Our Holiday Rambler 2008 40PDQ Is For Sale! (SOLD)
Mar 2018 UPDATE: Our Holiday Rambler Has SOLD! We wish our new owners the very best in their new fulltime life on the road. May she bring you as many fabulous memories as she brought us!
Our sale listing is finally up! It’s take a while to put together video and photos (all fresh, taken over last few weeks) for our rig, but it’s finally done. We’ve listed on RV Trader, and RVT and we’ve got TWO videos, a short 10-min overview video (for initial interest) and a longer 33-min in-depth video (for folks who are serious and want to see more).
Original MSRP : $266,270
$117,000 Reduced to $99,500!!*
Rig Location: South Florida
*Our tow car is also for sale & a package deal can be arranged for both
- Engine: Cummins ISL 400 HP turbo diesel engine with only 47,897 miles (serviced yearly). Our engine is pre-DEF (so no need to carry DEF as you travel around).
- Transmission: Allison 3000-MH 6-speed transmission with Transynd.
- Chassis & Suspension: RR8R Roadmaster Chassis (8 airbags, 8 shocks) with cushion air glide suspension and anti-lock brakes, ATC (automatic traction control).
- Driving Extras: Cruise control, 3-camera exterior vision system.
- Paint: Full exterior body paint.
- Slides & leveling: 4 slides with automatic leveling system.
- Generator: Integrated 8000 Watt Onan generator (exercised monthly & regularly serviced).
- Interior Appliances: Spendide washer/dryer, 14 cubic foot 2-door Dometic fridge, Convection Microwave, 3-burner Propane Stovetop and Propane Oven. Ceiling fan (bedroom), 2 Fantastic Fans (living room & bathroom).
- Color Palette & Floor: Copper Ridge with Newport Cherry cabinets & ceramic tile floor (in living room & bathroom).
- Holding Tanks: 100 gallon fresh water, 66 gallon grey, 40 gallon black. 40 gallon propane.
We have done significant upgrades totaling ~$25,000 since we’ve owned the rig:
Solar Upgrade: 1500 Watts of solar panels (on roof), 600AH of lithium batteries, Magnum 3000 Hybrid inverter. Our solar system is state-of-the-art and can run everything, including our front A/C. Hybrid function allows you to run the coach off a regular house power-cord.
Exterior Upgrades: New Bilstein shocks (2017), Safe-T bar (2013), Tough Top slide toppers (all 4 slides, 2015), new Michelin XZE 275/80 tires (2013, 2014), additional window awning (front curb side), Trik-L-Start battery charger (for chassis batteries), Progressive Industries hard-wired HWC-50 surge protector & energy management unit (2017), new Transfer switch (2017), Magne Shade (front window shade), new water pump (2017).
Interior Upgrades: MCD day/night shades (all interior windows), new valence covers, LED lights (upgraded throughout coach), Command Performance carpet (bedroom, living room slide), new King-Size luxury mattress (2017).
Additional Tech Upgrades: Tire Pressure Management System (Tire Safeguard), WiFi Ranger (Elite Pack), cell booster (Weboost 4G-X), upgraded radio w/ bluetooth (Jensen JRV 9000)
Extra Goodies: We also have plenty of additional goodies which will go with the rig to the new owners including tire covers, awning shade cloth, Lynx leveling blocks, Reflectix covers (sized for all windows), air hose attachment (for inflating tires), propane extention (for grill), 100ft of water hose, external LED lights (rope lighting), decor lights, extra fluids & protectants etc.
We are the original owners and have all the manuals and can provide detailed service records. As my blog readers know, we are selling because we are moving from USA to Europe and cannot bring our beautiful rig with us. The rig has been extremely well maintained, and everything is well used, and in working order, but she does have some cosmetic wear and tear that we are happy to detail to potential buyers.
Please feel free to send around this listing to anyone who might be interested. As a reminder, I am offering a $150 bounty to any blog reader who refers the final buyer. Also feel free to contact us for more info.
Full 33-min Video Overview:
Our rig is 4-slide, 40 foot (measuring 41.6′ end-to-end). New tires were installed 2013 & 2014.
Interior Panorama Pics:
Our interior has hardwood cabinets (throughout), LED lights (upgraded), Command Performance carpet (upgraded in bedroom and living room slide), plus ceramic tile (living room, kitchen & bathroom). Lots of deep storage cabinets throughout the coach. Our bedroom has King size mattress (just upgraded last year).
Rear Bathroom Pics:
We have a central bathroom with 2 sinks, full size walk-in shower with Oxygenics shower-head, Thetford aqua-magic ceramic toilet, and Splendide washe/dryer.
