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Old 07-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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First time buyer has questions

Hi all!
Really new newbie here. We have decided to make the leap and have been looking at getting a good used Class C. We have looked at a few at the local dealers (Albuquerque) and a lot online and have decided that a Winnebago Outlook 31C is real attractive. The wife really likes the kitchen with its big counter and I like the fact that Winnebago has built more than a few over the years with a pretty good track record.

Specifically we've seen a couple of 2007s with less than 20k miles for around $49k. Seems like a decent price for a pretty good RV. But, it's hard to get impartial advice from the dealers so I wanted to throw a couple of questions out here if anybody wants to opine.

1. Is there a high and low season on pricing of RVs, especially here in the Southwest? Is supply and pricing better in the Winter for instance, or worse?
2. I've seen both the Chevy and the Ford chassis on this model, what's the difference?

I've got a lot more questions, but I'll start with these and hope that someone has the patience to help out a rank beginner!

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Old 07-09-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Several threads here on pricing and buying, suggest to use the search feature to find them.

Ford vs. Chevy - lots of opinions either way. Find the floor plan you like and ensure the coach is in good condition and the price is right, and don't worry about whether Ford or Chevy.

NADA price guide can help - in my experience of buying last year I found most coaches selling at low retail or below.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your decision to get a motorhome.

I'm not super experienced, but I'd say Winnebago is a good choice. They've withstood the test of time for many years and they're still around. That's gotta say something for the way they do business.
As far as Chevrolet or Ford. Tough choice there. When we were in the market, we also considered a class C. One of my clients is a 3rd party company that does maintenance on one of our cities bus lines and they run the buses that resemble class C's. A couple of years ago they were in a transition of phasing out their Fords for Chevrolet's. Probably a bid process. I spoke to a couple of the mechanics and they said they'd choose Chevrolet over Ford. That could have been a case of the Fords being older and the Chevy's being newer and less prone to age related repairs.

Me personally. I'd choose a Chevy with a big 8.1 V8 over a Ford with a V10.
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