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Old 07-25-2021, 11:12 AM   #1
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Newbeee seeks advice.

hello all as the title states I am a newbie as of July 24 of 2021, I will be selling my home and going full-time in a coach and I need some advice as to what is good what is bad what to avoid and so on and so forth I realize that's a lot but I'm out here in the cold and know nothing about the quality of coaches about what I should and should not get as a full-timer, so far I am looking for a 40 foot diesel pusher from the used coach market, recommendations as to brand as to good years models ETC, would be most appreciated,I realize this is a tall order but due to the fact that this is a forum and not a salesman trying to sell me something this seems like the best way to begin.

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P.S. pplease excuse the grammatical errors and spelling errors as I am using voice recognition software due to the fact that I am a lousy typist.

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For newer diesel motorhomes keep in mind about DEF & I'm reading there are a lot of problems associated.

If you can find an older diesel with low mileage and excellent, well-cared-for condition I'd grab it so I wouldn't have to deal with DEF regulations.

https://www.rvtravel.com/def-head-problem-ruin-trip/

Also, newer motorhomes have so many electronic gadgets on them and to me that's just more things to go wrong.

An older motorhome can be professionally updated to your requirements and you'd have an excellent coach.

Look for a older Newmar for quality. We never had a repair on our Dutch Star in using ours for 8 full-timing years and traveling constantly..... only maintenance.
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My 2 cents. My son works for a Cummins shop. Find a coach the a side raditator. Helps with lower repair bills.
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Congrats!! This is exactly what I did on December 4, 2020. "Quality" is a very subjective term. Don't fear DP's from even the 1990's if they've been cared for. Beavers from that era (or any era) are of an exceptional build quality, as are Safaris (which I LOVE) and even Monacos. I understand build quality was much higher before model year 2009 or so, and it has really fallen off, in the last couple of years especially. FWIW, our original plan was to buy a 2013-ish or newer class A DP, but instead got a 1995 Dynasty to restore to our tastes. Saved $. Sorta.
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Welcome to the forum. If you can afford a DP then that is the way to go.

You are joining a good group of friends here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up, or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:44 AM   #6
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For newer diesel motorhomes keep in mind about DEF & I'm reading there are a lot of problems associated.

If you can find an older diesel with low mileage and excellent, well-cared-for condition I'd grab it so I wouldn't have to deal with DEF regulations.

https://www.rvtravel.com/def-head-problem-ruin-trip/

Also, newer motorhomes have so many electronic gadgets on them and to me that's just more things to go wrong.

An older motorhome can be professionally updated to your requirements and you'd have an excellent coach.

Look for a older Newmar for quality. We never had a repair on our Dutch Star in using ours for 8 full-timing years and traveling constantly..... only maintenance.
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I truly appreciate your response,,,if all in this organization are as friendly as you then I will truly enjoy this membership........

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Old 07-26-2021, 06:52 AM   #7
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My 2 cents. My son works for a Cummins shop. Find a coach the a side raditator. Helps with lower repair bills.
Thank you, that will surely reduce the overwhelming number of coach's to deal with, and it truly makes sense as there is a vacuum back there at speed.

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Congrats!! This is exactly what I did on December 4, 2020. "Quality" is a very subjective term. Don't fear DP's from even the 1990's if they've been cared for. Beavers from that era (or any era) are of an exceptional build quality, as are Safaris (which I LOVE) and even Monacos. I understand build quality was much higher before model year 2009 or so, and it has really fallen off, in the last couple of years especially. FWIW, our original plan was to buy a 2013-ish or newer class A DP, but instead got a 1995 Dynasty to restore to our tastes. Saved $. Sorta.
I will use your advice,especially the item about saving money and being comfortable with putting much older coach's in the mix.
Appreciate it.

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Welcome to the forum. If you can afford a DP then that is the way to go.

You are joining a good group of friends here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up, or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Welcome to retirement, good for you! Something to consider is how you feel in smaller spaces. Over the last 22 yrs, we have had 3 class C motorhomes. The last 2 being 31 footers. With only 1 or 2 small slides of one side of the rig it stays pretty narrow inside. In Feb. of 2019 my wife & I decided it would be nice to have "opposing" slides for a more open feel. We love our new to us, 36' foot Itasca Meridian.
Oh, here is a site you can look at floor plans of various rigs, it helped us out tremendously. https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/specs-by-type-class-a-t2
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Don't discount a "super C". But something with a real truck chassis and diesel. First they are inherently safer since the front is a truck front, not fiberglass and windshield. They have crash crumple zones that an A DP doesn't have. BUT the house is going to be shorter than a comparable length A because part of the length is engine and front end. On some the front seats may swivel like a lot of As so they become part of the living area. Others maybe only one or none. The house part of a super C won't vary much from an A given the dimensions involved. You can only fit so much into a box of a size. Personal preference is avoid full wall slides. The potential for structural problems especially if you are a traveling type RVr rather than sit 6 months at a time. I.E. the more a system like a slide get used the potential for issues. NOTE that statement will likely evoke a lot to hate mail.

I would avoid a bigger regular C since they often come close to max GVWR and AWR, and tire loading, right from the factory. Storage on a regular C is also lacking.

Have fun looking but make sure that you have your eyes wide open.
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Gary, I don't believe you mentioned what your budget figure is, and that would help with recommendations.

Monaco made some really great coaches in the early 2000's, especially the Windsor, Dynasty, and Signature. We love our 2002 Windsor!
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I fulltimed until about 3 years ago in a DP and I agree with a lot of what is said above.

Personally, if I were to do it again, I'd RUN to get another Monaco, and specifically I would go with 2006 or older. Mine was a 2005 Monaco Safari Gazelle. Being a Safari it meant that I had side radiator and a Caterpillar engine, both being desirable. Having a rear radiator not only will make service much harder and more expensive, but also they tend to get clogged with debris from driving.
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