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Old 06-18-2018, 01:43 PM   #1
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What should we be aware of - 2007 Tropical T350

Hello,


We're looking at purchasing a 2007 National Tropical T350 Diesel pusher. It's not exactly close to us, so we can't just go check it out ourselves, but will do if things continue to look promising.


There have been 2 owners. It's been at a dealer's for 2 years now. They've held it in a secure lot, but unshaded, unprotected from summers and harsh winters.


It's got about 42K miles on it.



Engine and generator (~400 hours' use) turned over regularly to avoid "lot rot" (as per dealer). While user manuals are available (Yay!), maintenance records are not. We don't know if recalls were addressed. Dealer states that "everything works well", and that they will check everything again, including engine, generator and all appliances work well before sale.



The tires are 2 years old. Changed just before going to the dealer for sale. They have been unprotected from elements. Dealer says they look good, but I'm concerned that there's a difference between "looking good" and "being sound".


Dealer states there's no delamination, but there is a bit of cracking in the gel coat.


It's a bit on the high side, price wise.



What should we be aware of if we were to go forward with the purchase? Are there any specific things we should ask the dealer before arranging a trip to go see and/or purchase?


Any and all information would be great.


Thank you!
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Spend more time talking to the FORMER OWNER than you do talking to the Dealer. 2 years on the Dealer lot!....could be way over priced. Rook
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Spend more time talking to the FORMER OWNER than you do talking to the Dealer

Thank you. But... I have no access to the former owner. :(



Apart from price (we're ready to bargain hard), is there anything in particular we have to worry about?
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The Dealer knows who the former owner is, maybe BOTH of them.. If they refuse to give you that info, Then I would not purchase the Coach! Rook
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If they refuse to give you that info, Then I would not purchase the Coach!

Ohhh, interesting thought. Thank you. I'll ask.
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We bought a 2005 Tropical 351 we are very happy with it but there will be normal things that go but with that said have them check the stabilizer jacks, and exhaust. We had an incident this past weekend with a hole in the exhaust pipe that melted the air intake. Also we had the dealer clear coat our unit before we bought due to checking in the gel coat. Also have them check the age of the batteries. We love our but have found it can be a money pit. Good Luck.
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Thank you for the info! We really love that series of rigs.


This particular one, however, is a no go.



We asked for up to date photos as the photos we'd seen were taken when the RV was originally brought to the dealer. New photos show clear signs of extensive rust (not just surface), basement door seals gone, etc. They let it sit for a couple years exposed to elements and did nothing to it. That couple with a few other things means we're not touching it.



But we *are* looking for equivalent.
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It is working on its 3rd birthday on the lot? It's either grossly overpriced or has some "issues" or both. Unless you can buy it for around wholesale, keep looking. But before you even make an offer spend several hours going through the mechanical and electrical as well as checking for water and rodent damage.
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It is working on its 3rd birthday on the lot? It's either grossly overpriced or has some "issues" or both.

Yes, working towards 3rd birthday on lot. We are not buying it.


The dealer said that Class A's are really unpopular in the plains (it lives in Saskatoon). And I'd heard that elsewhere. But... yeah. Something iffy there.
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