Ever since I arrived in the USA(born in Englad), I have ached for a motorhome.
I workamped all over europe, with SOB trailer, and it was awesome.
However using a motorhome here in the USA makes sense to me. The idea of traveling with family friends and dogs all relaxing and being able to use all the facilities, make the "getting there" such a blast!
When I started to look for my dream, I looked at a lot of older Motorhomes, as my budget is and was limited. I narrowed my choices down...
GMC Motorhomes and Mid 80's Holiday Ramblers.
In the end, after looking at quite a few, I realized something important..
ALL older MH's have issues... running gear gets tired... systems break down and need replacement..
I accepted that.
But here was an important discovery..
Many of the Box style MH's like the HR, have HUGE issues with wall delamination.. bubbles, ripples etc.I saw and see many with this issue.
I pondered for a long time...
I knew of, and loved the Airstream Trailers, but dismissed them as I did not want a trailer.
Somehow missed the fact that Airstream made a Classic Style MH.
When I found out, I was IN..
No wall delamination... they leak.. yes, but the water runs down and rots the floor(so you only get floor rot... not wall AND floor rot!)
Downside is cold/hot bridging due to the construction... and less space due to the shape.
Up side... is that look..
I looked at a few... at the time, in 2009 and 2010... $15k to 30K+ range.
In the end I spotted one in KS... ugly and had body damage but the price was right(I thought) at below $10k.
Worst side pic.
Best side pic..
But with a fresh Jasper Motor, rebuilt trans and suspension, new water heater, and recent refridgerator(I count $25k in receipts in the the previous 5 years).
I went for it. Flew into KS with a buddy, with my fingers crossed...
The PO was fair and honest, and the test drive, and drive home went as perfect as I could have wished with a leaking water heater and blown fuse as low points..
Pic from trip home.. Petrified Forest..
I had a blast, and felt so good on arriving home!
Downside was finding lots of smog equipment missing...
In closing, I have come a long way(but traveled little since arriving in CA)... and endured setbacks and delays, but I still love my choice!
Pictures of my progress..
Long way to go, but every day/week is a step forward.
In hindsight, I maybe could have bought a better example for the same money as prices have bottomed... but maybe its all swings and roundabouts...
My advice is this...
Look, and dream, accept each units compromises, and buy what suits you...