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Old 04-23-2018, 12:36 AM   #2437
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Tony.
I'm not sure we're going to be the friend's I'd hoped but I'll still listen to your sage counsel (as with everyone else in the forums).

I'm a Navy Vet, so I'm used to...
- things breaking when you need them most
- jerry-rigging the stuff that breaks
- not taking no for an answer until I've exhausted all options
- whether I buy something refurbed, do some or all ourselves I'll figure out a PM (preventative maintenance) schedule that works for us to be on the road when we plan to be. Even Navy ships go into the "yards" every few years. ;-)

I love the outdoors and I'm planning on passing that to my daughter, so we may boondock a lot.

As a disabled Vet, I also have a lifetime pass to all of the National parks and I'm expecting to wear it out. :-)

As a Submariner, I got over people being moody or having different opinions long ago.

Who knows, you might be right. If we try it and don't lime it, stay alert for a discounted MoHo - just to get rid of it.

Hahaha... probably not. ;-)
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:13 AM   #2438
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Hey, if you're willing to take on a high maintenance project because these things are so darn cool, welcome to the asylum!

Your budget is in the right range, 70k will go a loooong way!

I got mine in the 20s, I'm daydreaming about where I would even put 50k. New generator, new floors, dynamat everywhere, new awning, pay someone 5k to polish it, 15k for solar and a lithium bank, paint my toad while I'm at it...
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:54 AM   #2439
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What tony says is best advice ever. I wish I would have read this before I bought my moho. I bought mine. For $9100usd. Got it to my house with water pump, rad, and alternator sent off and I was $27-28000cad lighter. I’m looking at a 67% loss right now. ( I’d be lucky to sell at $10g locally). Dollar was at 80% usd approximately. My expectations was $18000cad to get home in a great case scenario ( in perspective for a long distance and out of country purchase)

I have the diesel so I’m happy but if I had the 454 I think I’d be taking myself behind the woodshed to put myself out of my misery. Also I’m a red seal carpenter, my career,and hobby this was my majority driver to take on my project.

Right now I have a tent on wheels, sticking to going to the lake within free towing distance. My price at $9100usd was probably way to high given the actual condition. My plans long term are 50g plus to go into mine over the years I’m 35 so I got that covered being able to use it for hopefully 40 more years.

I’m not going to say buy or stay away. But there is great advice from experienced members here and it’s not full of dicks like some forums and groups. Educate yourself on the costs of the components that may need to be replaced( not a question of your ability to pay with your wallet; however some stuff is obsolete which can derail enjoyment; and can also help make a decision to stay away from say a tag axle?) windsheilds were a shocker for myself at $5500cad currently to be done locally. don’t let emotion get in the way of a purchase( there is no shortage of these units typically if you’re willing to travel).

Would I do it again? I’m not sure, probably a few things differently. I had real world experience so far, it’s been a nightmare kind of. Btw I finished with a $3300 tow bill on my maiden voyage was one of the worst bills. Thank god I have a diesel is where I currently stand.

If you have a large budget I’d rather spend a bit on the lower side and hire people to do the work vs relying on lies from previous owners about its status. This scenario is want excellent body, glass and decent window slides
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:10 AM   #2440
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Classic MoHos For Sale?

As a submariner you’re used to being “underwater”!

We’ve had very good luck on or classic MoHo. I bought it from a family that had just returned from their last vacation in it. We drove it from Seattle to home to Boulder after a thorough inspection and filling it with fuel. I maintain it like an aircraft. Did that work for a bunch of years.

Going on 25,000 miles of reliable travel. Usually get home with a squawk list. I enjoy working on it as a hobby/distraction.

As long as you realize what your getting into, you will enjoy it. We sure do.

Some of the “cautions”, and we’ve all seen them, are directed to those think they can buy one of these classic vehicles, drop it off at camping world for an oil change and and join the ranks of us demented AS junkies that spend our free time and money tinkering with rich folks hand me downs. I’ve been doing that with classic vehicles, airplanes, and boats.

I’ve even bought a second classic AS MoHo Incase I run out of projects on this one.

Good luck...

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Old 04-24-2018, 01:43 PM   #2441
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:36 PM   #2442
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:01 PM   #2443
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:31 PM   #2444
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I’m a trailer guy so maybe I shouldn’t chime in....

But, if your wife is skeptical I would suggest renting for a weekend to get a sense of where she stands. In my experience a travel trailer is perfect for taking vacations with kids, you can bring their friends along at almost no extra cost and meals and sleeping arrangements are much easier than motels and restaurants.

As for a project, you may want to reconsider motor homes and look at trailers again. There are far fewer systems to deal with and your tow rig can double as a daily driver. There are decent projects for less than 5k and if you do your own work you can have something really nice for 10 to 15.

Take a good hard look at what you want and what will work for your family. It might be that a newer rig that doesn’t need work is better suited to your situation although you sound like someone who wants a project. As others have said a lot depends on your situation. If you live somewhere you have room to spread out then you might end up with something to use now and something to work on for later. 70k is a lot of money to put into anything that isn’t real property so starting off with something you know you can finish for 10 grand might be a better plan. You will have just as much fun working on it with your daughter and a better chance of finishing. Look around at all the unfinished projects there are for sale. Every one of them somebody had good intentions and wonderful dreams.

Good luck whatever you decide and thank you for your service.

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Old 05-01-2018, 07:53 AM   #2445
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Seen on RV Trader. Commercial Division. Good storage options on top.
Disclaimer: I have no relation to the seller so know nilch about this RV

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/198...EAM-5002327600

This vehicle is a Airsteam Mobile Command Vehicle formerly used by the Chicago Police Department for managing the police at Chicago Bears football games. It was the ultimate football tailgator. It is almost completely stripped naked inside except the bathroom and master bedroom walls. It has new tires on the front. It only has 16,000 miles on it. It has a very large propane tank, two large generators, and two propane heaters. It has a small sink and a refrigerator (not sure if it works). This vehicle is basically in excellent condition but it will need to be built out inside to your specifications. It has doors on the left side front and back. It would make an excellent demonstration vehicle or food truck. It has a 454 v-8 which runs great.
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:20 AM   #2446
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Tony.
I'm not sure we're going to be the friend's I'd hoped but I'll still listen to your sage counsel (as with everyone else in the forums).

I'm a Navy Vet, so I'm used to...
- things breaking when you need them most
- jerry-rigging the stuf

Who knows, you might be right. If we try it and don't lime it, stay alert for a discounted MoHo - just to get rid of it.

Hahaha... probably not. ;-)
Sorry, didn't mean to tick you off. I was just being my usual bluntness. These coaches are not what we call, millenial friendly.

No where in your original post did you explain who you were or life experiences; all I read, was that you had a young child with a wife who was unsure of camping, and you were looking at a Classic motorhome.

I'm friends with everyone that understands that these coaches are a work in progress and require the owners to get their hands dirty a lot.

Welcome to the world of Classic motorhomes.

Cheers
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:49 PM   #2447
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1992 300LE Los Angeles 77K miles, $59,500

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Old 05-14-2018, 04:14 AM   #2448
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Dang, that looks *nice*
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:10 AM   #2449
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Good shape....no wipers or furnace.......must be a California thing.....Regards, Bob
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:22 AM   #2450
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The 300le is really the best of the classic RV’s in my opinion, no tag axle, walk around queen bed, great layout, TBFI, and a 4l80e if you are lucky. I sold mine for $40k, and I still miss it!
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