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ladyhawk2

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Posted: 06/17/20 05:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My husband and I are retired and are in our 70's. We did some tent camping and had a VW camper when our kids were little. We have finally decided to look at a 2014 Coachman Lepprechaun 319DSF for $64,000 w/14,655 miles. Also, a Class A 2012 Tiffin Allegro 36LA for $70,000 w/ 40,275 miles. We have weighed the pros and cons. The Tiffin has low steps, a bath and 1/2 and residential refrigerator., vacuum, 8.0 generator and full body paint. The Coachman has a drop down for grandchildren and an outdoor TV and sleeps 8. Do you think the Tiffin has too many miles and may be too big for a first time motor home buyer? I have read that you should get your top choice so you don't have to trade up later. We have been talking about this for 3 years now and feel like we are ready to make the big move. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted: 06/17/20 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rent an A and a C for a week each.


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Posted: 06/17/20 06:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does the Tiffin have a diesel? 40,000 miles on a diesel is just getting broke in. The Tiffin is very well built and will last as long as you will use it.


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Posted: 06/17/20 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They both sound like a good choice, I would take the Tiffin but that's a personal choice. I like Class A units.

Whichever you decide, check the manufacture date on the tires. Don't just look at the tread depth. They may both need new tires.
RV tires age out before they wear out.
Price a set of new tires for both and factor it into the offer you make on the unit you chose.

40,000 miles on an 8 year old is about 5000 miles per year. I've read that on average most RV's are driven 4-6000 miles a year. I think it's a good mileage for the Tiffin.

If you are serious about any RV, hire mobile RV Tech and a mechanic to do a prepurchase inspection.
Do not sign any agreements or give the seller any money until you are satisfied with the condition of the RV.
And don't hesitate to ask questions on the forum. Someone will have the answer.

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The Tiffin is a gas motorhome (on the Ford chassis). 40k miles is not at all worrysome to me for the Ford drivetrain; the V10 engine should last, with reasonable care and maintenance, maybe 250k miles without needing major work, and the transmission is likewise generally reliable if given appropriate care. The house part of the RV is likely to wear out before the chassis. The same is true of the class C, for that matter.

As to which one you should get, assuming both are in good condition and free of leaks/water damage, I would suggest spending as much time as practical in them and working through the various daily activities you need to accomplish: go through the motions (at least mentally, if not in person) of cooking a meal, washing dishes, taking a shower, getting up in the middle of the night to pee, etc. You may find that one layout or the other is more suited to your uses. Also check how accessible things are with any slides slid in as for travel; sometimes it's mighty hard to get a drink from the fridge or use the bathroom with the slides in, and that can be an annoyance when traveling.

As far as driving goes, it's a bit different experience with a class A vs. a class C, but I don't think there's much intrinsically harder about one or the other. The class A is likely more maneuverable (or at least probably can turn more tightly), and you sit higher up which gives a somewhat broader view at times but can also amplify swaying and rolling sensations. The class C's cabover portion blocks vision upwards, which is nice if you're traveling into the sun but not so nice on a few other occasions. Both are wide and tall which takes a little time to get used to. On the highway, the difference in length is not really overly noticeable; it's mostly a concern when merging or passing or maneuvering in tight areas like parking lots or gas stations.

(I personally don't really see the appeal of an outdoor TV, or indeed a fancy TV/entertainment system in an RV in general. It seems kind of silly to me to travel to...well, most any destination...in order to watch television there.)





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How many grandchildren do you have and realistically how many will travelling with you at any one time. The Coachman c-class will most likely have the cab over bunk for 2 extra sleeping positions. Both units will the couch and dinette for sleeping as well.
Get the floor plan that works best for you, slides IN and OUT. Personally,after owning a c-class, I now would go with an A. More living space, seating choices when the cab seats are swivelled.
Driving, pros, cons, personal preference for each, I might take a day or 2 to get used to either. Both units are the same width, approximately the same height. According to the model number , the A is about 3 ft longer, not much when driving on the highway.

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Hi,

I think that both are nice. Equally I think both are over priced. Find out the price they were when new. Neither should be more than 35% of new price.

So if the class C was $100k it is not worth more than about 35k.

I would immediately replace all hoses and belts.

Have you been in an RV before?


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I think DrewE nailed it for you. When we were looking at moving from a nice 5th wheel to a MH we looked hard at both A & C. We quickly moved away from C's for a couple reasons. When sitting in the passengers seat my wife's legs would have to be off to the side, not comfortable for her. Who would have thought. Also very limited travel from front seat to coach when moving. Class A just made things easier all around. But like Drew said take time and sit in the unit picture doing stuff. Even in the Class A make sure you can get to bathroom, frig, microwave with slide in.


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brand wise, its tiffin over coachman
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