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Old 06-17-2014, 08:16 AM   #15
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I test drove a '92 with torsialastic suspension when my parents were shopping. They drive and ride extremely well. For the passengers, they tend to loose perspective that they are rolling down the road. Something else that is nice is when you look underneath, the whole bottom is enclosed as one piece. Also there is no frame, so your basement storage is unobstructed. Just a lot of wide open space underneath. Now if you have the option, you can also at least look for the '94 and newer with the 6 speed.

As far as long term cost, Brett Wolf owned a '94 (I think). He has stated that his biggest expense over time was tires. Other than normal maintenance, he really did do anything to it. He also installed air tabs and was getting a little over 11 mpg long term average.
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Thanks for that additional information. I have read nothing but good things about Foretravel and would love to have the option of at least considering one when the time comes for us to buy our first MH (all towables to now).
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:36 PM   #17
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Walt ... I'll tell you right now, if your wife is not totally on board with you doing a restoration on a vintage RV ... you have an uphill struggle. You can overcome, with reading and learning about various mechanical "fixes", your status as a non-mechanic ... But you won't be able to do it without a cooperative spouse.

For me, I needed a helper for many of the tasks of restoration, even though I'm a fairly skilled mechanic, plumber, electrician, and all that stuff.

If you have the work space, I hope you can convince your wife to join the fun of restoring a vintage RV.
X2 on that.

If you want one where you most likely won't have to do much engine work keep your eyes peeled for a Mechanically injected diesel (pre-1998) if possible.
If they will do a cold start quickly, have no visible smoke, It will be in decent shape.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:27 PM   #18
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Thanks for the link, and thanks to Daveinet for the recommendation on Foretravel. I do like their coaches, and older one (early 90s) might be the way to go. One thing I like about FT, at least based on the pictures I've seen, is that a lot of the models (say mid-90s on at least) wouldn't look out of place next to the new coaches rolling out today.
I enjoy looking out of place!

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I enjoy looking out of place!

What's not to like? A classic that is built to last. It never does out of style.
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What's not to like? A classic that is built to last. It never does out of style.
Now if it were yellow...
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