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#1 sculligan29

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:23 PM

Hello everyone my name is Shawn, my wife and I are USAF veterans who are looking to become full time RVers

 

We burned the ships and are all in on this, we have a 2 year old and feel we can get away with the full time RVing until she gets a little older. I have  done my homework as best I can reading countless articles on the internet, i.e. forums/blogs/reviews. I have had extended conversations with anyone who will talk RV with me, and I feel I had have at the least became informed.

 

So here is my question for you, I am trying to decide between 3 different units:

 

A 2002 Holiday Rambler Ambassador, 2 slides, 350 Cummins, 71000 miles the tires have about 1-2 years left, fiberglass roof, looks used and dated inside but everything is good to go Gen/oil/exterior/slide seals/engine/etc $39000.

 

A 2003 Four Winds Mandalay 330 CAT 4 slides, 71000 miles,  gorgeous inside, tires dated 2012, $6000 motorcycle hydra lift on back (not that important to me), had the turbo replaced on engine recently (warranty), generator has just been serviced, all fresh oils just changed on unit, full paint, it seemed a bit sluggish when I drove it but it is a heavy unit, $67000.

 

And a 2003 National Tradewinds, 56,000 miles, 350 Cummins, full paint, new roof, new front tires, new awning covers, generator and engine just had all servicing, 2 slides, $50,000. I am kind of leaning in the middle with the Tradewinds.

 

I am prequalified to buy a unit when I find "the one", and will be purchasing at least a three year warranty. Does anyone have any comments on these models pros/cons, craftsmanship considerations, durability, etc. or could you provide any insight for me to help me make a better informed decision? Thanks in advance for your valued input, look forward to chatting with you!!  


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#2 Allegiance40x

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 07:26 PM

The big question is...which floor plan does your D/W like best?? :D


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:07 PM

The Mandalay 


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#4 huffypuff

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 10:39 PM

I would need more information but look like the 2003 Mandalay is the best if size is equal.  Why didn't I pick the Holiday Rambler is for the reason when I got mine I had to have lots of repairs to get it right.  Lucky for me the dealer paid and did for most of it even though they sold it to me as is.  I picked a dealer with a very good reputation and they proved it.   


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At Redmond, OR

 

 

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2006 Holiday Rambler, Ambassador PLQ 40' 10" 

2006 Jeep Liberty Limited CRD used as toad

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:01 PM

The Mandalay 

Welcom to the forum and congratulations on your new Mandalay!!

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2003 Bounder 38N
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Allison 3000MH tran.
Towing a 2014 Honda CRV with a blue Ox tow bar

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

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