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Old 02-12-2016, 04:34 PM   #1
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Hi all, I'm new to this group and excited to find you! My husband and I are still relatively new to RV'ing. We bought our very first RV a little over 4 years ago even though we weren't quite ready to retire. However, as life goes, I was forced to retire from Dental Hygiene due to hand injuries. It took me awhile, but I have to say I am absolutely loving it. Now if I can get my husband to follow suit, we'll be able to really hit the ground running!
We bought a 2010 Coachmen Mirada 32DS, and while it is a decent kind of coach, we find ourselves wondering if it's time to "move up". Maybe to a diesel, or a larger one with more amenities. Trying to decide if we want a diesel is a scary decision for us, mainly because we don't know that much about them. Is it true that we would need to get specialized drivers licences? I haven't seen that come up in any discussions.
Also, how is the best way to keep track of all the maintenance requirements for a diesel(if that's we decide on)? Is it best to try to sell our Mirada privately, or trade it in? Pro's and con's?
Thanks for all your help!
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Welcome to the campfire. Congrats on your retirement. Hopefully someone here can help you with information.
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Hi all, I'm new to this group and excited to find you! My husband and I are still relatively new to RV'ing. We bought our very first RV a little over 4 years ago even though we weren't quite ready to retire. However, as life goes, I was forced to retire from Dental Hygiene due to hand injuries. It took me awhile, but I have to say I am absolutely loving it. Now if I can get my husband to follow suit, we'll be able to really hit the ground running!
We bought a 2010 Coachmen Mirada 32DS, and while it is a decent kind of coach, we find ourselves wondering if it's time to "move up". Maybe to a diesel, or a larger one with more amenities. Trying to decide if we want a diesel is a scary decision for us, mainly because we don't know that much about them. Is it true that we would need to get specialized drivers licences? I haven't seen that come up in any discussions.
Also, how is the best way to keep track of all the maintenance requirements for a diesel(if that's we decide on)? Is it best to try to sell our Mirada privately, or trade it in? Pro's and con's?
Thanks for all your help!
Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Some states require a CDL (commercial driver's license) to drive a large MH. You would need to check with a driver's license office in your state.

Most people agree that a larger diesel pusher drives and rides a lot better than a smaller gasser or diesel. We were nervous about getting a larger DP too, but we don't regret the decision now!

I wouldn't consider a gasser or FRED with the engine up front! Way too much noise! We barely hear the diesel engine while driving down the road!

Routine maintenance on a DP can be expensive if you take it to a truck shop. We take ours to Speedco once a year for oil change, lube, and generator service. The total cost is less than $300. Only thing is, you have to watch them closely when they are doing it! Some facilities have experienced techs but lots of them will be trainees! The good thing is, they WANT you to stand there and watch them, whereas most shops won't let you back there while they are doing the work! I once found that a Speedco had filled the generator coolant reservoir with engine oil!

Repair costs on a diesel pusher can be very expensive, but we have been lucky so far and haven't had any major problems!

I record everything that is done to the MH in a legal pad. There are lots of computer programs that do that but I wanted to keep it simple!

I would try to sell your present RV through RVTrader.com, Craigslist, and the IRV2 Classifieds. You have to really watch out for the scammers, especially on Craigslist! When someone wants to buy it, tell them you will only accept a direct transfer of funds between their bank and yours, NO EXCEPTIONS! RVTrader has a deal where you can pay one price and advertise it until it sells!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Good advise Joe .... totally agree
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We had an only slightly larger than your gas coach when I retired and traded it for our current DP. Love it for the space, the amenities (including washer and dryer), the fact that I don't have to listen to that engine roaring under my backside, especially when going up steep grades. Annual maintenance is much higher than a gasser, no way around it, but the durability and life expectancy of the diesel can't be matched by gas.

Regardless, bring your coach (and your husband) down for a visit sometime. Lake Greenwood SC
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Welcome to the forum from a fellow TarHeel!!! We are glad you joined us!!!

I am assuming you are a resident of North Carolina. If the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, you will need a Non Commercial Class B License.

You can take the written test at any DMV testing facility. The skills test is at specific facilities.
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