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Old 05-01-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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Need advice on purchase

Got out of rving for awhile and miss it so much that we are looking to buy and get back in it.
Considering a '04 Coachman Cross Country 38' dp with 34k on it. I am not familiar with this coach and am seeking advice on it.
It is 800 miles from me and I know no one in that area of PA. to go inspect it for me so am relying on advice from here on the unit and how reliable it might be.
What questions should I ask and what do I need to be aware of?

I appreciate any and all feedback.


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Old 05-01-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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Welcome back to the fold Abrasv, I am not familiar with the coach but I would suggest good old Google. I am sure you could get many opinions with a little searching. With enough digging you probably could find brochures and specs on the coach. Questions to ask on the phone could be endless. What type of motor? How was it maintained? ( service records available? ) Did they have any issues? Why are they selling it? Has it ever been in an accident, How old are the tires? TV system, Sat / Digital ready? Condition of roof? What type of roof? Last time roof was serviced? Ever had water leaks, roof, windows, plumbing. The list can go on and on. I would not be hesitant to ask anything. I would not put off the image that I do not trust. I would just ask what I honestly hoped to get an answer to. I sold my previous coach out right. I really appreciated persons who asked a lot of good questions. Made me feel like they would take care of the coach. I could distinguish between the silly ones and the legit ones pretty quickly. Good luck and welcome back!

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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Jim, I have used appraisal/RV inspection services to have a look at coaches before makeing a long drive for nothing. The last time was a while back, I think it was around $300.00 they sent a very detailed report with photos, and checked all systems for proper operation as well. You should be able to find one on the internet that is close to the coach to be looked at. I have used several and have been satisfied with all of them. Good luck
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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Can not tell you about that unit other than the company rep is good, or at least good far as i know.

You can google RV service and the zip code where it's located,, You may be able to find an "ON-Site" type service tech who will, for a fee, go do an inspection of the rig for you.

The other choices are, In order of personal prefernece, Train, Bus, Airplane, 32 hour round trip by car. NOTE Train, now days, often does not go there. (But it may get you close enough to rent a car for the last say fifty miles). I happen to like trains. Like planes too, do not like airports and The Stupid Agency (TSA) however, which is why planes get next to last billing.
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