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Age VS Mileage? (Seeking Advice)
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Hi Yall,

As many of you know, I'm searching for a small used class c or b+ rv (nothing over 24ft) for under 15k (even less would be better since I want to make some boondocking upgrades like solar, cubic mini woodstove, natures head, wifi ranger, etc).    

I'm finding that with that budget I can either get something newer with more miles (early-mid 2000's between 55-100+k miles) or something older with less miles (1990's and earlier with 20-50k miles).  Which would be better in yall's opinion? 

At the moment I'm thinking my ideal rig (subject to change!  ha!) would be the newest I could find in that price range, 22ft class c, rear bed/bath area, with a e450 engine (I'll be doing a lot of travel in mountains and am guessing a bigger engine is better?).  

Thanks for the advice  Heart Heart Heart
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if you work on your own vehicles, older can be a great deal, if you don't you need one that's as reliable as possible.

note, an E450 is the series number it has nothing to do with the engine size. highdesertranger
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AdventurousAdriana (12-31-2017)
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I've seen a lot of great used Class C's on rv trader for under 15K, some between 1994-2003 with low miles.
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AdventurousAdriana (01-01-2018)
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(12-31-2017, 12:35 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: note,  an E450 is the series number it has nothing to do with the engine size.  

Well that's technically true but Ford did not put the small V-8 or V-6 in the E-450's as far as I know

E-250 and E-350 can have either a smaller V-8, larger V-8, or V-10 Tritons. But the later E-450s (and up) will likely have the larger V-8 or the V-10, or possibly a diesel. 

AA, the E350 and E450 as a motorhome can both have the same larger V-8 or V-10. So a smaller Class C on an E-350 can still have the larger engines...you will have to look at the description.
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I would go newer with more mileage than older with less mileage. Sitting can be harder on the RV than running it. With some lower mileage, they may have been lived in full-time or snowbirding which would be a lot of wear n' tear on all the RV systems.
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Be patient. Be ready to buy. Get the newest lowest miles you can afford. p.s., I have the ford v10, and it has all the power you'll need!
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AdventurousAdriana (01-01-2018)
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I would go newer..at least newer than a 1998 that way if you have to worry about emissions it is done by OBDII and no dyno testing and a plus is fuel injected and no carbuerator too
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AdventurousAdriana (01-01-2018)
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55-100k is NOT high mileage IMO, I expect a modern vehicle to go to 250k but that's me.  
The newest with the lowest mileage you can afford for a regular van but with something already built I'd look for a layout I liked. It needs to fit "you" & feel right.
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AdventurousAdriana (01-01-2018)
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So I'm considering these vehicles... which one do yall think looks better?

2004 Dynamax Carri-Go 58,000 miles

2003 4Winds 72,000 miles
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Hi Adriana, 

I'm not actually as familiar with C classes in general but that 04 DynaMax sure looks sweet!  With the V10 and low mileage it seems worth driving and investigating further - especially if you are near Houston.  I have a travel trailer currently, lots of friends with all different RVs, and am  currently looking seriously at B classes so I have looked at tons of RVs and I think this one looks pretty clean in the pics - I would certainly be interested. Be sure to take a good look at ceiling and walls for any evidence of leaks.  And of course, see if you can get a mechanical/RV inspection.

IMHO I think it looks really nice - I would go further with it!

Happy shopping

FYI the link for the 03 4Winds says the listing was deletedSad
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