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Old 06-04-2016, 11:32 PM   #1
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Shopping for a workhorse

Last year I missed out on a 2002 Bounder 34D for $15k. I have been kicking myself (and shopping) ever since. :banged:

I found a very nice 2002 Southwind 35R w/ 55k miles listed for $30k, but the owner is willing to take 25k. New tires and brakes. Everything looks to be in good shape (in the pics). A very good looking coach, but I would need to fly out and drive it back. These situations always make me nervous.

A few questions: Is 25k a good price for that age of coach? I would prefer to stay a little closer to $20k, is that a realistic budget for a Workhorse coach in good shape? Know of any deals out there?

Thoughts? Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:51 PM   #2
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We recently paid 32K for a 2003 Allegro Bay on a 2002 Workhorse chassis. Low mileage but in obvious need of cosmetic updating and many minor repairs. When completed later this month we'll do a couple of long mileage trips and put it up for sale at minimum of 40K and go hunting for another coach with good bones. We won't make much, but we thoroughly enjoy restoring these fun machines. If you enjoy fixing them and the unit is basically sound, go for it.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:58 PM   #3
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According NADA, that is pretty close to the low end, average around 30,000 dollars. If it is a P32 chassis, be advised, they have a few problems. One is the Auto Brake System, and the other is the ignition switch. Not the one for the key, but the one at the bottom of the steering wheel. It will burn out, if the mod has not been done. The Auto Brake System failures are caused by the Rotten Green Switch or Rotten Grey Switch. Need to carry spares. There is no warning when they they are about to fail. They just fail. Can lock up Auto Brake System. I would do a search here on IRV2 on the two subjects. I have the 8.1 engine, and it has a problem burning up spark plug wires. Every chassis will have their know problem, these are the ones for Workhorse P32 chassis. I would check the DOT date on the tires. They are very costly. Good Luck and enjoy!
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We paid about $30,000 for our 2004 Georgetown in December 2014 with 60,000 miles (2003 chassis). Our negotiations were also based on NADA prices. If it is not the p 32 (W32?) It might be worth 25 if it is in good condition and you like the floor plan.

As near as I can tell, if the transmission has a park position AND it has a brake pedal, then it is the better chassis. I get the numbers mixed up but I think ours is a W24.

We are very satisfied with our rig and glad we got the Workhorse.
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$30k for a 03 Dolphin workhorse with 30,000 miles about 3 weeks ago.
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We paid about $30,000 for our 2004 Georgetown in December 2014 with 60,000 miles (2003 chassis). Our negotiations were also based on NADA prices. If it is not the p 32 (W32?) It might be worth 25 if it is in good condition and you like the floor plan.

As near as I can tell, if the transmission has a park position AND it has a brake pedal, then it is the better chassis. I get the numbers mixed up but I think ours is a W24.

We are very satisfied with our rig and glad we got the Workhorse.
W24 wasn't introduced until 2005. You might have the W22 but you would need to verify with the VIN.

I wouldn't be afraid of higher mileage, the GM 8.1 will go 200K miles. Many think they are done at 100K.
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We have a 2004 Gulfstream on a W22, 8.1 Vortec with 113,000 miles on it and it is still running strong. If they can show maint. records that would be nice. If available and I was looking for a new motorhome it would only be on the Workhorse but Ford is the only engine now days.
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