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Old 02-21-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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First time buyer, looking for opinions...

Hi all, first timer here, looking to buy an RV to live in full time while I travel for work. Would like to find something that I could use for a couple years and not lose a bunch of money when I sell it. Wishful thinking, I know.

I've been looking mostly at class A gassers as the selection is pretty good in my price range, 20-30k. Have been looking at 98-04 ish units with at least one slide and a reputable engine/chassis combo.

My most recent find is this 02 Itasca Suncruiser with the 8.1 Chevy and a workhorse W-22 chassis, being sold on consignment by a dealer. 65k miles. Haven't seen them yet but supposedly the owner has meticulous service records. Brake recall was done in 2011.

#C-IS7258 - 2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U TWO SLIDE-OUT WORKHORSE for sale in Glen Ellyn IL

Looked at it today and at first glance it seems pretty solid. It's in pretty fair cosmetic condition, carpet is worn & dingy and the fiberglass exterior could use some attention, looks like it's been stored outside. Shower pan needs recaulked.....little stuff.

Would like to hear from people that have experience with this rv, also any opinions on whether or not this one looks like a good deal.



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Old 02-21-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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Any time that I have looked at used RV's I always check the date code on the tires. Since this unit is being sold at the low end of the NADA price I'd be sure to check out everything. In your case I'd highly advise that you contact an independent RV repair person and have them look it over and check out all the systems and appliances. It may cost you a couple hundred dollars but since you are going to live in it full time it's better to be somewhat assured that everything is working.

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Old 02-21-2015, 10:13 PM   #3
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My advice...type "buyer beware" in search box and read, read, read. Much advice there!
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I agree 100% with previous post. Get a professional to check it out. You could have some hidden mold. Keep looking as there are many units for sale and new ones listed daily on several sites. I have found buying from a private owner has worked out best for us. Dealers and consignment places will know very little about it's history or glitches. A good chance they have not even been inside the unit or have driven it. Good luck in your search. You could put an ad on Craigslist that you are looking for? It's free to post.
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Hi all, first timer here, looking to buy an RV to live in full time while I travel for work. Would like to find something that I could use for a couple years and not lose a bunch of money when I sell it. Wishful thinking, I know.

I've been looking mostly at class A gassers as the selection is pretty good in my price range, 20-30k. Have been looking at 98-04 ish units with at least one slide and a reputable engine/chassis combo.

My most recent find is this 02 Itasca Suncruiser with the 8.1 Chevy and a workhorse W-22 chassis, being sold on consignment by a dealer. 65k miles. Haven't seen them yet but supposedly the owner has meticulous service records. Brake recall was done in 2011.

#C-IS7258 - 2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U TWO SLIDE-OUT WORKHORSE for sale in Glen Ellyn IL

Looked at it today and at first glance it seems pretty solid. It's in pretty fair cosmetic condition, carpet is worn & dingy and the fiberglass exterior could use some attention, looks like it's been stored outside. Shower pan needs recaulked.....little stuff.

Would like to hear from people that have experience with this rv, also any opinions on whether or not this one looks like a good deal.



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