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Hackercraft 10-10-2019 08:33 PM

We have a 2004 National Sea Breeze gas 34 and have never been questioned about the age of our coach. National built a high end coach and that may be a part of the reason as we keep it up and clean and polished. The appearance of the coach that you get will go a long way both in your pride and the way you are treated.

Johnny Bravo 10-10-2019 11:45 PM

My rig is 20 years old as well. While I haven't done a lot of RV parks I did one last week in Vegas. They did asl what year my rid was, but once they saw it wasn't 't trashed they let me in no problem.

Piros1 10-11-2019 12:09 AM

My coach is a 2005 Country Coach and have never been turned away due to age. Only time I have had issues is when the park is full. Most dont believe it is as old as it until I tell them.

Richnewman 10-11-2019 03:47 AM

We have a 2001 Tiffin Bus 40. We purchased it a year ago and we have spent the last year adding new tires, batteries, belts, oil and fuel filters, brake pads, and several other gotcha items. All I can say is check the records on the coach if you can. Who ever had ours did little maintenance on it.

Hopefully were good to go and were headed to Florida from Michigan next spring. We did about 26 days of camping in Michigan at three different parks, some with 10 year rules and had no problems. I went DP for ride and dependability. Wish us luck on our next longer journey. Enjoy your new old DP.

Jy001 10-11-2019 05:43 AM

Restored 1993 Foretravel GV here... we've never had a problem.

That said, we tend to stay away from parks like that.

tlgood 10-11-2019 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Phillieagle (Post 4979700)
I am new to the group and looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome. My wife and I want to travel the US for 12 to 18 months after we retire. We have been looking at many different motor homes and like the Tiffin homes. Our question is we have read and been told many campgrounds do not let Coaches in that are over 10 years old. To get into a Diesel we would probably be looking at coaches that are 10 or more when we actually start traveling. We have found a coach that we like and can afford of the 2013 vintage. Of course with Gas we could get into a newer coach. What are experiences of this 10 year rule. Thanks

When we started looking at going on the road for our business, I quickly noticed the massive differences in the build of many of the DP motorhomes vs many of the gas ones. I was very tempted to go newer but decided to go backward a few years instead. We ended up with a 2005 Holiday Rambler Ambassador which had about 43000 miles on it, had LOTS of maintenance records and was very clean. The owner told me the good and bad and I appreciate that! It's been a great experience but just understand that with an older coach, you'll just have to be prepared for doing some repairs. We have put on a new AC, just replaced the refrigerator cooling unit (YEAH for JC Refrigeration!!) and a new inverter in the last 2 years. But all of this will last for MANY more years and I'm still WAY in the black vs buying a new coach. By the way, you won't go wrong with a well maintained Tiffin. Check the roof and chassis maint. Just my thoughts.

BruceDeville 10-11-2019 09:17 AM

My "new" motorhome is a 2000 model. Yes some upscale RV Resort type parks do get picky. For my life style I would never stay in one of those types of parks. They usually have a list of all the things you cannot do and it out numbers the list of things you can do. Federal and state camp grounds never have age restrictions. I did stay in one park in the Dallas area that was motorhome "age" restricted. We call them and they said no problem.

So your life style will really be the key factor in your decision.
Bruce Deville
KE5CPL
Shreveport, Louisiana

Bo233 10-11-2019 09:46 AM

I say if they don't want you RV they don't want your money. If they don't like my rig then they really will not like me.

Diesel-Lover 10-11-2019 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Richnewman (Post 4992225)
We have a 2001 Tiffin Bus 40. We purchased it a year ago and we have spent the last year adding new tires, batteries, belts, oil and fuel filters, brake pads, and several other gotcha items. All I can say is check the records on the coach if you can. Who ever had ours did little maintenance on it.

