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Old 10-16-2021, 07:10 PM   #1
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WI, soon to be a new Rv'er? I need to learn more!!

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I am looking to "live the dream" - ok, ya'll can stop laughing - I am hoping to cushion my learning curve by getting my first RV to use for crafting and going to local fairs. I am an artist, 50yrs old, disabled (tendon connection issues, so still mobile, just have good and bad days). I used to work in the automotive parts industry and in my 20's i owned a 74 mustang, both help me learned how to do multiple types of repairs on old school (no da*n computers!) American made cars/trucks. My memory is fuzzy on a lot, but once refreshed i can comprehend mechanical information easily.

I am currently looking for a used RV, nothing fancy, on the smaller side 21-28 ft? My income is limited, maybe around 5k or so, i would like to have some wiggle room to create a work space and in case i need to do any repairs or upgrades in the first year. From the research I have done, a Toyota mini may be the most ideal, but i may be hard pressed to find a decent one near my current price range. I will be looking at a 89 Ford Rockwood with a 460/carb and will post separately for questions on those...

I look forward to this next step in my life and hope to learn as much as i can from this site, and just maybe make a few new friends along the way
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Look for user KenVB. His post is just a few above yours. Subject is ‘new RV in Family’. He has just acquired a used RV that sounds like it needs some work. Maybe the two of you can arrange something.
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Old 10-16-2021, 08:26 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

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 with the search and enjoy the adventure!
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Thanks, i will check that out
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Here's the problem as I see it... with a budget this low you need to find an very old, very simple travel trailer. It will be old and tiny and it will need work.

With a $5000 budget you will be tempted with very old and likely derelict small motorhomes. You may even find a free one out there. But it will take 3 to 4 times your budget to get such a "find" driveable and habitable.

You need a basic older pickup truck in good running order and an old tiny travel trailer. In today's world this will be a tough find but anything will be better than a small old motorhome that hasn't been run or used for years.

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Look for user KenVB. His post is just a few above yours.
Here's the link to that thread mentioned above - there is no such thing as "just above yours" just URLs to posts in the forum database:
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This is very true, but i am a curious sort and really appreciate knowledge and independence. Coupled with my current knowledge and experience this could be a good opportunity to really know/learn the ins and outs of RVs - I just need to find an old cheap one, that has been regularly used and kept up... something that may need minor/average repairs (trying to avoid catastrophic failures), i just need "good bones" to start and then i can save up for something a little bit better in a season or two Who knows, i could win the lottery!! lol (it would probably help if i actually played it though! )

Here is a link to where i laid out my experience, and a MH that has mild potential if the gear housing for the steering is not crazy expensive, or impossible to find.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f87/opin...or-558035.html
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It sounds like you have done some homework, and the end result between a small trailer/pickup truck combination vs. a motorhome depends on what turns up in your search.

The first option requires getting a truck and trailer within your $5000 budget. Meaning each of these are likely to be very well worn.

You may eventually find an old class C motorhome that you can play with as a "Trainer". The worst case is that it will be a disastrous money pit that you will just have to walk away from and loose whatever you have spent. The best case will be something old with no water leaks, a halfway decent chassis, and something you can bring back to useful life; probably a local sale rather than a nationally advertised vehicle. Maybe someone who has a decent old unit but just doesn't use it anymore and just stuck a for sale sign on it hoping someone will bite.

Your past experience suggests you have sufficient mechanical knowledge to support the challenges of an older RV, so keep looking, keep posting and learning from IRV2, and good luck

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This is very true, but i am a curious sort and really appreciate knowledge and independence. Coupled with my current knowledge and experience this could be a good opportunity to really know/learn the ins and outs of RVs - I just need to find an old cheap one, that has been regularly used and kept up... something that may need minor/average repairs (trying to avoid catastrophic failures), i just need "good bones" to start and then i can save up for something a little bit better in a season or two Who knows, i could win the lottery!! lol (it would probably help if i actually played it though! )

Here is a link to where i laid out my experience, and a MH that has mild potential if the gear housing for the steering is not crazy expensive, or impossible to find.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f87/opin...or-558035.html
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It is always a special privilege for me to welcome another Wisconsin member. Good luck on your search for the right rig for your use. There is is a wealth of RV info available to you here just by asking. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions as our members like to help when they can. Please let us know what you choose to purchase.

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Happy hunting for your new rig.

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Thank you

Being that you are from the area. Is there a reputable repair person/shop/etc you may recommended for a vintage RV? (I may be putting in an offer on a very well cared for 76 chevy Tioga) -it would be coming from Bowler/Shawno through the Fox cities to Milwaukee - I would like to have a second eye to look at it and do any preventatives needed -

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It is always a special privilege for me to welcome another Wisconsin member. Good luck on your search for the right rig for your use. There is is a wealth of RV info available to you here just by asking. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions as our members like to help when they can. Please let us know what you choose to purchase.

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Being that you are from the area. Is there a reputable repair person/shop/etc you may recommended for a vintage RV? (I may be putting in an offer on a very well cared for 76 chevy Tioga) -it would be coming from Bowler/Shawno through the Fox cities to Milwaukee - I would like to have a second eye to look at it and do any preventatives needed -
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My last 3 RVs were manufactured by Winnebago. I took my rigs back to the Winnebago shop at Forest City, IA which was about a 5 hour drive one way from our home in Weyauwega. My thought was nobody would know the RV any better than the builder. My minor repairs I took care of myself in my garage at home. The closest facilities I am aware of are in the Fox Valley area.

I will give you the names of 3 facilities I am aware of in that area. Most of the dealers are selling trailers now as they are the biggest in sales. Please realize I have never had any work done by them but I also have never heard any complaints about their service. It may be difficult to find anyone willing to service a rig that old as finding repair parts is extremely difficult.

Quietwoods RV of the Fox Valley Tel# 920-836-2950

Appleton Camping Center Tel# 920-757-6112

Kunes Country RV Tel# 920-426-1700

Good luck;

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Hello & welcome. A few things for you to keep in mind when buying a used RV.
#1 Water leaks, water leaks, water leaks. Often what looks like a minor leak has serious hidden damage.
#2 Tire age. Check the DOT codes on the tires to see exactly how old they are.
#3 Maint records. The more complete they are will tell you a lot about how well the previous owner cared for the unit.
#4 Check the actual cost of any repairs that you know are needed. Don't guess as most of the time we tend to guess low for both the cost and time it will take to complete repairs.
#5 REMEMBER Buyer Beware.

P.S. Did I mention water leaks ? If it smells musty it either has or had them.
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