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Old 03-23-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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hello everybody, man Iam glad to have found this site.i am I the process of buying a 1994 36ft fleetside bounder with 60,000 miles on it from my friends uncle,who ordered it new,for 7000.00 and was wandering if this was a good buy. I know going into it I am buying new tires and I already priced them,that and it doesn't have a reverse.i was told by a trans friend that it was most likely a control unit for the trans unit.engine and gen runs fine.the uncle parked it after the passing of his wife,very honest person.any input would be very helpful,this is all new to me but I cant wait to get rolling,thanks to everyone for any and all input
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:37 PM   #2
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Obviously the transmission issue needs to be fixed or at least properly diagnosed before you do anything. MHs are a big jump from a car in terms of complexity. You are not only dealing with engine and tire stuff but learning about 12V vs. 120V systems, chargers/converters/inverters and plumbing.

I would have a trained RV service place do a thorough inspection of the unit along with a mechanic to inspect the chassis and engine issues. I don't mean to disrespect your feeling about the seller but the last thing you want it to get into a money pit unless you are getting it for an EXTREMELY low price.

Don't let friendship cause you to rush into any deal until you know with some great certainty what you are getting into. That is a good way to bust up a friendship.

Good Luck and I hope it all is as good as you imagine.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:40 PM   #3
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hello everybody, man Iam glad to have found this site.i am I the process of buying a 1994 36ft fleetside bounder with 60,000 miles on it from my friends uncle,who ordered it new,for 7000.00 and was wandering if this was a good buy. I know going into it I am buying new tires and I already priced them,that and it doesn't have a reverse.i was told by a trans friend that it was most likely a control unit for the trans unit.engine and gen runs fine.the uncle parked it after the passing of his wife,very honest person.any input would be very helpful,this is all new to me but I cant wait to get rolling,thanks to everyone for any and all input
I bought our 93 Fleetwood from a 1 owner also. Your price is good but expect there will be other expenses. Sounds like you will need about 5 K to get yours moving. Check out the furnace and propane system.
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Welcome to the forum and the RV lifestyle. I would take Sky_Boss's advice prior to purchasing. You didn't mention how long it has been sitting around. Many things can go wrong with something that hasn't been used for years. Unless you are experienced with Motorhomes I would hold off until a mechanic can look over.

Best of luck and good luck with the purchase.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:52 PM   #6
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Obviously the transmission issue needs to be fixed or at least properly diagnosed before you do anything. MHs are a big jump from a car in terms of complexity. You are not only dealing with engine and tire stuff but learning about 12V vs. 120V systems, chargers/converters/inverters and plumbing.

I would have a trained RV service place do a thorough inspection of the unit along with a mechanic to inspect the chassis and engine issues. I don't mean to disrespect your feeling about the seller but the last thing you want it to get into a money pit unless you are getting it for an
EXTREMELY low price.

Don't let friendship cause you to rush into any deal until you know with some great certainty what you are getting into. That is a good way to bust up a friendship.

Good Luck and I hope it all is as good as you imagine.
Welcome and hello from Michigan. I concur with Sky Boss, have it professionally checked out.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:48 PM   #7
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thanks for everybodys input,iam sorry I failed to mention that I have ben a tech for thirty years. ichecked out the cooling and heating and brakes,lines,wires,fridge,and floors and fluids etc.just not to familiar with Allison trans yet,but learning quick.interior is spotless,hoping the price was right
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:57 PM   #13
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the price is fine even if you have to do some major work on the trans. Your a mechanic. There is nothing on this coach you probably can't fix yourself so its just a matter of parts. Go for it as long as the structure is not compromised the rest is a piece of cake for those of us that can fix anything.
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I'd put some water in it and run the pump, check for any broken/leaking water lines and faucets. flush the toilet run the shower. fire up the water heater, turn on the furnace, stove, oven. give the microwave a spin, flip on the roof air. flip on the fridge on both gas and electric. check all interior/exterior lights. run some water into both the grey and black tanks and check the main drain for leaks. plug something in to a couple of the 110 plug ins and see if you get power. flip open all closets/ storage compartments and look for signs of water damage. check the roof vents and climb up on top and look at the condition of the roof. check the floor for any soft spots. open/close blinds and windows. if it has drum brakes in the back would pump the brakes and check for wheel cylinder leaks. if the bounder has auto park would make sure it is in good working order. check things like wipers, signals, head, tail, brake lights. dash heater/air. pretty much if it has it check it that way you have a good idea what kind of cash your going to have to invest to get it up to useable condition. I'd want to take it out for a test drive up to freeway speeds to see what kind of condition the steering/suspension is in. run unit on 12v as well as 110. would take a volt meter and check charge to chassis and coach batteries while engine is running, then the generator, then on 110. check drivetrain for any major leaks. would also check on craigslist after you've figured out what your investment will be and see what you can buy at a comparable price.
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