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Old 12-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #43
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If you like the local one, ask the dealer to make the upgrades you want and add in what you would have paid for your plane ticket, lodging, and the transporter. Make the offer. The worst they can say is no. They're probably not moving a ton of inventory in MA right now.
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In post #13 on this thread I answered detailed questions. They were buried in the quote.
The brochure on FW site does say 350 HP. Sipping coffee and chewing on it. We have 325 turbo in '08 Bounder and meets our needs. 350 on 40 should do ok but others will argue point. I read the other post you linked - is this still going to be a 1 trick pony - buy it - take trip and sell it? That was the plan, right?
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Is it the one in Encino? I gave you an offer for a looksee and smell test. Just a 45 minute drive for me. and its freeeeeeeeeeeee
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:56 AM   #46
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I disagree with you that just because you are in Mass there are not a lot of motorhomes closer. What is the model and make and year you are looking at? Unless it is such a rare model that only a few were made, maybe, but I live in upstate NY and between me and you there are probably 1000 motorhomes for sale just at dealers. I don't think you have looked enough closer.
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We've been convinced by the fine people on this forum to opt for a used diesel for our cross country trip, rather than a new gasser.

We found one we really like, a 2008. Only problem is it's 2800 miles away. Our plan is to begin a cross country trip in January and this coach is all the way across the country already. So flying out and driving back to begin our trip is out of the question. Would it be crazy to just hire an inspection service to check it out for us and purchase it sight unseen?

Then how do we get it here? We got one price of $3500 for a transportation service. Anyone have any other ideas for getting it here?

Backing up a bit. When we ask about maintenance records, what exactly should the maintenance be? What should we be looking for in those records? Are there any questions specific to a diesel we should be asking of the seller?

Thanks for all your help so far. We're getting there!
1. Hire an inspector and get the results of his inspection.
2. Fly out there and touch and feel......and drive.
3. If you're taking a cross country trip anyway, why not start your trip where the MH is and drive it back yourself?

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I must be missing a thread or two. Where did OP cite Fleetwood. Been looking for some detail to aid in comment and not seeing it. It's like a unicorn in a mythical land to me so far other than 2008 Diesel. Guess I better go back to square 1 and start over.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #49
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Saw that one but look at the list price!....also, we really want the u-shaped dinette and 2 sofas rather than those two chairs.
Thanks, though.
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Is it the one in Encino? I gave you an offer for a looksee and smell test. Just a 45 minute drive for me. and its freeeeeeeeeeeee

That was an unbelievably generous offer. Thank you so much, but it's not in Southern California. :(
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The brochure on FW site does say 350 HP. Sipping coffee and chewing on it. We have 325 turbo in '08 Bounder and meets our needs. 350 on 40 should do ok but others will argue point. I read the other post you linked - is this still going to be a 1 trick pony - buy it - take trip and sell it? That was the plan, right?

Yes, possibly selling when we return. Unless we sell the house instead. We're not ruling out anything at this point.
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In other words, you just want to be sure that they actually have those records. You'll review them after the purchase. Because, it's too much hassle to pour over them before purchase. You have a professional look over everything ($300-$500) before you buy to assure yourself that it's mechanically sound and everything is working.
I asked about records. He said he wrote down when they were done, but his friend owns a diesel engine business and did all the maintenance. This is the second owner.

How much maintenance would it have needed in 20,000 miles? If it weren't maintained properly, would the professional inspection find that?

Anyone have any recommendations on inspection services?
Thanks again.
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Probsbly I missed the thread thay said where you lived , But if you live near any major city there are bound to be many RV's nearby . I'll bet Camping world has a gazillion in all shapes and colors and price ranges . Winter may be a good time to bargain too. I don't think I would spend $500 to see a MH on the west coast . The emotional and financial involvement would be too great to be able to just walk away
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I asked about records. He said he wrote down when they were done, but his friend owns a diesel engine business and did all the maintenance. This is the second owner.

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Second owner. No maintenance records, 'cause the maintenance "was done by (whoever) that owns a diesel engine business".

This would alarm me...
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Second owner. No maintenance records, 'cause the maintenance "was done by (whoever) that owns a diesel engine business".

This would alarm me...
It has me wondering, but I also wonder how much neglect it could suffer in 20,000 miles/4 years. Should there have been a lot maintenance done in this time frame? If it were grossly neglected, would a good inspection pick this up?
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Probsbly I missed the thread thay said where you lived , But if you live near any major city there are bound to be many RV's nearby . I'll bet Camping world has a gazillion in all shapes and colors and price ranges . Winter may be a good time to bargain too. I don't think I would spend $500 to see a MH on the west coast . The emotional and financial involvement would be too great to be able to just walk away

You'd be surprised. We have one dealer within 40 minutes who now only sells used and has maybe 3 decent ones. There are 3 smaller ones that are 1 1/2- 2 hrs away, in NH and RI. I'm in MA. There are no Camping Worlds anywhere near us. There are no large dealers like we see in FL. Many of the dealers have started focusing on trailers.

I agree about the emotional involvement in traveling that far, but I"m pretty sure as long as this passed a thorough inspection, we would buy it. If it didn't, we wouldn't bother flying out.

There was just a long thread about how far people have traveled while looking for their coaches. Maybe I'll take a look over there and see how people have fared.
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