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Old 03-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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Any suggestions...looking at used diesel pushers...tiffin orvfleetwood
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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Both good brands, and don't overlook Monaco/HR either.

My advice is to look at as many makes and models as you can, in order to get ideas about what floor plans and amenity levels suit your wants and needs. Once you have settled on what works best for you, then start shopping the brands that offer what you need.

You also have to establish a budget target and decide whether new or used. Buying an RV is more like buying a house than a car, so used rigs should be considered. In my opinion, a newbie should start with a used rig if for no other reason than they are quite likely to be trading it within two years. Few RV buyers ever get it exactly right on their first try.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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There are a number of quality used dp coaches out there. Educate yourself on what to look for. I suggest that you go to buy their product and read it all. Then go to plug in what you're looking for and check the boxes for daily updates. Beware of deals that sound too good to be true because they generally scams.
Good Luck and happy hunting.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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Go to some shows and showrooms and look at as many rv's as you can. Don't rush. Try to picture yourself and family staying in each, what you will be doing and how, where you will store things, etc. Once you have an idea of what you want, then you have to see how you can get it withing the funds available. Remember, new units depreciate the moment you sign the papers and drive them off the lot. So you may want to start used or low end till you have a feel for what it is like. As Gary above said, you probably won't get it "right" the first time around. We didn't, although we certainly have enjoyed each rig we had. So I wouldn't overstress myself about it either. If you find the absolute perfect one the first time around, wonderful. But be prepared that you may later want to "trade up". When we bought our first rig, the salesman said, "I want to treat you right because I know you are going to love rv'ing and that you will be back to trade up."
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