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Old 11-30-2014, 10:11 AM   #29
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Really an excellent set of posts. I don't think any of the posts are off base or ill advised.

I was looking at three new RV's last Friday and just looking at how the mirrors were installed, the type of sliding bedroom hinges used and their smoothness, and tapping on the insides of the cabinetry and looking their hinges as well, I saw three levels of quality in the construction and I knew that one was probably best used for three days to a couple of weeks, the mid range the same, and only one, and without reading the fine print, seemed up to the task of a full-time vehicle, and I would guess what I can't see follows the same quality design or lack thereof.

All the same size, but a big difference in price.

The question is how much do you know and what can your eyes see based on your level of knowledge, and yeah, I would buy used and will buy used shortly, but I will have to do a lot of due diligence and have to pay professionals to dig deeper than I'm able to do and if it won't qualify for an extended warranty...that's an issue of how much risk I'm willing to take and luck that nothing significant was missed.

My friend was cleared to ride his bike by the doc and he died not that long after during an extended bike ride - just had a heart attack and fell off the bike - dead when he hit the ground. Can't nail it all down, but you can minimize the amount of significant unknowns.

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Old 11-30-2014, 12:19 PM   #30
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As some have said, I would not be that concerned about the miles, IF the maintenance records are complete, but everything else bears close scrutiny!
Check the brakes, slide operation, A/C & furnace, just to name a few. You should be getting a really good price on the coach!

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Old 11-30-2014, 05:39 PM   #31
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When the components of that chassis are used on a commercial vehicle it would most likely have a 250-300k mile lifecycle. As others have said review maintenence records and make sure no long term storage. You should still review all systems with an eye towards excess wear due to age and use of chassis and coach.
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This deal never materialized. Not sure where it fell through, but they never received it. Thanks to all that offered advice. The good news is, I am still looking and I test drove a 2008 4528 today and I am going to see and drive a 2007 4528 on Sat.

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