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Old 06-02-2014, 08:08 AM   #1
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'08 HR Endeavor - need advice

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I have another thread about a '06 HR Endeavor. I'm also needing advice on a '08 and separated them so each thread wouldn't get too long.

We've looked at a stunningly beautiful '08 HR Endeavor 40PDQ. It looks brand new. We can't trade ours in as it's with an individual, so not sure we want to go that route. I know we'd probably come out better financially this way rather than trading IF our MH sold. We're playing the "what ifs" about how long it would take to sell ours, so we'd have 2 MHs for a while, but that's not my question.

The question is the MH only has 17K miles on it. Basically it was driven to Austin TX by the 1st owner, back to Indiana by the 2nd owner, and then to FL where it has been sitting at the owner's son's house in St. Cloud. The owner comes to FL each season and drives the MH 160 miles round trip to Mt. Dora and then back to the son's house to store it during the off season. So, the bulk of the miles were put on it several years ago. I've read that not being used is not a good thing...that low miles is not necessarily good. We're also concerned about the other mechanical things not being used often like the slides, etc. Don't they suffer from non-use also?

The other question is that the son is very proud of the fact he keeps the tires off the ground. (The tires will need replacing sooner rather than later as they are original.) He has the jacks on a cement block so the tires are just barely off the ground. Am I wrong that this isn't good? This worries the DH.

Any thoughts?


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Old 06-02-2014, 08:45 AM   #2
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I would think that keeping the weight off the tires would not hurt any thing. However the tires are designed to hold the weight. The only thing we do is to put wood down to keep the tires off the ground. You are also correct in looking at getting ready to replace the tires due to age. As far as the mileage goes, I would not be too concerned as long as the maintenance has been kept up. Last spring, we bought our 2009 Monaco Diplomat that had 16k miles on it. We know that this MH sat on the dealers lot for over 10 months, but it was in very good condition. We ensured that the dealer did a 'complete' service on it with all new fluids/filters and such. We had some minor issue coming back to Alaska, but nothing serious.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:34 PM   #3
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We have an '04 HR 40PDQ and love it. We are 3rd owners and bought it in 2012 with only 15000 miles on it. With only 17000 on that 08 the oil may have only been changed once if they went by miles. I follow a schedule of yearly or 10000 miles. Hopefully you'll get some maint records to check out. I would ask the current owner if the oil has been changed every year for his yearly trip. I bet he doesn't thinking he only goes 160 miles. Bad juju...
The son is actually doing a bad thing to that roadmaster chassis by jacking the suspension off the ground as everything is now hung by the shocks. Not good!! Even the HR manuals tell you not to raise a tire off the ground even when leveling.
Good luck with your quest for an upgrade.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. We've decided to not buy this one - partly because we don't want to risk ours not selling and then owning 2 MHs, but as mentioned, DH doesn't like the way it's being stored. I found the exact coach at a dealership in Panama City, so might try that route and trade.
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