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Old 11-21-2011, 11:22 AM   #2371
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Yep, I know it ain't much. Its sad really, but that's what it is. NYC rent, even in Brooklyn, will cost you 850 minimum, and I'm stuck in a temp job until January. Either they will hire me full time, or kick me to the curb. IE< can't sign a new lease, and I suspect, I may join the ranks of the fun-employed again, just based on the industry.

Craigslist seems to have a few offerings to give, but I don't know enough about RV's to know which ones to stay away from.

Current considerations:
78 Dodge Transvan (not sure if this one has bathroom?) Philly, PA $900.
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/2674306648.html

84 Sprinter 27ft (Falconer) - needs cosmetic TLC, Chautauqa, NY $1900
http://chautauqua.craigslist.org/rvs/2705539065.html

85 Fleetwood Southwind 27-J, AC and furnace not working, New Haven CT $2000
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GHO, did you say $3k? Sorry man, but I can't imagine what you can buy for $3,000.00

Maybe a pickup with a shell, or an older van. Porta pot, jetboil, air mattress and a sleeping bag? Maybe you can find a camping trailer to tow with the Strom...

That's just not much to work with.

Why not just head out on the bike and rough it? Use that cash for an occasional hotel room and shower.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #2372
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GHO100 ; this one could be a reasonable deal if the mileage is correct , those 318s will run a long time and get fair gas mileage (for a barn) .Try and check to see how much water damage there really is . The fiberglass shell should be a better sealed unit than the class Cs . Good luck !
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #2373
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Listen to Gramps. Besides, it has shag carpeting man.
One of the RVs I wrote about earlier was a short class C. It needed front bunk repair, cleaning and new carpet. I had $2k into it when it was done and it was damn near perfect. They are out there.
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:48 PM   #2374
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That 84 Sprinter has good possibilities.

one thing to look for, is water stains on the ceiling...this means there is or was a leak....VERY BAD!!!!!!

RV's have wood frames, and the wood will rot overnight with any water being introduced.


I'd take your time and really look around. Not only are RV's not selling very good in this economy, but the season is coming to an end. You can use this to your advantage...as many folks will have used their rigs over the summer and gotten things in working order, but have probably considered selling it due to lack of useage anyways...so now is a good time to be on the prowl.

don't jump at the first one that strikes your fancy.....it probably won't be going far these days.

oh...and don't listen to a seller's speach..."oh yeah, you'd better buy this thing right now, as I've got this guy who said he's coming over later this afternoon just to buy it".........YEAH RIGHT!!!


You might wanna go check out RV sales lots as well, and see if they've got any 'sleeper's' they're looking to unload cheaply, or if they have any leads on folks who are motivated sellers. (as they often do). You can learn alot about different styles and floorplans by walking around a lot with a good salesman. (just don't bring your wallet!!) And don't be afraid to make rediculously low offers......they could take 'em!




keep us posted!!!
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:31 PM   #2375
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Hey folks,

been lurking a long time and considering going for a Motorhome full time. (Just myself, 28y single male/ gf will be in Europe for half a year at least).

I've been contemplating buying a shuttle bus and doing the conversion myself, insulation, bed, small kitchen, heat....the plumbing does throw me off a bit in terms to certainty, and whether I'd be able to save any money doing it this way.

My budget is tight, say 3000 tops. For 1 man, in that price range, what do you guys recommend I look for? Does anyone have something reasonable for sale? I'm not against doing a good bit of interior work, as long as I don't have to drop another grand into the engine...

Located in Brooklyn....,not too many roadside for sale items around here.

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Boy, that's a tall order right there.

Put a motor in it and for 3k you'd better start with something with a good heater and waterproof. I don't think you'll find much that doesn't need a ton more investment at that price which shoots your purpose to hell.

I'd go more this if I was on a budget like that.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/rvs/2698873025.html

Livable with space to spare, in the price range and your tow vehicle is your daily transportation.

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:39 PM   #2376
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A quick search of my local CL brought this ad up. Asking 4K this week. The same ad was listed for 7 K on October 11. What do you think they'd actually take?
http://rochester.craigslist.org/rvs/2714126031.html
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:10 PM   #2377
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A quick search of my local CL brought this ad up. Asking 4K this week. The same ad was listed for 7 K on October 11. What do you think they'd actually take?
http://rochester.craigslist.org/rvs/2714126031.html
Maybe they really need the money, I'd make darn sure stuff like the fridge worked. A fridge runs easily over 1k and the rule of thumb is never to park it unleveled and on for more than 30 minutes. The darn things burn out quickly when not leveled up.
Because most folks don't know this older motorhomes have fridges that are either not working or close to being toast.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:13 PM   #2378
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Boy, that's a tall order right there.

Put a motor in it and for 3k you'd better start with something with a good heater and waterproof. I don't think you'll find much that doesn't need a ton more investment at that price which shoots your purpose to hell.

I'd go more this if I was on a budget like that.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/rvs/2698873025.html

Livable with space to spare, in the price range and your tow vehicle is your daily transportation.


I didn't see where he has any sort of TV.

If I were 28 and had that kind of money to play with I would still be looking for a nice empty E150 or a pickup with a shell or something like it. It would be useful after this adventure. What does he really need besides something reliable? Amenities shamenities.

A dirt cheap RV just seems like asking for trouble... I'm sure it can be done but... ymmv

But don't let me stop ya! Show us what you find!

Tight budget answer IMHO
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:16 PM   #2379
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I didn't see where he has any sort of TV.

If I were 28 and had that kind of money to play with I would still be looking for a nice empty E150 or a pickup with a shell or something like it. It would be useful after this adventure. What does he really need besides something reliable? Amenities shamenities.

A dirt cheap RV just seems like asking for trouble... I'm sure it can be done but... ymmv

But don't let me stop ya! Show us what you find!

Tight budget answer IMHO

I agree, a motorhome is just short of a boat, a hole in the water you throw money at.
You can get real lucky or real unlucky. Either way shit breaks and wears out.
Asking for trouble for sure.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:21 PM   #2380
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I agree, a motorhome is just short of a boat, a hole in the water you throw money at.
You can get real lucky or real unlucky. Either way shit breaks and wears out.
Asking for trouble for sure.
Boy I'm glad to hear someone else say that. I was feeling like such a codger!

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Old 11-24-2011, 07:39 AM   #2381
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Seriously though, my first "RV" was just an old Econoline passenger van. Two rows of buckets and a third bench. Took the bench out and built a platform for a futon mattress. Storage underneath. Big cooler, (you could even get a fridge that plugs in these days,) a small propane heater like a Mr Heater Buddy, and a camp stove.

Pick up a van like that for $1000-1500 and have cash for repairs and fuel and an occasional hotel room or whatever.

I drove all over the lower 48 with that rig and then used it as a work van for 5 more years and then sold it for what I paid for it.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:44 AM   #2382
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here's a great RV that a friend of mine has had for 30 years!

I believe it's got a Olds 455 in it, and actually gets 12 mpg!!!





he 's a custom cabinet builder...and it shows!!! The workmanship is breathtaking!!
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:53 AM   #2383
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Old 11-25-2011, 12:40 PM   #2384
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That's fantastic. It looks like the stuff they drive in NZ.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:11 PM   #2385
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this is the rest...


There's a boat tucked in under that rear deck too!!


I think it's just beautiful!!!

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