Our kitchen is one of the largest we’ve seen in any RV anywhere. Corian countertops with lots of surface prep space thanks to L-shaped extension (left side). Stainless steel appliances including Convection-Microwave, 3-burner propane stovetop and propane oven. Large 14 cubic foot Dometic side-by-side fridge.
Living Room Pics:
Out living room is very spacious with dinette (expandable to seat 4 people) and 2 large couches (one expands into Queen-size bed, the other is a J-bed). Lots of cabinets and lots of different lighting options.
Our drivers area has new JRV 9000 radio (with bluetooth), adjustable steering wheel, and all the advanced dials and functions of a Holiday Rambler.
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We LOooVE Comments, So Please Do
That is a great deal !! I’m sure it will sell quickly. Safe Travels!!
Pat Hall says
This is a beautiful rig I’m sure you will get your price and sell it quickly. Good luck and can’t wait to see what your living in in Europe!
Every time we’re asked about the best possible RV buying situation, we always reply that a 1-owner used rig, with good maintenance records, that was used full-time, purchased directly from a meticulous, original owner, is the best scenario. A used rig has already gone through its steepest depreciation, and long since had its “punch list” items address. A private sale not only eliminates dealer mark-up, but also puts the buyer in direct touch with the person who knows more about the rig that anyone else (ditto the “one owner” benefit, since only the original owner knows EVERYTHING that’s ever been done to the rig). And the benefit of buying from a full-timer is the lack of lot rot, especially when the owner knows to exercise the chassis and generator on a regular basis. When you toss in an RV that’s been highly upgraded with a stellar solar array & lithium battery bank, and lots of other goodies that only an experienced full-timer would likely recognize as “must-have” features, you’ve got a real “cherry” (the opposite of a “lemon” in used car parlance). Now add in one final almost-impossible-to-find factor: the rig is owned, featured and publicly used and maintained by a well- known and well-respected couple who have shared every intimate detail of that RV’s life and times… and you have one of the most desirable used rigs ever to come on the market. The only one that might equal it, for all the same reasons, is our own 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire. But that one’s not for sale, so some lucky person had better grab this amazing Holiday Rambler fast! 😉
Could not agree more with everything Peter & John have stated here. I’m honesty surprised it’s actually gone to market and someone didn’t snag it right after she announced they’re moving to Europe.
For anyone considering The Beast… this is an extremely rare opportunity.
And having caravanned with Nina and Paul on multiple occasions, we can attest to how well equipped and maintained The Beast is. And it’s so at home boondocking in the desert, a state park or RV resort. This is truly one of the most versatile RVs out there.
Thank you for the mucho lovely comment, both of you! Love right back at ya!
Typical outstanding job. You really should consider taking up photography as a hobby.
Suppose this is one of those times when you have one foot stretched ‘over the pond’ and about to touch down in Europe. With other foot still firmly planted in the US. This is is a big portion of the final picking up of the still planted foot… And going where your eyes, and hearts, are taking you…
Will network along with probably a few hundred other of your followers!!!
Barbara K says
This rig is so gorgeous! I’m going to miss your posts from the good ole USA but I CAN NOT WAIT for the blogs from Europe! I must say that you have lived one of my dreams are about to embark on another one. I know that you both are making the best of this and I am sure that I am not alone in sending positive thoughts and prayers your way as you make this transition! All the best to you now and always!
Bill and Linda Hicks says
Negotiable? No Way! I could not imagine anyone wanting to talk you down. Beautiful rig and perfectly outfitted. If only we were in the market. Your presentation is outstanding-coupled with the perfect time of year to put an RV on the market-sharpen your pen because a buyer will be rolling in anytime. Have a good day. Bill and Linda
Thank you for the lovely comment!
Trey Rogers says
I sent you an email thank you so much for your blog over the years. I haven’t commented often but we found much great information from your travels. I have traveled in Europe and would do so again in a RV if my disability allowed. Instead we will continue to explore the United States as we can and read your adventures on your blog, Safe Travels Trey & Wendy Rogers
MB Vance says
Remove negotiable from your offering
List your price and sit tight
You’re telling people out of the gate that your price is not the price
From someone in the luxury car business for 20 years that has been following you for years wishing I was in a position to buy it. Prior research says that it’s a steal at your asking price.
Very good note. I’ve removed the negotiable. Based on all our research, $117,00 should be a solidly good deal for this coach.
Wow beautiful home/RV it should/will sell in a New York minute . If I was a lucky person I would run out and buy a lottery ticket. The best video I have seen done on a RV for sell.