Hopefully were good to go and were headed to Florida from Michigan next spring. We did about 26 days of camping in Michigan at three different parks, some with 10 year rules and had no problems. I went DP for ride and dependability. Wish us luck on our next longer journey. Enjoy your new old DP.


Well look at the bright side, many are blessed with new coaches at a quarter of a million or more and have to spend lots of energy and time taking care of tons of issues, it may be under warranty but the pain and suffering as well as the depreciation well it adds up more than the cost of upfitting a coach with fresh wear and tear items many times, as you know now you have the warranty on those items and repairs in your pocket as well as the peace of mind.


Enjoy the coach, sing like no one is listening while driving (buy the wife noise cancelling headphones first). And stop before the cop walks up to the window!



There is a bright side to all situations most of the time eh.

Mr.Mark 10-11-2019 10:08 AM

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Originally Posted by tcg (Post 4980804)
Never will understand why the misfortune of others is amusing.


I don't think the video is showing amusement at the misfortune of others. This video is showing the lack of safety to the others on the road!!!

This guy doesn't even have a full set of rear lights, and, dragging on the road??? If the rear cap were to fall off and come through your windshield killing you or your passenger, then you will understand the safety aspect.

This vehicle should not be on the road.

Safe travels,
Mark

RussLatimer 10-11-2019 01:35 PM

10 Year Old Coaches
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phillieagle (Post 4979700)
I am new to the group and looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome. My wife and I want to travel the US for 12 to 18 months after we retire. We have been looking at many different motor homes and like the Tiffin homes. Our question is we have read and been told many campgrounds do not let Coaches in that are over 10 years old. To get into a Diesel we would probably be looking at coaches that are 10 or more when we actually start traveling. We have found a coach that we like and can afford of the 2013 vintage. Of course with Gas we could get into a newer coach. What are experiences of this 10 year rule. Thanks

We may be a real exception. We have a 1993 Bounder 32' purchased new with 34K miles. We keep it clean, waxed and looking new and have never had a problem. However .... we have not traveled extensively throughout the US. I think keeping your rig looking good is the secret.

JorgeJoselyn 10-11-2019 05:15 PM

10 year RuleY
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phillieagle (Post 4979700)
I am new to the group and looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome. My wife and I want to travel the US for 12 to 18 months after we retire. We have been looking at many different motor homes and like the Tiffin homes. Our question is we have read and been told many campgrounds do not let Coaches in that are over 10 years old. To get into a Diesel we would probably be looking at coaches that are 10 or more when we actually start traveling. We have found a coach that we like and can afford of the 2013 vintage. Of course with Gas we could get into a newer coach. What are experiences of this 10 year rule. Thanks

We have a 2007 Alfa diesel motor home and have never encountered this 10 year old rule. I believe that our home is well kept and hope to have it for at least ten more years. If there is a campground that does not want us do to the age of the coach, I will never return and will spread the word to all my camper friends not to use the campground. It is ridiculous that you would have to invest thousands of dollars just to keep others happy. I will tell you that our goal is to visit all the National Parks and stay a week in each one of them. So far, not once have we been denied access to any campground based on the age of the coach. Tiffins are great coaches and the company is well respected by all of us. Enjoy your time with a coach that you can afford without worrying about the age of the coach. Hope to see you in a camping area someday.

Jorge and Joselyn

Trippinonit 10-11-2019 05:32 PM

Ive had issues with parks in Texas. 10 year rule was strictly enforced. I have a beautiful 07 Sportscoach. Most places in Florida ask for pics. Never had a problem there. Parks in Austin in particular are pains in the butt!!

Jimbmann 10-12-2019 05:31 AM

Stop and think about it, if you owned a park, what would you be looking for? you don't want someone dragging in a canned ham dirtier than hell, twenty-nine thousand kids hanging out of the window, a ragged out p/u truck, and the driver looks like he or she has not had a shower in two weeks. If the camper was clean, p/u truck looked nice, kids well behaved, parents decent, probably wouldn't be a issue.


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