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Old 08-11-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Looking for advice on a used MH

I bought an 89 32' Itasca Suncruiser last year as a project since I'm an old retired guy to have something to do, not to mention to get back into the RV "lifestyle." I got all the systems up and running as well as all of the chassis systems (well, except the dash air....). Since then, I've had a couple of heart attacks that have really slowed me down, and now I don't have the strength and/or stamina to finish off the outside. It's in pretty good shape, but needs to be heavily scrubbed, waxed, etc. and the interior, while in pretty good shape, needs some TLC as it's showing it age, but not necessarily in a bad way.

I recently bought a 2000 35' Itasca Suncruiser that was complete and ready to go, so now I have two RVs in my "inventory." The '00 is kept here at the house while the '89 is in a storage facility.

My problem is this: the '89, while looking fairly decent and running well, does tend to look like something out of "Breaking Bad" if you know what I mean, and trying to sell it will only bring about 4-5 grand. Should I not consider trying to sell it and just part it out instead? The generator is good and could directly replace the one in the '00 if needed. There are other items in the '89 that could potentially be used in the '00 as well, not to mention it has a good 454 Chevy motor and a good TH400 trans in it as well. I know that parting it out would be a pain, but I'm just trying to figure out what to do as my driveway gets pretty crowded at times.....

Any ideas?

Thanks!!

Kyle
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=kratzkr;2177976]My problem is this: the '89, while looking fairly decent and running well, does tend to look like something out of "Breaking Bad" if you know what I mean, and trying to sell it will only bring about 4-5 grand. Should I not consider trying to sell it and just part it out instead?/QUOTE]

Hi Kyle,

I think it all boils down to what is important to you. You'll likely lose either time or money. I generally buy things high and sell low so I know a bit about this. However; if you enjoyed the time you spent fixing it up - consider that. I've spent more time and money fixing up my rig than I could ever sell her for but that time may have saved my life (kept my brain busy while dealing with life's little twists). So, if she burns to the ground tomorrow, she was a good investment.

The big negatives (to me) about parting it out are the huge amounts of time involved in extracting parts and the fact that I would have a large shell (that nobody wants) to dispose of when all the parts are gone. I see a lot of neighborhoods where this is done (and the remains that are left to rot) - not a pretty sight in my opinion.

I'd post on craigslist, local newspapers, put a for sale sign on it, park it in the local 'for sale' lot, etc... and let someone drive it away.
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JD,

I hear what you're telling me! I know that I'll not recover my money from the unit, nor had I really intended to. Like you, it started out as therapy. I still really like the unit and it is fun to play with, but my "she-who-must-be-obeyed" prefers the '00, so that's the one that we use.....

I've gone the Craigslist route and was amazed at the scammers out there and the bullstuff they throw at you... actually quite comical!

One thing for sure is that it won't become an "abandoned" hulk sitting somewhere.... at least not on my watch. I'd donate it first....

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Yeah, no doubt Craigslist can be a challenge. I do not post my phone number (email only) and include a comment in the ad that says "use the text 'not spam' in the your email subject". When I get email that does not include this text, I delete it. Of course, there are always scammers that get thru and you just have to be very discerning about to whom you respond. I probably lose a few sales this way but I'm ok with that.

Probably more to the root of your question, based purely on my gut, I think there is a market for used RV's (less expensive) so I think it is worth trying to sell. I hate putting money into something that I am about to sell cheap but a possible option is to hire one of those mobile wash/wax operations to shine her up (or even one of the 'labor' listings on Craigslist).
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