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Old 08-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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1997 bounder 36z

I'm considering purchasing a 97bounder 36z.Are there any issues that I should be aware of during the inspection,or about the coach in general?Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.Thank you RICH.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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I do not know if you have been watching forums for long. I do not know specifics about your unit.
Something that applies to all campers is water leaks. There is no such thing as a small leak.
Tire age and condition.
Electrical operation, 120 and 12 volt systems.

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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hey we just bought a 98 bounder and are driving next week from Jersey to California over a month or two, maybe we can help each other out as we learn, if you buy it. One thing I learned is its not like buying a car, plan for a few hrs at least, and test everything, Good luck Tom
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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Our 96 Bounder with 40,000 miles developed electrical problems.. First on the AC side there is a 10 gauge jumper in the circuit panel box that connects both side of the beakers in the box to the other side. This wire pretty much disintegrated causing a breaker to melt. Lucky it happened at my sons house in NY. We replaced the 10 gauge with a 8 gauge wire and purchased a new circuit breaker. Now everything runs the way is should and we've no further issues with the AC side of the box.

That said, the issue with the 12 volt just developed this week. There is a massive short which is most likely behind the fuse box itself, something I am not willing to investigate. myself. So, I'll let the Dealer Service dept have at it. I am sure they had run across this issue before.

I suggest you take your Fleetwood (or any other RV) to a RV service depot and have it thoroughly check over before you head west.

My 2 cents...
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