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Old 12-15-2015, 06:07 PM   #15
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Well, we came home without a new coach. The outside looked great and we were hoping the inside would be the same and it was for the most part. Then Katherine noticed a small circular tear in the wall paper in the bedroom. Being the curious type, she stuck her finger in it and it was soaking wet! Water was seeping down the wall. A closer inspection of the outside revealed a wave in the gel coat at the exact same spot. It wasn't real obvious until you looked at it at a very shallow angle. The wall had delaminated there. That was a deal breaker and we left.
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Well, we came home without a new coach. The outside looked great and we were hoping the inside would be the same and it was for the most part. Then Katherine noticed a small circular tear in the wall paper in the bedroom. Being the curious type, she stuck her finger in it and it was soaking wet! Water was seeping down the wall. A closer inspection of the outside revealed a wave in the gel coat at the exact same spot. It wasn't real obvious until you looked at it at a very shallow angle. The wall had delaminated there. That was a deal breaker and we left.
Bummer! We were hoping to see pics your new coach. Glad you found the issues and hopefully the seller was unaware and gets it fixed before attempting to sell it. Keep looking there are lots to be had!
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Bummer! We were hoping to see pics your new coach. Glad you found the issues and hopefully the seller was unaware and gets it fixed before attempting to sell it. Keep looking there are lots to be had!
I don't think he knew about it and the ad was taken down by the time we got home. I missed the delamination the first time I went around the coach so it wasn't really obvious. I don't think I would have identified it if I hadn't known where to look after finding the water in the wall. It really was in beautiful condition for a 1999 model.





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Too bad looks like a nice one. What was the asking price just out of courisity.
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Too bad looks like a nice one. What was the asking price just out of courisity.
Yes, it was in terrific condition and that made it harder to walk away. He started at $43K and was down to $39,900. We hadn't agreed on price yet and I was hoping for closer to $38K. It was missing the awning and it looked like it had been blown off as there was some damage to plastic trim on the side of the coach. The tires were over 5 years old and there were a few other small issues, but overall for a 16 year old coach it was in remarkable shape. I had arranged for an RV inspection and was close to calling him to come over when we found the water damage. The wife has an eagle eye.
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We really liked the layout and the size of the Allure and it's hard to find a motor home of this vintage with a 330 HP engine with side radiator.

Since we were in Houston, we stopped by PPL on the way home and found a 2003 Allegro Bus listed at $56K in pretty good condition. It was a 3 slide unit with a 350 Cummins and side radiator. It was a beautiful coach, but as we sat on the couch we realized we really don't need or want the extra room the third slide provides.
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That tiffin at PPL looks nice. Don't care for a slide out over my outside patio area sence we spend most of our time outside. I could handel a bedroom slide on patio side just not under my awning. Another thing it would be hard for me to get use to is having that step up to the dinnette.
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Sound like you are in texas. I would head over to here Luxury Pre-Owned Motorhome Dealer for Foretravel Newell Country Coach. and sit in a older foretravel and take one out for a ride. I wanted a non slide foretravel but my wife wanted a living room slide. I would hop on a older non slide foretravel in a heartbeat.
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That tiffin at PPL looks nice. Don't care for a slide out over my outside patio area sence we spend most of our time outside. I could handel a bedroom slide on patio side just not under my awning. Another thing it would be hard for me to get use to is having that step up to the dinnette.
That's true about the slide under the awning, I was trying to figure out how the patio awning would work with the slide open. I also wondered out loud about just not opening the third slide!
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Sound like you are in texas. I would head over to here Luxury Pre-Owned Motorhome Dealer for Foretravel Newell Country Coach. and sit in a older foretravel and take one out for a ride. I wanted a non slide foretravel but my wife wanted a living room slide. I would hop on a older non slide foretravel in a heartbeat.
We're looking at an Intrigue there.

What is it about the Foretravel that you like? I've never been in one and don't think we'd rule out a nonslide coach. The problem is the value NADA assigns to most nontravel coaches. The 36' Allure we were looking at had a value of $35K with one slide and $17K with none!
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I think when you start getting into these 10-15 year old coaches you can throw the book away. It's going to come down to condition. The Foretravels have real nice wood work usually generator on a slide, big engine with a retarder. That 1998 Intriuge looks nice no slide and 59k. Did you see the 2002 double slide Allure there for the same $$ and four years newer although the Intriuge is one step up the ladder. But my guess that in four years some of that trickled down to the Allure.
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I think when you start getting into these 10-15 year old coaches you can throw the book away. It's going to come down to condition. The Foretravels have real nice wood work usually generator on a slide, big engine with a retarder. That 1998 Intriuge looks nice no slide and 59k. Did you see the 2002 double slide Allure there for the same $$ and four years newer although the Intriuge is one step up the ladder. But my guess that in four years some of that trickled down to the Allure.
We saw that too. I think we're going to try to get over there this Friday. If we can't make a deal by this weekend, it'll have to wait until after the first of the year.
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Keep us posted and take some pics. I'm sure you will find the coach that fits.
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Where was the water leak? It makes me want to look close at mine!
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