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10+ year old (2005-2008) 40 ft Tiffin Phaeton or Newmar Dutch Star. 29 93.55%
3-4 year old (2013-2015) 37/38 ft Thor Palazzo or Winnebago Forza. 2 6.45%
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Old 03-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Best way to go with $100K


I am new to the RV world and in the market for ~$100K Diesel Pusher RV and looking for some help deciding which way to go. Here are the two options in this price range I am considering:

1. 10+ year old (2005-2008) 40 ft Tiffin Phaeton or Newmar Dutch Star.
2. 3-4 year old (2013-2015) 37/38 ft Thor Palazzo or Winnebago Forza.

Both options offer Freightliner chassis, 330/370 Cummins Engine, 6-speed Allison Transmission, 6/7.5 KW Onan Generators, leveling jacks, similar kitchen appliances, etc. Option 1 is little longer, has higher end fittings and cabinets etc. and option 2 is a little shorter, has a heck of a lot newer parts, newer options such as LED Lights, lower end fittings/cabinets etc.

I would really appreciate if you share what are some of the Pros and Cons of each option and help decide which way to go.

Thanks much!

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Old 03-15-2018, 05:33 PM   #2
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Lotsa good MHs out there, enjoy the hunt!!
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Look for a coach with a side radiator Spartan (several manufacturers), Roadmaster (Monaco, Holiday Rambler, or Beaver), Dynomax (Country Coach), or TravelRide (ForeTravel) chassis.
Be careful quoting diesel engine HP ratings only, as some small 5.9L Cummins ISB engines can fall into the 350hp range along with the larger 8.3L Cummins ISC can also be 350hp. Look for torque ratings and displacement. Better still, get an 8.9L Cummins ISL or a C9 Cat.
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When a Beaver Patriot Thunder pass a big rig - the big rig gets blown around.
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Hi Rick,

Your first choice should be to take the $100 grand and donate it to the WyoFree Save the World Foundation!

Secondarily would be an 89 to 95 Prevost Bus, Newell, the 2000 era of Country Coach etc. If you have to finance the coach that makes these coaches a bit more difficult to finance, doable, but more difficult.

You cannot beat the build of these coaches!

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Old 03-19-2018, 01:01 PM   #6
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Thanks all for your responses, really appreciate them all.

Will scratch newer low end MHs and focus on older mid/high end ones. Also check out Beaver MHs also Prevost/Newell coaches.

Keep the responses coming.

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Few question

This is your first coach? 40 +foot coach is long and big.
I agree with an older well maintained coach, higher end would be my choice.
Would you be handy and do your own fixing of coach?
If you going to pay for repairs and updates set aside 15k so you can get it up to speed.
Do a search on what to look for, age of tires and battery's could be key

Take your time and look around.

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The fact that you have already created the two options (1 and 2) tells me you already understand the quality difference. So do you want long term quality and durability or short term glitz?

I have been to Newmar rallyís with plenty of 20 year old Newmars that look good and run good. Iím not sure thatís true of every brand.

Choose Option 1.
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Originally Posted by CountryB View Post
When a Beaver Patriot Thunder pass a big rig - the big rig gets blown around.
Try that to my rig and you'll be blown around.
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Sorry, never owned any of the coaches listed, so have no opinion !
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