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Old 09-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Perfect used RV?

I am looking for a used RV for under $15,000. From my searches I have spent a lot of time chasing windmills and need some suggestions.
My Desires:
1) Ford v10 engine
2) interior woodwork that is more than fake paper glued to thin plywood
3) a fiberglass body with seams in less loaded areas and with a gelcoat not rubber roof.
4) not over 24 ft in length with a bed for two in the rear

Can anyone suggest a model and manufacture that meets my needs?

Thanks for any suggestions,
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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I guess I'm not an expert in "vintage rv's", but...
Ford started making the v10 (replacing the 460 v8) around 1998.
At that time, only the most expensive motorhomes has roof's that were not made of rubber.
Very few class A's were that small, most were 30 feet or more.
C's often still had trailer style "corrugated" metal sides.
Seams were in the corners, the most highly stressed part...
To this day, only very expensive RV's have solid wood cabinetry...

it's just how it is/was...

For 15k, look for a 1995, 460 powered class C with a rubber roof.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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Under 24ft would probably be a class C and I can't think of any with a fiberglass roof. Winnebago made most of their class A's with a fiberglass roof I had a 1995 suncruiser but it had a 454 chevrolet.
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I am looking for a used RV for under $15,000. From my searches I have spent a lot of time chasing windmills and need some suggestions.
My Desires:
1) Ford v10 engine
2) interior woodwork that is more than fake paper glued to thin plywood
3) a fiberglass body with seams in less loaded areas and with a gelcoat not rubber roof.
4) not over 24 ft in length with a bed for two in the rear

Can anyone suggest a model and manufacture that meets my needs?

Thanks for any suggestions,
Mark
I just spent 118 K and I all I got on your list was the V10. But my rig is 33 foot. But I got the fake paper glued to thin plywood and the rubber roof. 2013 Baystar by Newmar that came with a coolant leak! For your budget it will be impossible to meet your criteria. I think jimM68 has pretty much narrowed it down to what you can find in your price range.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #5
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Ours is 27', with fiberglass body including roof. But they are few and far between, (rare) and only a 350 chevy which does us fine, for now... Can't complain cruising over 60 mph getting average 13 mpg though...
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:01 PM   #6
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We had a 1995 Winnebago that had everything you are looking for except the V10. With a 24 foot RV you shouldn't need more than the V8 I would think. We took it with three adults and two 85 pound children towing a 2003 Honda Odyssey on a dolly to Yellowstone this summer and it did fine. Actually ours was 27 feet. At 24 feet you will be hard pressed to find a rear bed.

BTW, why 24 feet? Can you go a little bigger?
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Tiffin, Georgie Boy, Monaco, Damon... early 90s vintage. Finding a "shorty"... good luck.
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Class C = cramped
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That is a lot of wishing and a very small window to look in, especially for the money. I suggest you get out to some dealers and see what is out there. I cannot think of a single thing.

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Check out this dealer. They get a lot of consignments in. I doubt you will find what your desires are.

Used RVs, Motorhomes for Sale, and Consigned sales - PPL Motor Homes

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:43 PM   #10
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My first motorhome was a 24' Class C. It had a rear bed for two but was in the corner so there was alot of crawling in and out. The other corner was the narrow bathroom. This is a common Class C layout. Looked like this . . .



As others have stated, you may have narrowed your search parameters to zero results.

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Mark, your asking for an awful lot . There may be something close, but not perfect. To get a walk around bed in the rear, you'll probably be closer to at least 28' in length. Seems as though you'll have to expand on your wish list a bit more.
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If you can work with just a bit more length, our Rexhall Vision 26 is 27' 4" bumper to bumper. It has a walk around queen, and great space for 2 people. It does have a rubber roof, though. Ours is a 2002, but you might be able to find one a few years older in your price range.

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The roof thing might be hard....if you can get past that, and just deal with having a rubber roof, you're prospects might increase

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We must have scared the OP off. He made the one post and hasn't been back.
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