Shopping for a Class A

Let me tell you about shopping for a used class A motorhome.

It sucks. The end.

OK, some of that is our “fault” since we’ve narrowed down the playing field to 2 models we want. 1st choice is a 2007/8 Tiffin Allegro 35QBA with a FRED chassis (front diesel) if possible, but we’d be cool with the Ford V10. They’re in our price range. Ish. The floorplan is PERFECT. 4 slides, lots of floor space, tons of storage.  The other model we would consider is a Forest River Georgetown 352QS. It’s also a quad slide with just about the same floor plan. From what we read, the Tiffin is the way to go for craftsmanship, reliability and build quality. But my in-laws have a Georgetown and like it very much.

Tiffin Allegro 35QBA Floorplan

Tiffin Allegro 35QBA Floorplan

 Forest River Georgetown 352QS

Forest River Georgetown 352QS

We’d prefer to spend $65,000 or less. The payments need to be manageable until we’re able to sell the house and pay it off. So we’ve found a couple Tiffins we like (or thought we liked).

One deal was GOING to happen. It was in Alabama. We bought the plane tickets. Had the loan. And then he calls to say it won’t start. Well, starting is pretty high on our hierarchy of needs here, so we bailed. Maybe we bailed prematurely, maybe it was an easy fix. But we were freaked. Then there was one in Virginia. We day tripped it down through the joys and pleasures of DC traffic (which is the same on Saturday mornings as it is on Fridays at 4pm–FYI). Seven+ hour round trip for the worst cared for RV I’ve seen. What a wreck. We were embarrassed for the owner (who was not at all embarrassed).

That’s it so far. A couple have popped up in Colorado and California but we’re not in a place (vacation-time-wise) to make the trip back from out west.

Onward.