Age of RV

Discussion in 'Full Timing' started by steven.blackshear, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. steven.blackshear

    steven.blackshear Junior Member

    Ladies and gents,

    In your opinion, and no opinion is incorrect, how old is too old for a Diesel RV for full timing for a couple of years? I would like a 36+ footer with a couple slides. Getting close to full timing. I really appreciate this site and all of you for helping us out. I would really like to put a face with a name some day. God bless all.

  2. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    All depends on the care it has received. I have seen 20yr old rvs that looked new and 2yr old that looked like crap. Just hard to say.
  3. akjimny

    akjimny Senior Member

    Like Chelse said, age doesn't matter - - maintenance does. My neighbor has a 1972 GMC motorhome that looks factory new and he runs back and forth to Michigan every year. If you buy a used MH, make sure the owner had good periodic maintence pulled and has the records to back it up. I save every receipt for service on my rig - have a special folder just for them that stays with the coach along with all the owner's manuals.

    Diesel rigs, in my opinion, are built heavier than gassers. They should be able to stand up to more use, provided the maintenace has been done. Pull a good, thorough inspection before you buy, and if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, it is worth hiring a RV mechanic. This will be a major expense and your home for a couple of years, so check everything.

    Good luck and post back.:):)
  4. steven.blackshear

    steven.blackshear Junior Member

    Thanks Jim and Nash, Thats what I wanted to here but didn't know what to expect
  5. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Alot depends on your budget. Mine is 11 years old and you will have small issues(if you are handy at all) this will be no problem, you will have issues even brand new just the nature of things that move. 2 slides will be in the 45-65 grand area for a good mid level coach(watch for tires and batteries and get one with a diesel generator) and have 50-80 thousand miles(the diesel is just broken in). Have a full inspection even or maybe especially if buying from a dealer. Get at least a 300hp and 1000# torque, I'm running a 3126 Cat and for Cummins ISC or bigger. Some good older coach's are Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Tiffin, Fortravel. For Specific coach's ask and we can give our opinions on brand and motor.

  6. M P_doc

    M P_doc Junior Member

    Thanks, Len...

    We appreciate the guidance. Your summary sounds a lot like what we've been surfing on the Web, which I'll take as a good sign. We also have our folks looking ...we have RV and truck experience, but they're the ones with motorhome experience in the family. It's our hope to be able to get the rig when we get home for a month in the summer travel in it a bit and find our RV groove. Then a couple of months later, bye bye Army and hello open road.

    We'll be pestering y'all until we get it rolling!

  7. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Corrie just keep the questions coming and most of us will provide guidance and recommendations base of our experiance.
  8. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    I think I saw on a post you are in the mid south. PP&L is a good place to start and there are a lot of reasonable priced MH's in the Texas area.

  9. Cruzincat

    Cruzincat Member

    There are people who take tractors(as in tractor/trailers) with 500K miles on them and convert them to motor homes. These tractors were made to go a million miles over the road. After converting them, the GVWR usually works out to be about half what the tractor was designed to haul, so, if it has a decent transmission/engine combination, the fuel consumption won't be all that bad either. I've been told they can handle the mountain passes without a hiccup.
  10. harleyman_1000

    harleyman_1000 Junior Member

    Where is "Our Getting Started checklist" ?
  11. akjimny

    akjimny Senior Member

    Hi Harleyman and welcome to the RVUSA Forum. I don't know what "Getting Started" checklist Marvel was refering to. Marvel was a spammer who hasn't posted anything since his original five advertising posts in February.

    That said, I believe the Good Sam website has a checklist you might be able to use. Sorry I couldn't be more help.:):)
  12. harleyman_1000

    harleyman_1000 Junior Member

    Ok now I must ask, what is "GOOD SAM WEBSITE"?
  13. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Good Sam is a club for rvers harleyman. They offer discounts at good sam parks. Think they are also connected with Camping World stores. You can get road service and extended warranties through them. Goggle Good Sam for more info.
  14. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

  15. harleyman_1000

    harleyman_1000 Junior Member

    Thank you all for your help and advise

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