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RV Shopping -Experience With RVs Requested -Help Please

Postby deminimis » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:53 am

So, we've come to the realization that our truck camper just isn't cutting it for four people (when two of those four are kids that like to fight at night). Not interested in a 5'er. Looking for an RV. So, anyone have or rode in a RV that they thought was really well built? One that they thought was a POS to be avoided? Really want to stay with diesel and 2003 or newer (for financing purposes). Here's a few that I'm considering:

Jayco Seneca JX (garage unit)
Dynamax (their smaller units, gas v-10, not the $500k+ mondo dealios)
Bigfoot (of course), but the ones in our price range are gas v-10
Haulmark Motorcoach (just because they are so freak'n big)
Unicat (ha! Just thought I'd throw that in there as if dreaming, may as well dream big).

I freak'n love this Dynamax, but the sleeping situation is completely asinine:

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Reminds me of the Herkimer

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So any input/experience is appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: RV Shopping -Experience With RVs Requested -Help Please

Postby Tawmass » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:10 am

I believe Darin Williams sells RVs - talk to him.
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Re: RV Shopping -Experience With RVs Requested -Help Please

Postby jb15 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:41 pm

definitely get a diesel. you're on top of that :)

can you put your bike in that rv? or will you pull a little trailer?
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Postby deminimis » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:18 pm

jb15 wrote:definitely get a diesel. you're on top of that :)

can you put your bike in that rv? or will you pull a little trailer?


Depends. If I end up with a motor garage, then that's covered. If I end up with a Dynamax or the like, then will just use our trailer like now.
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Re: RV Shopping -Experience With RVs Requested -Help Please

Postby edgy » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:20 pm

http://www.newellcoach.com/newell-coaches/coach-1476/
Probably get an enclosed trailer for a few bucks more. I figure payments would be?

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Postby oregonsage » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:11 am

The typical 16" wheeled chassis class C is often at or near the load limit of the tires before adding your trailer, etc. Every feature and slide adds weight, and just like your motorcycle, bad things happen when it gets too heavy. In the case of motorhomes, they shred tires which then take out everything within 4 feet of the tire.

Especially if you're going to do any distance with a load then the heavier duty chassis (aka Dynamax) is a good idea.

My 27' Double Slide V10 with or without 12' trailer gets about 7 mpg (I travel with the trucks in the slow lane at 62), same as the 460 powered smaller unit I had before. I think the Diesel question really matters if your going to do a lot of miles, or if it is necessary to get the heavy chassis....otherwise I dont think most people get their money's worth out of a diesel rig.

As Tom said at the top, Darin William works at RV Corral in Eugene (last I heard) and might be a good guy to talk to.
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Postby deminimis » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:39 am

Thanks. I was waiting for the go-ahead (or more likely, "whatever", from the Boss) to make an offer on the Dynaquest above. The some buck already took a deposit on it. Damn. Really liked that one. Maybe the sale will fall through.

So, I've read quite a bit about the Jayco Seneca. Sounds like they are fraught with problems, so that's off the list.

Although this unit is bigger than I wanted (want to stay under 30'), I may make an offer on it.

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Of course, I could spend 1/3 of that and get this nice, older Bigfoot (and I already know how to do an E-series 4x4 conversion)

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I think the smart money would say spend less and have more $ for gas (V-10).

Decisions, decisions, decisions.
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Re: RV Shopping -Experience With RVs Requested -Help Please

Postby JoeH » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:40 am

You can buy a lot of motel rooms for what something like that costs...

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Postby deminimis » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:53 am

JoeH wrote:You can buy a lot of motel rooms for what something like that costs...


And end up with cooties! We actually do a lot of camping/traveling, year 'round, so use isn't an issue and more often than not, motels aren't an option for us.

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Postby deminimis » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:08 pm

I really would like to have grabbed this MAN 4x4 rig in Brazil, but looks like it sold. This, really, is more our speed (see below).

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In Baja in our former, trusty Sporty.

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With that, I wouldn't be surprised to see me get that Bigfoot RV, pick up a used Freightliner or International 4x4 chassis, grab my trusty Sawzall and get busy.


REGARDLESS, still looking for folks' specific RV experiences.
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Postby deminimis » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:43 pm

Ooops. Just got the email I was waiting for. May just end up with a Haulmark motor garage after all. Yea, I know, way too freak'n big, but... Well, we'll see anyway. Price is right.

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Postby oregonsage » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:24 pm

That looks pretty sweet.....whats under the hood (says the old semi driver)

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Postby deminimis » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:20 pm

oregonsage wrote:That looks pretty sweet.....whats under the hood (says the old semi driver)


450hp German excellence.
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Postby dlharte » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:58 pm

They all suck, depreciate faster then potato salad in the sun and will take years off your life dealing with problem after problem.

Best Western makes a good one I think.
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Re: RV Shopping -Experience With RVs Requested -Help Please

Postby edgy » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:35 pm

Owned one once, spent more time working on the damn thing than enjoying it. Just sayin.


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