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drakethib 09-25-2013 06:51 PM

Goodbye TT, Hello Class A, but which one?
 
Just recently sold my TT and now in the Market for a used Class A.

I have found some great tips on this site, but I guess the million dollar question is, and strictly on opinion, which brands would you shy away from? Not trying to start a debate on brand loyalty, just doing some research.

I know what folks say about opinions, but would love to hear yours.

We are more leaning toward gas MH as we live in the south and are just weekend warriors.

My ears are open.

Medico 09-25-2013 06:58 PM

Darn, so much depends on your budget and new or used, gas or diesel. Just too many variables yet. Have to supply a little more info.

Finhawk 09-25-2013 06:59 PM

I'm on my 3rd Winnibago rig so my opinion probably wouldn't help you much.

drakethib 09-25-2013 07:00 PM

Budget 50K or less, mentioned that we were leaning toward gas as we are just weekend warriors.

Sierra5er 09-25-2013 07:01 PM

We were in the same boat last year. Ended up buying a 2006 Winnebago Voyage 33v on a Ford Chassis. We liked the floorplan and features including dual roof-mount heat pumps. There are a lot of floorplans out there. Go find one the meets your needs/budget.

RTinVa 09-25-2013 07:25 PM

Tough question! My wife and I started in a tent and moved to a 23 foot TT, to a 36 foot fifth wheel and pick up our Fleetwood 38B on Friday. You have to consider your budget, needs (how many will it sleep), if you will be dry camping or mostly in full hook-ups, gas or diesel will depend on how long you will keep it and how much use you will truly use it, and how far you plan to go. Will you do a few trips a year because you are still working full time or are you close to retirement. All factors as well as the price need to be considered. Also, what are YOU comfortable with regarding price and maintenance or driving.
So many questions and it is not an easy decision. You can obviously spend as much or as little as you want. The biggest advice I can say is to be sure you are happy with what you need and buy because as you will see there are many good used units for sale.
Good luck with your decision, take your time, once you have bought it...enjoy and be safe!
Keep us posted on your progress.

Steve N Sal 09-25-2013 07:33 PM

Rather looking at what you shouldn't look at I'll give my 2 cents of what maybe you should look at. 1. Newmar , 2. Winnebago, 3. Fleetwood now that is just my suggestion. Good luck shopping and don't forget, get the floorplan that will work best for you. Let us know how it all goes.:thumb:

Rodneykrantz 09-25-2013 07:42 PM

Newmar or Tiffin

Stevegd007 09-25-2013 07:42 PM

On our 2nd Winnebago. So glad we no longer have to deal with a TT. More fun also. Anyway you will have lots of opinions on brands, gas vs. diesel, size an options. Looking at used, I have seen some units have a "smell" that is well... not nice. Watch out for "stinky" used RV's. Settle on a floor plan that you like. Also some used RV's have "upgrades" added on, like flat screen TV, etc. Rather than you doing the upgrade TV swap...look for this have already been done. Mileage and tires. Would not want to dump $$$ into new tires right off the get go. I have seen mileage below 10,000 on some 4/5 year old RV's...owners just did not use the units. Diesel ride nicely have lots of power, but fuel cost more, their fuel tanks are bigger (add $ to fuel purchases while on the road), Oil changes and fuel filters are more expensive, repairs are also more expensive.
Anyway good luck looking...it's fun and you will have lots of choices.
Happy trails....

drakethib 09-25-2013 07:54 PM

Folks the couple of comments that I have gotten thus far is already verifying what I am thinking.

I really appreciate the info folks.

Please keep the comments coming !

drakethib 09-25-2013 08:08 PM

One other question, what would you expect on average the percentage that the dealer will come off the price?

Skip426 09-25-2013 08:21 PM

Rule #1 , DW has to be happy , with both the kitchen and the entire floor plan.
Rule #2. See rule 1.
Rule #3. Do not allow DW into an RV above you budget, or you will fall victim to rule 1 & 2:D

JMHO; You should be able to have a choice of multiple units with your budget. Take your time, take notes as you tour through units ( even pictures ) you will start to confuse the units after the first 3 or 4.
BTW: you know you've looked at to many RV's , when you know the floor plan by the window placement when you walk up to the unit.:whistling:

Skip426 09-25-2013 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by drakethib (Post 1742912)
One other question, what would you expect on average the percentage that the dealer will come off the price?

I can't really say for sure , in your area. Here a cash deal ( or if you handle your own financing ) 20 to 25 %. Most dealer pricing is padded for trade-in deals.

RTinVa 09-26-2013 05:46 AM

Good advice from Skip. Yes, you will after shopping for just one day go home and forget which one had what. It will be overwhelming and you need to track what units you like best. My wife and I put sleeping number first, then I considered longevity and reliability of the motor, trans, and drive, followed by kitchen appliances, finishes and small comforts. But that is just us. I used the internet "favorites" to track what we liked. Skip suggested taking pictures of units you liked. That is great if you can. It seemed to me the best deals moved quickly so you may not have alot of time to sit and thing if you find what is actually a great deal on a nice used unit. It will sell if you do not buy it! Let us know how you do.

deandec 09-26-2013 11:28 AM

Your question has been discussed in many threads on this and other forums.

While monitoring your thread, also do a search for previous discussions. They will add dimensions to this discussions that will prove valuable.

Greytraveler 09-26-2013 02:00 PM

Looking once more
 
We are now on our forth fifth wheel and are still talking about what it would be like to have a MH. One thing my wife thinks is the dogs would be more comfortable. See, we all have our priorities.

