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Old 08-04-2016, 06:31 AM   #1
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What model and year used motorhome

My wife and I will be in the market to buy a used motorhome about end of 2016 and we've looked at many online and I was wondering what models and years used motorhome any of you have owned and things you liked and didn't like about them.
I really like Monaco diplomats, Holiday Ramblers, and Fleetwood. Looking at 37 to 40+ foot. Prefer diesel but would consider gas.

Wondered if certain makers have higher maintence issues when they age, looking at 1997 up to about 2008.

Appreciate taking the time to respond.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:30 AM   #2
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I can't answer your last question specifically, but we bought a 2006 Holiday Rambler Endeavor a little over 2 yrs. ago. We were able to speak to the former owners several times (we bought from a dealer) as the dealership was playing dumb and kept stalling about getting, or trying to find, maintenance records. When the dealership got the picture that we weren't going any further without AT LEAST speaking to the former owners, they changed their attitude. The owners were then able to tell us where the records were in the coach, plus give us a history of the coach as they were the original owners. (I'm dumbfounded as to why dealerships don't ask for records, if there are any, and then put them where they can be located. Too much effort and thought, I guess.) We have been pleased with our MH. We've done some mods like change the floors, but it appears to be a solidly built coach. As has been stated many times, after finding a floor plan that suits you, the maintenance and care of a used MH is what to look for. We did not have an inspector look at it, but many recommend to do that. Enjoy the hunt!!!
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We really love our 2002 Monaco 40' Windsor! Some of the reasons are listed below.

1. The PBT floor plan is perfect for us!

2. Full air leveling, no hydraulic jacks to go bad!

3. Cummins ISC350 engine, known for it's reliability.

4. Full-body paint, including the ends of the slides.

5. Onan 7500 diesel generator on powered slide in front for easy service.

6. Three slideouts

7. One-piece windshield for great visibility!

8. Roadmaster chassis with 8 air bags and all-steel welded body frame.

9. Side radiator for easy engine access.




These are the most important things to us! You can find these in the $60K to $70K range now.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Any of the better quality coaches. Newmar, Tiffin, etc. Back down the years till you reach your price range. Floor plan is prime, as you spend a lot more time in coach parked than driving. IMHO.
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My wife and I will be in the market to buy a used motorhome about end of 2016 and we've looked at many online and I was wondering what models and years used motorhome any of you have owned and things you liked and didn't like about them.
I really like Monaco diplomats, Holiday Ramblers, and Fleetwood. Looking at 37 to 40+ foot. Prefer diesel but would consider gas.

Wondered if certain makers have higher maintence issues when they age, looking at 1997 up to about 2008.

Appreciate taking the time to respond.
Deafcone;,I recently had a 2004 HR.Endeavor 38 PDT, it had a 330HP cunmins and 3 slides. The coach handled well and we had few issues with it. This coach was a well built no frills coach.

The coach we now have has a lot more options that we wanted!
4- slides
425 HP. ISL engine
Aqua hot
Twice the cabinets and solid wood doors and face frames
Auto awnings
Automatic generator start
Side radiator
Full slide out trays
King size sleep number bed.

Most of the above would be available on an older coach like the Monaco Winssor or Dynasty. Regards
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