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Old 07-25-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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Looking for a low cost investment to try on a 3000 mile round trip next year. Basic requirements are large engine, genset, air, dual rear wheels and clean interior. We may use this once and sell it or it might be around or perhaps upgraded if we stick with it.

So far I have looked at a couple type A that are in the 80s that need tons of work and cleaning, priced around 7K. I found a Four Winds type C which is a 1999, 350 Ford with the V-10. Couple of ladies own it, asking 13k and did not want to negotiate on that figure.

Any particular brands to avoid or to look for in particular?

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Looking for a low cost investment to try on a 3000 mile round trip next year. Basic requirements are large engine, genset, air, dual rear wheels and clean interior. We may use this once and sell it or it might be around or perhaps upgraded if we stick with it.

So far I have looked at a couple type A that are in the 80s that need tons of work and cleaning, priced around 7K. I found a Four Winds type C which is a 1999, 350 Ford with the V-10. Couple of ladies own it, asking 13k and did not want to negotiate on that figure.

Any particular brands to avoid or to look for in particular?

Thanks!
Rent a car and stay in a hotel cheaper for you.
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Rent a car and stay in a hotel cheaper for you.
Darn iffy where we're you when I bought the boat?
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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Darn iffy where we're you when I bought the boat?
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Well I can see this is a waste of time...
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Well I can see this is a waste of time...
Well, to be fair, it was a wide open question that has no answer and only incites the membership to let you know it is a "not very well thought out" idea. Sometimes these question critiques can be "volatile".

Baiting members with questions like this one is actually prohibited on this board.
I should give you a violation, but you may have actually asked this question in good faith. So, here is my good faith answer. Not a good idea.

Iggy had the right idea.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #7
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If the plan is a one-and-done trip, then I agree that buying a class A or C won't make much fiscal sense, so have you considered renting? Now, I never have done this so can't speak from experience, but I know there are rentals available from private owners. I Googled Motorhome Rentals and got a bunch of hits. Seems to me that this would allow you to stay in a newer MH in your price range without all of the burdens of ownership.

A purchase like this is not something I would do unless I intended to keep it for at least a few years. Good luck with your decision.
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My friend and I discussed this once and concluded that RVing was not a cheap method of travel but a lifestyle we enjoy. If you are in it for the economics, follow Iggy's advice.
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Well, to be fair, it was a wide open question that has no answer and only incites the membership to let you know it is a "not very well thought out" idea. Sometimes these question critiques can be "volatile".

Baiting members with questions like this one is actually prohibited on this board.
I should give you a violation, but you may have actually asked this question in good faith. So, here is my good faith answer. Not a good idea.

Iggy had the right idea.
Go ahead and give me a "violation" for asking an honest question. While you are at it, delete my information and my membership. I will attempt this myself. There are too many other forums for me to take this nonsense here. Have fun.
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Go ahead and give me a "violation" for asking an honest question. While you are at it, delete my information and my membership. I will attempt this myself. There are too many other forums for me to take this nonsense here. Have fun.
Since you did ask in good faith, it is also apparent from your reply that advice was not what you wanted. You wanted confirmation that your poorly thought out and financially ruinous idea was a good one. Sorry, you did not get what you wanted here.

Perhaps you will find what you are looking for elsewhere. If you are looking for advice (as in every open board - some will be good and some will be bad) you will get it where ever you go. I doubt you will find validation on any board; but who knows...

As to the violation comment, this board is more tightly controlled than some others. This I believe makes us "better", but it is a great big internet and you are certainly free to do as you will out there. I did not sanction you or delete your account (if you never come back it will go inactive all by itself) because I felt you actually might have posted in good faith and said so.

I posted the comment as a caution in case you did "toss a grenade" just to see what would happen.

Good luck in any case and feel free to return if you do buy a "fixer-upper" and need our help. I suggest you watch "The Money Pit" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks before you do.
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