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Old 05-27-2012, 10:14 AM   #1
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Best Built Motorhome Models ~ '85-'95 ??

Is there a particular motorhome model built in this decade which would be a great deal if I could find one on the cheap? It would have to be somewhere local to me, but I might just come across something and not even recognize the deal? Under $3000 would be great. I gave up looking for diesel's, they are just way too expensive $$.
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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From personal experience, Barth made an extremely well built rig in the mid 80's.
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:22 PM   #4
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Foretravel and Rockwood. I got our Rockwood for under 2200.00. Check your local Craigslist. You may want to go a little older than the last decade. My 87 Rockwood has all you need. Bed rooms/kitchen/oven/stove/gen/forced hot air heater/hot water/AC. Could of had as optional equipment central vac. What you will not get is washer/drier and slide outs. But if it is old enough you can cheaply register it as a "antique" car.
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Yeah, I read about the older slideouts that slide out, but then not back in OMG or how they will leak and that's it's nearly impossible to get inside there to fix it. The washer/dryers take 3hrs to cycle, so let's see. ~1.5g fuel /hr for 3hrs and one tiny load. I THINK NOT!!! Forced heat is a waste of propane and req's elect, too but I could easily fix that by not using the one thats built-in.

Craigslist seems to be ~ 80% scammers, what's the deal?


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Foretravel and Rockwood. I got our Rockwood for under 2200.00. Check your local Craigslist. You may want to go a little older than the last decade. My 87 Rockwood has all you need. Bed rooms/kitchen/oven/stove/gen/forced hot air heater/hot water/AC. Could of had as optional equipment central vac. What you will not get is washer/drier and slide outs. But if it is old enough you can cheaply register it as a "antique" car.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Craigslist seems to be ~ 80% scammers, what's the deal?
This is a sign of the times.

CL is still a good resource, but as with all vehicle transactions, use caution and trust your instincts.

If it seems to good to be true it probably is.
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I've used craigslist several times, my wife buying "antique" (as in old furniture) and myself, in the past 2 years I've sold 2 vehicles, and purchased 2.

Just Friday I finalized the sale of my silverado SS. Guy drove up from Kansas City, paid cash near my asking price.

I've gotten a LOT of calls where the first thing they say is "what's the least you'll take for it?" I either bitch em out or hang up on em, or if I'm in a good mood, remind them what my asking price is.

I've zero experience with "scammers." I think most buyers are "flippers." They are looking for a bargain with the intention of immediately selling for a profit.

To sell something, it has to be priced right, as in cheap. Price too high, you get no calls.
Never put your actual email address in the ad. Put your cel phone in, but write out many of the numbers. Better yet, get a prepaid "throw away" cel phone. And cash rules.
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I have used CL to buy vehicles and found some sellers talk up the vehicle and say they have had many interested callers and it's going to sell before you get there.
"Just send a paypal payment of $___ to my email address and I will hold it for you"

This is the most common CL scam that I know about firsthand.
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Got mine for $2200 also.. Though it needs tires..
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I agree with what the others have said about craigslist. I've used it a lot for selling and buying in the past three years. I've met some really strange people but some really good people too. In fact one of my best friends I met because I was giving away landscaping rock through craigslist. I've never had a problem with a bot finding my phone number either - but I don't list the area code (there's only one here). All the scams I've gotten were phishing emails from for sale ads I'd posted.

As for looking for vehicles on craigslist, don't buy anything you haven't seen. Do your homework on what the price should be and really carefully look over the vehicles. If you're like me, you'll want someone to go with you because when I decide I like something, I'll overlook all manner of stuff -- not meaning to -- I just don't see it for some reason.
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The Airstream Classic wasn't too shabby, pretty nice coach for it's time...
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A dentist just posted an '83 Barth. I don't have the money but could be a good deal for someone. Vintage 1983 Barth Custom Built Motorhome
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We bought our '88 Winnie off EBay - seller was very nice, and we've been entirely happy with the MH - as for diesels, dunno about your tastes or expectations, but any "cheapie" diesel from the time period you specify, I wouldn't touch - they were usually underpowered, and if work is needed true money pits!
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The 80's Winnebago Super Chief RVs with the 454 chevy motor seem to have been liked by a lot of people. I guess that's why they have been in the movies.


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