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Old 04-27-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Hi All! I am new to rving. My wife, 2 kids (1 year old & 3 year old) and I are planning to buy a rv. After sitting and driving the different sizes we decided on a class a. We found a 99' Fleetwood Bounder built on the Ford chassis V-10 30E no slides with 77k miles. It's clean, everything seems to work fine. The current owner is the original owner who has taken it to Alaska, Florida and a few times cross country from CT. Anyone have any advice on this model? I am looking for a rv to take a 3 month long trip through America including Alaska (guessing around 14k miles total). We are on a budget and this one fits really well into our budget. The asking price was $12,500 and I was able to get it down to $9,800. Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks Valon

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Old 04-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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It's very good to buy from original owner, and hopefully he has all maintenance records and manuals.
Tires over 5 years old are suspect to blowouts and should be replaced immediately. Take to RV mechanic for complete inspection so you know what has to be replaced before purchase. Test all systems: electrical, plumbing, heating, hotwater, refrigerator, A/C, etc.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:33 AM   #3
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Sounds like a great buy, just make sure every thing works like it is supposed to. The little things that don't work will add up quickly, especally if you don't repair them yourself. If you can, have an RV mechanic look it over before you buy, check the tires good for cracking on the side walls, but don't let tires keep you from buying they are just a cost of owning. On older RV's side wall delamination(usually caused by water leaks) is a big deal, if there is ANY delamanation it will not get better and usually it is to $$ to repair. Finally if you purchase an RV without slideouts it will be difficult to sell I know I have one. The bottom line is be carefull, know what you are getting into, you are buying a 12 year old vehicle to make a very long trip in. Good luck and happy RVing.
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The price certainly sounds good. That's not a lot of money to go a trip of a life time. You could buy a new car today for $25k and be lucky to resell it in a year or so, and not lose 10k.

I'm not a Ford man but you need to research this spark plug problem (SP)some of those V-10 engines have had. Apparently the heads were manufactured with only a few spark plug threads on them- removing the SP's for replacement caused damaging the threads to a point that new plugs were "blowing out" of the heads. Again, I would address this issue (with exact engine model info) to the Ford owner's part of this, or other, forums.

The point of reselling a MH with no slides is also a valid one. It's kinda like selling a 3 bedroom home with one bath in it- .

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Old 04-28-2011, 06:57 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. The tires ate brand new (replaced last November). The only thing I have noticed is a little vibration in the steering wheel when hitting pot holes and second + third gear shift in a little hard. I have never driven a class a before and not sure how normal that is for a 12 yr old rv. I spoke to a local tech that I work with and he said the vibrating could be a steering stabilizer and that his 89' holiday rambler shits kinda hard as well. I think I'm gonna move forward with the purchase. I have a trip up to niagara falls planned next month and should be a good base to see how it performs. I know resell is going to be harder without the slides but rigs with slides are also much more money to purchase pre-owned. Thanks again! Valoni-
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Thanks for that information. I will contact my local ford dealership as I currently work for the same group but at a Subaru dealership. They told me that the V-10 engine was one of their least problematic engines. Which makes me feel a little more comfortable as I have never owned a ford because have been a little scared to. Thanks Valoni-
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As the other post said, There have been some problems with spark plugs. None of my customers ever had a problem with their plugs. I always told them what Ford told me. The plugs are good for 100,000 miles, don't change them until they are due. You may have a problem then, but face that when you have to. There is a fix, if you do have a problem. Ford sells about 80% of the gas MH chassis, so most people must like them. I have a 98/99 Pace Arrow and love it. If you feel the front slat springs are rough riding,(about 75% of the people do) Ride rite makes makes air bags for the ford front and rear. I installed mostly front airbags and all my customers were thrilled with the ride improvement. I bought my first motorhome when my kids were almost the same age as yours. It was the best thing I ever did. Your wife is going to love you for it. Many nights we put the kids to bed at 8:30 and continued our drive, Got up early and drove until they woke up, then pulled over and had breakfast.
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Valon, Welcome to the forum. As far as the spark plug problem, I would guess if yours had the problem it may have done it before 77K miles were put on it. I would think the plugs might have been changed by now without ill effects. Wouldn't hurt to ask the owner for the piece of mind.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:35 PM   #9
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Thanks guys. I'm getting really excited about this now! Valon-
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Price is right, you like the coach because it fits your needs and there are no major problems. Get it and enjoy it.

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