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Old 12-23-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Older Vs Newer, What would you do.

If you had a choice, would you buy a newer 2000's gasser like maybe a fleetwood or an older early 90's Diesel Pusher Country Coach.

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Old 12-24-2012, 12:22 AM   #2
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Most early 90's did'nt have slides, and once you've owned a coach with slide(s), you wont go back.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:19 AM   #3
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You will probably get as many different opinions as there are forum members on this one

You really have to go for what works for the type of camping that you do and the floor plan that works for you. Also what else is important to you - mpg, outside storage space, holding tank capacities etc etc.

4 years ago we went from an 80s 27' A class to a one previous owner mid 90s 38' diesel pusher. No slides but we have plenty of room for us two. As we bought an older model we could afford to buy what was top of the line back then, great build quality, solid oak cupboards, cedar lined closets etc. We also love the extra basement storage space & bigger holding tanks as we mostly boondock.

If a unit is in good shape don't be afraid of its age. Good luck with your search.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:56 AM   #4
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bobioknight - depends on what you like and what you want to do with it. IMO both are good brands. Country Coach is one of the best built and finest motor homes ever. This includes ones from the early 1990's. But then Fleetwood builds a great line of gas coaches like the Bounders.

1. Take both out for test drives on city streets and also interstate type roads. Make sure both handle easily now. Do not buy something that you think you can fix up to handle well.
2. More complexity means more things to go wrong. Equals more time and money spent keeping things running well.
3. It is way!!! easier to start with a good running coach from a knowledgeable owner than a coach that has not been looked after.
4. Diesels pushers are far quieter and smoother on the road than a typical gasser. But once you have parked they both basically camp the same.

I hope this gives you some answers.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:04 PM   #5
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When we chose to buy we had a budget to work with...we ended up with a 2000 Holiday Rambler which is 36 ft with 2 slides..40k in miles...one owner...excellent unit

Met the owner as he traded it at a dealer as he moved up...it was what we could afford...I am very good with my hands so if anything happens I usually can fix it..only issues we had were some scrapes and one small compartment dent..they are all repaired and the base area repainted..interior was perfect..low hours on the Generator and all maint. work was done on the RV...passed our state inspection and we love it..

Gas here is $3.35 a gallon and Diesel is almost $4.00...save .65 cents a gallon is ok with me..

There are many 2000-2005 Class A Gas units out there...We looked for 6 months and found that the Holiday Ramblers make some of the strongest units with thick quiet walls and many other things we did not see in other RV brands..

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Thanks you all for the help, this forum has been very enlightening and informative. Both inspections indicated good condition. So, Decided to buy the 1993 country coach, along with coveralls and a good set of tools.
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Good choice.
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Yep slides are nice except for the maintenance and repair issues. We have had two high end 5ers and 90% of the problem have been slide problems.


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