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Old 01-24-2022, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hi, this is my first post. Recently retired and looking to purchase a used DP motor home. Budget $85k
Looking at:
02 country coach 36ft, 400hp, 62k miles
05 beaver Patriot Thunder, 41ft w/tag, 525hp, 88k miles
06 fleetwood Revolution, 41ft, single axle, 400hp, 62k miles
Any input on the good or bad for these coaches would appreciated. Country coach, no details, no brochure. Best floor plan is the fleetwood but 41ft seems long for a single axle (gross 34k). The beaver seems very heavy ( can’t find an empty weight), gross is listed as 43.6k.
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Old 01-25-2022, 03:47 AM   #2
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Hi, my first RV was a used DP. 77k miles. 2000 Itasca . Few things to consider.
If low mileage prob means that it sat at a campground, AC used a lot. along with other things, Mine was a 37 ft long. Had a basement AC unit, 2 compressors. Found out later one didn't work. So depending on where you live or will be living, check make sure when its hot out ac works. What type of Frig is in the units. Residental, or propane/elec. New 12Volt works so much better.
Tires check the DOT label on them usually even tho thread is great looking 7yrs they should be replaced. I seen a unit where rear tire blew, took out rear bedroom. The tire cost = $$$$. Look at what you may have to put into the RV.
Along with are they still making them. Few yrs ago lots of them went belly up.
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I sold all three of those DPs new in 2002.
The Thunder is indeed heavier, because it was equipped with the bigger Cat engine. Which is the main reason it has a tag. Custom chassis. Great coach though, and very fast acceleration and torque for uphills. Not very agile.
The Country Coach was a good coach too. Better ride and handling due to independent front suspension. Custom chassis. Try to find a CC Magna of the same year if you can. Far better coach.
The Fleetwood was the poor sister of this group. Cheaper materials, and many more customer complaints. Although, by now prior owners have probably worked out all the kinks. As I recall, it had a freightliner chassis. Felt a little light front end steering.

If all are the same price the Thunder will be the better buy, if you don’t mind having the higher maintenance cost of the 525.
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Adding to my prior post:
In the three years I sold DPs:
I only took in one CC trade, and that one was traded for another CC (Magna)
I took in two Beaver trades, one up-trade from Monterey to new Thunder, the other traded for a lightly used Sig (Monaco built same place as Thunder)
Had three people attempt to trade Fleetwoods. Two unsuccessfully because owners felt we weren’t giving them enough for their trades. Fleetwoods brought below book because we couldn’t sell used ones for book. IMHO, Fleetwoods we’re not bad coaches. They just weren’t as well built as the top brands and they got a bad reputation. But a savvy Fleetwood buyer could buy a used coach in good condition at a price way lower than other brands.
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