What is your tow car?
2009 Honda CR-V
Nina, how many miles are on the CR-V?
Around 77,000 miles. We have detailed service records for the Honda too.
What is a “Safe-T bar”?
It keeps the coach straight in case of a front wheel blowout. Many folks also install it to improve steering, but we didn’t really need it for that in the Holiday Rambler. More here: http://www.safe-t-plus.com/rv/
Scott Wall says
I was waiting for Newman the Newmar but the geek squad wont sell it!!! What state is the title in?? That Rotten state of California will not let you register it unless Calif smog compliant. Beyoot of a rig!!!
Well, you’re in luck. We originally bought the rig in CA (back in the day) and it was registered there for the first 6 months of its life, so it met all CA requirements at “birth”. As long as those requirements haven’t changed, it should be good to go. It’s currently titled in FL.
Hi Scott! Sorry we’re not ready to give up our Newmar just yet. If you don’t end up with The Beast, we’ll surely be selling ours at some point. 😉
Lee Brandt says
Wow So wish we could but it is not on the stars, who ever buys your “Beast” will be a very lucky owner. I can only hope they take care of “The Beast” as well as you and Paul have….
Best of luck on your new adventure and will be waiting for your postings in the future …….
Lee and Shelia Brandt
Even with all the extra goodies you’re including, the best part of The Beast is it knows it’s way to ALL of the choicest boondocking spots out west – priceless!
Very true. She’s a Queen of the desert 🙂
Todd Firm says
Don’t overlook Craig’s List. Sold my coach in less than a month. List it on several locales in Florida.
Yup I’ve heard many folks going this route. I’ll def be posting there too.
CO Stroughs says
We have recently starting looking for this size motorhome. We would like to be more of a 3/4 timers in the near future. Does this rig have air ride / leveling?
Also, your tag line is slightly inaccurate: “Living the Fulltime RV Dream with 12 paws, 40 Feet and the Open Road”
Shouldn’t it be 44 feet? (40 foot RV and each of you have 2 feet). LOL
Our coach is built on Roadmaster 88R8 chassis, so it rides on 8 air bags. It’s a very smooth ride. But, the automatic leveling system is hydraulic (3 jacks), not air.
Someone is going to get a beautiful rig. Looking forward to seeing what you will be traveling in once you get to Europe.
Mark Thompson says
I’d be interested to know what the package price would be for the coach and honda. Where are they located? How quickly do you need to sell? Reason I’m asking, we are FT in a 5th wheel and would need to swap our stuff into the coach and car and get our stuff sold also. Mark
We’re in south Florida. Currently in the Keys, but will be up around Ft Lauderdale starting Mar 1st for the entire month. That’s where we’ll plan to complete the sale. I’ll PM you the package price.
Just started to read your blog and am disappointed we may not hear from you for a while. You will make someone proud to own this rig. God bless, be safe and keep in touch with all of us in the future.
Mike and Gerri says
Well, everyone else has already said it best…..this is an amazing MH!!! I only wish we were at a point in our lives to purchase it!! Would in a minute!!! Someone is going to get a fantastic rig!!! Best wishes on a good sell to someone who will use her and appreciate what they bought!!
Cynthia Blaylock says
Nina, I’m curious whether you will be maintaining the blog once you move to Europe. There is such a wealth of information here – I’m wondering if I need to hurry and download/print it all, or whether it will still be available. Thanks for all the wonderful info you’ve provided over the years and miles!
YES and yes! I’ll be maintaining the blog and the old information will remain available on here.
What a beautiful rig and it is obviously in pristine condition. Good luck on selling it quickly!
P. Stil says
This would be ideal. Timing. I never used to think about it ‘till I turned 60. So, as soon as I sell the house. Right.
The whole reason I started following you two was “Solar”. Technical stuff. Naturally, happily, I became enamored with the two of you, your incredibly positive words & inspiring photography. Thank you for sharing so much.
Holiday Ramblers from that era have an amazing reputation. Based on size, mileage, quality and added features I’d say it’s a steal at that price. Dumb question here: I see where a very comfy cat bed is, but where do the kitty litter boxes go (one of the most important questions for me as a wannabe fulltimer ).
We keep the kitty litter in the shower (plenty of space there), but I know other folks who converted one of their cupboards into a litter-box area, or buy one of those “hidden” litterbox furniture stands (we could easily fit one by the front drivers seat while parked).
