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Old 11-11-2015, 10:26 PM   #57
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I lucked out with mine. When it did not turn over on the dealer lot they replaced everything. After speaking with the original owner who had traded it in, he told me that he mentioned to the salesman that the relay was intermittently malfunctioning. This could be the case with your potential, the thing might just start right up the next time.
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Checking the starter relay is really quite easy. Just short out the big connections with a heavy screwdriver while trying to start the engine. If it turns over than a voltage check on the small connectors will tell you if it's the relay or the activation voltage.
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Hi everyone! I know I know, another newb with a class a question. I went through the stickies, but wanted to get your opinions on a 97 tradewinds going for $16,000 on CL. Aside from the obvious stuff (for me, roof leaks, tires, gen, frame, and diesel engine) what should I look for? Is this good coach? I am very handy with diesel maintenance and many other repairs and plan on doing the majority of required maintenance and repairs myself. Any input would be highly appreciated.
If you have not already checked with there credit union about the pay off and to confirm the it is in there name it would be better to make sure that you can get a title even if you have to go with them to pay off the loan.
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Monkey Run, That is what is seemed like, but I am on their time frame, and I believe they are trying to repair on their own as much as possible to cut down on cost. I understand that, as long as the repair is not going to cause me more headaches. I may just have to test it repeatedly.....
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:05 PM   #61
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Newb looking at a 97 Freightliner Tradewinds

Dick, I wish i was not 3 and half hours away and could check it myself : ( with all this help provided by all of you we could have repaired it already.

Alphuse, I have not checked with the credit union myself, but I will if I get closer to the purchase.
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:10 PM   #62
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Owners have ordered part and will let me know when installed and running. Should be this week....hoepfully
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Good to hear, tough to wait!
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Yes!!! i don't have any nails left : )
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Stay with it Dude.

If you're driving through Albuquerque and need a place to overnight let us know. We have 30AMP and water for our Mooch-Dockers, and enjoy meeting all the peeps.

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Thank you so much Dick! you guys have been amazing with all the support! My wife and I love Albuquerque! Stayed there past 2 years ( Hotel : ( ). We would love to stop by!
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Part arrived, installed, and MH is running again! Waiting to see when we can finish with the test drive hopefully bring it home!! : )
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Al:

I just read this thread start to finish and feel your pain!

I spent a long time looking for just the 'right' motor home for my wife and I. We finally found it a little more than an hour away in Houston. It was a 1999 Tradewinds 7371. The asking price was something like $24K. We negotiated it down to a more realistic $18K contingent on the test drive and a mechanical inspection. My wife and I made the trip to Houston to take the test drive and it wouldn't start. They worked on it for an hour and still nothing. We too were pretty well invested in the purchase by then having spent two previous days pouring over every nook and cranny and taking tons of photographs. My wife was already referring to it as 'our' motor home. A few days later I took off work and went back and drove it. I fell in love. Next up was the mechanical inspection. It failed. Leaking gear box, bad brakes with heavily scored drums, dry rotted belts and hoses, dash air didn't work, dry rotted tired, refrigerator door broken off, inverter didn't work, and a bad roof leak. Ugh. The hardest part was telling my wife that we just needed to kill the deal and walk away. The experience cost us about $1,000. Bummer. So I can feel your pain.

But the search went on. We were locked in on a 1999 Tradewinds model 7371 or 7372. Nothing else would fit the bill and we found three more possible candidates albeit scattered across the country in Oklahoma, Utah and California. But by now I was extremely familiar with the 99TW and knew exactly what to ask and what to look for. We narrowed it down to Oklahoma and Utah.

In the end we bought the 99TW7372 in Utah at the end of September, not much more than a month ago. Today we are very happy campers. If you're interested in the rest of the story you can read it here: Our Highway Life Blog.

It's no secret that I'm very biased, but I think the TW will be a great coach for you. It's well built with some of the best components like the Cat, XC chassis, and Allison. You can find parts for everything, but probably not on eBay. Dick, Art, Dan, and a ton of other TW owners are out there ready, willing, and able to help, including me. I'm still taking care of lots of little items and have fresh sources and recommendations, and you can even come take a look in person if you like.

I see that you're in the Woodlands. I hope it all works out for you. I've got my fingers crossed. I'm located about halfway between you and your hopefully soon to be new motor home. Maybe you'll let me come take a look at your new TW sometime! I'm quite the Tradewinds buff.

Good Luck and All the Best!
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Thank you so much or sharing your story DKStall!! My wife and I read your story and have found some comfort in knowing that if this doesnt work out it is not the end. We are definitely going to have it inspected by a mechanic and hope everything comes out good. If not, we will move. On the other hand, we are looking at a good deal if every thing checks out.

We are now having more frequent conversations with the owners about going by the credit union and getting a notarized bill of sale and having the title shipped to us from their headquarters. Looks like this is going down this Saturday. the credit union closes at 4. Any experiences with this process?

You are welcome to come by anytime and again thank you for support! I hope to pick your brain some in the near future!
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Thank you so much or sharing your story DKStall!! My wife and I read your story and have found some comfort in knowing that if this doesnt work out it is not the end. We are definitely going to have it inspected by a mechanic and hope everything comes out good. If not, we will move. On the other hand, we are looking at a good deal if every thing checks out.

We are now having more frequent conversations with the owners about going by the credit union and getting a notarized bill of sale and having the title shipped to us from their headquarters. Looks like this is going down this Saturday. the credit union closes at 4. Any experiences with this process?

You are welcome to come by anytime and again thank you for support! I hope to pick your brain some in the near future!
It sounds as though there is a lien on the coach? If not, they should be able to hand you a clear title it to you when the money is exchanged. If a lien, again, the credit union holding the financing will provide a lien release when the loan is paid ie when you hand them the check. Have the name of the lien holder and the name of the current owners as payee. That is one good deal you are getting there!
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