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Old 11-22-2006, 03:59 PM   #1
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Hey Yall! I asked before but got no replies...So I'm gonna ask again....My hubby and I just went to look at a motorhome to buy....we are brand new at this and have never owned one before.....This rv is in good shape inside and the tires are Michellin's and in real good shape.

'89 Mallard 32' Class A,460 Ford w/Banks Power Pack,(I thought that that was a relatively new thing...but the lady said it was factory installed)....68K. Mi.....New Ac...It also has an Onan Gen.and a retractable step...

My hubby tried to look it up in NADA but it doesn't go back that far....


Can someone please tell me if this is worth $15,995....

Hugs, Blanche
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Old 11-22-2006, 03:59 PM   #2
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Hey Yall! I asked before but got no replies...So I'm gonna ask again....My hubby and I just went to look at a motorhome to buy....we are brand new at this and have never owned one before.....This rv is in good shape inside and the tires are Michellin's and in real good shape.

'89 Mallard 32' Class A,460 Ford w/Banks Power Pack,(I thought that that was a relatively new thing...but the lady said it was factory installed)....68K. Mi.....New Ac...It also has an Onan Gen.and a retractable step...

My hubby tried to look it up in NADA but it doesn't go back that far....


Can someone please tell me if this is worth $15,995....

Hugs, Blanche
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:22 PM   #3
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In looking at the 1990 NADA values, the largest unit listed was low retail for about 1/2 of the price you mentioned. In addition the tires might well need replacing so check closely for cracking in the side walls (tread will still look good) and the tire size is still available, make sure everything works and has no leaks. If you know someone who is familiar have them check it out very, very good.

Go to the local library and get the NADA book that has the wholesale values and try to find the exact model and offer no more than the wholesale value. Do not increase price for optional equipment. Don't be in a hurry, take your time, research and shop around before you purchase. Time spent now is crucial.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:50 PM   #4
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Hi poptart,
In 1989 I sold my 1978, 26 ft Winnabago, Brave for $10K. The coach was in excellent condition. My gut feel says the price is too high. No particular reason. The older MHs get the more things that can be wrong and you might not know until you have it, for a while. The high cost items are the hardest to check out. Engine, tranny, tires (sidewalls), exhaust system, springs, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends. From the coach view, leaks, leaks and leaks would be my worry. I'm not sure how you would engineer a thunderstorm down pour or an all day rain.

Most of the gadgets you can power on or light up and see if they work for at least 30 minutes or more. The refer would need several days to see if it would cool down and stay cool.

Does this coach meet your top ten requirements?

Lastley, how does the coach drive, highway and in town? Noises, vibrations, wandering (handling), you gotta drive it.
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Old 11-23-2006, 07:42 AM   #5
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The visual condition of a motorhome tires is only part of a tire check. You have to check the tire manufacture date on all tires. If more than 5 years old subtract the cost of replacing all tires from the final agreed on price. Motorhome tires should be replaced after 6 years, even if they look perfect.

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Old 11-23-2006, 09:28 AM   #6
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Tom N,
Michelin has recently went to a ten year replacement recommendation as long as the sidewalls are good. At a recent rally seminar they provided attendees a template for determinine sidewall condition.
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Old 11-23-2006, 01:56 PM   #7
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I think my biggest concern with a unit that old would be the roof. If it is fiberglass it is probably OK but it still could have leaks. If it is rubber (usually the standard) then those roofs are usually warranted to 12 years. Regardless of the price beleive me a leaky roiof will drive you nuts. Been there done that.
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Condition is everything in an older used RV, but $16,000 sounds too high to me. There's simply too much risk of very expensive repairs to pay very much. A fridge replacement (they aren't repairable) will be $1500-$2000, tires die of old age (anything over 6 years old is on its last legs regardless of appearance), transmissions fail, etc. etc.

Don't be afraid to make a substantially lower counter-offer and be prepared to wait the seller out. If they decline, just leave your name & phone number and you may well hear from them a few days or weeks later.
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My opinion I wouldn't go over $6500 on a motorhome that age no matter how good it looked.
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poptart try this site, how it helps you.Used 1989 MALLARD Motor Homes prices, values, specs and options at NADAguides
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Hey Yall! I asked before but got no replies...So I'm gonna ask again....My hubby and I just went to look at a motorhome to buy....we are brand new at this and have never owned one before.....This rv is in good shape inside and the tires are Michellin's and in real good shape.

'89 Mallard 32' Class A,460 Ford w/Banks Power Pack,(I thought that that was a relatively new thing...but the lady said it was factory installed)....68K. Mi.....New Ac...It also has an Onan Gen.and a retractable step...

My hubby tried to look it up in NADA but it doesn't go back that far....


Can someone please tell me if this is worth $15,995....

Hugs, Blanche
No!! and Good luck
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Uh, folks, this question is well over two years old. I think they have probably made a decision by now...
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If it was me, I would figure out how much I had to spend then buy the newest coach I could find for that amount of $$$. Old coaches can be cool but they can also be money pits. Take your time, research, research, research!! Good luck and let us know what you decided.
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Uh, folks, this question is well over two years old. I think they have probably made a decision by now...
not necessarily; the last two used motorhomes I bought I spent over two years looking before I bought. when your looking for just the right motorhome sometimes it just takes time.
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