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Old 10-11-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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1985-89 Hawkins versus 1989 Fleetwood Limited

Looking to start RVing in Mexico and plan to be in Tropics with a class A for up to ten years. Think that an solid wood interior will help slow down the critter that eat other materials. Looking at Hawkins or Fleetwood Limited for the solid wood cabinetry. Need strong chasis for occasional (haha) bumpy roads in Mexico. Budget weak at about 8k including new tires if I have to buy them. Other suggestions welcome. 33-36 length desired.

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome. Wish I could make a good recommendation for you, but there are a lot of variables. Frankly, your budget sounds a bit tight because sometimes a set of tires can cost $3,000 or more. Good luck.

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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I am a bit biased to Hawkins since I own one. I know nothing about the Fleetwoods of that era. Keep in mind that Hawkins no longer exists and if you get one on a John-Deere chassis, they no longer make RV chassis. Freightliner actually owns the chassis rights as of now and some parts are available through them. Seems like the hardest parts to get ahold of are brake rotors.

There is a Hawkins club page with links to owners manuals and schematics. Hawkins used brand name systems and I have not had any problem locating parts or manuals for anything on this coach. It is built very sturdy. Make sure which ever way you go, to thoroughly inspect everything!
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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My vote would be for the Hawkins. My neighbor has a 92 and it's one fine quality coach. Too bad they're no longer being built.
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