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Old 09-29-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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I am seriously shopping for my first MH and looking at a 2004 Itasca Suncruiser 38R, with about 49000mi. It looks pretty good, apparently kept under cover ( in Arizona) and lovingly maintained, as far as I can tell.
What should I ask about it, and what should I look for to make sure I'm not buying a turkey?
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Take a good look at all the tire dates (they are in the DOT block on the side of the tires) even if you have to crawl under the coach to read them. You will be looking at well over two grand possibly over 3 depending on brand you pick if they are 10 years old or better. Good way to lower the price a few grand to. Operate everything in the camper, water, microwave, furnace, stove, air cond both roof and also dash, heater in dash, leveling jacks, hot water heater, EVERYTHING. Test drive and don't be shy half hour out, let owner drive while you move around camper listening for anything odd then you drive it the half hour back. This is about the best I can do good luck and happy camping.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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Maintenance records #1

Oil changes at acceptable interval, usually 1 year or 15K miles

Air Filters changed as necessary, usually 3 years. Look at the Air Intake system and make sure it hasn't been compromised.

Lube schedule, specifically the drive shaft.

If this is a rear radiator check to see how clean it is.

Don't know about transmission but make sure it has been serviced. If it is an Allison Transmission you can get any fault codes off of it but you will have to research hos.

Tires, check date code, rig is 10 years old, tires should not be over 3 years old.

Check brakes, do they have life left in them, this can be an expensive fix.

Check for any signs of leaks on the inside, look for delamination on the outside.

Check all appliances, if you don't know how to operate ASK.

If you are not familiar with RV's get a professional to look at it.

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Old 09-29-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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I am seriously shopping for my first MH and looking at a 2004 Itasca Suncruiser 38R, with about 49000mi. It looks pretty good, apparently kept under cover ( in Arizona) and lovingly maintained, as far as I can tell.
What should I ask about it, and what should I look for to make sure I'm not buying a turkey?
IF it is one a Workhorse chassis, ask which model it is. The W20/W22 models had a recall to replace the Bosch brake CALIPERS, so you will want proof that was completed by the PO.

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In the "files" section of the forum there is a checklist for used RV buying. Might want to download and check out. Best of luck. Enjoy!!
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What engine does it have?
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Thanks for all the great advice and information, everyone. I think I am going to employ an RV inspection service to take a look at the motorhome. It looks like I can get a detailed inspection for $200 here.
As I stated in my original post, the mh looks like it has been lovingly cared for, but then again, what do I know? ha.
Happy I found this website. Looks like a lot of good people gladly offering opinions and advice.
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Make sure that the Actia readout panel works correctly and displays all pixels.
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Actia readout ??

Where would I find the Actia readout panel?
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Where would I find the Actia readout panel?
That's what displays what gear you are in, miles, etc.

I'm on my third one and it has some intermittent problems.

My W22 8.1 engine has both exhaust manifolds replaced and a rear seal on the back axle.

The air conditioner, on the engine, not the house, has also been replaced.
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