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Old 06-22-2021, 02:44 PM   #15
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Hi all, we are in the market for our 1st RV. Looking for a short class A (ideally on a Workhorse chassis with the 8.1 motor and ideally,ideally with the Allison 5 spd trans) for under 20k and see 2002 Fleetwood Fiesta 26Y (no slides) on RVTrader listed for 17.8k.

There is a tag that says "Great Value" for the listing on RTV. I saw one on another listing that said "Price Negotiable" so I assume those tags are created by the seller?

Anyway, I know there aren't too many of these short class A's out there with this combo, even less fairly near us as this one is.

Anything I could learn from people who know more would be much appreciated. Is this a great value? We haven't been searching for too long yet so don't really have a good picture of the market.

Anything specific we should be looking for with this model? We'll be getting an inspection before buying if/when we get serious. Miles aren't listed so I assume that means high but it looks to be very clean and I'm very good with the mechanical stuff so addressing issues, other than total engine/transmission failure, doesn't throw me.
Hi. In my humble opinion Id opt for the Ford v10. More power and in my experience Chevies run hotter. As a Fleetwood owner, a couple times actually, its a good product weve been very happy with.
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Old 06-22-2021, 02:54 PM   #16
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We have a 2002 30 Fleetwood Flair on a Ford V-10 chassis. The 10 is a smooth power plant, but lacks the torque for mountain passes. Were happy overall, but when we lived in for 5 months we really regretted not getting a coach with slideouts. We found that for not much more money, we could have gotten the extra space that slides provide. I suggest you look at more than one unit and, like another reply to your post, pay attention to the condition of the coach. Good luck on your search.
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I appreciate the replies. We are definitely not getting anything with the narrow track front ends but probably going to end up on a P32 as the W series seem to be under longer and/or later model rigs than we're looking at.
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Old 06-23-2021, 07:18 AM   #18
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Our first coach was a smaller class A with a gas power plant. We learned in a hurry about what a struggle hills could be. We also learned about the value of just one slide and the extra room that gives you! You are getting some great feedback on this site so far and this site is a great resource for help on just about anything! When you have the inspection done I would recommend taking the coach to a mechanic and having the basic compression checks etc. done. On our first coach we ended up replacing the motor after 2 months.

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Old 06-23-2021, 12:00 PM   #19
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Fullmoon,
I know you are on the east coast, but you should check out "www.rightsiderv.com" in Salt Lake City, Utah for class "A" gassers.

Note; they don't get first pick at the auctions, but they are willing to "deal".
And if you are willing to tackle the minor issues that come with all used coaches, you may find what you are looking for. I DID !

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V10 Ford Engine

I have had 3 Motorhomes with the V10 Ford engine. I installed the 5 star tuning in the last 2 and it is amazing how quiet they run on the hills and how much less they over rev. More power running at less RPM. Just an option if the best unit for you has a Ford engine. The V10's are very reliable.
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Chargersrt8, ouch! Definitely don't want something like that to happen!

Flyer15015, thanks for the tip, I'll take a look.

Tlccan10, thanks, Yes, I have heard that the trans tune really helps.
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