Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > Vintage RV's
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-15-2013, 10:27 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
MattC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 459
Jarog,

We currently have a 40yo coach. We have put over 5k miles on it this year. If you pay attention to the things that age out (all rubber parts, brake fluid and coolant), there is no reason at all that what you have cannot be a roadworthy and dependable coach.

Yes, I have work to do on it all the time, but it is 40yo and paid for. Just don't think about what it costs to do the job right (buy the good stuff and the right tools) and think about the payments you aren't making.

We would travel more, but on a fixed income and 4+$/gal gas, our lives are pretty severely restricted. Too bad that what I worked for had to get "redistributed" to people that made more per hour than I did.

Matt
__________________

__________________
A lifelong waterman and his bride going dry places for as long as the fuel money lasts.
MattC is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #16
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2
I just bought and have yet to pick up a 1994 Mitchell Vogue Prima Vista. The purchase was made with the singular intention of circumnavigating the lower 48 this fall.
__________________

__________________
94 Vogue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
vman60's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 178
To be able to enjoy it without having to always pour money into it. With it only having 36k on the clock and having gone through it doesn't seem that will be a problem for a while. I have an enclosed trailer that I put my chopper and cruiser in and just like to take some time to enjoy lifes many pleasures. I have a house on a lake at the lake of the ozarks with a champion bass boat and a mariah cruiser, but thats for my weekend get aways. Being in the coach and traveling is a great exspierance that everyone should enjoy.http://http://http://http://
__________________
1988 Fleetwood 34ft
Way to many toys to list
1 Angry Fawn male chihuahua
vman60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 08:26 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
MattC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 459
Quote:
Originally Posted by 94 Vogue View Post
I just bought and have yet to pick up a 1994 Mitchell Vogue Prima Vista. The purchase was made with the singular intention of circumnavigating the lower 48 this fall.
Well Mitchell,

I don't very much care what your intentions are and neither does the universe. Your plan is just a tad optimistic.

If you go from Savannah to DC, to NYC, to Augusta,ME, to Cleveland, to Chicago, Mlps/St Paul, to Bismark, to Yellowstone, to Seattle, to Sacramento, to San Diego, San Antonio, NOLA to Jacksonville and end again in Savannah, you will have covered about 8000+ Miles. If you drive 500 miles a day, that is 16 road days and you haven't had a break or stopped to look at anything.

If you are doing this in the fall, remember that winter comer early at the high latitudes and elevations. There is usually snow in Yellowstone in September.

When forced, we can to two or three 500 miles days, but we have two drivers and a coach that is very comfortable to drive. 250~300 is much more realistic. We regularly do 2~3k excursions. If you want to see anything (and there is a lot to see everywhere) I suggest that you start working on the plan as soon as you can.

I had planned an excursion much like this, but it was planned for two months on the road and then my investments were taken from me and fuel prices doubled so there went that (among other) dreams that were to be to be the reward for working my butt of for fifty years. Now, we can't afford half the fuel cost we planned and that only buys half the fuel. I hope your plans work better.

I suggest that you buy your own copy of Street Alas or Strips and Treets and get planning early.

Matt
__________________
A lifelong waterman and his bride going dry places for as long as the fuel money lasts.
MattC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 12:34 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: VillaRica, GA
Posts: 126
I just got back from a 2000K trip up north to Muskegon Mi. The rig did excellent! I have been vindicated! I think I have now shut up some of the Nay Sayers. I had very little issue with the rig at all. it performed better than should be expected for an RV 27 years old. DW and I stayed it in exclusively (no motels) for 12 days and found it to be very comfortable. I got an amazing 9.5 to 10 MPG.
One of my favorite moments occurred in Northern Kentucky at a rest stop. After a long day of driving I was getting pretty sleepy. Could hardly hold open my eyes. When I spotted the sign for the rest stop an idea hit me. I whipped it in a parking spot, fired up the genie , put on a pot of coffee , and proceeded to take a cool shower to get my eyes open. By the time I was dressed again the coffee was ready and I was back on the road feeling like a new man. Can do that in your SUV!! LOL!!
Think I am really going to get into this RV lifestyle.
__________________
Jarog
1986 Itasca sunflyer, chevy 454 p-30 chasis
Jarog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 01:00 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Spokane Valley WA
Posts: 323
Pre-owned rv's are just fine. The only issues might be maintenance by previous owners, lack of owners manuals for coach and appliances (retrievable on line usually), and cosmetic items.

Good advice about checking (before buying) the 'rubber' parts. We bought a lightly used (read here: been sitting) '91 Pace Arrow, a couple of years ago. Among many of the issues was front bushings which was a $5000 surprise. It also needed a new refrigerator.... Anyway, check it carefully or have it inspected, make sure everything works, plan to take care of things that might crop up (this can happen on new, or nearly new rv's too). Camp in your own driveway once, then a short shakedown run to a nearby campground or lake, once you feel you've got everything you need on board, have found any idiosyncrasies, take off and have fun.

