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Old 12-04-2016, 01:27 PM   #1
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Hello, all! I'm eighteen, and looking to buy an older RV to live in during college. I'd like an older Class A for $5k or under, preferably a Chevy P-30, and have been considering either the '84 Pace Arrow Eleganza, or a Winnebago Chieftain from the same period.

Any suggestions or advice? What is the best deal I can get?
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:52 PM   #2
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If you will be keeping it in one place through your college years, you would likely be better off with a trailer. Motorhomes are complex and expensive to maintain. Older ones generally need a lot of maintenance to get them roadworthy and keep them that way. Brakes $2,000, Tires $1,800, Shocks $200, Roof recoat $1500, Batteries $400, Annual taxes and registration $450 (depends on location), Insurance $600, Annual site rental $3,000. These figures are pulled out of the air. Your costs will vary, but you can see that they would add up fast.

There certainly are good deals to be had in older motorhomes, if you shop carefully, However, you need time, know-how (which you can acquire) and deep pockets to restore and maintain them.

Good luck, with whatever you decide.
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:30 PM   #3
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First make sure you would have a permanent place to park it. It doesn't work with all RV parks and you'll need a full hookup site to live in it while it's stationary. By the time you buy it, make repairs, probably get new tires, pay for a RV park site, utilities, registration, etc. it may be cheaper to look for a room. RVs are not necessarily a cheap way to live. Also, if you're not in a moderate year-round climate it is very difficult to keep a RV cool in summer or warm in winter. Think this out carefully. Good luck!
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A TT on a annual site might be best. Less maintenance, less rent. I did this for a few years for my work when required.
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