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Old 02-21-2015, 02:25 PM   #1
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Hello all. My name is Rick and I'm new to the whole concept of RV'ing.
Today I put some money down on a 97 tour master 40. I'm very mechanical but I don't know what to look for in RV's.
This particular RV appealed to me because of the Cummins/Allison combo and the relatively low miles(76,000).
What are the opinions of this particular RV? They are asking $25000 for it.
2600hrs on the generator.

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Old 02-21-2015, 02:47 PM   #2
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Hi Rick and Welcome to the life of RV'ing. Cummins, Allison, 76,000 miles and 2600 gennie hrs., all sound reasonable to me. Even the money. Past maintenance records will help. The good Lord has put some real smart cookies on this forum, and they will chime in soon. Safe travels and you will enjoy.

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Old 02-21-2015, 03:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the positive feedback Spsm.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:14 PM   #4
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The big ticket items are the ones you should look at. Engine, Transmission, and cooling system. Also check the date codes on tires. You may consider getting oil samples on the above.

I bought my RV used in 2008, it had +50K miles and came with no maintenance records (it was a repo). First thing I did was take it to the Cross Point Cummins dealer in Knoxville and had them do a complete inspection and service. He looked for faults on engine, found none, also checked for any outstanding recalls etc. This gave me a good baseline to start from. I've kept up with all the maintenance since. I just turned over 100K on my coach in December.

The Cummins/Allison is a great combo, many years left to run.

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Old 02-21-2015, 06:53 PM   #5
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This is great information. I'll do that on Monday.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:37 AM   #6
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The other villain in RVs is water leaks.

Check inside cabinets, behind window coverings, etc for signs that an uncorrected leak has not started a mold process in the rig.

The drive train is a great combo.
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Hi ArizonaRick,
Welcome to iRV2. The price is market average. No great deal, but no rip off either. The range is $22,850 to $27,550. If in addition to what has been posted, the batteries are load tested and okay, tires are less than 5 year old (check date codes on the tires, check each tire), no leaks in the coach, all systems operational, the price may be okay. If any of the items mentioned are in need of immediate replacement, consider getting a lower price.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the useful replies. I look forward to sharing the road with you all soon.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:34 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the useful replies. I look forward to sharing the road with you all soon.
One additional thought (just my $.02 worth): Do a very thorough eye-balling of its interior and exterior - a very close look at everything exposed.

The simple thought is that if it physically looks abused, than its systems have probably also been abused. If it's relatively spotless inside and outside, then "IN GENERAL" it was probably owned by someone who cared for it.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:12 PM   #12
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Change of plans

I ended up going with a 2000 Holiday Rambler Endeavor. It's not a diesel pusher but it only has 35K miles($23k out the door). Very clean inside and out, and because of some of the advise I received on here I steered away from the Tour Master.
Thanks for that.
I pick it up next Friday. Progressive insurance quoted me $670 full coverage for the year. This seems reasonable am I wrong?
Next stop, the road......
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Consider asking for the previous owners name and contact info or offer to share yours with the previous owners.

Most owners enjoy talking about their experiences both good and bad. May provides some insight on trouble area's to watch.

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