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Old 03-13-2017, 01:43 AM   #15
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I am not going to be as negative as Sandy Swede, I feel that it is entirely possible to buy a functional motorhome for around $10,000 - $12,000, sure it will not be perfect,and may need another $1,500 -$2,000 invested to be fully functional (likely minor stuff, marker lights, maybe a generator tune up, ...) . It will likely be 15-20 years old, and it may not be the first or even the eighth one you look at, but they are out there.

By functional I mean all the major systems work, that there are no water leaks, tires still have a couple of years of useful life, however paint may be faded, there may be a few small dings, but overall it looks ok from 25 feet away.

However they don't tend to last long on the market at this price, either that or if they have been up for sale a while it is because the only advertisement is a sign in the window in someones driveway. What I think would be truly rare to find is a fully functional motorhome in the $5,000 range.

p.s. I bought a 2002 28 ft Class A Safari Trek from an online ad last fall for just over $20,000 and drove it almost 1,100 miles home with no real issues. Sure this is a big jump above the $5,000 mentioned above, but mine has had nearly $10,000 in parts alone added to it since 2014, including numerous updates that in no way effected its status as being "functional" like 400 watts of solar panels on the roof, a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter, all new carpet and seating, updated flat TV and stereo, not to mention a pristine condition interior and overall very good condition exterior except for a couple of little dings.

Now having said that there were a few things that I wanted to immediately fix before taking it on another outing, the backup camera lens was full of moisture, the passenger side mirror mount was loose and shook so much that the mirror was useless, and the high beam headlights switch was stuck in the low beam position. All of these little nuisances cost only about $50 and a couple of hours of my time combined to fix, add another $50 or so to get the signal lights all working right to pass inspection and I could have stopped there and had something acceptable.

The fact I went on to spend another $2,500 on upgrades and updates (LED headlights, new shocks, SeeLevel 709 tank monitor, ...) is irrelevant to the topic of being functional.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:51 AM   #16
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I am not going to be as negative as Sandy Swede, I feel that it is entirely possible to buy a functional motorhome for around $10,000 - $12,000, sure it will not be perfect,and may need another $1,500 -$2,000 invested to be fully functional (likely minor stuff, marker lights, maybe a generator tune up, ...) . It will likely be 15-20 years old, and it may not be the first or even the eighth one you look at, but they are out there.

By functional I mean all the major systems work, that there are no water leaks, tires still have a couple of years of useful life, however paint may be faded, there may be a few small dings, but overall it looks ok from 25 feet away.

However they don't tend to last long on the market at this price, either that or if they have been up for sale a while it is because the only advertisement is a sign in the window in someones driveway. What I think would be truly rare to find is a fully functional motorhome in the $5,000 range.

p.s. I bought a 2002 28 ft Class A Safari Trek from an online ad last fall for just over $20,000 and drove it almost 1,100 miles home with no real issues. Sure this is a big jump above the $5,000 mentioned above, but mine has had nearly $10,000 in parts alone added to it since 2014, including numerous updates that in no way effected its status as being "functional" like 400 watts of solar panels on the roof, a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter, all new carpet and seating, updated flat TV and stereo, not to mention a pristine condition interior and overall very good condition exterior except for a couple of little dings.

Now having said that there were a few things that I wanted to immediately fix before taking it on another outing, the backup camera lens was full of moisture, the passenger side mirror mount was loose and shook so much that the mirror was useless, and the high beam headlights switch was stuck in the low beam position. All of these little nuisances cost only about $50 and a couple of hours of my time combined to fix, add another $50 or so to get the signal lights all working right to pass inspection and I could have stopped there and had something acceptable.

The fact I went on to spend another $2,500 on upgrades and updates (LED headlights, new shocks, SeeLevel 709 tank monitor, ...) is irrelevant to the topic of being functional.
Although I appreciate someone taking the positive side of the issue, the OP is/was looking at a 30 year old MH, whereas you are referring to one in the 15 - 20 year old range. Going from 20 yrs old to 30 yrs old is not an arithmetic, but IMO, a geometric difference. Your view that "(likely minor stuff, marker lights, maybe a generator tune up, ...)" is overly optimistic IMO. But you could get lucky, I admit. I do agree with your advice that finding a well maintained 15 -20 year old MH would be a much better plan.
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Wouldn't I have the same problem with a trailer?
The truck could be newer and drive daily or weekends so you get to use it more and not be surprised when you finally do take out the MH. Repairs are easier since it is not a MH. Better if you already have a truck...

My brother went this way and has a new trailer and had a one year old truck and has less wrapped up in it then a MH. I don't have a truck so the MH route was cost effective then buying a truck.

We went the MH route because we do dog shows and once we are there we don't move. We have a 20' X 40' spot to "camp on" so the truck and trailer does not work for us. If I was just camping... 99% sure I would follow my brothers lead for truck and trailer.
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