and some good deals at times.

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Old 05-30-2016, 06:56 AM   #3
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Hello, I'm about 45 miles northwest of you in Clarksville. If you go up by the Opryland hotel there are several RV dealers and a Camping World store. That would give you a chance to look at what is available in your price range. I just bought a 2000 Coachman that needed a lot of work but I have the time and tools to work on it. Good luck on your search.
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Hi Kuba! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:21 PM   #5
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Hello, I'm about 45 miles northwest of you in Clarksville. If you go up by the Opryland hotel there are several RV dealers and a Camping World store. That would give you a chance to look at what is available in your price range. I just bought a 2000 Coachman that needed a lot of work but I have the time and tools to work on it. Good luck on your search.
Thank you for the reply. I know that diesel engines are stronger, heavier, quieter (if located at the end of the unit) and last longer. My question is: If this is going to be my first MH, should I invest in Diesel? How much more expensive is to maintain diesel compare to gas. Also, how much (roughly) costs to maintain a MH class A annually, i.e.37' 2004 Winnebago Journey or 38' 2007 Holiday Rambler Neptune (both diesels)?
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There is a blog on here called "Total Cost of Ownership". If you search for it that may answer your question.
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If you are going to be doing a lot of travelling then you should seriously look at a diesel. They are designed to go for miles and miles. The air ride suspension will make it more comfortable and with the rear engine it will be quieter.

The only way to determine the cost of operation would be to know how mechanically inclined you are. If you can do a lot of the maintenance yourself it is not outrageous cost.

Look at a lot and drive the ones that seem good for you. Go to some good RV dealers and you will see lots of choices. IMO avoid CW.

Good luck and Happy Trails!!!
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If you are going to be doing a lot of travelling then you should seriously look at a diesel. They are designed to go for miles and miles. The air ride suspension will make it more comfortable and with the rear engine it will be quieter.

The only way to determine the cost of operation would be to know how mechanically inclined you are. If you can do a lot of the maintenance yourself it is not outrageous cost.

Look at a lot and drive the ones that seem good for you. Go to some good RV dealers and you will see lots of choices. IMO avoid CW.

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Thank you,
I'm pretty handy, but don't have a lot of experience with fixing car engines especially diesels.
What does CW mean?
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Camping World = CW. While I personally like diesels for the better ride, less noise and longevity a gas rig might suite your budget a tad better and they are easier to get fixed when needed. A gas rig is noisier but there are some easy ways to lesson the noise level. Find a layout that works for you and to do that you need to start visiting some dealers and RV shows.


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