BTW, we sold the PA to our son - it has no problems (thanks to $$$$ on our part), because DH wanted a diesel...LOL

JoAnn
__________________
ka7suz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2013, 02:25 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
Gary - K7GLD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,696
Quote:
Originally Posted by 94 Vogue View Post
I just bought and have yet to pick up a 1994 Mitchell Vogue Prima Vista. The purchase was made with the singular intention of circumnavigating the lower 48 this fall.
UNlike the earlier nay-sayer who rained on your parade, the "Fall" season is considerably LONGER than 16 days, and yours is an enviable plan that is entirely do-able with decent planning of route. The Fall season in the south western parts of the USA are pretty stable and long-lasting, compared to the north eastern states, where the colder temps really make spectacular viewing.

Rough guess, if you have the time, is 2 months, perhaps mid-august to mid October - and planning the route that favors weather conditions for the specific areas you are most interested in - have a GREAT trip!
__________________
John Day....|'88 Winnebago Super Chief 27ft. Class A
Eastern .....|'88 KIT model 240 24 ft. 5er
Oregon ......|'02 Dodge/Cummins 2500 Quad Cab
Gary - K7GLD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2013, 03:05 PM   #22
Registered User
 
mel s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 8,777
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jarog View Post
I realize as I ask this question that there are many variables to consider, However, I am going to ask anyway. What kind of service can you expect from a 20+ yr old RV? I mean, Is there any one out there that are taking these things on 3K or 6K adventures? Or do most of them get resigned to shorter more local duties? AGAIN. I know its relative to the condition of your RV. I ask because I recently purchased an 1985 26' Itasca which looked to be in good working order until the first trip out. I have had many diffaculties, but no big deal because im a fairly capable mechanic with a shop full of tools. I fully expected to have some problems during the initial "SHAKE DOWN" period after purchasing it, due to the number of years it sat without use. It was purchased to "hopefully" make the trip to Sturgis, South Dakato every summer from Atlanta Ga (about 3K mi round trip). My friends think im off my rocker when I explain what I want to do. Anyone here want to weigh in on this topic?
My coach may not be "vintage" but it is 17 years old.
It has had it's share of problems, (none major).
Maintenance and repairs do get expensive, and I sometimes wonder if we
would have saved money if we would have "traded up" some years ago!

We are occasionally using it this summer..... for short, (100-200mile), camping trips.
We plan to take on our 10th annual 3 month winter trip from WI through IL, MO, AR, LA, TX, OK, NM, AZ, CA, and back to WI through OK and MN.

Mel
'96 Safari Sahara, (new to me in 2001, w/ 27k miles)
now @ 132k miles, (105k mine)
__________________
mel s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #23
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Arizona
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jarog View Post
I just got back from a 2000K trip up north to Muskegon Mi. The rig did excellent! I have been vindicated! I think I have now shut up some of the Nay Sayers. I had very little issue with the rig at all. it performed better than should be expected for an RV 27 years old. DW and I stayed it in exclusively (no motels) for 12 days and found it to be very comfortable. I got an amazing 9.5 to 10 MPG.
One of my favorite moments occurred in Northern Kentucky at a rest stop. After a long day of driving I was getting pretty sleepy. Could hardly hold open my eyes. When I spotted the sign for the rest stop an idea hit me. I whipped it in a parking spot, fired up the genie , put on a pot of coffee , and proceeded to take a cool shower to get my eyes open. By the time I was dressed again the coffee was ready and I was back on the road feeling like a new man. Can do that in your SUV!! LOL!!
Think I am really going to get into this RV lifestyle.
Glad to hear you had an enjoyable trip. Nothing wrong with older units if you have the skills and ability to manage the repairs and mitigate the potential risks. The drive trains in these units are usually made by GM/Ford using engines and such that have proven track records in the commercial industry. Parts are usually easy to come by and the lack of a main computer that controls everything is sometimes a blessing.

Keep us informed on how things are going with your new toy.
__________________
Alsdas88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 09:43 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
MattC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 459
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jarog View Post
I just got back from a 2000K trip up north to Muskegon Mi. The rig did excellent! I have been vindicated! I think I have now shut up some of the Nay Sayers. I had very little issue with the rig at all. it performed better than should be expected for an RV 27 years old. DW and I stayed it in exclusively (no motels) for 12 days and found it to be very comfortable. I got an amazing 9.5 to 10 MPG.
One of my favorite moments occurred in Northern Kentucky at a rest stop. After a long day of driving I was getting pretty sleepy. Could hardly hold open my eyes. When I spotted the sign for the rest stop an idea hit me. I whipped it in a parking spot, fired up the genie , put on a pot of coffee , and proceeded to take a cool shower to get my eyes open. By the time I was dressed again the coffee was ready and I was back on the road feeling like a new man. Can do that in your SUV!! LOL!!
Think I am really going to get into this RV lifestyle.
¿¿Why do you think everybody here loves traveling by MH??
And, 2000 miles in 12 days is about the right amount. The idea of traveling is to see and do things other than more highway.
Matt
__________________

__________________
A lifelong waterman and his bride going dry places for as long as the fuel money lasts.
MattC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rvs, vintage



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Use of Olympic Wave Catalytic Heaters in RVs bobinyelm RV Systems & Appliances 17 01-08-2016 07:55 AM
State says it's after owners of RVs who've dodged sales tax Paul "Sully" Sullivan Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 63 11-30-2011 01:14 PM
Why are most RV's white? Always-RVing iRV2.com General Discussion 23 06-08-2010 08:54 PM
Texas non-CDL requirements for RVs chasfm11 iRV2.com General Discussion 57 04-01-2010 07:40 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.