I think I'm just seeing this!
A miracle happened and we bought a new 2014 XLite 5er (SOB) under $30,000 and traded in our little Tacoma for a end of the year bargain 2013 Ford Lariat Ecoboost. We've towed over 5,000 miles, camped in 5 states and are on trip # 18 tomorrow! It all just fell together for us!
We're 2 happy extended RVers-considering going full time when our house sells in a depressed market! We're actually sort of looking for our next home town while traveling for our "exit" plan once we are full timers and are ready to slow down!
Originally Posted by Phil57
That's to bad you are putting it off. I can say as a new buyer that I wish we had bought a used one and that we would have been more educated before our purchase.
Advice is free and worth every penny but here is mine
1 consider the mission. How much will you tow? How much HP and torque do you need. Do you need a diesel or a gasser. How much will you travel. Get more HP and torque than you think you need. The mileage difference is not that important if you want to tow more and can't .
2 Consider the floor plan. Do you need bunk beds. The layout in the living room is it comfortable for all to relax and watch TV or read or hang out. We spend more time in side than I thought we would.
We have been camping in some cold weather and the tile floors do not warm up. A friend bought a 6 year old Country Couch with in floor heat. Very nice. Do you want all electric? I think I would. His runs on electric and diesel. Very nice to not fill the LP tanks. I would live to have a residential fridge.
I also would weigh anything you were thinking of buying and make sure there is extra capacity.
If you buy the correct MH for you remember that it could last a lifetime. You will never wear out the drive train. After time you can have the interior completely redone. I have seen some that turned out very nice and much cheaper than buying a new one. Sorry this just turned in to a rambling mess. Good luck on your shopping. We love our MH and for us it was the right choice over a 5th wheel but I will admit I'm always admiring all RV's and those 5th wheels are very nice.