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Let's see what you have learned about Motorhomes. Let's concentrate on NEW for this thread.
What are the most recommended brands/models in each of the following price ranges?
Up to $100,000
$100,000 - $200,000
$200,000 - $300,000
$300,000 and Up
Include any additional information you think is helpful. For example, why is a certain brand considered the best in it's price range?
Less than 100K - Didn't find anything worth considering unless buying used.
100 - 200K - Allegro Bay, National products, Newmar products, Winnebago (Itasca) - These arel gas units.
200 - 300K - Allegro, Newmar Dutch Star, Winnebago (Itasca) - These are Diesel pushers.
300K and up - Didn't have enough money to even consider anything in this price range. These would have more bells and whistles added to the 200 to 300K range (just more stuff to break).
Keep in mind - the more you own, the more you are slave to it!!!!
Was looking yesterday at a New Fleetwood Southwind MH.
Think it was about 33ft w/2 slids (bed room rt,front lt),Ford V10, ice maker in frig and all the other usual things. Full body paint, double glass windows,plus other goodies. It had 22.5' wheels which should limit tire/load problems. Realized it's not a Prevost but it looked pretty good for my need.
Had a MSRP $114K, but from other MH MSRP/verus actual price, indicate it should be had for around $80K.
Of course I had intended to get a 40 ft Monaco Diplomate w/4 slides. $220K with a quoted actual seeling price of around $150K. I don't need that much room now for full timeing. Also I'm not in any hurry so Gas is fine for me.
If you haven't seen this one you may be interested to see what may be coming to lower cost MH's
Up to $100000 - If the National RV Sea Breeze is still under $100,000 than I would recommend it. We liked our 2002 Dolphin, but don't like the new ones.
$100,000 - $200,000 - National RV (watch the carrying capacity), Newmar, Tiffen gas motorhomes (I am not a fan of Bounders, Winnebagos, or Alfa units, but many disagree with me and full-time in them.)
$200-300K - Newmar (this is where our Dutch Star lands), Tiffen, Monaco brands (Holiday Rambler, Safari, Beaver and Monaco)
Over $300K - same as $200-300K with Foretravel added. Foretravel motorhomes live forever.
For those who want to do it themselves I will recommend doing your own bus conversion or finishing one someone else started. "Bus nuts" seem to be some of the happiest out there only rivaled by the owners of classis GMC motorhomes.
Watch for companies that stand behind their products and don't mind your being a full-timer.
Bill Joyce, 40' 2004 Dutch Star DP towing a 2012 Chevy EquinoxJournal at http://www.sacnoth.comFull-timing since July 2003
I realized I was thinking only of Class A motorhomes, the ones with the bus fronts. Under $100,000 there are some quite nice Class C motorhomes like Lazy Daze that people are happily full-timing in. Class C's are the type that are built off a truck chassis.
I know a couple who drives across the country a lot in a year and had a Monaco diesel motorhome they drove to death in four years, about literally. They went to trade it in for a new model and they would have been out about $160,000 since the trade-in value of their old one was almost nothing. They bought a Gulfstream Endura Class C for less than half that amount and figure if it lasts over two years they are ahead of the game. They are past the two year mark and think it will last at least four years.
Every brand has people who like them and every brand has people who don't. Alfa's go for tall ceilings and a big open feeling, but do not have the storage that they look like they have. I don't understand why shorter people buy them. A friend removed every screw and replaced them with a larger size since the originals were too short to hold. He then told me how much he likes his Alfa and how well engineered it is. Alfa's never appealed to my wife and I, but we have good friends that seem to love them. Only the standard Se Ya makes sense to me at all and that is what about every happy owner has. If you want to boondock don't go for the Founder's Edition since the electric fridge will eat all of your batteries. If you want to stop at Wal-Mart, don't buy the So Long since it unusable with the slides in. I don't understand why people buy the Gold edition.
To get some of the owner pulse for those with high speed internet I recommend joining the owners groups on http://groups.yahoo.com/ . There are Yahoo groups for about every brand, sometimes multiple. You will hear people who have to tell you their pet problem over and over, you will hear happy owners, you will hear very unhappy owners, etc. I recommend not getting the emails at first but browsing through the archives of messages. Then if you are still interested get the daily digests.