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Old 01-30-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Hi all, as I said earlier we are not really new to the rv lifestyle, but we have some questions.
Everyone says do your homework early before ready to we are. We decided we did not want a class c right away, so it came down to a b+ or an a. After looking at some b+ specs and going to look at some we decided class a was what we wanted ( in the 30 to 35 foot range). We are not ready to buy yet we still have a few more years to retire for both of us. We found several floor plans we like and plan to see them at a dealer in the future. If we stay with the more popular brands of motor home is it more likely that we will find a floor plan/engine that we like used a few years from now or does it really matter who makes the rv when it comes to used availability?
BTW we will probably be looking in the 50k to 75 k range.
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It is good that you have started doing your homework now, so that in a few years, you can take advantage of what will be available and make a good choice. We spent five years doing our homework and don't regret what we bought to full time.
You should know how you are going to use the coach. Think of what all that entails for any accessories and for high quality standards. You will want to know the manufacturer's track record and what years were better than others at quality production. There will be many floor plans; study this area well, even when spending time outside under the patio awning.
Good luck and enjoy the hunt. Keep us posted on what you find and fits your style!
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If you look at motorhomes that are new to a few years old now, those will likely be the ones you can afford 4 or 5 years from now. NADA has prices for used motorhomes, so you can see prices for rigs that are now 4 or 5 years old so you can get a little bit of an idea of what you want to look at. Just be aware that prices for used RVs are very depressed right now and may be a little higher if and when the economy recovers in the future.

It does matter what manufacturer you pick even for a used coach that is out of warranty. With the high fuel prices last year and a bad economy now, numerous manufacturers have gone belly up. Although many RV components like refrigerators, furnaces, air conditioners, hot water heaters and chassis components like brakes, engine and transmission are non-specific to any one manufacturer, and you still can get parts even if the coach manufacturer is out of business, it's nice to have the option of taking your rig to an authorized dealer (or even back to the factory) to have a particularly troublesome problem solved.

Another good idea is to read the owners forums here on iRV2 for the brands of rigs you are considering. This will give you an idea of what kinds of problems owners of those brands are experiencing. Don't hesitate to ask questions about reliability, service, etc.

Also make sure you get the right rig for the type of traveling you want to do. Don't just buy a nice floor plan or pretty decor. Make sure the rig has enough cargo carrying capacity (CCC) to carry all your stuff for the kind of trips you'll be making. I can't stress CCC enough because many rigs on the road are overloaded. Make sure the motorhome has enough towing capacity if you plan to tow a car behind. Make sure the holding tanks are big enough etc., etc.

Best wishes in your search.
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