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Old 09-18-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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Hawkins Diesel Pusher Buy Opportunity

I'm new here on the forum. I'm in Ohio.
I have an opportunity to buy a 1991 40' Hawkins Motor Coach Diesel Pusher.

I'm told it has a John Deere frame and a CAT 3205 diesel engine. 85,000 actual miles. I've seen it inside and out and it's clean but I have no idea what kind of maintenance expenses I might incur on a diesel this size.

I'm also new to RV'ing and part of me says it's silly for me to even consider such a large machine for my first RV experience, but the price is very attractive and from what I can find on line, this is/was a high quality machine.

Any comments out there from anyone that knows anything about the HMC products?

Thank you
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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i dont know about the unit your looking at
but i started out in tents then a class c then a gas 37' a and now up to a 40' dp
imho i wish i would have just went for the big DP from the start. just take your time driving it use the mirrors and just go slow, it shouldn't take that long to get use to the turning and driving it.

as far as maintaining a DP I'm still kinda new at it but i know the oil filter change is better than 120.00 ( if you do it your self) from what i have got from the fine ppl here plan on about 1000.00 for engine and gen. tires are crazy priced but thats like every 6 years ( even if they look good change them )
i have also learned that you should exercise the gen and engine about every month.
all this i kinda got from here so ....... I'm sure that others will chime in soon sorry i couldn't give more info

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Old 09-19-2013, 05:47 AM   #3
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Looks like the HMC coaches have quite an active following.. here are some links I found for you, if you didn't already have them:

HMC Club - Home Page

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Can't really comment on your questions about HMC but WELCOME aboard to the forum and glad you joined us. Looks like you're getting some info already on your questions. Good Luck with your decision to purchase the coach.
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Welcome to the IRV2 forum. You've come to the right place.

Hawkins Motor Coach make high quality motorhomes, and I wouldn't be afraid of juming right is to a 40', as you will adjust to it very quickly, and there are tips you will get here on how to handle it like a pro, to keep you out of trouble. But we'll get to that later, as right now you must decide if this particular one is right for you.

It is more than 2 decades old, so plenty of things to check out before you buy. Do they have any legitimate service records, of the routine maintenance? How frequent has the fluids and filters been changed, and what else has been done? Inspect for rotting out bay compartments, storage tank supports, frame damage, engine mounts, etc. CHeck closely inside to any signs of roof leak (water stains on ceiling and walls), any signs of mildew, and odors? Carpet or tile? Poke around the floor, near the walls, and see if the floor feels solid, or is it soft? Check around he toilet for the same.

Do the appliances all work? Water pump, water heater, furnace all work? Check the furnace filter, to see if it is clean, or rotting away. You get the idea.

Remember these things are a house and a big chassis truck, all rolled up into one. So there will always be things to look after, but of the unit is solid, and runs and drives good, it may be a winner.

Unless the date code shows the tires are fairly new, plan on probably 3-4K for 6 new tires right out of the gate.

Good luck, and come back with any questions.
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Agree - the Hawkins was a great coach in its day. A cared-for one should serve you well.
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