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Old 08-29-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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Buying a used RV

Caution when buying a used RV at Mike Thompson in Sana Fe Springs, Ca. got all the reassurance that it went thru a complete 250 point inspection and got lots of fluff from the sales staff and trusted them at there word, guess what two weeks later got stranded with a dead battery and come to find had two blown shocks, $800 dollars later and went back to ask about there inspection and ask to pay half and they said now you dont have to worry about those problems any more. My first RV purchase and boy did I learn the hard way. Dont trust any salesmen, they are all liars!

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Old 08-29-2009, 10:21 AM   #2
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Many have had similar experiences. You arent the first, or the last. RV salemen come and go, are usually on commission for at least part of their income, why would you trust one in the first place? Biggest problem I had, was not figuring out who wasnt telling the truth, but which ones honestly believed what they said, but really didnt know.

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You were lucky. I bought from an individual and my nightmare is still going on. First it had an overheating problem, then a fuel line problem, next was the front windshield. I still have the one A/C that doesn't work, and the dash a/c has to be converted. It has a real delamination problem that I am gutting out the interior to correct. But, even with all these problems and probably more, I get excited when I get even the small ones corrected. In reading the posts here and talking to others about their rigs, it appears that owning on of the older rigs is a labor of love no matter how much you spend or how big the problems are. My old Travelcraft has a red light strip running from the driver's seat to the kitchen and when it is lite up, I feel like I need a disco ball and the Bee Gees as background music.

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Old 08-29-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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Mike, the older rigs are a labor of love but it is paid for. So I can afford to spend a few $$$ on her. In the 2 years we have had the Silver Streak we have replaced:
4 tires
bathroom sink and facuet
Power converter
Propane transfer valve and hoses
2 Fanstick fans
assortment of interior lights
door hinges
and now new flooring in the bath and new carpet elsewhere.
New curtains

It is beginning to feel like a new RV to me now.

Hey, we have an 8 track player in the trailer....no 8 track tapes. We need to get together with your disco ball.

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Ken - there is a company in Arlington that specializes in 8 track tapes that was on the news last week - maybe you should look them up next Saturday since you will be in our neck or the woods!

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