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Old 03-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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93 Bounder - to buy or not to buy

I have the chance to buy a 93 diesel w 27K on it for 8500. Any thoughts... Generator looks good, no leaks, fridg good, ac.heat good. Taking it for a long ride this Sat... Ive read a few threads on this year and make and it seems this the thing may be a money pitl. The diesel used back in 93 was not the was not a good setup (lack of power, and tough starting). Any thoughts is appreciated. Steve
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Howdy Steve and welcome to the forum. Allow me to clarify one thing...ALL RVs are money pits. Seriously, I really don't know about the 93 diesel, so hopefully someone will be along to help you. Good luck.
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what engine is in it?
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Not sure - just know its a diesel.
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I have the chance to buy a 93 diesel w 27K on it for 8500. Any thoughts... Generator looks good, no leaks, fridg good, ac.heat good. Taking it for a long ride this Sat... Ive read a few threads on this year and make and it seems this the thing may be a money pitl. The diesel used back in 93 was not the was not a good setup (lack of power, and tough starting). Any thoughts is appreciated. Steve
Welcome to IRV2. I sure hope you can make the proper decision. The thing that pops out to me is that diesels need to be run/used. 27,000 miles in almost 20 years doesn 't meet this criteria. My 2 cents. Good luck.
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It sounds loike it could be a good buy to me.

A bounder will probably be a cummins isb, 275 hp ish.... tons of them out there, reliable as a stone.
Overall fleetwood make a good coach, and as long as the floorplan works and you are a mechanically handy person, should be ok.
Bounder is fleetwoods entry level, nothing fancy, but gets the job ton, and they sold a ton of them
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93 bounder

If i remember corectly its a 190. Under powered.otherwise its a good coach
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Rule of thumb is 100lbs/1HP. My '94, 37', DP is 190HP. Underpowered but it gets me down the road. I did add propane injection for another 50HP (estimated).

In 8 years, I've spent $13,000 USD in repairs, maintenance, and OPTIONAL fun stuff. That's an average of $135/month. I consider it my home so that's similar to a stick & brick expense. Getting it painted now.

The engine has been pretty reliable. Oh, I've done most of the maintenance myself and many of the repairs. There are so many resources on-line to help, like this forum.

The coach build is pretty sound. Fairly well made, IMO. Only a couple times have I found a boneheaded job done at the factory.
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I've had several Bounders and was satisfied with both. I did have to do some routine maintenance from time to time but when you consider your driving your home down the road at 55 MPH, all and all they are OK. I have always found the quality of workmanship of the era to be good. Big money item will be the frig and A/C's. Otherwise most everything will be reasonable (so to speak). You have to remember the 1/2 life of any RV product is about 7 years. If it hasn't been replaced within the past 7 years you most likely will have to repair or replace.
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Our last motorhome was a 94 Bounder. Not a diesel but gas and it worked for us. Overall a very popular model and we found that it gave us an excellent experience. About being a money pit, well, no matter which one you own they are all that. It will probably be a bit underpowered but if you load it wisely I'm sure it will get you where you need to go. Good luck with your decision and hope it all works out for you.
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