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Old 05-20-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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Do I Dare Buy National?

With national out of business, do I dare buy a 2007 tropical T330 with 300 diesel...
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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Engine , transmission and major appliances . Those manufacturers are still around.
Buying a coach where the manufacturer isn't around for back-up info can be scary but the problems aren't insurmountable.
Most are priced accordingly.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:25 AM   #3
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Your greatest risk to your investment is significant unrepairable damage from a road accident......but you should have INSURANCE to cover that risk..... Rook
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:13 PM   #4
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If you like it, get it. The molds for the fiberglass are available through Ortega in Calif. What areas are you concerned about?
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:37 PM   #5
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They are very good coaches both by reputation and practical experience. I have several friends that own different models including Sea breeze (2), Surf Side, Tradewinds and I have a Tropi Cal.

Overall build quality, fit and finish are great. Systems, wiring, etc. are well thought out organized and installed. We found that they were generally a great value for the price over the better known brands.

Chassis, appliances, etc. are all industry standard and always available.

I would recommend that you do your normal due diligence as you should do on any motor home purchase and if condition and service records are in order you can buy with confidence.
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Ditto what homecan1 said.....Rook
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The lack of seeing National Rv's on RV sales lots should tell you something about them. Seems like most of us that have them keep them.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:24 PM   #8
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We bought a 07 T330 almost 2 years ago. Love it!! Had some repair issues but parts were no problem.
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Friend of ours had one. I worked on it some and while it wasn't a custom Prevost it was pretty well out together. If you like it and the price is good then I wouldn't worry.
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I have an '07 T330. I'd give all the roof and caulking a good 2nd look, hopefully they were well maintained.


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Old 05-24-2015, 07:57 AM   #11
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I wouldn't worry too much about National being out of business. I have a 1998 Tradewinds I bought from a widowed friend. It sat idle for 5 years after his wife passed. I put new batteries and tires to it, had maintenance done on the chassis (should be a regular event) and it rocks! The coach is very well built with many of the amenities the newer coaches have. I can tell you the older National coaches seem to be far superior in build to the 2015/16 models of comparable manufacturers in my opinion. I also have the Cat 300. Purrs like a kitten.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:00 PM   #12
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Bought first A Class in 2010... National Dolphin... Loved "The Pig" and my friend liked it so much he purchased a 2004 Dolphin and I got the fever and found me a 2004 Tropi Cal... Would not take 10 or $20,000 over what I paid for the "Hippo" National made a lot of coach for the money.. Sold the Dolphin for more than I paid for it 4 years ago.... :}
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I have a National and the only way to get it from me is with a gun.
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We purchased a 01 NRV Islander just about 4 months ago, it needed some upgrading , maintainence, had a water leak pass side window. Pulled all the carpet and pad etc. put her back together all seems fine. With any used rig you will have some issues, we have found the Islander to have good bones, there are pros and cons on ours too. Check it out really well, ask for records.

Hopefully you are handy and can do some things on your own.
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