Originally Posted by anachronism
Yeah. Everybody is talking about dropping $100,000 on an RV, and you definitely can spend that, but you can also spend a lot less. Its fairly rare to find motorhomes, even ones 30 years old now, with more than 60,000 miles. For a few thousand, you can get something clean and reliable (or able to be reliable with a minor amount of work).
He is right. There are some motorhomes that can be bought for a fraction of what a new one would cost, that would work pretty well for winter usage.
Chinook from Yakima built a very good little 20' winter rig for a long time. They have been out of business for 8 years or so but that's okay. The average annual mileage for a motorhome is right around 6,500 (beware of one that has not been used much for a long time, you know what happens to a pair of skis that has been left in a hot garage for a few years, this is much worse) so 10 years of usage is not that big of a thing. All but a very few were built on a Ford chassis, so embrace it. Good little machines, they actually placed on the Alaska 5000 Auto Rally one year against team Subaru and the likes. If a used RV looks beat, it probably is.
Triple E out of Canada is also known for being a good winter machine, but they are scarce in the US. There are others that are good but most will require some modification. A pop-up could actually work with multi-layered fabrics.
Good does not have to cost a lot of money, but really nice will. If you are up in Summit County take a look at the stuff that hangs around Tiger Run RV Park, South of Breck, really nice hangs out there quite a bit.
If you would like information on motorized RVs PM and happy to share with you. Just don't choose to argue about them on a forum like this, most owners come from a rather biased prospective based on their own equipment, and really do not wish to start any fights. I do understand RV's pretty well, sold everything from tent trailers to new bus conversions for over 30 years. Example: HeadHunter may be the best water pump available for an RV, doubt that many on here are familiar with them. Happy to help if anybody has any questions.