I’ve got more details on traveling with cats here: https://www.wheelingit.us/2014/09/22/5-tips-to-rving-camping-with-cats/
Ralph E. says
I don’t know why but the first comment wasn’t on my home computer this morning and nor did it appear on the library computer until I hit “Post It, Baby!”.
Mark Renshaw says
Just curious why you are on your third set of tires? Great looking rig and nice video. Also why was the rear repainted?
We’ve only replaced our original tires once (since we bought the rig), but we simply did it over 2 years. The front were replaced in 2013, the rear in 2014. We just decided to stagger the costs over 2 years instead of doing all 6 in one year.
As for the repair it’s because of the pin that was pulled on our tow vehicle last year. The tow got loose and hit the rear as we stopped. Exterior damage only, but it was scary at the time. You can read about it here: https://www.wheelingit.us/2016/10/28/our-first-rv-accident-tow-comes-loose-in-nc/
Is this still for sale?
Joe the Computer Guy says
Really really made me think about it. I have same size Lithium and a little smaller solar array so that is close to a wash. I am at 36′ now and just don’t want/need to go larger as I am solo.
Love the fact that yours is so well maintained. Hope you get a buyer. It is a nice setup for sure!
Nicolò Paternoster says
How do you plan doing the same thing in Europe? We are not nearly half prepared for it.
We plan on buying a small (~7 meter) RV in Europe and then driving around and enjoying everything that Europe has to offer. Lots of nice spots to visit there, including many free camping spots (e.g. Aires) and campgrounds. It’ll be very difference from the US, but we’re looking forward to it!
James Ek says
I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures! What do you plan to do with your pets? I find it difficult to leave my furry children for even a week or so to go places that won’t accept them.
They’re coming with us! We’re bringing them to Europe and will be traveling around with them over there too (just like we did here). In my experience Europe is very dog-friendly, so I think they’ll be welcome most places we go (not in museums and such, but certainly in all town, markets & most restaurants). We don’t go anywhere without our furry family 🙂
James Ek says
I would love this rig but it’s a bit out there for me in several areas, length and cost being two. However, I am struck by the comment that the tanks it has allows you to dry camp for a couple of weeks. My tanks are full after 3 days and they are about the same. How do you do it?
I’ve got a “boondocking” section on this blog with LOTS of posts on how to boondock (click on the link just above the “wheelingit” banner). We generally are able to go 2-3 weeks on our tanks.
James Ek says
I have been reading your info on boondocking. Lots of good information there. I tried it by myself at a Boondockers Welcome host site. That allowed me to try dry camping with the knowledge that I could plug in if necessary. I learned my batteries were not up to snuff and (as you say in your article) propane goes fast in colder weather. Hope I find your secrets as I would like to boondock this summer both for savings and getting out where mother nature shines.
Oh awesome! I always love it when I hear folks try out boondocking. It’s kinda scary the first time, but you’ll be an expert in no time. So happy my articles helped out.
GOOD travels to you!
James Ek says
Please write about the process of getting your “kids” to and thru Europe!
Oh definitely! In fact I’ve already written Part I of my pet transport posts here:
Part II will likely come out today, or tomorrow. And I’ll write again when we’ve (hopefully) all made it safely across the ocean.
Tina Hearn says
Does your rig have any type of outdoor entertainment? Radio? Does it have a satellite?
No outdoor entertainment. Our radio has Bluetooth so you could play through the surround speakers indoors, but there are no outdoor speakers.
And no satellite dish. We had an old one on the rig when we bought it, but we removed it a few years ago (it became obsolete). I’d recommend a portable dish anyway since trees were always a problem with our fixed one.
Nicely done. Both the video and your motorhome.
Could you tell me if your MH is still available?
Keith from CA
She *may* be sold, but I can’t say for sure yet. We’ve got some very serious buyers flying out to take a look this weekend. If all goes well she’s sold. If by some odd chance the deal falls through, then she’ll be back on the market. I’ll let you know…
D and MB says
Hello! I’m actually glad to see I missed where y’all had the beast for sale!!!!! My wife might have made me buy it…. someone sure did get a great coach.
We were just starting to look for our first move up from 5’ers and TT’s to the Coach and did find our perfect Super C…. gonna do most of the same upgrades. I’ve enjoyed your US posts, and enjoy across the pond!
Kim Kristensen says
Wow! Your MH is beautiful! Good luck on your potential buyers. I’m new to your blog and so glad you plan to maintain it. Best of luck in Europe!
We are hitting the road in our MH very soon, this is round 2 for me in RV life, first time was 1991. I’ve sure missed it. The age of social media is wonderful for this now…..so much great information!
I look forward to following your new adventure!