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Old 11-14-2015, 07:16 AM   #1
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Help with buying used coach

My wife and I have been looking for an entry coach to learn with before we retire in 2 years. I found a 2002 Newmar Kountry Star, DP cummins 300, 6 speed Allison, 37.5'. 58,000. It's been idle + sitting outside in New England for 7 years. She starts right up along with the generator. The owner has taken good care of it, but his wife is not well.

My friend told me to replace the tires, fuel, oil, all fluids and filters and then run it and find out all the surprises. Lights are not working in the cabin. Don't dare to drive it as the fuel could be bad and it's not registered.

He wants $20,000 but I think that may be too high with all of the surprises I may run into.

I welcome all your thoughts and advise on this first purchase.

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Old 11-14-2015, 07:23 AM   #2
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Me personally . . . I would not touch it.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:56 AM   #3
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If it doesn't feel right, move on.


There is a right price for this coach, not saying 20k is it but this could be a real can of worms. Ask yourself if you can risk the down side if it's not what you think.
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:02 AM   #4
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If you like it get a professional inspection before buying. Adjust your offer according to the results of the inspection.
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:31 AM   #5
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Sitting outside in New England is a recipe for very serious rodent damage. Add to that the potential mechanical and electrical issues in the powertrain, rust issues from condensation, likely serious water leaks, etc., and you have a real project on your hands. Try to estimate the cost of performing all of the maintenance tasks that have been ignored for seven years. However disappointing it may be for the seller, I would have a hard time paying more than the salvage value in as-is condition.

I see cars, trucks and RVs for sale every day where the seller gives a list of things that need attention to make the vehicle roadworthy. It's a real crapshoot trying to guess the actual value, but if you talk to a salvage yard, they may lead you in the right direction.



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Old 11-14-2015, 02:53 PM   #6
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Won't touch it with a 10' pool for all the reasons listed above ... Walk away! There are too many good MH's out there to spend time on this one!!!

Yours is out there ... Good Luck and enjoy the journey of finding your MH.
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:10 PM   #7
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Check the prices for that year and model. If you can do work yourself it would be a steal at around $15000.00.
If you put $10000.00 in it is still a bargain.
If it starts and runs there is nothing wrong with the fuel.
The ones I checked online were between $30000 and $35000.
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One thing for sure, if you buy a basketcase and refurbish it yourself, you're going to know everything important about it when it is done to your satisfaction. When you hit the road, it will be with the confidence that comes from having your hands in every system on the MH. Troubleshooting will be a breeze. If this isn't what you're after, walk away and buy something less demanding.



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Old 11-14-2015, 04:39 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your comments. We will be looking at it tomorrow afternoon and I have lots of questions for the seller and will report back to you tomorrow night.
The coach looks like it's been well cared, no smells, ect It's been parked on top of crushed stone since his wife took ill 7 years ago from what I was told by a 3rd party.
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I would ask the seller to have coach and chassis inspections done. Have him take it to a Cummins/freightliner shop and an RV repair shop that works on Newmar. Those two shops will be able to identify major problems. If the seller takes it, he will understand what is really wrong with it and may be realistic about the price. Also, it is just going to decay (more) sitting in the elements. He should be realistic and look to unload it as soon as possible.
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Spartan Chassis? Then ball joint boots are probably toast. Can't just replace the boots, whole assembly needs replacement. But that can also be included in the negotiations if everything else worked out. It's about a $2800 fix.
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