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Old 08-13-2012, 12:59 PM   #15
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I think even the 10k is light... I'd want to factor in 15k just to be safe. And if it's been sitting for 5 years (except that one trip) I would consider the tires done regardless of date code. Tires need to roll and "move" to stay in shape or, like people they become couch potatos.


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Old 08-13-2012, 01:02 PM   #16
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$40K max. It's almost 12 years old. Been driven ONCE in five years. Single slide. Not much there that's real compelling.

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #17
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that's a $40k motorhome. There's a really nice 1 owner 00 38ft Dutchstar diesel pusher w/2 slides locally for $37k firm. I know the motorhome, and it's flawless.....so that makes this one worth????

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the input on this. That's pretty much what I was thinking. I have bought a lot of old stuff and I've learned a few things such as old fuel, seals etc.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:05 PM   #19
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Noisy in the bedroom other that normal engine noise could be a fan bearing. Not that I know lots about it - just that we had a different noise in the engine and it was a fan bearing, which my husband replaced.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Muddypaws View Post
Speaking generically and from my experience if you buy a used motorhome you WILL be working on it unless you've got cubic yards of money. And if you do why not buy a new one in the first place?
Two reasons:
1) Depreciation. Lots of it. Lots and lots of it. I think boats depreciate less.
2) Because new RVs aren't problem free. And if it's my time driving it back to the dealer or my time working on it, it's the same bucket to me. I can do a *lot* of work for the amount of depreciation that occurs in those first 5 years.

I think my "ideal" RV would be a high quality DP that's 3-4 years old and used several times per year.. Something well shaken down.

I agree with above, if it's been sitting for 5 years, budget some money - maybe quite a bit of money to get it shaken back down. Hoses, flushing everything, I'd be very suspect of the fridge and water heater... I'd rather have one with more miles that has been used more frequently.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #21
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I do not claim to know much, darn little in fact when it comes to all of this, but I will share this. I bought a 1996 unit with 12000 miles on it, was sold in 08 with 8K on it and had been driven at or about 3 times a year for the next 4 years going to the lake and such. I recently bought it for what I thought was a good deal (and really it was), I then put tires on it, had the front end aligned, fuel filter, flasher switch, blinker switch, fuel line to the gen (lots of fun), other things that are to trivial to mention. I recently took it on a 2300 mile trip. Had to have it towed once (fuel pump I am told) after it was towed before gathering my things and finding a hotel I tried to start it once more. It fired up and ran great the rest of the trip, had to seal a couple of small potential leak areas. Kind of scary, but for me it was an easy choice. I have less than 15 K in this thing, if after a few years I have used it often and fun I'll rob the 401 K and get a nice one but for right now this is a get my feet wet/learning experience. Oh, and man am I ever learning!

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