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Old 02-25-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Shopping Class C's- Help please

I am helping my Sister/Brother in law with shopping for a Class C. Here is their criteria:

2008 or newer
Would like to stay in the $40k to $55k range
Preferably 1-2 slide
Want to be able to walk around the bed (enter/exit both sides)

I know this is very objectionable and can very greatly on personal opinion.
Thought maybe we could find out what to stay away from and what would be popular resale-able in a year when they are ready to get a Class A.

Do you have a recommendation?

Thanks, Dennis

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Old 02-25-2014, 08:55 AM   #2
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We purchased our 2007 Winnebago Outlook last year for 49999. It had 18,000 miles. We looked for 6 months and every report we found referenced the quality of the winnebago models. We have a walk around bed and upgraded package. Nice enough to be proud of, but not too pretty to get dirty.


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Old 02-25-2014, 11:04 AM   #3
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Took the wife and I five years of shows and visiting dealers before we made our purchase. Good news, right time of the year to start your/her journey.
We almost purchased a class A 30 days ago, fell through, but...
We have a Four winds 32" 2009, 11,000 miles with one slide, I was surprised that they would only give me 42,000 on the trade. There are deals to be made. If we/I were to do this again, I would look local papers.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:44 AM   #4
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We just got done with our six months shopping. Our advantage was this is our second and we knew exactly what we wanted, not what we thought we might want. You are ahead of the game if you know what you want and what you can live without when looking.

We did not want anything older than 2005 and I wanted an E450 chassis. We did not want slides but wanted a queen bed that was not sandwiched in the corner.
Our max length was 27' as that's the max length allowed for some places we like to camp. We almost bought new but a queen in a slide soured us. We wanted a bed that did not need the slide extended to use.

We got lucky and found a 2006 27' with no slides, a queen walk around, lots of storage, and only 17,000 miles with all the upgrades imcluding 6V GC batteries and everything else we wanted for just under $30,000 from a dealer. It was cleaner than many of the new and nearly new ones we looked at. It had a good set of Michelins on it but they are in the recall so I will be getting all new Michelins on it free. Had to drive to the next state to get it but saved ourselves $40,000 over what we were looking at in striped down new models without options.
I've been adding and changing out things like going to all LED lighting, adding a 150 psi compressor, moving the back-up camera, etc. Looking forward to using it within a month or so as soon as the salt is off the roads up here.

Shop around. There are good deals out there but you won't find them unless you know the minimum you want and what you can't live with. Be ready to buy with cash in hand when you find one. If it's that good a deal it won't sit long as the season is starting.

Just noticed they will be looking at a class A in a year or so. I would not buy a C now just to sell it in a year. If they have not used one, rent a C or an A a few times and then they will have a better idea of what they want in an A next year. Or, why get a C now and wait for the A? Just go for the A if they know that's what they want. Interest rates are low right now. They might not be next year when they want to upgrade.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:09 PM   #5
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Take a look at the Winnebago Access 26QP and/or the Itasca Impulse 26QP -- they are the same model, "sisters" as it were. A newer used unit should fit into their price range and meets all their other requirements. GREAT kitchen counter space too. We looked at one of these and were very impressed!
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:30 AM   #6
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Do you want a C with or without the cab over bed?
We went with a Winnebago Aspect. Never liked that cab over hang.

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