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Old 03-07-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hi there everyone! I need LOTS of recommendations!

I am a horse person and am considering a motorhome so that my husband can enjoy going with me. The living quarters of our horse trailer, though nice, are a bit claustrophobic for him.

Thinking of a deisel pusher, and want to know which brands hold their value well and give good service. Want to know opinions of buying new lesser quality versus used higher quality. Do not have hundreds of thousands to spend on this venture!

Hoping you will share your experience with me!
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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I tow a large horse trailer with my Diesel pusher and it works very well. Right now you can get great buys on used Motorhomes. Wether you get gas or diesel alot depends on how far you tow and are there alot of hills or mountains. I have posted a website that will give you a good idea of how much used Motorhomes are going for. These people have great prices. I have bought from them before. Good luck.

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Thank you for the info and the link.

Did you have to do anything different to your trailer hitch? Wondered if ride in trailer would be rough when hooked to coach.

I go from Florida to Fort Worth, TX. avout 4 times a year, otherwise travel will be limited to 3 to 8 hour drives in country that is not hilly.
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In addition to great buys on used MHs, as noted by Chuck 1935, you can also get great buys on new MHs. The mark up is pretty high, and they are coming way down to move them.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:42 PM   #5
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So that brings me back to the question...entry level new deisel pusher or higher quality used???
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:59 PM   #6
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I may be biased since I have a 1997 diesel pusher but my recommendation would be an older, mid 1990s to very low 2000s, high quality unit. Examples, Country Coach Concept, Affinity or Magna; Monaco Signature, Executive or Dynasty; Beaver Marquis; Foretravel U320. They are all top of line MHs and not cheap when new. They can be had today for a fraction of the original MSRP. I'm talking $60K plus or minus. Don't be put off by the asking price.

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Thank you for the info and the link.

Did you have to do anything different to your trailer hitch? Wondered if ride in trailer would be rough when hooked to coach.

I go from Florida to Fort Worth, TX. avout 4 times a year, otherwise travel will be limited to 3 to 8 hour drives in country that is not hilly.
I use the hitch that came with the Motorhom. Just make sure it is rated to pull your trailer. As for the ride in the trailer, it should ride just fine although a Diesel should ride a bit smoother due to the weight of the engine being in the rear.
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I'd look at used, several years old of better quality.

If you are bringing a single horse, in a lighter aluminum trailer, say 4000 lbs or less, I might consider a gas RV per your travel guidelines. Some nice 30 -35 footers out there.

If bringing 2 or more animals and a larger trailer, go with a diesel pusher for power, braking and ride.

If you ride percherons, get a BIG RV.
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Thank all of you for your help! Will let you know what we are able to find! Thanks again!
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I see you are in FL. Try Lazy Days in Tampa/St. Pete area. Huge dealership with many satisified customers.

In my opinion you can get a used luxury coach in the 2000-2003 year range for 100-130K. Since you are new to RVing I suggest you get someone that knows about MH systems to help you. Shouldn't be hard to find some snowbirds that are more than willing to help.

I would like to recommend you look at the American Coach if you want a quality built product. Be careful, some mfg are out of business and service may be an issue with some.

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Would the Dp exhaust not choke a horse?
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Have not pulled anything live behind me. But have seen many DPs with horse trailer behind. They looked like they did fine.

The exhaust is generally ported to the right rear discharging down and away from the MH. Even in motion, it doesn't look like the fumes would blow back in the trailer.

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Some friends have an Allegro Bus and tow a horse trailer out West.

I would definitely recommend used high end vs new low end. You get more for the buck and better quality components too.
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