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Old 07-13-2015, 02:06 PM   #1
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Advice on used Beaver....

Looking at 1998 Beaver 33' Concord.
Anything special to be aware of or to look out for?
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I forgot to mention it has the Cat 330hp.
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We looked at a lot of Beavers in that age range. Everyone of them had terrible snaking on one or more of the windows. So it may be a matter of when not if it will hapoen
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:19 PM   #4
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Could you describe the window problem a little?
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:26 PM   #5
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The seal breaks, allowing moisture in between the panes of glass. That leads to the window getting cloudy and needing to be replaced. I have two on the Magna doing that now. The Se-Ge windows are "famous" for doing it.
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:38 AM   #6
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Ok Thanks,
I will put that on my list of things to check.
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You won't miss the problem. Called snaking because the seals pull the in between the glass and look like a snake between the glass
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Checked out the Beaver today.
Although the coach looked well looked after cosmetically, it did have several issues.
Cat engine sounded fine but the blow-by slobber tube was smoking a little.

Genset would not start. 2 blown fuses on the genset. Replaced the fuses and the starter immediately started spinning without pushing the start button and had to pull the fuse to make it stop. Would not fire up.

Driver's side window seal leaking and needed de-fogging. Snaking on a couple of side windows. Some originals were replaced years ago under warranty.
(thanks for the tip on looking for snaking)

Fresh water tank was cracked on top. Could only be filled 3/4 full.

Hurricane furnace was said to have been working but looked like there were leaks around the heat exchanger.

Needs all new tires.

Driver's window cracked. Would be covered by insurance.

Fuel filter was last changed in 2009. Not sure about other filters.
Air cleaner looked like it has never been serviced.

Chassis batteries apparently lose charge in just a few days. Required external battery charger to be hooked up.

Black and grey waste valves leaking.

Test drive......transmission seemed to upshift too quickly going up hills.

I guess I'll keep looking. I don't need another project.
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If i was looking at it, I would pass. Too many issues and probably just the tip of the iceberg.
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Sometimes an old used up Beaver can be a great investment! It might not have that "new motorhome smell", but a little soap, water and elbow grease can often take care of that. Remember that it isn't just what the Beaver looks like on the outside, but what is on the inside that is often the most important. Some Beavers just can't be saved though. Sounds like this one needs more than a little TLC to get it tightened up. You never want to get bit by a Beaver.
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Oh, I forgot to mention the "No-Cold 1200.
Had 2 recalls but still has the original cooling unit.

I'm going to check out the ride of some "gassers" next.
Not optimistic but you never know.....
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