Ive been looking for comparable vehicles... they don't exist.
the lesharo just lacks the awesomeness of the rialta, but I actually found a 1989 lesharo that has all the features of the one tynan has in his 1995 or whichever year it is (full sized bed in back, shower, 20+ mpg, parking ability etc) its only 4000 bucks obo. the next comparable rialta with the same features is 17 thousand. Im about to graduate from college ( accounting major) I know money but I want to get on the road. Im a wrestler, and want to travel training at mma gyms across the nation for a few years. I know I am new here, I have read tynans book. I have done countless research on this but I just need advice from people actually versed in rialta's and the rv world in general.
any advice is welcome!
thanks for getting back to me !
I agree they probably don';t get near the advertised mpg.
I have to ask, are there any models you'd advertise, and a conversion van is too small imo.
im looking for something with the rialta amenities: full bed, shower, sink, toilet, tiny kitchen, a small desk, and the size is a selling point.
I understand all the difficulties 8 months out of the year im starving wrestling, and living in a bus or car going from tournament to tournament, I can handle rv living im sure I understand getting creative, but id be parked at the same place several months at a time, usually at a gym.
Money wise you have a point, I work a lot and am saving up. but they are horribly expensive, but actually cheap for rv's.
Im curious as to how people feel about the lesharo since I can go buy that one that one today.
if you have any models to share please do im open to everything. im hoping by the end of the year I can get into one.
I say go with the LeSharo. Only do mods that will transfer easily over to a Rialta once you buy one. In other words, do stuff like solar panels, not hardwood floors.
The LeSharo probably won't decrease much in value, so you're basically living free. Save up some money every month and eventually sell the LeSharo. You'll invest in stuff over the months/years that will transfer over, and when you're ready to buy a Rialta you will have all the time in the world to find a good deal.
thanks Im going to be able to work from the rv with my accounting degree/cpa( I assume you do the same with this blog, and programming, im in the waiting list for sett this blog engine rocks!). Im doing it now part time while working night shifts at a steel plant. My wrestling career is over and I think I can do it next year.
I really appreciate the info, Im invested and ready Il update you guys on what happen. Also thanks for all the info. That book is the most concise amount of info on rv living on the internet intelligently.
I just realized that this lesharo has the dual twin beds and the kitchen is to the left of the doorway. the 22 rc is what im looking for the same floor plan as you Tynan it has a more open feel.
The LeSharo is probably not the motorhome you want if you are going to be doing a lot of traveling. They are notorious for there mechanical problems especially the transmission. The drive train is by Renault and part can be hard to find. They might be OK, if you are only going to use them for short trips a couple times a year but they just don't hold up under constant use. The exception would be if if is one that has been converted to a Chrysler V6 engine and drive train (that makes for a super nice vehicle). I just finished a major remodel to my Rialta to enlarge the bathroom. I work out of mine and spend weeks at a time living in it. The new bathroom is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. You can see my Rialta and all the history that goes with it here... http://www.cccgis.com/Rialta.htm
Good luck on you search
Glad to see you made it.
In the end of your (amazing) bathroom remodel file you mention needing new seats. One member here went through the trouble of getting custom made covers for his 1996 ones and loved them: http://tynan.com/community/11323
Amazing job on that bathroom. I've seen your site before and love all the mods. Are you over your max weight?
What would you propose for someone who can't afford to drop 10 Grand on a rialta?
I would look for a nice old class C you can find those for a few grand. I don't know how good a handy man you might be but if you can do a lot of the work yourself then there some deals to be had. several years ago I bought a 37 foot Winnebago class A for 6 grand from a dealer it needed the roof replaced. I was a big job but not all that hard. I took off the old roof and re-framed it with wood then but a rubber roofing material on it. After I got finished I had a Motorhome that was worth well over 20 grand. I spent around $1000 bucks fixing it. Just look and you will find something you can afford.
Thanks. I'm always on craigslist and ebay watching. The appeal is being able to park the rialta and Lesharo where ever I want. But I can do a reasonable amount with my hands and I can always reach my self worth the Internet.You know of any shorter good class c's?
Something like this could be nice...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chevrolet-Class-C-Motorhome-/181073546223?pt=RVs_Campers&hash=item2a28d30bef#ht_500wt_1182
There are lots of these things around and you will be surprised at how cheep you can pick one up. With a small block Chevy or Ford engine your gas millage will not be that bad prob 10-12 mpg. And parts for them are NO Problem!
Keep us updated :)
I see exactly what you're saying. there is potential in this one I just hate the kitchen :/
Check out mine in the thread for Rialta owners roll call. It's the same floor plan as my Rialta. Once I ripped out those captains chairs and put in one office chair the amount of open floor space is probably greater than the other floor plans.
One post that people request occasionally is a post about how I go about finding the best of something to buy. It's a bit of an obsession for me, as you may know.
I'll write that post some day, but right now I'm on an airplane so I don't have the necessary internet to get all of the links and such.
Today will be a sneak preview of the steps I took to decide which RV to buy and how I will get the best price on it.
A while back, I wrote in "Six Steps to Getting Honest Critical Feedback" -
I think that’s true, but I still try to almost never give negative criticism to anyone, ever.
“As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.” — From Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers”
I’ve found the vast majority of people will never take any criticism you give them, will be upset at you for criticizing them, and will dislike you even more if you were right.