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      11-06-2008 07:44 PM #51
      I saw one of these on the road today, approached me perpendicular in a large field area, gave it a good look on the approach and got a look at it in the 4 way stop. Nice condition, sort of a buttery-honey color.
      It is VERY ironic, and kind creepy to come home and see a post about these!
      I have always been enamored with the rear suspension design.

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      11-06-2008 08:50 PM #52
      Ultra cheap one on ebay if you like a project. If it was closer or if I had time to go get it roadworthy enough to make it home I'd be on it in a heartbeat, been wanting one of these for awhile
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      10-06-2017 04:01 PM #53
      Was window-shopping for a GMC motorhome and found this thread I originally created 10 years ago to the month.

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      10-06-2017 04:15 PM #54
      I think there have been some more recent TCL threads on the subject too. There was one that lived in a driveway down the street from my parents for YEARS. Recently though it disappeared.

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      I loved these. They had the Olds Toronado engine/transaxle, right?
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      10-07-2017 10:55 AM #57
      I feel like the market is actually pretty ripe right now for a return of reasonably-sized RVs. That market got really stagnant and sclerotic when it was just old people buying them, but I think there's a lot of families that would be interested in a reasonably sized and priced RV that isn't based on some gigantic commercial platform or a bus chassis.
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      10-07-2017 11:30 AM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      I feel like the market is actually pretty ripe right now for a return of reasonably-sized RVs. That market got really stagnant and sclerotic when it was just old people buying them, but I think there's a lot of families that would be interested in a reasonably sized and priced RV that isn't based on some gigantic commercial platform or a bus chassis.

      I'd be all over something like this if I were in the market for an RV. Not sure if at ~$118k it could be considered reasonably priced, but the size and features would be just about perfect for me and my wife.


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      10-07-2017 11:42 AM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      I feel like the market is actually pretty ripe right now for a return of reasonably-sized RVs. That market got really stagnant and sclerotic when it was just old people buying them, but I think there's a lot of families that would be interested in a reasonably sized and priced RV that isn't based on some gigantic commercial platform or a bus chassis.
      They just need to allow the companies in Europe to sell here. So many midsized and compact RVs over there that are rather nice.
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      10-07-2017 12:50 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post
      They just need to allow the companies in Europe to sell here. So many midsized and compact RVs over there that are rather nice.
      We're getting some nice ones here, which I started googling right after that post. Check this out - Winnebago Revel:



      It's got a bed that lifts to the cieling to make room for bikes and stuff, a little galley with a fridge, an indoor sitting area that converts to another bed, a combo ****ter/shower, a fold-out table for outside, outdoor shower hookups. In the footprint of a Sprinter. Damn, my dudes.
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      Quote Originally Posted by BrianC View Post
      I'd be all over something like this if I were in the market for an RV. Not sure if at ~$118k it could be considered reasonably priced, but the size and features would be just about perfect for me and my wife.
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      I mean, it ain't cheap, but it's also not bonkers. I'd personally go even smaller.
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      10-07-2017 02:45 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      I mean, it ain't cheap, but it's also not bonkers. I'd personally go even smaller.
      $100k plus Sprinters seems crazy to me.


      Sprinter shell is $40k. Put the guts of my $17k Casita into it.

      How is that $118k?
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      10-07-2017 02:51 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      $100k plus Sprinters seems crazy to me.


      Sprinter shell is $40k. Put the guts of my $17k Casita into it.

      How is that $118k?
      See video link I posted.
      RV quality is pretty sh*t and have no lemon law protection.
      Which makes those prices even more insane.
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      10-07-2017 05:34 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      I mean, it ain't cheap, but it's also not bonkers. I'd personally go even smaller.
      I have a 19' Class B van. That is about as small as you can go. I want a Winnebago Travato but don't want to spend 75k to get one.
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      10-07-2017 07:18 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by 2000JettaGLXVR6 View Post
      Was window-shopping for a GMC motorhome and found this thread I originally created 10 years ago to the month.
      I'm just impressed the pictures from the OP are still intact!

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    20. 10-07-2017 07:25 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      See video link I posted.
      RV quality is pretty sh*t and have no lemon law protection.
      Which makes those prices even more insane.
      Not to mention the black hole depreciation.

      IME RV dealers are the shadiest salesman I've ever encountered. We have been on the fence about getting a small travel trailer and have done some shopping. Every salesperson asked if we had a trade in before telling us the price. I simply kept saying "No" and not thinking why. I finally asked why everyone asked and the guy said they actually charge more for the camper if you have a trade in. So you not only have a rapidly depreciating asset, when you go to trade it in they'll charge you MORE for the new one just to take the one you've already lost on.

      I quickly came to realize why you see algae covered rotting campers in peoples yards, they cant get rid of it. They financed something for 15 years that only lasts 5-8, they owe too much and no one wants it!

      I'd be nervous about a Promaster based van, has FCA built a tans that can hold up to lugging that thing around?
      Last edited by rabbit83; 10-07-2017 at 07:28 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rabbit83 View Post
      Not to mention the black hole depreciation.

      IME RV dealers are the shadiest salesman I've ever encountered. We have been on the fence about getting a small travel trailer and have done some shopping. Every salesperson asked if we had a trade in before telling us the price. I simply kept saying "No" and not thinking why. I finally asked why everyone asked and the guy said they actually charge more for the camper if you have a trade in. So you not only have a rapidly depreciating asset, when you go to trade it in they'll charge you MORE for the new one just to take the one you've already lost on.

      I quickly came to realize why you see algae covered rotting campers in peoples yards, they cant get rid of it. They financed something for 15 years that only lasts 5-8, they owe too much and no one wants it!

      I'd be nervous about a Promaster based van, has FCA built a tans that can hold up to lugging that thing around?
      If you get one go fiberglass. Don't deteriorate or depreciate like a traditional travel trailer.

    22. 10-07-2017 07:44 PM #71
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      If you get one go fiberglass. Don't deteriorate or depreciate like a traditional travel trailer.
      If we pull the trigger it will be a Lance or a Camplite.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rabbit83 View Post
      If we pull the trigger it will be a Lance or a Camplite.
      I found Scamp, Escape, Casita held their value the best.
      I'm a believer in the fiberglass construction vs. traditional RVs.

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      10-08-2017 09:12 AM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      See video link I posted.
      RV quality is pretty sh*t and have no lemon law protection.
      Which makes those prices even more insane.
      Winnebago is probably among the best of a pretty miserable field of competitors, but yeah, if you buy an RV new, you're very possibly insane.
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      03-22-2020 11:50 AM #74
      I wonder if a more modern VAG FWD drivetrain would fit in the engine bay and withstand the rigors of moving such a heavy thing. Maybe a TDI out of an A8?
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      Quote Originally Posted by perdaniel View Post
      I wonder if a more modern VAG FWD drivetrain would fit in the engine bay and withstand the rigors of moving such a heavy thing. Maybe a TDI out of an A8?
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