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Posted: 02/12/18 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

don,t kill the sprinter on your list till you look them over.

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So, yeah if you're looking for new used, like less than 5 years old, $50k is going to get you a high mile diesel or a lowish mile gasser.
But I just hit up Craigslist here and in the first couple pages seen probably a dozen low mile, mostly As, some Cs for under $50k or "could get it for 50" with a little haggling. Few bigger low mile diesel As in that price range too.
For example, there was an 04 or 05, low mile, garaged its whole life, beautiful full paint diesel pusher, like new lookin, probably a $150k + rig new, Within your budget.
For me, the difference between gas and diesel would boil down to how many miles you plan on putting on it. Not for overall miles, as a Ford V10 drivetrain should last a long time, pretty bulletproof. More for fuel mileage. If I was packing on the miles X country, I'd rather get 50% better fuel mileage and range.
You're looking at a limited market for As as most are 30' plus. And most Cs are gassers.
Keep looking and don't limit yourself to your immediate area. It's a big purchase and if you can score a deal somewhere, a RV inspection and a plane ticket is not that expensive.


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Good morning everyone.
Went to the AC RV show this weekend. Saw some very nice new models and was able to get a good feel of the different sizes. Since I am looking for a used MH I looked at prices to gauge what a used model would cost. It is correct most of the sprinter models have a low carrying capacity.
At the moment I am focusing on 3 models 24'-26' range. Phoenix Cruiser, Gulf Stream BT Cruiser, both Class C and the Class A Thor Axis/Vegas 24.1. This is the model I rented when they came out in 2014. That would be the biggest at 26'. I've seen some already for under 50k.
The Phoenix and BT cruisers I've seen on RVTrader and rv.net can be as old as 2002-2003. So how old is too old? Some have high mileage some low. These are Fords E-350 or 450, not sprinters. I am looking to buy in the fall so I have time for more to come on the market. Since it was asked by another post, I do not plan to tow a car, I'll use Uber, Lyft, rentals, shuttles and such.

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Take a look at this 2008 Phoenix Cruiser with 21,622 miles for $34,000

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-rvs-f........-motorhome/2008-phoenix-cruiser_rv-37435


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How old is too old?
Same question is asked weekly if not more. It’s totally subjective and if you can do your due diligence you can find an “old” (RV, vehicle, washing machine, etc) that will give about the same reliability as new for much less $, or it might be a pile of ____ that was ride hard and put up wet. If not willing or knowledgeable enough to really look at a particular purchase then new or near new is a safer decision.

IMO that’s why private party purchases are “safer” with used things. Dealers are all used car salesman and every rig out there is a cream puff driven by a little old lady on Sunday. Go look at a rig at someone’s house and you can get a good idea how they maintained and cared for it. You’re judging the owner almost as much as the vehicle.

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Grit dog wrote:

How old is too old?
Same question is asked weekly if not more. It’s totally subjective and if you can do your due diligence you can find an “old” (RV, vehicle, washing machine, etc) that will give about the same reliability as new for much less $, or it might be a pile of ____ that was ride hard and put up wet. If not willing or knowledgeable enough to really look at a particular purchase then new or near new is a safer decision.

IMO that’s why private party purchases are “safer” with used things. Dealers are all used car salesman and every rig out there is a cream puff driven by a little old lady on Sunday. Go look at a rig at someone’s house and you can get a good idea how they maintained and cared for it. You’re judging the owner almost as much as the vehicle.


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2gypsies wrote:

Take a look at this 2008 Phoenix Cruiser with 21,622 miles for $34,000

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-rvs-f........-motorhome/2008-phoenix-cruiser_rv-37435

Thanks, that's a good one. A little too long for me I think, looking at around 25'

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I would actually love to be able to buy a used Thor Axis/Vegas 24.1 if one comes available in my price range at the end of the summer b

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There is one thing to be added f0r a gas motorhome. There are mechanics all over who can fix something on any gas chassis out there. If you have a problem with the MB chassis you will gave to take it to the proper dealer and nit all of them service RVs. I have 108K miles on my Roadtrek with a Dodge 318 engine. It uses no oil in the 6-7000 miles between changes. I had all the hoses and belts changed when I bought it and it has not let me down yet.


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