After making enough mistakes to write a book when comes to buying various items I have decided I would not buy another RV without talking first to my trusted RV repair guys. They know what it costs to fix various rigs plus how reliable and durable they might be.

I don't know the manufacturer but I seem to remember that Beaver is one of the preferred coaches. So that is my contribution. I obviously need to learn a lot more. That is what the web is for.

One last thing, make a list of the cost of various things that a MH will require, like the cost of tires, towing in case of a breakdown, routine maintenance, etc. And storage if needed. Buying is just the first expense.

Happy hunting.:)

John H... 09-26-2013 02:09 PM

Regardless of what manufacturer you pick, I favor the Ford chassis, but the most crucial part is to be absolutely comfortable with the floor plan.

RLTimblin 09-26-2013 02:45 PM

We had a diesel but diesel operation and repair is expensive. We have a Bounder gas puller and love it. We haven't met a Bounder owner that hasn't totally enjoyed their Bounder. We get 10 mpg hauling our car. Most others cannot beat it. We have a 36 footer and it has just the right amount of space (two sliders). I would not buy something without sliders. Also, the Bounder can run off of 30 amp service which saves money.

jmoffat 09-26-2013 02:52 PM

had a Fleetwood gasser very noisy with road and motor noise finally bit the bullet and bought a used DP Monaco Beaver 2007 wow what a difference like driving a cadillac upkeep will be more but IMHO worth every penny

Jim

Greytraveler 09-26-2013 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by drakethib (Post 1742816)
Budget 50K or less, mentioned that we were leaning toward gas as we are just weekend warriors.

I just finished a lunchtime search on RVtrader.com and found more MH at 50k or less than I had time to look at. Looking for a specific mfg will narrow the search.

There are a ton of Fleetwood and Winne models for sale so lots to choose from. The only limiting factor is how far you are willing to travel to see and buy.

dezolen 09-26-2013 08:10 PM

Go for a Fleetwood or Winnebago, Thor. Once you see a Tiffin Allegro you will realize that is what you should have bought in the first place.
Get the floorplan that works best for you. Be sure to check them all as you are making a large depreciating purchase and you want to get it right the first time.
I just love to start brand war. Sorry guys

drakethib 09-26-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks again for all of the replies folks. Really trying to take as much time as I need but I would be telling a lie if I didn't feel like a kid heading to a candy store.

Looks like I have narrowed down, to Fleetwood, Tiffin, or Winnie.

I have seen some nice Gulfstream MH but I hear horror stories about them.

akeyzoo 09-26-2013 08:32 PM

Bear in mind that the vintage will likely dictate the renovation/updates needed, so be prepared to spend a few bucks once you buy. Tires? Check the DOT code, they may need replacing based on age not tread. Batteries age? Also, if you are handy you can easily modernize the TV's. Haven't met a Bounder owner that wasn't happy.

Chris

Skip426 09-27-2013 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by drakethib (Post 1744145)
Thanks again for all of the replies folks. Really trying to take as much time as I need but I would be telling a lie if I didn't feel like a kid heading to a candy store.

Looks like I have narrowed down, to Fleetwood, Tiffin, or Winnie.

I have seen some nice Gulfstream MH but I hear horror stories about them.

Forgot to mention on my previous post.
Learn everything you can on Cargo Carrying Capacity , and find the weight sheet on any unit your interested in. Many gas Class A's particularly those with multiple slides have very little CCC. :thumb:

Turbofans 09-27-2013 04:58 PM

Bought our first RV last May and I had the same question on which brand was better.
I came to the decision that they are all about the same as far as Class A Manufactures go. I tried to pinpoint it down to a specific brand, but didn't have much luck on any forum I posted on.
If your a Ford or Chevy person, then the chassis will matter to you.
As you can see below what I ended up with. Basically went with floorplan and options/price that appealed to DW and myself, so at this point being 6 months into ownership I can only agree on Rodneykrantz's post! But then, she is my first love, other than my wife.

Greytraveler 09-28-2013 10:01 AM

And when you are inspecting any rig do not forget to look at the condition of the roof. A roof in poor condition can be a costly fix.

drakethib 09-28-2013 05:35 PM

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And the winner is, a new to me 2006 35' Fleetwood Bounder.

We got a steal of a deal after looking at 40 - 50 units.

Thanks to all of those who replied and gave us advice.

Looking forward to picking it up !

John H... 09-28-2013 07:03 PM

Great choice. Good luck....

RLTimblin 09-29-2013 03:56 AM

She's a bute. Good luck from one Bounder owner to another!

RTinVa 09-30-2013 11:52 AM

Congratulations!
 
Congratulations on purchasing your MH! It appears to be in great shape and like you will enjoy every minute on the road. I know there are many Bounders on the road. I remember seeing them ever since I was a kid and we traveled in my dad's Chevrolet station wagon (remember when) with our pop up camper in tow for14 years with 5 kids, mom and dad. Still have the memories! Didn't mean to get off track. LOL

Bounders are still very popular today. That says a lot about the reputation, reliability and enjoyment it will bring you. Enjoy and drive safe!

P.S. Perfect timing to enjoy the fall weather and changing of the season!:thumb:

SarahW 09-30-2013 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by drakethib (Post 1746277)
And the winner is, a new to me 2006 35' Fleetwood Bounder.

We got a steal of a deal after looking at 40 - 50 units.

Thanks to all of those who replied and gave us advice.

Looking forward to picking it up !

And may I say, you made an EXCELLENT choice?? :D Hope you love your new Bounder as much as we do ours. We need some pics of the interior, too!! Congrats and enjoy. (And if you need any manuals, schematics, etc., Fleetwood Customer Service is excellent and responsive.)


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