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Old 08-20-2012, 07:10 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for all the input and advice. Keep it coming I need all the help I can get. Not only learning what to look for, what to ask but also in helping me convince the better half that purchasing something as old as a 2000 can be a good starting point for us. She's really leery of something much older than a few years as she's sure there is no way to get something any older that isn't going to breakdown as soon as she drives off in it.

While I understand her concerns, I'm sure that just like with cars if you know what to look for, what to check for, what questions to ask, that there are very good, reliable units out there much older than what she thinks is acceptable. It's just a matter of learning how to spot them, and I'm sure with what I can learn here and the help of all you wonderful people that it won't be long before I'll be much better equipped to find that wonderful Motorhome that's looking to be loved and can be our first stop in the world of Rving.

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Old 08-20-2012, 12:15 PM   #16
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Once you have has "s" you will never go back thats for sure, still getting use to her

I WILL drink to that... in fact I'm doing exactly that now.
Your first moho is a huge decision, particularly depending on if you are the "right type" and you've found the right coach.

If you know all ready that you are the right type (to spend on inordinate amount of time and money on a 300-400 sf self powered living space) then just go out and get the best you can afford and join us.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:11 AM   #17
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She's really leery of something much older than a few years as she's sure there is no way to get something any older that isn't going to breakdown as soon as she drives off in it.

While I understand her concerns, I'm sure that just like with cars if you know what to look for, what to check for, what questions to ask, that there are very good, reliable units out there much older than what she thinks is acceptable. It's just a matter of learning how to spot them, and I'm sure with what I can learn here and the help of all you wonderful people that it won't be long before I'll be much better equipped to find that wonderful Motorhome that's looking to be loved and can be our first stop in the world of Rving.

Thanks to all,
Tony
You are surely on the right track in asking for help here. Everyone here has been through this in the past. The '01 Ambassador had to go so we could build a house, but we sure missed the coach and the lifestyle. So we just purchased a '94 Executive. I knew going into the purchase that the clear coat was peeling, 18 years in TX will do that to ya! (BTW can anyone recommend a quality body shop that can handle a 40' coach?) I also knew this coach was mechanically sound, you gotta love a guy who keeps a log of repairs. I'll repeat what I said before and I'm sure others will agree with it. If the maintenance records on this coach are sketchy, or non-existent, do yourself a favor and get an oil sample of the engine and the transmission and send it off for analysis. That can at least get you a baseline on their condition.

Best of luck!
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:00 AM   #18
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TurbineGuy, thanks. Hope I'm on the right track. Right now it feels like I'm hopelessly lost on the back roads. But I'm hoping that the wonderful people here will be like my GPS shouting turn around when possible and get me back on the right course.

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