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Old 06-13-2017, 09:52 PM   #1
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Almost a HR Imperial 40PRT owner.

Hello all! New to the forum and also to RV'ing. I done a lot of reading hear and learned much.

I am looking very hard at a 2005 HR Imperial 40PRT with 72k miles. I have not seen it in person yet, but I have asked many questions and everything seems good to go.

It has 2015 tires, new batteries, it's a 1 owner, clean Carfax, and other than some paint checking, a sticky awning(when retracting), and a ugly sofa and chair, I haven't found much to dislike.

This will be our first motor home and I have been researching for a while to educate myself on what to look for.

I have asked and was told the following:
No current or previous evidence of leaks.
No odors or stains in carpet.
HR air bag system has been upgraded with a Active Air system.
No delamination and paint checking only in the darkest area of the paint.
Has Aqua Hot and a 8k Onan with less than 300 hours.
The roof has been inspected and if needed, resealed.
Dash A/C works as it should.

The inspection the dealer has performed has been pretty thorough, it seems. When I asked if the holding tanks have been flushed, the dealer mentioned that they were emptied and chemicals were put in to remove deposits. He also mentioned that some of the sensors for the Alladin system were found defective and replaced. The dealer has also agreed to service the engine oil with Rotella, as he could not determine when it was last serviced.

Is there anything I may be missing?
Thanks, in advance!
Charlie
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I would also have them service the genset and the aqua hot. It may be due for a transmission service as well. Other items to check are the roof airs,windshields, side windows for fogging.
The Imperial is a nice coach with lots of goodies that are standard. We just sold our 2001 and it was a really nice comfy coach.
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Is the Coach from the North Rust? check it out closely!!!!
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We have a 1998 HR Imperial and are very happy with it. An oldie but googie.

With that being said, I would suggest that you get an independent certified RV mechanic to inspect all the RV systems, including the roof. In addition I would have the engine, transmission, frame, etc. inspected by a diesel service shop. Having a coolant and oil analysis by a lab (like JG Lubricants - Buy an Engine Oil Analysis Kit Today | Engine Oil Analysis Service) would reveal any hidden problems.

Make sure everything is in writing!! Any purchase should be contingent upon successfully passing these inspections/tests.

I would do this to any MH you are considering.
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:25 AM   #5
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Almost a HR Imperial 40PRT owner.

We looked at a coach last week. It was wonderful, until my husband went up to inspect the roof. I was inside and when the owner and hubby were walking on the roof it sounded like they were walking on taco chips. There was also silicone caulking on top of the rv caulking. Possible roof troubles? We decided against it. On our other coaches you only heard footsteps, not crunchy noises.
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I would also have them service the genset and the aqua hot. It may be due for a transmission service as well. Other items to check are the roof airs,windshields, side windows for fogging.
The Imperial is a nice coach with lots of goodies that are standard. We just sold our 2001 and it was a really nice comfy coach.
Thanks. I will keep those things in mind as well.


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We have a 1998 HR Imperial and are very happy with it. An oldie but googie.

With that being said, I would suggest that you get an independent certified RV mechanic to inspect all the RV systems, including the roof. In addition I would have the engine, transmission, frame, etc. inspected by a diesel service shop. Having a coolant and oil analysis by a lab (like JG Lubricants - Buy an Engine Oil Analysis Kit Today | Engine Oil Analysis Service) would reveal any hidden problems.

Make sure everything is in writing!! Any purchase should be contingent upon successfully passing these inspections/tests.

I would do this to any MH you are considering.

Glad to hear they hold up well and yes, thorough inspections are always a good idea.
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Air filter, air dryer service, both fuel filters, boost pressure(this checks charger air cooler and turbo). Best to have an independent full inspection, both coach and chassis systems,$400 can save thousands and at least some piece of mind.

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HR's are good rigs. Get it checked out, and if it passes, enjoy!
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Hello all! New to the forum and also to RV'ing. I done a lot of reading hear and learned much.



I am looking very hard at a 2005 HR Imperial 40PRT with 72k miles. I have not seen it in person yet, but I have asked many questions and everything seems good to go.



It has 2015 tires, new batteries, it's a 1 owner, clean Carfax, and other than some paint checking, a sticky awning(when retracting), and a ugly sofa and chair, I haven't found much to dislike.



This will be our first motor home and I have been researching for a while to educate myself on what to look for.



I have asked and was told the following:

No current or previous evidence of leaks.

No odors or stains in carpet.

HR air bag system has been upgraded with a Active Air system.

No delamination and paint checking only in the darkest area of the paint.

Has Aqua Hot and a 8k Onan with less than 300 hours.

The roof has been inspected and if needed, resealed.

Dash A/C works as it should.



The inspection the dealer has performed has been pretty thorough, it seems. When I asked if the holding tanks have been flushed, the dealer mentioned that they were emptied and chemicals were put in to remove deposits. He also mentioned that some of the sensors for the Alladin system were found defective and replaced. The dealer has also agreed to service the engine oil with Rotella, as he could not determine when it was last serviced.



Is there anything I may be missing?

Thanks, in advance!

Charlie


If that is the HWH Active Air system, that is a $10k ungraded. Very highly regarded.
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If that is the HWH Active Air system, that is a $10k ungraded. Very highly regarded.
X's 2. If the coach ends up even having marginal areas that need attention, the HWH Active Air would allow me to overlook other 'blemishes'. A real safety edge while traveling. And indicates a previous owner that cared about his rig enough to pay up for this mod...

Hope it all checks out well for you,
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This is what I went by. Not sure of the manufacturer.
The sales rep said it was a high quality system.
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On a side note, does anyone know where I can get those burl wood panels? They are cracked at the screw points. That will drive my OCD brain crazy. LOL!
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