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Old 12-29-2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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Purchase question

Happy New Year everyone. Looks like DW and me are going to be fulltiming in 18 months or so as opposed to the 36 we previous thought . With all of your hindsight and expertise, which used class C MH would you likely purchase if you had $40-50,000 cash in hand? This forum has been a God send for us, thank you.
I'll be posting this question in a few other forums as well. (I really like the looks of the Phoenix Cruiser)
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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BobinMN to each his own. But I would be looking at gas powered class A's for fultiming. There are some very nice low mileage 32-36' class A's about 4-5 years old with slides out there for that kind of money. You don't loose as much living space as you do in the class C.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:25 AM   #3
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Welcome and congratulations on the changes headed your way!

Sorry for not answering your question directly but I too would be looking at Class A coaches for full timing. The question of gas vs diesel is another can of worms but Class A is a more popular choice for full timers.

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Old 12-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #4
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We've gone the C route and the A route and I would agree with all the above. More living space, more storage space, and a better ride overall.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:10 PM   #5
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Going "cash" is the way to go.....I have 5-6 years to go and would never think about taking out a loan for a RV, once in retirement..."Cash is King"....

So what can Bob in MN. find in the 40k to 50k range....?
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:11 PM   #6
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You will notice that all the answers you have received recommending that you consider a class A come from class A owners, and I have to recommend the same. However, to answer your question if I were looking for a class C it would be a Born Free.
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:58 PM   #7
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Just to be clear, get what you want to get, but remember, if you do it's harder to come out financially if your 1st choice doesn't work for fulltiming. Trading it off for a larger unit will be impossible for you to recoup half of the original investment. What I'd recommend is to take a look at what you will be taking with you as you fulltime. Compare that "pile of stuff" to the storage and weight ability of the rig you are considering. Some other considerations:1. Are you keeping your home? If so how often will you return? 2. Are you going to store belongings in a storage unit somewhere?
We looked at a C class when we first started looking. Then we looked at A classes and realized the extra room was what we needed. We lucked out when we found our DP for the price we paid. That said, we renovated and improved almost everything before we started fulltiming.
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We looked for a C because we have 4 kids and didn't want to remake a couch bed every day. It also has bunks. We also needed something diesel and with a 10,000lb towing capacity.

Its only 36' but with 2 large slides its plenty, but cost more than your budget. You can find very reasonably priced Used Class c's with slides though. They are definitely out there!

Edit: sorry misread the question. I went with Gulfstream. So far the experience hasn't been too bad.
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Hi BobinMN,
I know of an 04 Newmar Mountain Aire Gas coach, low mileage, professionally maintained and in excellent condition that is for sale in your price range. It is a Florida coach being sold for health reasons. If you would like more information, PM or email me..
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:24 PM   #10
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Go to an RV lot, park an "A" and a "C" side by side and spend a few hours in both of them. Open all of the storage compartments up and think about all of the stuff you will take with you. Really get a feel for the interior, slides in and out. Visualize yourselves on the road, for days and days, months and months in rest stops and campgrounds. Think about the comfort you need in good weather and bad weather. If you are going to tow a car, make sure you purchase a coach that can handle the load. The "A" is the way to go unless you can afford a Super C.
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For full timing, I'd go with a class A. actually, I prefer a 5th wheel and truck over all of them for long term use. We lived in a 34' motorhome for over 4 months and then a 36.5' 5th wheel for 51 weeks. The 5er wins hand down.

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Old 12-29-2010, 08:29 PM   #12
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We have very good friends that bought a Winnebago 1999 DP 35' a year ago for 32,000. It has run great for them. One slide. With more money you can get something better than that. There are a bunch of Safari's for sale in your price range that are big, simple, and sturdy.
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Lets see 11 responses and not one recommends a class C. Is that a clue.
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I really miss our Class C. We had a favorite fishing spot at Levitt Meadows California. Our latest "A" wont fit. Wish I had a do-over.


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