Originally Posted by Rickndebw
Have not driven a big rig.
Class a motor Home
Full timing for a couple years staying places up to several months
Hookups and boondocking
Pets yes two big dogs
Dine in, want a nice kitchen and prefer 4 door fridge
Do it yourselfer up to a point. Not on engines or motors
Budget depends on how long we can get financing. 20 years? Up to 100k, 15years 85k, 12 years about 70k. My preference is 60k.
If you plan on staying at one location for several months, not planning on doing a lot of driving (over 10,000 miles per year would be a good figure), and can get by with a 37' long or smaller, I think you would be perfectly content with a gas motor home. That will give you more options in your price range.
One question I did not ask was if you are planning on towing anything. Specifically, if you plan on towing anything heavier than 5,000 lbs loaded, than that probably means you need to go diesel. 5,000 lbs or lighter a gasser should work just fine for you!
A 4 door fridge will probably restrict you to maybe 2007 or newer, unless you can replace an older fridge with a newer larger one, with associated cabinetry work required to enlarge the space (will result in some lost storage in your kitchen though).
We are perfectly happy with our 2001 Dutch Star, pre emissions, pre Diesel Exhaust Fluid, and pre-reburner technology, but it also restricted us to only two slides. Would have loved to have a third slide, but two works okay.
Good maintenance history, backed up with WRITTEN proof in the form of receipts is a must in my book. Check date code on tires, there is some difference of opinion in the forum, but most agree that after 7 years your tires should be replaced, regardless of how much tread is left. Tires can run you $4,000 and up depending on whether you have a tag axle or not. If tires are 3 years old figure new tires in 3 to 4 years.
Have your coach and chassis batteries professionally checked using a load tester. Will generally require removing battery cables from each battery and testing individually. Replace as necessary.
Just a few thoughts. More will chime in I'm sure!