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Posted: 01/03/18 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Team,
Looking for a little wisdom and guidance here. I am leaning towards buying a used class A. I am new to the Class A scene and don;t know much about them. Hoping I could get some nuggets from you guys.

From some research I have done, looks like Diesel Pusher is the way to go. Is that the consensus?

What else should I consider when going used besides the obvious = records? Any brands I should stay away from?

I am considering selling my house and buying an RV site and living in it. Goal is to simplify my life. So do I need to consider the age and length (park mandates)?

Thanks!
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My opinion, I would buy one with the floor plan you like. Especially if you are going to live in it. I have never driven a diesel pusher but I am very happy with the way my gas class A drives. You will get many options on which brands to stay away from but if you aren't happy with the floor plan, you won't be happy.

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Your house might be cheaper to own. These units need a good run once a month. Oil changes once a year and all the other thing that get change and break. RV are not cheap to fix if you do not do most of the work. They break just setting there just like you house does. Batteries is just one of the items that need to be looked after and replace when needed.

I sure you will get a lot of ideals here. Look at something that will stand the cold if you like the cold.


Read the first time buyers guide on the forum also

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Get a trailer if you plan to just buy an RV site and live in the coach. You will get more, spend less, and have MUCH lower maintenance costs.

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From one newbie to another. We just bought our first Motor home, it's a Class A gas. All the sales man told us there is basically no difference in MPG between gas and diesel. The diesel has more power for the hills and a lot bigger price tag for repair. The best thing for you to do is look at the different models to see what you would like to live in. It took us about three months to find the right model.

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as said, park a trailer on the RV site. don't even need something to tow it with, have somebody move it in, and pay to relocate if desired.
A DP would be about at the bottom of my list of desirables.
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Diesel pushers drive the best, smoothest, quietest but most expensive. I didn't like the A gassers until I started driving them more (at work) and I'm getting to like them alot. In order of preference I would get a Newmar first followed by Tiffin. Winni and Fleetwood would be next in a tie. Thor is at the absolute bottom of my preferences (cheaply made). In the RV industry you get what you pay for - buy cheap get cheap.


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MountainAir05 wrote:

These units need a good run once a month.


Not so. Many snowbirders let them sit for months at a time. It's also worse to let them run on the site than to take it out for a long drive.

Since you're in Texas, take a look at this site and pick out a few in your price range and floorplan for you then take a drive to Houston to check them out to get an idea of what you can get in your price range.

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/


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Mark,

If you do go over to Houston, look at Motorhome of Texas in Nacogdoches. They usually have very clean newer units. We consigned our Monaco Dynasty there back in Aug. '14.

They keep all of their units plugged in and also keep the slides in until someone is looking at it.

Your budget is going to determine diesel or gas depending on the year range that you are looking for.

Good luck.
MM.

PS. I also agree that a trailer/5th wheel would be the way to go if you are going to be stationary.


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Some say if driving 10,000 miles or more a year go Diesel. If less go Gas.If your gong to stay at one location for months at a time get a 5th wheel. Remember if you get an A you will need to get something to tow behind it for side trips and going to the store etc.


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