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Old 04-30-2016, 09:19 AM   #15
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Here is a link to a web site that has lots of good RV info including a per-purchase inspection checklist,

RV Inspection Checklist

As suggested earlier, you should get a RV tech to inspect the MH before you buy, but you can do it yourself first as well. You may find such an obvious deal killer that there is no reason to pay an RV tech to look further. It would be wise to negotiate your deal, then inspect. If you find things wrong with the RV you can re-negotiate or walk away.

Here's a link to another web site with useful information.

RV Basics .com - RV Information for RVers about RVing

Good luck.

John and Karen
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:28 AM   #16
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I'm going to be contrary here and suggest something different. Do you currently have a vehicle that can pull a trailer? If so you can get into one a lot cheaper to try the rv life.
A MH as old as your thinking most likely will consume a huge amount of time and $ to keep running which will sour the wife quickly.
Heck new MHs take a lot of time too stay on top of things.

good luck with your decision.

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Old 04-30-2016, 07:43 PM   #17
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A lot less to go wrong on an old trailer. The $$ involved in an older motorhome are not the initial purchase price.

I bought my 97 about 5 years ago for $20000 and have spent at least a $1000 (plus gas) a year for upgrades and maintenance. Plus hours of time to do the research and complete the work.

If that's not in your budget you're not going to get as much enjoyment out of it.

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97 Fleetwood Bounder 36S on F53 chassis 460 with as many quads on the trailer that I can fit or get running!
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