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Old 09-13-2015, 07:55 AM   #15
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I just breezed through the classifieds on this site and saw a 1996 Country Coach 37' with 1 slide for $29,500. Nice clean unit. The owner seems very straight forward and it's ready roll. Plus he's a member of the site.

I would run from the one your looking at IMHO.

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Old 09-13-2015, 08:28 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by montyhp View Post
Thanks, Really just don't want to let a diamond in the rough get away. Would like to find something that I can maintain and will last. Hate the thought of paying top dollar (have seen the same year/model go for mid $50ks, way above blue book).
My concerns when I read your post were not necessarily the coach or your ability to fix stuff. My concerns were that the salesman was not striking you as honest and cooperative and the fact that he was stuck on the price which was somewhat above what I would expect for a coach in that shape. I would be careful.

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Old 09-13-2015, 09:30 AM   #17
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I went through the buying experience last year for a used DP coach. You can find great units in working order for your budget. I had to put on new tires but that was understood before I purchased. A used coach with many non working items is to much of a gamble in my opinion. The end.
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:46 PM   #18
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Once the purchase is completed and the money leaves you hands, those small repairs (and the large repairs potentially lurking behind them) are your problem, not the seller's. Unless the seller is willing to give you a written warranty that would cover repairs, I would not trust what he is telling you.

Think about this, would anyone who is interested in selling any kind of vehicle not take the time to at least fix obvious problems that are easy to resolve when doing so would shorten the sale time and increase the potential profit? No think about this, what if the seller IS presenting the RV in its best condition?
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:59 PM   #19
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"montyhp".....Often you see something that has a lot of small broken parts, like this coach, thinking that if they were all repaired it would be a nice coach and a steal, or diamond in the rough as you stated. BUT.....a lot of small broken stuff means that the previous owner didn't care to maintain the coach and keep things up. If he wasn't fixing the small stuff, was he changing the oil, changing filters, servicing the generator?????
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:02 PM   #20
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Sometimes diamonds in the rough have hidden fractures that shatter during polishing.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:34 PM   #21
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I agree 100 per cent with the run away crowd.

Let me state it like this. An outside inspection does not cost the dealer anything the buyer pays for it all. Why would a person that has nothing to hide not let you have it inspected by a professional

To put it in a bit of perspective for you. I bought a 2005 tiffin bus in 2012 A reputable coach and in good shape. To cover against big repairs I paid 5000 for a 4 year warranty. Three years into the warranty we have spent most of 5000 in small item repairs under the warranty.
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:10 PM   #22
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offer him $20k, but only if he replaces the tires and puts in new batteries.

Let us know what he says

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