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Old 07-07-2016, 06:41 AM   #1
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2001 Journey DL 36GD questions

Good morning, all. My husband and I have been searching and researching for our first motor home purchase. We are newly retired and looking forward to spending some time on the road. We do not plan to full time but am looking to spend two to three months out at a time. We are trying to keep our budget pretty low right now. We have found a 2001 Journey DL 36GD for 32k. Unfortunately it has 126k miles. Can anyone give us any insight on whether this is a good price for a 15 yr old motorhome ? Also any info at all on this model would so appreciated. We originally planned to stay 35ft or less but if this turns out to be a good buy then a foot or so over will be fine. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 07-07-2016, 07:04 AM   #2
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We owned the 2002 version of that coach for 8 years and it served us well. It had 90k miles when we traded it in 2013 and the new owner is still using it.

126K miles is no issue if the coach has had its recommend service. You can pull an engine oil and trans fluid samples for analysis. At 15 years old some of the house systems may be needing replacement......fridge, etc. All of these things need a lot of care and fixing so just go into it eyes wide open.

Check it thoroughly for any evidence of water leaks from roof, windows, etc.

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Old 07-07-2016, 07:25 AM   #3
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I have a 2005 Journey 36G. I like the coach for its power and handling. We have the Cat C-7 350 HP engine. The drive train is strong and we have not had issues with it. Check with Freightliner and see if the valves have been adjusted, regular maintance, and look at the date on the tires. I have had two other Winnebago's and I like the brand. I have changed the shocks, and leveler springs. We changed out the Tv's to LED's.
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Without any knowledge on how well it has been maintained a specific answer about that coach would be impossible. However the one thing it has going for it is Winnebago is a brand that is still in business and they have a good reputation for service of what they made. You should be able to go on their web page and download manuals and parts books still.
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Thanks for all tge helpful advice and encouragement. I love the classic look of the older Winnebagos and we have found what hopefully will be a couple of good prospects to equip us to begin this motorhome adventure I know our grandkids are sure ready for us to get one lol!
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