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Old 03-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #29
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Lots of good thoughts here. If all works out the way we want it to, we'll be 63 when we purchase our first DP. That will be my first experience with anything diesel, so there will be a learning curve there. I've driven an old school bus (manual transmission), and a MH has to be easier!

That said, I will want the seller to drive the coach to a parking lot so I can practice a bit under his watchful eye. I'll tell him that if he feels uncomfortable with my driving at any point he is to immediately speak up. I'll park the coach and let him take it back. He won't make a sale, but we will have some serious discussions about the wisdom of buying a DP. It may be that I'll try to get more instruction and try again, or we may decide on something else.

Looking ahead, at some point we will need to sell our coach. I'd hate to sell it to someone who promptly goes out and kills himself or someone else because he wasn't at all qualified to drive the coach.

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Old 03-07-2012, 03:47 AM   #30
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I guess I just don't follow the logic. If I were to sell my MH I wouldn't make it my responsibility to ensure the new owner is a safe and competent driver. If you were to come and look at it and ask to drive it I would by all means ask what you have driven in the past that is similar in size to this. If the best he/she has done is drive a VW then my course of action would be to advise them that this is much larger but if you feel competent then I will drive it to a parking lot and you can test it there but to consider not selling it for fear someone will get in an accident just isn't within my boundaries. Can you prevent any possible accident, not just a driving accident, that may happen? What if they are changing the oil and it falls on them? What if they get electrocuted due to their own lack of knowledge with the MH's electrical power?

There are just to many scenarios to possibly be concerned over. I'm a newbie of sorts as I've only bought 2 MH's but neither previous owner asked about my driving abilities. If I feel confident enough to drive it when I buy it how does that create guilt for the seller? Again I understand concern, but there is nothing that legally obligates us to ensure the abilities of the buyer. As I noted previously I would ask about their ability to drive it before I let them drive it but that's only because it is still mine and I'm responsible to a degree at that point.

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:00 AM   #31
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they are going to buy one somewhere If you feel that strongly about it offer to take them out after the sale and give some safety tips If they buy it from a dealer he is going to throw them the keys and tell them have fun
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #32
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Better yours, you knowing the condition, as to pawn them off to someone else that might not care. As far as being non mechanical , that is why we have professional repair people that we pay to do our work for us....Still kicking at 72.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #33
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They came out today and after talking to the husband a little more, I felt better about the deal.
Although they purchased an extended warranty and the company insisted on it being inspected before they approved the policy. So as a courtesy I drove it to the "shop" inspecting it.
The shop I was familiar with, however I never had a good opinion of them but that's not my call. They did an inspection and were under the idea that we were going to have the "faults" fixed. These cons attempted to say the valve cover gaskets were leaking among other things.
Now I've been all over this rig and the drivetrain like a rat, and there isn't anything on that engine that would make you think the covers were leaking. What the &%*$ is wrong with these shops??
The new owners asked them to show them the leak and they didn't have an answer.
Thank God this is all over...
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:15 PM   #34
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Hey I think that it's great that you're looking out for them. However they are both adults. Explain your concerns to them listen to what they have to say. Then if they still want to buy it sell it to them.
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ps you'd really suck as an rv salesman but that's not a bad thing.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #36
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Congrats on the sale and glad all worked out. I get a kick out the comment you made about the rv shop finding a leak but couldn't explain or show where it was. Typical with some facilities just to try and get in your pocket book. Again congrats and enjoy the money. It will buy you some future fuel I'm sure.

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