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Old 11-28-2013, 04:48 PM   #57
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Bought a 04 Southwind from a private party, only issue was the Workhorse brakes, which were under recall. Drove it 17k with no issues that I could not fix myself. In March bought a 08 Bounder Diesel with 19 K left California in July and have over 7 K trouble free miles to get to Orlando.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:39 PM   #58
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Bought a 1999 Winnebago Adventurer in Feb of this year with 64K miles on it. Dealer had gone over it and replaced some defective parts, 20 ft patio awning, Hydraulic arms on cargo doors, 2 house batteries. I should have worked on him a little harder on tires. I have replaced the tires myself. I now have 70K miles on it and no other problems. The V10 Ford engine and 5 speed trans yanks it down the road with no problem and none of those add ons like Banks and 5 Star. I pull a 1996 Ford Explorer 4 wh drive down the road with no problems at all. All of these good things will come to an end now that I have bragged on it but we love it.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:47 AM   #59
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i always buy vehicles from private parties regardless big or small. after a year homework done, i found this 70kmi unit online, talked to the seller, flew in and had an rv shop check it out (for $100 - actually they only checked powertrain). then i drove it $300 miles back home. no drama. after that, i replaced two front tires, diy-fixed a fuel lifter leaking, diy'ed trans service (with transynd fluid). that was it. it hasn't given me trouble so far.
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Some of the posts to this thread give the impression that the writers did a few minor maintenance items to the MH's they had purchased and that was all the maintenance they've done since. I hope the OP doesn't think that's how a DP should be maintained, although I've heard of plenty of RVers who treat them that way.

In reality a DP should be serviced in accordance with the engine/transmission manufacturer's maintenance schedule. Quite a few RVers have the attitude that because they don't drive all that many miles each year they don't have to do much maintenance. IMHO that is a prescription for disaster. Most maintenance items have both mileage and time-based service intervals. Engine oil and fuel filters are two of the most significant of those. Personally, it's worth it to me to know that I am doing my best to keep my MH running well; yes, they can go a million miles, but only if properly maintained.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #61
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2004 HR Imperial, I bought in AZ in April and flew down drove home to Canada 2200 miles, perfect, then a few small probs developed over the summer, worst was replace cooling unit on fridge, (Norcold - normal stuff) but I saved $20K compared to idential MH here...put about 8000 miles on it so far and no big probs. BUT new isn't always best...these are built like heavy trucks, with many components from many suppliers, and after 35 years in the trucking business, I've never seen any truck from any mfr that didn't have bugs to be sorted out for the first 6 months they go in service...and newer trucks are worse today with all the computerized systems then they were back in the mechanical days
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:20 PM   #62
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We bought our '02 Georgetown in '10 form the original owners. They were having to give up the lifestyle due to medical issues.

It had just under 12,000 miles on the odometer and 48 hours on the generator time display. We were aware of tire issues (they were the original Ford-installed 01 tires) and the price we paid reflected it.

The first problem we encountered was something I'd misinterpreted at purchase. The visible front edge of the fabric of the living room slide was frayed. What I didn't realise was that the entire vinyl fabric had gone, leaving only the open-weave substrate. We got rainwater in the overhead of the slide. Luckily, it only damaged the cabinets, which I was able to rebuild.

The second problem was self-inflicted. Late in 2011, I had a cardiac problem, having four stents installed. I was out of action for about 3 months and never got round to exercising the generator. It hasn't run since. Since we've only used it once, except for exercising it, it's no great loss, but it'll have to be fixed before we can sell the rig.

The most recent issue was old age - the Dometic fridge died. Replaced at considerable expense and now fine.

We've done three seasons, 5000 miles and those are the only issues we've had. It's a strong recommendation for buying used, particularly if you can deal with the original owners.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #63
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We purchased a 2000 Holiday Rambler from a dealer in 2012.. One owner...49000 miles and in great condition....dealer provided a warranty,,,.so far 6000 miles and one of the longest was 3500 miles to Sturgis. No problems,....polished and cleaned it up some...did some work on my own,..just changed the stripes to colors I like...I was surprised how well it was made and that how easy to drive.
I was not aware that this was only about a DP....mine being a V10 is not as maintenance needed as a DP.....but I change my oil each and every spring and fall...I do not care if the oil sits much during the winter...I warm it up for long periods of time and run the generator as well....fuel additive is always a good idea...

I have had to do some work on the MH myself...I installed air lift bags myself....not all that hard...new Batteries...did rework the generator exhaust after a friend hit something on the only time I let someone use it other than I...took the Frig propane system apart and cleaned and serviced...I replaced all the outside bulbs on the lights...installed a flat screen and removed the 50 lb old style one...

Recent inspection I had all the fluids changed...everyone...engine, trans and rear end...installed new seals and bearings at the rear end,,,

I live to tinker with my RV and have rebuilt the toilet recently...seal failed...now new bathroom floor....and wife wants a different shower sprayer...

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After all of your encouragement, this is what I signed on today.

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we are (obviously) super stoked over the deal. The price shown online, ... they came down from there, plus included some goodies, new Bridgestone tires, and some little fixes, new tv's, and we LOVE HER!

Now.. what to name her....
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Wow, that's a really nice coach ... best of luck!
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we are (obviously) super stoked over the deal. The price shown online, ... they came down from there, plus included some goodies, new Bridgestone tires, and some little fixes, new tv's, and we LOVE HER!

Now.. what to name her....

MINE Very nice can you give us a ball park $. I prefer carpet but that flooring goes very well with the cupboards and other trim. again very nice thanks for ALL the pictures
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MINE Very nice can you give us a ball park $. I prefer carpet but that flooring goes very well with the cupboards and other trim. again very nice thanks for ALL the pictures
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96000, I probably could have dug deeper, but ya know what, the lady running this place was sooooo nice, and soooo helpful, and really super great to deal with...

Compared to the dealership BS game, which I hate ... "oh i have to talk to my manager crud"...

So if she made some money, good for her, she earned it!
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Wouldn't recommend it but I bought our Dutch Star (first class A) sight unseen, no inspections, 2,000 miles away from Ebay. Flew to pick it up and drove it home with no issues. 7,000 miles later I'm still happy
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