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Old 06-15-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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Good Morning all, I have just retired as a Calgary Fire fighter and Im about to take the plunge into RVing. Ive just turned 60 (never thought Id make it) and we've been blessed with a wonderful 6 year old girl. We have been soaking in as much info as we can concerning which unit to buy and I believe we've settled on picking up a Newmar Dutch Star or Mountain Aire in the 2002 - 2003 area. Our intent is to travel Canada and the States and look for a place to live that deserves our Daughter. Now we just have to find the right vehicle for a reasonable cost. Are we better off purchasing privately or through a dealer. Its difficult to tell who is giving you the straight goods these days. Cheers
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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From NH. I've bought from both. If private sale try to see service records, A well maintained coach can make the difference, from either. Good luck and always check the tires for date codes, five year old tires are on there way to being replaced regardless of what they look like. That is a costly buy if they are needed. Good luck and have a great retirement. Safe travels.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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I think who you buy from boils down to the "luck of the draw"
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply, how are the tires marked for Date
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #6
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Larry, welcome to the RV life, I,m 64, retiring in 6-8 mos.We bought our 3rd MOHO last Jan. We found a 2000 38' Dutch Star, we've put 2500 mi. so far this yr. and we just love it. we bought off a consignment lot, put new tires into the offer. Good look on your soon new rig.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #7
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Here's a place to start dad larry,,, Tire Tech Information - Determining the Age of a Tire
As said,,, age is VERY important on rv tires !! Most never get worn out due to tread depth,,, just age... And can be VERY expensive to replace... Other basic things besides maintenence records are water leaks, make sure Everything works, on shore power, generator, etc... Good luck and Congrads !!!
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Thanks that should help a lot. Cheers
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Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Congrats on the retirement! Hope you find the right rig for your needs. We are very happy with our 2002 Windsor!

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