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dllfo2 wrote:

JohnnyT,

I would recommend videotaping the dealer "presentation" on the day you
"buy it"...put another way, we knew the MH we wanted (and could afford) and we had hashed out about 95% of the deal. THEN we scheduled a morning visit (Fleetwood/Pace Arrow dealer) and started discussing and taping the whole thing. After we bought it, we had our usual number of problems and the dealer tried to get out of some of them because "we did not operate the _____ the way we were told to..." I pulled the video tape out (inside our motorhome of course) and played it. The interesting thing was...(1) we won every arguement and (2) pretty soon he quit trying to get out of it.

Another side to videotaping was that we could watch it over and over
until we understood the systems. One specific item was the Air Bag
suspension. When I asked the dealer if we had it...he said no. After
a problem came up...he argued that we overinflated or something. You
guessed it...

Being retired, we are looking into buying another MH. I want a good
quality one and plan on finding which brand, which model and which
dealer to go to. Then, when I find just the right one, I want to pay
an expert to go through it, finding most problems at that time.

This is getting long, thank you so much for all your time and effort
on your post.
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Dave

I second the video tape idea! Especially being new to RVs, there was so much to cover and the video is good reference for any questions or missed items. I've looked back at mine several times!


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Thank you JohnnyT for the enlightenment. We are just starting the process as first time buyers. We have looked at a few private party RV's for sale and visited our first dealership yesterday. Yesterday we looked at everything from 5th wheel to class A diesel. New and used. It is all very overwelming. Our goal is full time, slowing down, parking somewhere till we a bored 2 days-4 weeks then moving on.

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We are considering moving from a 5th wheel to a Class A. Looking at used 39 to 41 foot diesel. While looking at some used Class A's on RV.Net some Class A's indicated the power plants were 350 to 370 HP. Looking at Class A's in RV parks they have 400 and 450 HP. My question is, are Class A's with under 400 HP for the size I considering are considered under powered?

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No. I would suggest that you start a new topic as this thread with as many details as possible has run its course.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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We're looking at stepping up to a class A from our fifth wheel. Does anybody know anything about ALFA SEE YA Class A's?


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Good evening everyone. New member, my family and I (6 of us total) are looking at Class A RV's with bunkbeds (4 kids, need more beds). Looking to purchase in the next 3-6 months...so much to research. Looking forward to reading posts here to get more details on possible options

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Great job on putting your post in order. I give you an "A" for effort. Now, how about you put a list of Dealers together to help the consumer search and buy at great prices? One Price RV dealers are the next "big thing." As an example, take a look at the one below. No Haggle, No Hassle is the new way to do business. The Internet is making dealers honest!

www.2universal.com

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The information was abundant and informative. Thanks. I have never owned an RV and am contemplating going out full time with my wife and two teen aged kids. As much as I think a fifth wheel would possibly give us the most living space, I feel the cost of a truck and suitable sized rig(both used) would be prohibitive, as compared to a used class a. I've seen units ranging up to 50K which is around where I would like to be, but I'm afraid to lay out that money when there are usually no warranties on used vehicles. Are there ways to protect myself from this through insurance or private warranty companies. Any advice on any of what I have shared would be appreciated.

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As with ANY used product, have experts (second opinion) check unit. If you buy "warranty insurance", bring large magnifying glass to read small print and probably two or three lawyers.

We looked at several used that seemed just great, but check by well qualified mechanics, discovered all that shines is not gold... bud had warranty insurance and found a whole bunch of deduct able-restrictions etc that he thought did not exist. Be careful on what you think vse what is realbe RV or anything else, quite often what seems to good to be true, is.

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ajacobs1112 wrote:

The information was abundant and informative. Thanks. I have never owned an RV and am contemplating going out full time with my wife and two teen aged kids. As much as I think a fifth wheel would possibly give us the most living space, I feel the cost of a truck and suitable sized rig(both used) would be prohibitive, as compared to a used class a. I've seen units ranging up to 50K which is around where I would like to be, but I'm afraid to lay out that money when there are usually no warranties on used vehicles. Are there ways to protect myself from this through insurance or private warranty companies. Any advice on any of what I have shared would be appreciated.


$50K will buy a lot of MH. The newer the better typically. 10 year/100K miles can be a sweet spot for some people.

Diesel engine/transmission rebuild costs can be $10K-$20K in worse case which would be very rare I expect. Gas MH's cost less but come with less bells and less $$$ for repairs typically.

RV living is full of risks so getting over worrying about what can go wrong ASAP is key for many.

Warranty companies sell the policies to make money so I would never support their cause but some do.

As long as you do not go new no mistake should cost over $20K in the first year or two to correct or get out of RV'ing. Best of success.

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