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Old 04-18-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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We have found a 2008 Bounder 32v on a WH chassis that can be bought for 50-55K as is. As is in been sitting 2+ yrs I yr in a barn the rest outside. All the tires are flat but one some with the bead broken. The owner has started the coach each month and has it plugged in to shore power with heat in the coach. This MH was optioned out well and is very nice inside. There are only 8500 miles on the truck. Full body paint is in very good shape for being outside as is the glass and all of the compartments.

Has anyone [done this] ie buy a low miles hardly used but left to sit before. I feel the owner is VERY concerned about driving the coach its not fun for him.

Any suggestions or [lookout for this] will be appreciated. Thanks Steve Lambert

PS I'm good with the WH chassis thanks to edgray from this site.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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Steve, You may have found a gem. Price having a road service come out and install 6 new tires before you move it. They are old enough to warrant replacing anyway. You might want to price new house and coach batteries. Then include $300 or $400 for a chassis mechanic to do an oil change and safety ( brake ) inspection and you should be good to go.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
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That seems like a fair price for that coach. Go through everything. It looks like your biggest expense is going to be to have someone come out and replace the tires. You could also remove them yourself and take a couple at a time to a tire shop. Don't forget to check the brake lines for rust, etc. It sounds like the owner got scared of the ride during wind and big trucks passing him. As you probably already know, they are ways to make the ride better.
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Make sure you have the wheels checked as well especially if they have been sitting on the ground. May have damage or corrosion that impacts bead. Double check for rodents or any evidence of animals that may have gotten into engine or mechanical areas or even into the coach. They would have been attracted by the heat. They like to chew wires and build nests. Nests can become a fire hazard around a hot engine (don't ask me how I know). I would agree with Bobb.25 on tires, batteries, oil/transmission and the brakes especially since it has been sitting. Make sure parking brake releases.

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Usually not a fan of aftermarket or extended warranties, but they can be a mitigation against the unknowns of a used coach. After one year of history and experience evaluate the need to continue.
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Thank you all for your input and I will do them. Looked at the coach again today and am feeling like it is a gem. Steve Lambert
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What was the concern of the owner?
Was the brake recall done and did the brakes have seizures when he was driving the coach.
Sounds like you have a good find just need to check it out, good luck.
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Looks like it is WAY too much money for this MH.

$50,000 plus tires, probably brakes, overdue maintenance and normal stuff that doesnt work after just sitting. Real cost will be well over High Retail.

Note the MSRP in the link above and subtract 25-30% for possible purchase price new.
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