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Old 06-03-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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New wannabe Class A Diesel owners

Hello to all! We have been looking for a used class A diesel motorhome. We have had 5th wheels in the past but now have 2 kiddos and think motorhome the way to go.

We would appreciate any advice. (Please see our post on the Country Coach Forum as we think that is the brand we would like to buy)

Look forward to using this site as it looks great! Thanks!

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Old 06-03-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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It's all about floorplan and condition, in my opinion. I've seen beautifully maintained older Bounders and trashed Prevost-based coaches, there's no golden rule (although I would posit that given the same level of care, a better built coach will be in better shape. But that's theory, and then pesky reality jumps in...)


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Old 06-03-2012, 10:43 PM   #3
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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CC's are great -- we had one for 5 years and the coach itself was great. Rode and lived in very well.

Since you have some kids, I would suggest making sure that sleeping arrangements for them will work for you as a lot of DP's are really designed to entertain 6, feed 4 and sleep 2 (comfortably).

Also, make sure that when the slides are in that everything you want/need to do in-between destinations is workable (microwave, fridge, etc.).

If possible, get a residential fridge -- we upgraded to one and it was the best upgrade we ever did...with 2 adults and 2 kids you'll appreciate not having to hit the grocery store as often.

Unless your kids don't play video games or watch TV or you never boondock, make sure you have enough battery power/inverter capacity to keep them entertained.

You can read about our upgrades, etc. on our web-site.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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Hi, welcome to IRV2. There are so many nice coaches out there. Have fun finding the right one for you and your family. Then get out there and enjoy. Safe travels.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:16 AM   #8
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I'm a newbie too as we just sold our 10-yr old 34' prowler regal for a used ClassA diesel. Monaco has roadmaster chassis with air bag suspension on the outside. Very little rocking compared to the freightliner chassis RVs I test drove. We got a great price (under $28,000) on our Monaco 36' with Cummins 8.3l, 53,000 miles. It was sold "as is" and had a Nascar themed custom paint job that kept it on the lot a long time. I've spent $900 on the diesel engines (main and generator) to change all fluids and all filters, repair a diesel leak. Now I'm good for at least 30,000 miles except the fuel filter. I'm having the furniture recovered for about $400. I spent $50 on fabric and have re-done all the interior fabric. The two coach batteries were dead and that was $300 at Sam's Club for the duracel. I had to replace a A/C gasket on the roof for $15. (this forum gave me the tip). I've replaced all the lights with nice ones for about $150. The fridge needed a new board which was $500. I bought a washer/dryer for $150 on craigslist and the installation kit was $30. I broke the handle on the w/d because I didn't know Splendide w/d doors are almost always locked so that was $50. I had two large windows cleaned and resealed that were fogged up for $500 at a place in greensboro NC. I installed two flatpanel TVs. The bedroom one is slick because the TV is now a "door" for an extra cabinet that used to be sealed up with a tube TV. The mounting hardware was $50 for each TV. I built a new dinette table for $50, adding about 8" because our dinette seemed small for the 5 of us and the mechanism for holding the dinette table wasn't working for me. I just now used the forum to troubleshoot an issue with the hydraulic slide that was fixed with $5 worth of fuses. Sounds like a lot altogether, but this is a labor of love. Just got back from a trip to the mountains (NC) and it drove like a champ. Again, thanks to the forum. I would not have had a clue how the jack brake worked without the forum. And immediately learned to take the foot off the accelerator near the top of the hills or you will be going down the hill too fast. Had no problems with a 6 mile long 8 percent grade because of all the good driving advice I have learned. Now I'm ready for the official maiden voyage with the wife and 3 kids, going from NC to Yellostone July 1-13.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:07 AM   #9
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Thanks to all!! We are still looking but sure do appreciate all the helpful advice and friendly people!!

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