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Old 07-17-2018, 11:08 PM   #1
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I know that I would like to have a diesel pusher but my problem is I can only afford to spend about $150000. So do I buy a new gas or or an 8 to 10 year old diesel could I have some input on my dilemma thank you
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You can certainly find a good used Diesel Pusher for 150K. What you also have to take into consideration is the cost for maintaining the coach. If you stretch your budget just to buy the coach, will you have enough savings left for planned and more importantly unplanned repair issues?
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You can certainly find a good used Diesel Pusher for 150K. What you also have to take into consideration is the cost for maintaining the coach. If you stretch your budget just to buy the coach, will you have enough savings left for planned and more importantly unplanned repair issues?
This is a real concern....
On the other hand I see a lot of the new Gassers with the Ford chassis that the owners are pouring a large chunk of change into the suspension trying to get their "new" coach to stay in the travel lane, and a multitude of warranty issues that may take several trips and months to get things corrected..
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I know that I would like to have a diesel pusher but my problem is I can only afford to spend about $150000. So do I buy a new gas or or an 8 to 10 year old diesel could I have some input on my dilemma thank you

Depends on how you plan to use it.

You may want the biggest and newest DP you can afford with a good cash reserve for repairs if you plan on/to:

- Use 6 months or more per year
- Tow heavy loads over 5K lbs
- Drive more than 8K miles per year
- Worry about status

Otherwise a 2-5 year old gasser should work. Rear track bar, CHF, Steering stabilizer will fix any handling concerns on the typical F53 chassis. Cost about $1,500, $1,000 if you do yourself. Used coaches may have some of these mods done already.

If you plan to use part time, coach storage may be an issue to consider.
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I know that I would like to have a diesel pusher but my problem is I can only afford to spend about $150000. So do I buy a new gas or or an 8 to 10 year old diesel could I have some input on my dilemma thank you
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Just my opinion but you can find a quality dp for much less than $150,000. Maybe a dp and a Vette for a toad.
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I dont know that anyone can answer these questions for you as you need to consider some things.

If you are planning on towing heavy loads then DP is the way to go. If you plan to full time or be out and about for 6 plus months a year then DP is the way to go. If you plan on going under 6 months a year and do not plan to tow heavy you can get away with a gasser.

DP's are much costlier to repair and service so keep that in mind that you will need a savings for that.

For me I have what I think is my perfect Motorhome. the only thing I wish it had was a slide out in the living room. Its a 34 foot gasser with no slide outs. its on an F53 chassis and is super easy to maintain and service myself. It handles fairly well on its own to the point I haven't looked but assume the cheap handling fix and possibly even some stabilizer bars have been added by the original owner as it was meticulously taken care of. I do not tow anything at this point but eventually would like to tow a car with me. I personally like the looks and all the bells and whistles that come with a DP but I am not one that needs to keep up with the joneses but like to have nice things.

The best part is my RV cost me 13k dollars, is cheap to license insure, and maintain. So I do not feel too guilty that it is sitting idle this year as I do not have the time to do much with it this year due to school and work. Next year is a different story on the other hand.
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The best thing to do is to get out and look at as many coaches that you can and keep an open mind. You should be able to make a better choice. Good luck.
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Personally, I wouldn't be choosing between a used DP and a new gas motorhome. I'd consider used in both cases. Why spend $150k if you don't have to do so? As others have pointed out, there are good reasons to buy a DP and equally good reasons to buy gas. You might also read up on the new vs. used debate and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of that decision as well.

I'm new to motorhomes but not to RVs. Having owned two travel trailers, I've been familiar with the similar gas vs. Diesel pickup debate for years.

If you have good reasons for going the Diesel route, by all means do so, but don't do it because you think they're intrinsically the best way to go.
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Some great responses here. Used coaches can be a very good buy -- your dollar will go much further. Highly recommend per-purchase inspection on any used coach. Going the used route, the purchase price is only part of the total overall cost. If you know that going into a deal, it will help manage expectations. If you are a DYIer, all the better, your dollar will go even futher.
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Gassers have their place. However, there is noting like a diesel. You should be able to find a nice one, used, at that price point.
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I know that I would like to have a diesel pusher but my problem is I can only afford to spend about $150000. So do I buy a new gas or or an 8 to 10 year old diesel could I have some input on my dilemma thank you

I think you have a "dilemma" that a lot of us would like to have!


The only thing I will add is a "second" to the idea that your budget will be adequate to get you into any choice you make, used DP or new/used gas.
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What you really need to determine is what floor plan you really want. Once you figure that out, then you can start looking for the coach that will meet your needs. For us there really aren't any older DP's that meet what we need. We wanted COMFORTABLE sleeping for at least 8 and 2 full baths plus a king for us. Not too many DP's that do that especially 8-10 year old ones. Most advantages for DP's are driving. For most people, driving is about 5% of the time you will be using it. After that, they all do the same thing. Good luck with your search.
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