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Old 10-25-2011, 07:41 AM   #15
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As has been said condition is everything, but be prepared to spend additional $$. Don't blow it all on the purchase. I picked up an '87 Windcruiser for under $4k. Only had 48k miles and it looked good. 6 of the 8 tires are reasonably new, all new brakes and hoses, it has the typical headliner issues and some other stuff that you would expect. On the drive home (140 miles) the tranny let go. So now I've got to pull the transmission and get it overhauled. The one shop I had it at wanted more to swap out the transmission than I paid for the coach. I'm still fiuring if I can get the tranny done and fix up the interior the way I like, I'll be about even with what I would have paid for something someone else fixed up.

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Old 10-26-2011, 09:36 AM   #16
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Hi J&P,

You might want to bookmark the NADA RV site so you can check the value of whatever you are considering.

Prices, Used Values & Specs for Motorhomes from NADAguides


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Old 10-28-2011, 07:46 PM   #17
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We just started looking at RV's in the past couple of weeks. Our hope is to find a nice used model RV for under $10,000. Looking around online, that seems to indicate that we are going to be looking into the early to mid 90's range (Class A), if we're going to go with a 29-33 foot model. The reason we're saying under 10K is that going any higher pretty much means having to go with some sort of financing, and from what I've seen, lenders don't seem to want to finance much before 2007, which means a lot more cash outlay, and higher payments than we want. Even at $10K we're probably going to have to get some sort of personal loan.
Are there any models that are generally good to look at, or to stay away from? What sort of issues besides leaks and tires should we look for in an older model?

if you were looking for a Class C about 27' long and lived nearer to Ohio, I would have you check it out but California is thousands of miles away. the owner has recently died and son wants to get rid of it. he already has a DP. keep looking there are units out there in your price range.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:50 AM   #18
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keep in mind that even if you were given a mid 90s rv for free... you'd be out about $8k to get the suspension, brakes, and minimal sealing issues addressed.
If you are handy and have the tools... you and 1/2 that for the cost of parts.

Start at the roof and work your way down. DO NOT RUSH a purchase. Take your time, pictures, and sleep on it.

Banks arent flexible on terms. Credit Unions are. If you have the credit score you can make anything work. Terms might be 5yrs at max... which on your budget is less than $200/month.

You will also notice LOTS of clueless sellers that say "motorhome" as it covers everybrand. I would avoid "orphan" or obsolete manufacturers. Marquee names like Winnie, Monaco, Rexhall, Georgieboy, etc will make sourcing parts easy.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:18 PM   #19
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I sold my 1988 southwind two years ago for $6.000 was in great shape, everything worked and no leaks; tires only two years old; new awning used no oil between changes tranny had no problems, this guy got a bargan; reason for the sale; wanted something newer and milage (154,000) miles. I never drove that motorhome over 55 MPH. Good ones are out there you just have to look. (it was in the paper one day).
First guy that looked bought it.

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