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RiverStone 01-08-2013 07:21 PM

I am looking at used DP Class A buses. Is there a list of needs and wants that have been published on previous lists that I can use to help my wife & I select an appropriate unit. We are planning a 3 month trip from the southeast through Canada this summer.

JohnT 01-09-2013 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by RiverStone (Post 1424740)
I am looking at used DP Class A buses. Is there a list of needs and wants that have been published on previous lists that I can use to help my wife & I select an appropriate unit. We are planning a 3 month trip from the southeast through Canada this summer.


PM me your email and I'll send you what we used. It will be a place to start.

Dr4Film 01-09-2013 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by RiverStone (Post 1424740)

I am looking at used DP Class A buses. Is there a list of needs and wants that have been published on previous lists that I can use to help my wife & I select an appropriate unit. We are planning a 3 month trip from the southeast through Canada this summer.

There is no ONE list that works for everyone. It is so individualized that you need to sit down together and write up what you NEED versus what you WANT for the two of you.

What works for me won't work for you or others.

Dr4Film ----- Richard

RiverStone 01-09-2013 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnT (Post 1425023)

PM me your email and I'll send you what we used. It will be a place to start.



Thanks for the help

Gary

vincee 01-09-2013 07:40 AM

I think what RiverStone is asking for is a very legitimate question. If you have never owned or experienced a RV before, especially a DP, his question I believe is where do you start. JohnT's offer to PM him a starting list will I am sure be most helpful and should save RS a good amount of time narrowing down a "should have" list into a "want/need" list. Good Luck in your search RiverStone!

JohnT 01-09-2013 12:32 PM

RiverStone.

6 files sent.
Good Luck.

RiverStone 01-09-2013 08:36 PM

The list was great. It gave me a lot to think about a list of great questions to ask.
Thanks for the help.

macboulder 05-28-2013 04:48 PM

Get your last rig first
 
We started small and 6 rigs later finally have a MH we love. We have a Itasca Ellipse and we traded a 40' Tiffin Bus to get it. Pick your rig by contemplating the largest you will ever want and make sure it is a diesel pusher!!
Mac

gmanatl 05-28-2013 05:13 PM

We started with a 36 ft dp upsized to a 40 ft dp and now have a 25.5 ft front engine diesel. It has all been good but needs change with time.

JohnT 05-28-2013 05:35 PM

I forgot about this thread.

A little update as we have purchased a new to us rig - 2008 Dutch Star 4023.
Did our list help us decide. Yes. Does our new mh have everything on our list - no.
When looking used, there are going to be trade offs. Yes you could get really lucky and find that perfect rig. But I'm willing to bet that won't happen. Too many variables.

We got most everything we "wanted". Got some things that we didn't have as a high priority and glad we did. Got some things we didn't really want too. Overall. we are very happy. :dance:

I think to be succesful with a list, you need to target a "brand". Once you have your list for that "brand", you just need to wait for one to appear on the market. Making the "brand" choice may be the most difficult part.

pumper9x9 05-29-2013 06:38 AM

I thought about getting a try out coach but decided that maybe that wouldn't be a great idea. I went to rv.org paid the $150 and read everything. It was a great source of information. That narrowed my search parameters down to the highest rated coaches that would out last my interest in the RV lifestyle. Then I shopped to find what fit in my budget. We now have a 2002 Country Coach 36' and are starting our 4th year on the road. But be aware that stuff will break and you will have to get it fixed it's just part of the life style. As far as finding a coach to buy try oodle.com it will show you what is available and send you updates daily if you check the right box.
Have fun and happy hunting

CampDaven 05-29-2013 07:15 AM

Last coach first....

Not possible for me.

I made 2 of them very tired, as this one will be before I buy the next one, which may not be the last.

Ours never sit still for long!

Sky_Boss 05-29-2013 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by pumper9x9 (Post 1584703)
I thought about getting a try out coach but decided that maybe that wouldn't be a great idea. ...

We thought about the same thing and when "big" when we bought our 06 Winnebago Adventurer 38J. We certainly new we didn't want to start with a Class C and work our way up. Unfortunately, the Adventurer turned out to be a "try out coach" even though we didn't think so at the time. I also used RV.ORG to better research our current DSDP and found it a good guide to add to the mountain of information I was learning here and through manufacturer's info. The biggest thing we took away from the Adventurer was an appreciation for weight and balance issues and the fact that it is nearly impossible to max out the CCC before you max out any single axle/tire weight limit. Yes, there were a lot of other things we learned about floor plan, storage and handling too. In the end, we went bigger because we wanted to carry lots of stuff and not worry much about axle limits. Event that being said, we do have to keep an eye on front axle weight but that is manageable.


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