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Old 07-27-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Now considering a '96 Beaver Monterey

This rig looks to be in excellent shape, 45k miles, with the Allison 6 speed and 330HP Cat. The price appears to be a cheap way to get into an older high-end diesel unit.

I've done some searching here and other places and haven't found much info, other than the fact that Beaver has had a lot of "step families" over the years.

Does anyone have any opinions or gotchas about this rig?

Thanks.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:00 PM   #2
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Hello and Welcome to iRV2.

What length a coach are you looking at here?
How many slides?
Have you checked the tire date codes?
Had a chance to road test it ?
Any service info available?
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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Hello and Welcome to iRV2.

What length a coach are you looking at here?
How many slides?
Have you checked the tire date codes?
Had a chance to road test it ?
Any service info available?
Its a 36 footer. No slides, wide body. I'm really just looking for info on whether this brand has a generally good or bad reputation for quality, etc. When I test drive it I'll know more about condition, etc.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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No slides is the key issue here , very limited re-sale potential.
Even single slide "A's" are down in price now that quad slides are the norm. If the price is really right and the floor plan works for you.
Just check out that the coach is solid and all systems in good order.
Good luck and Safe Travels.
Neighbor had an 05 , and was happy until health forced him to sell.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #5
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The Beaver's I've seen of that era were definitely well above average coaches. But, unless you are sure this is the coach you really want, I have to echo the "no slides" concern... it is getting tougher to sell higher end coaches without slides and it's going to get worse every single year going forward...

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Old 07-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #6
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This rig looks to be in excellent shape, 45k miles, with the Allison 6 speed and 330HP Cat. The price appears to be a cheap way to get into an older high-end diesel unit.

I've done some searching here and other places and haven't found much info, other than the fact that Beaver has had a lot of "step families" over the years.

Does anyone have any opinions or gotchas about this rig?

Thanks.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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The Beaver's I've seen of that era were definitely well above average coaches. But, unless you are sure this is the coach you really want, I have to echo the "no slides" concern... it is getting tougher to sell higher end coaches without slides and it's going to get worse every single year going forward...

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I totally agree with Steve. I just would not consider a DP that does not have slides. Unless they are "giving it away"... keep looking. You may have to compromise somewhere or spend a bit more money to get some slides, but it will be well worth it for your enjoyment and if you do have to sell the unit down the road....you will at least have something to sell!
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45k miles, was upper crust in its day......no slide.....send me the seller info.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:02 PM   #9
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45k miles, was upper crust in its day......no slide.....send me the seller info.
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What he said! Beavers are great coaches.
I wouldn't buy another one with slides
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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Beaver Monterey

To answer the question you asked..............

The Beaver line of coaches were, are at the upper level of quality. The older ones are of higher quality than the newer ones.

Don't pay attention to those poo-pooing the no slide issue. If you like the floor plan, the coach and it fits your need, go for it! Many older coaches with no slides on the road, and the owners seem not to mind that.

Lots more room with slide outs, but if you are the type that spends the majority of your time outdoors, what difference would extra room inside make?

Again, Beaver is a god coach.

Happy Trails!

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To answer the question you asked..............

The Beaver line of coaches were, are at the upper level of quality. The older ones are of higher quality than the newer ones.

Don't pay attention to those poo-pooing the no slide issue. If you like the floor plan, the coach and it fits your need, go for it! Many older coaches with no slides on the road, and the owners seem not to mind that.

Lots more room with slide outs, but if you are the type that spends the majority of your time outdoors, what difference would extra room inside make?

Again, Beaver is a god coach.

Happy Trails!

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+1 If the no slides suits you and your travel/living style, why not. Beaver had good reputation. Just make sure that coach meets the standard. Are there maintenance records with the coach?
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No slides? No problem if you and your family are happy. If your buying to flip...then as the others have said..the lack of slides might be an issue.
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I had 1 and loved it and it only had the 300 cat.depending on the condition that rig should be around 25k
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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Thanks everybody for the great advice. But, this turned out to be a shady seller story, or at least a "something's not right" kinda thing. Here's how it went:

The guy wanted to meet me at the Sam's club parking lot. Made sense to me since I could check out the rig and maybe get used to driving it a bit in the lot before test driving, right? So he shows up in a new Camaro, rolls down the window and says "you here for the RV? Follow me." and drives off. This was my FIRST "What the...?" moment. The rig is parked in the back yard of a house nearby. It looks pretty good, but some of the paint looks a little "too good" compared to the rest of the unit. I get in and look around while he's telling me that he has offers for well above his asking price, and it I want it I can give him a cash deposit to hold it. I've barely seen it at this point. SECOND "What the...?" moment. Then I ask him to start it up and he says "My son has the keys. If you give me a deposit I'll meet you here and you can test drive it tomorrow. I can see you love the unit!" THIRD "What the...?" moment. Then I find out that he has it listed as "By Owner" on craigslist, but if I want to buy it I have to go through his out of state dealer's license for the paperwork or some kind of crap.

So, even though I think it might have been a good deal for a unit we would love, I walked away. There will be other deals.

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