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Old 12-03-2019, 10:45 PM   #1
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No new motorhome for me

After weeks of searching for a new motorhome I'm convinced that irv2 forum members have bought up all the good class A rigs in a 200 mile radius if not even further. I finally have the means to upgrade and am finding squat. I did have a Country Coach nearly in my grasp but got beat to it by one day.

Unfortunately I have to work M-F so am limited on when and where I can look at rigs. I see tons of Fleetwood products, Winnebago/Itasca products, Tiffins and an occasional Monaco riding on the RR4R (bleck) and a few other bastard models I know nothing about. Seeing sooooo many of those models for sale does not instill confidence in their product. I'll keep my aging Beaver over buying someone elses problems.

Why is it so hard to find an 8/10 bagger, side radiator that can pull 10k with a Cummins? Pre DEF. I don't think I'm asking too much. Lol Or maybe I am and just don't realize it.

If anyone has any other suggestions besides Craigslist, RV trader or RVT that would be helpful. I'm in Tulsa btw

Dealers and consignment shops are selling junk or asking over NADA which I can't pay due too financing constraints.

I think my budget is reasonable and have even searched up to $125k with little success.

Venting a bit here because none of my friends or family understand any of this stuff. Also looking for ideas, advice and maybe some encouragement.


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Old 12-03-2019, 10:59 PM   #2
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Just be patient. Weeks of searching is a drop in the bucket to what most of us have gone through to find our perfect-to-us RV. I researched for over 5 years. Test drove a lot of frogs before the prince came along. Many months of searching, if not years, is not out of the norm.


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Old 12-03-2019, 11:02 PM   #3
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You really need to expand your search radius to find a good coach, and give it time. I spent 5 months shopping before buying my coach 1,100 miles away, which I found within 48 hours of it being listed after missing out on 2 or 3 that I was not fast enough on the trigger with.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:15 PM   #4
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I guess I should have explained my situation better. I'm a traveling nurse so need my rig full time. My current rig is in no condition to be traded and has a lien on it. I have a buyer willing to let me stay in it until I find a new rig because he's not going to use it until spring.

That being said, I'm only on this assignment until January 25th so if I don't have a new rig by then I'll be living in my truck with two dogs.

I knew i might have to compromise on some things and I'm very open on floor plans, options, amenities and all the fluff. I basically need a dependable nice riding chassis. Every thing else is negotiable.

Im not going to make the same mistakes I made with my previous purchase so maybe I'll buy a cheap towable camper in the interim.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:26 PM   #5
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We found ours after 2 years. Almost bought the wrong one twice. Be patient, Our Tropical was within 10 miles of our home!
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:28 AM   #6
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Went through a couple hundred listings today and this is how it went

Country Coach

And repeat ad nauseum.
I exaggerate a bit but you get the idea. Lol
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Sounds as if your RV sits more than it goes. If that is the case, a truck with trailer or fifth wheel may be a better choice.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:38 PM   #8
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Here's where we found ours. It's easily within your reach and there appears to be a few that might meet your criteria:
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:58 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by l1v3fr33ord1 View Post

Sounds as if your RV sits more than it goes. If that is the case, a truck with trailer or fifth wheel may be a better choice.

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Old 12-04-2019, 04:59 PM   #10
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Here's where we found ours. It's easily within your reach and there appears to be a few that might meet your criteria:
Thank you.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:56 PM   #11
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Have you looked at PPL Motorhomes? They have 2 locations in Texas. I know it is a little further than you wanted to travel but they have a large variety of motorhomes on consignment.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:18 PM   #12
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Take your time and do what works for you. We first were looking for a small travel trailer, but I really don't like pulling trailers. Ended by deciding to look at a motorhome talked about a class c, and was actively looking but when I found a class a for less than the class c's also it was a 2005 model which is right around the year we were wanting at the minimum. Pulled the trigger at $23k with the agreement that they would fix several things. Everything worked out in the end.

Hang in there and don't get discouraged the right one is out there somewhere for you.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:36 PM   #13
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Not that far from you..
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and here...Give them a call and see what they have coming in on trade that they will wholesale out..
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Monaco built some really nice coaches in the early 2000's on the Roadmaster RR8S chassis with side radiator and 8 air bangs. We love our Windsor!

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