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camperdave

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Posted: 10/07/18 05:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been looking for a few months, pulled the trigger this weekend and bought an 05 Tioga 29v! Really an 04, as it has the 4R100, but it's a MY05 according to Fleetwood.

So I called about, and looked at quite a few motorhomes locally (San Francisco Bay Area) but either saw ****, nice motorhomes that were just priced too high, or usually **** that was priced way too high... I'm not a slave to NADA, but I had a budget and a pretty tight spec list I wanted to meet. Things that I could afford weren't good enough, and ones that had what I wanted cost too much! So I expanded my search. This one I bought was on RVtrader.com and was located in eastern Oregon, about 8 hours away. I talked to the seller a few times, got a general condition report from the sellers mechanic (a local independent shop that did all the work over the years for her), and decided to go for it.

I was convinced that if it was what she said, that it was worth going to check out. I rented an econobox and drove up there Saturday. I liked it, bought it, returned the car to a local airport and drove the motorhome home! So $22k later (more than I originally wanted to spend, but I convinced myself it was a fair price) I've got a sweet rig that meets all of my wants lists, has a 2 year old roof (due to a branch, and insurance), 3 year old tires, new batteries, 31k miles, and most importantly... no signs of any leaks at all! Not a stain, no saggy wallpaper (saw that one more than a few times in my search...) and no delamination.

Who knows what the future holds, but I'm 100% sure it was well maintained by the previous owner, and I'm excited to start making mods to it.

Here it is in a rest area somewhere near Redding, CA.
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New addition! 2004 Fleetwood Tioga 29v

old setup:
1998 Ford E350 extended van, V10, 3.73
1998 Fleetwood Terry 22lw


gbopp

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Posted: 10/07/18 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice looking rig. Congrats. [emoticon]
Enjoy your travels.

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Posted: 10/07/18 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations... very nice looking Class C. Time and patience pays off.
Many happy miles to you and yours.

DutchmenSport

Between Anderson, Pendleton, & Lapel, Indiana

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Posted: 10/07/18 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congrats, Nice looking C there! Real nice!


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Posted: 10/07/18 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO $22k was a good deal.


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Posted: 10/07/18 10:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congrats on that new to you Tioga,they made a fine rig back then.

I know on my 06 Tioga All doors, cabinets and drawers are tight and working as they should, the fit and finish is still very good. Even all the tank sensors work! The Onan generator has been trouble free with over 900 hours on it, just routine maintenance and running it monthly under load if has not been used, to make sure that it stays that way.


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Scottiemom

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Posted: 10/08/18 03:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice looking rig. Congratulations! Happy Trails!

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camperdave

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Posted: 10/08/18 08:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks all, I'm pretty excited and ready to start personalizing it! Now I just need to get the trailer sold...

magnusfide

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Posted: 10/08/18 09:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations[emoticon]


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BillHoughton

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Posted: 10/08/18 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations! You'll have fun!

I may have the explanation for the 2004/2005 discrepancy. The Class C manufacturers buy the vehicle on which they'll build the RV - chassis, cab, driveline, etc. - and then start building. Sometimes, by the time they're done building, the new model year has started. So the automotive part of the RV is from one year, but the RV itself is from the next year. Our 2007 Class C has a 2006 vehicle under it. I have to remember that when I'm seeking service. No big deal; you just need to know.

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