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Old 09-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Possible Jayco Alvatar purchase

Hello all , I'm a new member and joined to get some opinions.My wife and I are considering purchasing a used class A motor home.
The unit is a 2003 Jayco Avatar 3860. It has the Cat 330 engine. My concerns are that this coach has been setting 3 to 4 years with very little if any road time.The engine has only 13000 miles on it. The owner has said that he has been starting it on a regular basis.When I was there I didn't think about checking the hour meter.
With this unit setting so much I feel all the seals have dryed and I anticipate many problems.I also have been told that any engine and more so diesels are a better purchase with higher mileage than extremely low miles as in this case.

Just touching on a few of my concerns,I'm wondering how the members here feel. If anyone has an opinion on the Alvatar please share also.
I was told that jayco tested the maket of class A's and due to tough economic times got out of the class A market.
Thanks in advance for all info.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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In April we bought a 2001 Monaco Diplomat, with 28,000 miles , All seems good, normal stuff from sitting in AZ sun, had to replace some plastic stuff inside. Good Luck Denny
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You have very valid points about it sitting. Tires are one pretty big thing. In all, take it for a test drive,,, long enough to get everything up to operating temps. Not just around the block. Then look it over real good for any leaks, such as engine,trans, etc... My 2 cents worth...
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:47 PM   #4
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Hello all , I'm a new member and joined to get some opinions.My wife and I are considering purchasing a used class A motor home.
The unit is a 2003 Jayco Avatar 3860. It has the Cat 330 engine. My concerns are that this coach has been setting 3 to 4 years with very little if any road time.The engine has only 13000 miles on it. The owner has said that he has been starting it on a regular basis.When I was there I didn't think about checking the hour meter.
With this unit setting so much I feel all the seals have dryed and I anticipate many problems.I also have been told that any engine and more so diesels are a better purchase with higher mileage than extremely low miles as in this case.

Just touching on a few of my concerns,I'm wondering how the members here feel. If anyone has an opinion on the Alvatar please share also.
I was told that jayco tested the maket of class A's and due to tough economic times got out of the class A market.
Thanks in advance for all info.
Hi welcome to the forum ,people here are really good about trying to help,The 330 has always been a good engine ,I agree see if you can take it for a good test run get things warmed up a bit and moving,see if any weird shimmys or shakes.. then if you dont want to take it to have it inspected by a pro ,at least go under yourself and look at trans and motor for leaks.Also look under cabinets for water leaks test the pump run Gen set awhile and look for leaks on it,ck the wet hubs see if up to full on oil,you can also see at the wheels the brakes how the condition of them are while your under it,also might want to put awning out to take a look for rips in it. Look at front steering ck air bags stuff like that will give you a better idea about stuff. just trying to give some ideas to help your once over good luck with it. Hope all goes well.Just depends on how every unit is taken care of ,there all decent, Just take a good look at it.
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