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Old 08-19-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Airsteam Land Yacht 30 2000

I am looking at the above motor home here in Colorado.

It only has 17K miles.

What are the issues people have with this year and model?

Specifically: Handling, drive train etc.
Low mileage can mean dry gaskets etc.

It also has a salvage title and was bought at a sheriff action in 2001.

Any feedback would be appreciated.


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Old 08-19-2014, 01:22 PM   #2
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I don't have your year, but I will post anyway as it may be a similar Workhorse chassis, not sure. I have a 2004 model that I bought new. I have had many minor problems with the coach as with almost all MH's.

The major problem I have had with the chassis are the brakes. The parking brake has gone out, and could be quite expensive to repair. I was quoted $4000 for a new unit. I'm going to get some more quotes.

Another problem has been with the service brakes. About a year ago the front brakes did not release completely while driving, and overheated, boiling the fluid and causing me to lose brake pressure, very scary. That was around a $2000 repair.

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Old 08-20-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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We recently purchased a 2001 thirty with 32k miles. Since purchase we have added about 3k miles with no significant problems. At one point the generator began surging but resolved by changing the filter. I have to replace an airbags because somehow the compressor switch got turned off but cost will be under two hundred. The ignition switch seems worn as occasionally it does not disconnect when in off position. We really like the way the coach is laid out and way it drives but we hate the carpet. Build quality and functionality is very good. As with any MH be sure to check roof and all seams. I went over all and cleaned and caulked just to be sure.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:38 PM   #4
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I would make sure it didn't earn that salvage title from being flooded.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:43 PM   #5
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You ask about handling and drive train, but what chassis does it have? With a 2000 it is either the old P-30 designed by GM or it could be the Ford, F53 powered by the Triton V-10. We had a Georgie Boy on the Triton powered chassis and had excellent service. The F53 of that era did have a bit of a stiff ride on the front axle, but that could be dealt with by loading it more heavily to the front and lowering the tire pressure to the minimum for the weight on the tires. We did have a pinion seal replaced once on the Dana built rear-end. That was about the only repair we had in 14 years of ownership.

One thing you do need to check with a salvage title is whether or not you can get insurance on it. Many companies will not write coverage on them.
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