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Old 10-19-2015, 10:06 AM   #1
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Greetings, everyone. We are total newbies - haven't purchased anything yet but plan to and most likely fairly soon. I started off on the Family Motorcoach Association website and read through many of the posts there. We started researching different MH companies and think we decided in our price range (about $200k) we wanted to look at Tiffin and Newmar. We have done that and actually been to a few dealers and looked at both lines.
The Newmar place (that we really like - great dealership and very knowledgeable salesperson) steered us to gassers. We could get a very nice coach in our price range. If we wanted diesel then we were pushing our price range.
The Tiffin place (that we didn't like at all - not much of a service dept and our salesperson didn't seem to know a lot about the coach) was a much smaller dealership and only had 2 new coaches on the lot.
We had somewhat decided we might want a gently used MH rather than a new one. The FMCA site seemed to indicate that all new models will have some issues and it might be a better idea to get a gently used model where the issues have been worked out and the initial depreciation of a new model has been absorbed by someone else.
Now we are looking at a unit that is a 2008 Newmar Mountain Aire 4523. It has 39,000 miles which doesn't seem like a lot. We had kind of been thinking 40' since we are newbies but this one is 45'. It has a tag axle which we understand will help with the ride. Since it is a 2008 it won't have comfort drive which it seems like is a fairly big deal.
My wife has been retired (RN) since 2008 and I'm retiring in a few weeks (CPA). We think we may go full time for a while - our daughter and her family would like to sell their home and move into ours so that would mean we'd look to full time at least for a while and see how it goes.
Look forward to having lots of good discussions and would value anyone's input. Thanks! David
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Take your time & enjoy the search .... Mite save some $$ by going to a private seller vs a dealer .... you mite be surprised what you can get within your budget .... #justsayin ....
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Wow! big step going from "total newbies" to "full time". Should be a fun adventure for you. One thing on your size decision.. might be a good idea to look at some of the places you want to visit and make sure they can take a rig the size you want to get. Some places get really tight or just don't allow big coaches in.
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Wow! big step going from "total newbies" to "full time". Should be a fun adventure for you. One thing on your size decision.. might be a good idea to look at some of the places you want to visit and make sure they can take a rig the size you want to get. Some places get really tight or just don't allow big coaches in.
This is good advice! Although we had 6 RV's all trailers & fivers over 3 decades, we realized we were never going to be full timers and like to visit a lot of out of the way places (State Parks & such). Most of those have limits +/- 32 to 35 ft. We spent 2 (almost 2 1/2) years looking at everything imaginable and just finally stepped into a gently used 32 1/2 ft Newmar Baystar. Looks like it's going to work just fine for what we want to do. 2 or 3 - 2 week trips and a bunch of long weekends with the grandkids is about all we'll do. Good luck to you...
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:15 PM   #9
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Sounds like you have one of the hard decisions made assuming that if your daughter takes on your house you can stash some stuff there while you travel for a while and see what you want to do. You also have a local base assuming you can park there. All you need is an exit strategy if you don't like the lifestyle. ;-)

I think you should assume two things. You will replace your first coach once you get some experience under your belt. There are a lot of things to learn when moving to a mobile lifestyle. l If you never drove a diesel I'd also suggest you start with a used gas in the mid 30 ft range and get in some road time. That is big enough for two but still able to get into more places than a 45 ft. Once you have some time in that unit you will learn the house with less learning curve on the chassis. Then you will understand house better and can look for a layout you like in a DP. Used DP's are easier to find than used gas.

You will also find all motor homes need a certain amount of ongoing maintenance. New units have some infant mortality issues, older ones have wear and tear. It's part of the territory. You pick your poison. At least with used you skip the break in and heavy depreciation.
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:42 AM   #10
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Thanks, everyone. Some really good suggestions. We were hoping to try and avoid the buying and then selling to upgrade but I think the advice you are giving is really good. Get in the lifestyle in a mid range 35 - 37 ft way and learn to drive and be able to park it most anywhere and then see if we want to move up. I think that is excellent advice. Look forward to continued interaction on this forum and maybe we'll run into you one of these days. David and Judy
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