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Old 09-23-2021, 02:58 PM   #1
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Older U320 - good/bad idea?

Weve been full timing for 14 years, last 3 in a 45ft Entegra. Time to get of the road so we have the Entegra up for sale. But dont think we can give up on traveling part time so we thought wed buy a pickup and a smallish trailer.

But then I see for more or less the same price I could get a 1999 Foretravel U320 in what appears to be in good shape for the same or less than a truck/trailer. And it comes with stuff we like, Aquahot, air leveling, residential fridge etc.

So just thought Id post a question here any comments on the advisability of getting a 22 year old coach, even if it is a Foretravel? Problem waiting to happen or a good old workhorse?
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Old 09-25-2021, 04:18 PM   #2
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We bought a 1998 U-320 just about a year ago. No big failures, worst was a ride height valve failure that happened two miles from the house. I had an extra, replaced it in a couple of hours, and off we went.

Otherwise, we have done A LOT to the coach - fluids and filters, new air bags, vent covers, interior lights and cabinet handles, exhaust manifold gaskets, new insulation in the generator and engine bays, water pump seep, and more. Easily $10,000 of labor if we had hired all of the work out. (I did it all myself!)

It is a great coach, smart and comfortable layout, lots of power, Aqua Hot, looks much younger!

First, you should spend a lot of time reading posts on Foreforums. The wealth of information and expertise alone makes owning a FT worthwhile. Like any older coach, the engine and transmission are the big things.

For a more specific answer to your question... I would not pay $800K for a new coach. I will pay eight cents on the dollar for a used one! No regrets!

Feel free to PM me with specific questions.
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Old 09-28-2021, 04:07 PM   #3
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I just last year sold my 1997 U295. Two years ago I bought the 2014 IH45. Never say never but the older coach did not have all the fancy things that break on the newer one. If I was to step down to a smaller coach I would not think twice before getting an older FT. Last month we were on a 4k trip with another couple. We all talked about how we much rather be in a motor home then a 5th wheeler. We both had owned 5th wheelers.
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Old 09-28-2021, 04:48 PM   #4
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There is no doubt Foretravel makes an outstanding coach. However buying a 20+ year old coach is always a crap shoot, even a high end one. If the prior owner did ALL the necessary maintenance and kept everything in good working order, you might have a real gem. But things age old and break.

Im assuming you have DIY skills because youll need them, or a healthy bank account to pay for repairs at RV dealers.
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