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Old 08-13-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Considering 03 HR Vacationer 36DBD

Hi All,

The wife and I are looking to purchase our first Class A – wanting to upgrade from TT. It's a 2003 Holiday Rambler Vacationer with 17K mi. Everything on the outside looks great amd we love the floorplan with the Bath and a half. We were able to get a look at the unit before the detailing and prep work was done. It was just traded in. But...we noticed a mildew/wet odor immediately upon stepping into the unit. We were told that there had be some leaking due to improper use of the slides. The slide was not fully extended during some recent heavy rain according to salesman. We also noticed a great deal(more like a puddle) of water on the bedroom carpet on the galley side that is close to the BR slide. Now this looked very recent and the salesman even looked puzzled. Of course the salesman and his supervisor assured us that after the unit was prepped the odors would be gone and the water issues would not be a problem. I have included a picture of the carpeting on the driver's edge of the slide. There is also fogging of the pilot and co-pilot windows – photos included too.

We have a possible good deal on the unit and I realize it is almost 10 years old. I know its not going to be perfect but we don’t want to buy a money pit either. I will be checking it out on Saturday to see what they have done to get it ready to sell.

Is it that easy to remove mildew odors?
Are there any specific questions I should ask about the leaks, windows and smell?
Can I get some opinions on the unit and the photo’s?

I do appreciate everyone’s time.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
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I would not buy a unit with a smelly moldy odor,or water damage. It is very
hard to deal with and very expensive to repair. It's the damage under the
carpet in the floor and in the walls that will cost you plenty.
IMHO Stay away.

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Old 08-13-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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I agree. Its not good to start out with problems.
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Thanks for the advice and the time you took to reply Siggy and Chandler.
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The fogged widows will cost at least $200 each to repair. So add that in.

The water on the carpet might or might not be fresh. Dealer may not even know what's happening.

I think I'd pass.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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Appreciate the response Mr_D! Kinda leaning towards the "pass" side at this time. Still going to check her out on Saturday if anything but to get a chance to drive a class A for the first time.
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there are many good coaches well priced out there, keep looking till you find just the right one
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good salesman, not so good motorhome. Actually a good brand. I would find another.

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I am sure you would have figured out that this coach is not going to be the one you want to begin with. Water damage can be very costly to repair. If it is from a roof seam andf coming down the side wall there could be delamination at a later date that you would be stuck with. There are many coaches out there for sale that will serve you much better. Yes HR made a great coach just don't let "Low Mileage" be your starting factor in choosing.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. Decided to pass. Dealer stated the job was much bigger than they thought. Couldn't get the odors out and couldn't prove the leaks were gone....
The search continues!
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Sounds like a wise decision. Take your time, the right deal is out there and you will be comfortable with it when it comes along.
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Good idea to pass I had a 2004 36pct that I bought new and it leaked in the same spot and other places.

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