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EmCommer503

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I'm looking at a lot of 20 year old motorhomes, because I have a tight budget. I can't find anything to help me identify the different tiers of motorhome within a brand. As an example, Fleetwood in that period has Bounder, Bounder Classic, Southwind, Storm, Pace Arrow, Pace Arrow Vision, Flair, and Discovery... and that's just the Class-A's. I'm also considering Class-C's so there's a hole other mess of lines of Class-C Fleetwood RV's. Is there a source that identifies the different tiers for older motorhomes?
I only used Fleetwood as an example, I'm still looking at other brands also. I just want to figure out were they budget, mid-tier, or top of the line brands when I look at an RV.

I couldn't find anything on this type of question, so I apologize if this has been answered, and would appreciate a link.


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IMO at twenty years old, it’s all about provable maintenance (house and chassis), running all the systems, driving the MH in a real world test and whether the tires are aged out.


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not sure of your question, but will try. Class A gas 19.5 tires. A few had 22.5. A couple difference sizes. Diesel 22.5 and again different sizes. Some of these sizes are very hard to find now. Class C were 16.5 and I think some had 17.5. Could be wrong on these. Someone with a Class C should jump in. Go with a 22.5 if you can find one that you like. Check and see if the tire size is available now.

My first Class A has 16.5 tires and did not have very much load carrier on them.

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I wasn't saying Tires and mis-spelled it. I purposefully said "Tiers." The reason manufacturers have the same floorplans but different model names (Bounder vs. Southwind for instance) is because one is built with cheaper quality items, resulting in lower price. I want to know where I can find out which RV lines are the cheaper vs. the top line products by manufacturer and year. As an example, I think of the 7 gas motorhome lines I mentioned for Fleetwood, the Bounder is the low quality and Southwind is top of the line for that manufacturer, but I don't know where all the others fall into the lineup. (I know the discovery is a Diesel Pusher, so I don't compare it to the others listed.)

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I'm also not sure of your question but think you may be going down the wrong track. BUT on any RV you need to look at the AGE per the DOT code on every tire and for any used vehicle expect that it may need new tires.

What difference does it make on the current tires for a 20 year old RV when they are not original could be any quality or even the wrong size or load range capability?


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Ohhh... Start at the top - any Foretravel is far better than what you posted. [emoticon]

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With RV's that old, condition and maintenance history are generally more important than brand or model.


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Amazing how many people don't know what 'tier' means. No one actually answered the OP's question. I suppose contacting the manufacturer, or a long standing dealer ofspecific brands in question might help get the answer. Good luck.

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1. My question had nothing to do with Tires.

2. The reason I'm asking is higher grade models are typically built with better components that will have a longer life. It's why people are more likely to buy a 30 year old Honda over a 20 year old Kia.

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Amazing how many people don't know what 'tier' means. No one actually answered the OP's question. I suppose contacting the manufacturer, or a long standing dealer ofspecific brands in question might help get the answer. Good luck.

Ed


Thanks, Ed. I guess another option is finding original msrp...

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