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Old 03-28-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Hello everone need some of your wisdom

Hello from Vancouver BC

I'm in the market for a coach. I'm going to be purchasing a diesel pusher around the 1998-2002 model year.

I dont know very much when it comes to different makes and models. Is there any makes and models I should be looking for? and any that I should avoid?

Your help would be very much appreciated.
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Welcome to irv2. you definetely came to the right forum for info. Check out some of the class A forums and get talking to those folks. I would be more concerned with the mechanical condition of the rig then trying to get a list of those to avoid. But the great thing is theres lots of folks with lots of experience that will give you the info you need.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:48 AM   #3
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I totally agree with Fred1609 in regards to posting in the Class A or the different mfr forums. Plenty of info can be sought. Welcome aboard and hope you enjoy the site. Good luck shopping and hope you find the rv that fills your needs.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:19 AM   #4
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Hello Laserit. I can't add to the good advice already given, but I did want to welcome you to IRV2. Good luck with your purchase and let us know what you decide.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:04 AM   #6
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This is easily the most common question asked by newcomers to the RV lifestyle. The answer is simple: Pretty much every motorhome manufacturer makes/made a fine coach. There are no 'brands to avoid/look for'.

Coaches that are made by companies that are out of business are just as easy/hard to maintain as coaches with live company backing. Parts (other than perhaps body panels) are just as easy to come by. They all made their coaches out of the same off-the-shelf, easy to source materials.

In general, you want to look for a FLOORPLAN you like, then look for WATER DAMAGE and MAINTENANCE RECORDS. Remember, motorhomes are not like cars, low mileage does not necessarily mean low usage. For instance, you might find a coach with 12,000 miles on it that was lived in 24/7/365 for 10 years.

Once you find the coach with the magical combination (floorplan,condition,maintenance), PRICE is on the table.

Once you have narrowed the list of particular coaches you are interested in, have a look at the NADA RV GUIDE to get a feel for price. Remember, the BUYER and the MARKET determines the worth of any item, not the seller. A seller that tells you how good a deal his coach is, doesn't understand this basic premise.

Right now, increasing fuel prices are likely to adversly affect the sellers position, however the start of 2012 camping season plays in his favor. You will find different market dynamics in play in different areas. Expand your search to include far-away locations.

Good luck, and once you have some candidates in mind, let us know and some actual owners of those coaches will likely chime in.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Hi Laserit, welcome to the forum. Ramblin gives the essentials. Are you looking for a gas powered or diesel powered coach, or do you know yet?
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #8
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Thank you all for the warm welcome and the information. I'm liking the look of a Winnebago Journey.

My purchase will be my second coach if you count "Shaggy" the old 1972 Winnebago Brave I use to own
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Welcome to IRV2! Sure glad to have you join us! Look over in the MH section for tons of useful info! Good luck & God bless!
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Welcome to the forum. I can't add anything to what Ramblin recommended.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #12
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I don't believe that they are all created equal, some manufacturers take more care in the construction and assembly then others, and like most things you often get what you pay for. Take your time and find some manufacturers and models that you like and then spend some time here doing research on problems and solutions that owners here have already dealt with. Once you are comfortable with your choice(s) you can move on to finding one at the right price. When you finally think you've found the one, I would suggest an independent inspection of both the chassis and the coach to make sure it's been properly cared for and minimize the chances of major post purchase surprises. Good Luck
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