Originally Posted by LSC9901
My perception is that after 3 purchases of which only one was an honest deal, by your standards, you made monumental errors.
We sure did by not insisting that first dishonest man (with the bibles) rip off the bottom cover of the Sunline so we could check if the black tank had a crack. How many selling a TT would rip the bottom off so people could crawl under to check the waste tanks for cracks?
And the odor he hid so well with the windows all open and sprayed with Lysol. Does everyone close up a used RV and wait a few hours to see how it smells? We never did get the odor out and I told the people who bought it we could not find the source of the sour cheesy smell. Lysol controlled it- that was the best we could do. The liar never mentioned the black tank needed to be replaced due to a large split or that when the Lysol wore off the foul odor would come back.
The Class-C which looked so good and ran so well, had a totally rotten roof at the rear end. No stains on the ceiling and no soft places where I pushed up on it. I doubt he would have let us rip the ceiling down to check it or rip the roof covering off to look for rot under the aluminum. This rot could not be seen as it had a fresh coating of roofing stuff on it.... until we got it home and my husband went on the roof to replace the old AirrMax vents. It then became obvious the roof was rotten under his 170lbs. The seller lied - told me the roof had just been redone, no leaks... blah blah.. blah... never leaked, blah, blah....The first rain and the water literlly poured down from the ceiling in two places, from the rotted area around the vent in the bedroom and from the A/C in the front. The other stuff was more or less minor (no engine/tranny problems) but expensive. We were going to put new tires on it before our trip out west anyway but he lied about the tires too, saying they were 5 yrs old when then were 10 and one blew out on the way home from his house. He also failed to tell us the gas gauge was off by 1/4 tank. DH ran out of gas a few miles from our house because the seller lied. The fridge was on and cold - but the seller failed to tell us it was erratic, useless and it died in AZ, leaving us with having to use an ice chest for the trip. Do all of you somehow sit there for days to make sure the fridges are not erratic/dying? Do you all go up on the roofs and walk around? What if you ask about the gauges and are told they all work - how can you know unless you look down into the gas tank and somehow measure the gas? The other gauges weren't that important to us, the gas one was. We lost thousands on this Class-C - the replacement fridge alone was $1,300.
The 3rd is this Class-A but nothing really serious is wrong with it that we can see. Minor stuff mostly and no roof or tank leaks we can find. He didn't have to lie and tell us, like the Class-C seller, that the tires were only 5 yrs old when they too were 10 yrs old. We didn't expect the added expense of $1400 for new tires right off the bat. We had hoped to wait a year or two to replace them. Without a flashlight or ground mat/dolly, my 70 yr old husband w/fibromyalgia didn't try to crawl under the coach in the the wet gravel to see if the old man was lying. Now we know better. We wouldn't believe anything a seller tells us.
But that's OK, we will still be honest when we sell a rig as people will still buy them and our conscience is clear. Maybe not the first person or the second... but both the Sunline and Class-C sold with the buyers knowing the known issues.
I have bought three. Other than tires for this one I found just one surprise and after some deep research I was able to resolve the problem. All the other money we have spent (minimal at best) has been for personally desired upgrades. I feel that my past experiences made me a more informed buyer.
Was Rick's RV Center not a good place to take the MH to get checked out before the purchase ?
I have no idea as it's well over 100 miles from where we live and would be about 160 miles from the man we bought it from.