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Old 01-27-2014, 06:59 PM   #15
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Any RV that has "set" that period I would want nothing to do with, unless you need a long term project and are willing to inspect and replace many items from the ground up Like brake cylinders, shoes drums pads rotors, shocks, hoses, anything rubber, etc etc the list is long and will be costly.
Far too many nice coaches out there for sale.

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Old 01-27-2014, 07:10 PM   #16
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Our 1999 Tradewinds sat for about four years right before we bought it and I found no real ill effects. This was in New Mexico where it's very dry and for the most part critters aren't a major problem. You didn't say which model National you were looking at, but they were built well and hold up for many years with proper maintenance. You should be able to get the seller to forward copies of the maintenance records.

It's a given that after seven years you will need to replace the tires, so factor that in your price. Even if they look good they will be past the age to replace.

Here is a paper I wrote for a guy a while back. Some of it is about Tradewinds but a lot of it is generic.
I'd have a pro check it out for you. That would cost less than going there and finding out there are deal busters.


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Old 01-27-2014, 07:26 PM   #17
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brake calapers will lock up befor u get out of town . as said before fuel and fuel pump will need to be changed. after that belts and hoses. it is a big project
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My major concern would be the roof and water damage. If it was stored indoors or at least undercover, it would be a big plus. Tires and batteries for sure. Wouldn't be so concerned with belts and hoses. Gas is going to be an issue. Drain the tank and lines, put some fresh gas in. Squirt a little oil down the spark plug holes and fire it up. I would try to fire up the appliances after some cleanup but doubt there would be much problem there unless mice got to it. Brakes may or may not be an issue. Might be worth a flight out there if you can get a ticket cheap enough. See what you can do to get it up and running. A few hours should give you a pretty good idea of what will be needed and if your son is out there, he could facilitate the things you need to get done to get it home. Once home you can go through the rest and if your handy the rest wouldn't be bad. If the shell is sound it sounds like a fun project but thats me.

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