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Old 09-02-2013, 08:32 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by malexander View Post
Just got back from Tulsa/Claremore. May have found JUST what we're looking for. If the price and trading is right, we'll probably buy it.
1 owner, 14K mi, 72 hrs on gen, etc. Very well taken care of. Owner traded for new DP.
Now old? Not very many hours on the gen., which could be bad for it. They need to be run at least and hour a month even when stored to keep them in good shape.

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Old 09-03-2013, 03:38 AM   #30
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Now old? Not very many hours on the gen., which could be bad for it. They need to be run at least and hour a month even when stored to keep them in good shape.

The coach is a 2005. I honestly believe the previous owner was very meticulous, judging from the interior and the basement(s).

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:27 AM   #31
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When looking for used, I always look for one with records and has been covered in a garage or carport. To me this means they cared about their RV. Expect to pay a little more, but the paint and fabric should look nicer.
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My approach is a little different. I pay more attention to the mechanical "bones" of the thing, especially in a DP- drivetrain, structural items, mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems. They are the most expensive items that could need repair or replacement. Cosmetics like decals, carpet, fabric are much cheaper by comparison and I'd rather update and replace those things to my own taste. You can also do updating or renovation of those things while actually using the RV. There are a lot of RVs out there with horrible "grandma's place" interiors. Wear and tear is inevitable in a coach that has actually been used and I would rather buy one that shows use than something that has been sitting
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:00 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by KSCRUDE View Post
RVs are one of the most abused vehicle on the road, as most people just use them and abuse them then take them home and part it, until the next trip.
That was not my experience in shopping for DP's at all. Perhaps it's the price point or luck, but if you buy a few year old unit from the original owner that paid $300K+, don't be surprised if it is like new!

I narrowed in on a specific model/floorplan by shopping around. My early shopping (online and in person) was not geared towards purchase, more a research exercise. Once I found exactly what I wanted it was GAME ON. I would consider a coach that met my criteria from anywhere in NA. BTW, I found when talking to dealers far away, once they learned I was going to have to travel great distances they seemed very honest in their disclosures.

I bought private party and it was awesome. Great price, great rig.

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