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Old 02-16-2015, 06:56 PM   #29
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Back to the subject of vintage rv's,,, (yes I agree with those who say excess speed is wrong in an rv),, we like our 95 Europa,,, for the most part... It is built very well, solid, but it's our first rv,,, hopefully not our last.... We have learned many things that don't work for us, some that do... The 350 Chevy is underpowered,, but gets great gas mileage... average of 12-13 mpg @ 62-65 mph.. BUT I wouldn't want a toad behind it... Next we've learned, is it is just too small for us... 27' is not the problem, a slide or two would fix everything... (Great Danes take up space,,,) I have done most all my own work on it, which has been minimal.. (90K+ miles) 2600 miles to AZ and back uses maybe a 1/2 qt of oil. And like some have said,,, it's paid for and still shines like a new penny !! I keep it clean, tires done, (won't open another can of worms but they look good) ,,, and I would not hesitate to take off cross country "again" right now...
In our future I'd like a new pickup to replace my GC Jeep, and a TT ... We'll see how things go...
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:15 PM   #30
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One thing about vintage RVs I like it's a buyers market you can find what you want.... The hardest part is figuring out what ya want ! I like the looks of the old Foretravels and pre 90 beavers .....
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:59 AM   #31
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We love our Barth. Solid as a rock. It has its quirks because it's 25 years old. I nearly traded for a newer MH but feared buyer's remorse, which probably would have turned into depression.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:53 AM   #32
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I have the means to buy a new coach but I lack the desire! Old coach meets our needs. If it ever becomes mechanically unreliable or worn out I may rethink my position; however, I beleive our allegro bus will continue to provide yeoman service and the freightliner chassis has may 100000s of miles left in it
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:53 AM   #33
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I agree about the twin beds, one of the reasons we hang on to our '93 Bounder. Each of our beds are right against the bedroom windows and we can get out of bed without disturbing the other. We like the large windows in the bedroom for ventilation and viewing and often lounge there and read during the day time. Bedroom windows over the years gradually shrunk and disappeared until we felt like we were entering a sarcaphagus.
We could very easily afford a new rv, but have not seen anything that has offered enough to overcome the pleasure of saving over a 100k and the satisfaction of keeping the old rig running, with our own hands.
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:19 PM   #34
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I think mine is past Vintage.!!!
But if I sold the S&B, I could afford a newer not "brand new" but newer. I like what we have, Parts are available for her. She has only let us down once and that was the first trip 5 years ago. The appliances still work one way or the other. (knock on wood) I have 3 heat's and 3 cooling way's of heating and cooling. I have Hot water when ever we stop, (off MH Motor).
I don't think I can find these options now a day's.
I'll keep her,
She's ready to go when I am. We are a lot alike "Old but not ready to be thrown away"
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:45 AM   #35
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Moving from the 95 Dolphin to a 90-92 Monaco. I can't wait to make the transition. I'm hoping to be full timing by June 2016 so I've got to get on the ball to make things happen.

VINTAGE full timing! Yeehaw!
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:43 PM   #36
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Our 1999 Airstream 34' Excella Widebody (8.5' wide), is great! We have done mods and repairs but it is quite road/camp worthy. New it was around $90k...

Here it is with Rusty the Wander Dawg!
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Our 1999 Airstream 34' Excella Widebody (8.5' wide), is great! We have done mods and repairs but it is quite road/camp worthy. New it was around $90k...

Here it is with Rusty the Wander Dawg!
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Old 03-15-2015, 01:44 AM   #38
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If a trailer fit our needs, both wife & I agree, we would purchase an Airstream. Beautiful inside and out and all that wonderful glass to enjoy the view. We recently went to an airstream dealer just to drink in all the beauty and good construction of those rigs. Yours is very nice.
Way back in 1972 a friend & I still in our teens, were driving around the industrial area of Seattle in my '70 Cuda and saw a 1936 Clipper Airstream for sale. Even though rv's were the last thing on our minds we had to stop just to look at the trailer. The Clipper was all original inside and out, right down to the military style wheels and in great shape. Even at that age we recognized something special and wished we could buy it. We still talk about the trailer we saw that day.
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I've owned a 1999 gas class A, and my current diesel pusher.
Two things I've found. Some manufacturers know how to balance a coach, some dont. My '99 gas coach, there was no way of getting close to 1,000lb of max gross front axle weight. Overloading the back 2 axles was easy! My current diesel, fuel tank, water tank, boiler, right behind front axle. Weight....... Perfect!
2nd, Waste tankage! My '99 had 100gal fresh... 50gal black.... 50gal grey.
New coach, smarter 100gal fresh... 45gal black.... 70gal grey.

Not trying to put you guys that like your older models down. Just saying some important things that "some" manufacturers did over the years
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Yeah my old
95 Monaco has 90gal fresh 60 gray 30 black and 130 fuel ... Works good for us..
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We almost bought a 2004 Winnebago 2 months ago. Decided to not get it because we figured we needed to be a bit better prepared to bring it home. Driveway, storage area, learn a bit more about this whole field of RVing.


I have still been looking because I have the RVing bug real bad. I keep second guessing myself over and over again about not buying the Winnie. I still think it was the right move, but it still bites.


I have been looking at older rigs than the 2004. There are some really nice rigs out there that are older. It is just finding the right one. Figured we would buy "The" rig the first time out and only ever buy just the one but have been reconsidering that. I might get an older one right now and then when I retire get one that will be the forever rig.


Just really want to get out there on the road.
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There are some really nice older high dollar rigs out there, But it's work to beating the dealers to them first and I'd just try to buy from the owner... I've hesitated and missed some really nice rigs one Beaver I'll never forget ... LOL but there are good ones out there...
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