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Old 07-13-2018, 09:05 PM   #1
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Advice please - 1997 Rexhall Aerbus 32 widebody

We are close to making a decision to buy a 1997 Rexhall Aerbus 32' widebody with the 454 Chevy engine. It has less than 25,000 miles and appears to be in excellent condition. Before we incur the cost of hiring a certified rv technician and mechanic to survey the unit and getting in too deeply, should we be worried about buying a coach of this vintage? We are long time sailors and we know the challenges of keeping an older sailboat in sound working order, but we don't know much about older class a motorhomes. We will be using the coach to regularly travel between Canada and Mexico with extended periods primarily in Canada and in the USA. Any advice will be gratefully received. Many thanks.
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:24 AM   #2
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We had a 1998 Aerbus Xl3200 with no slides on the Chevy chassis. Probably the best driving coach I have ever owned. Also in the six years we owned it, this was the coach that gave us the least problems. That being said, a 21 year old coach with less than 25K on it would make me a little nervous as it has to have been just sitting for a long long time.
I would not take it very far without changing out all fluids, replacing all belts and hoses and, even it they look like new it will probably need all the tires replaced. After that it is just a matter of looking for signs of water intrusion and/or dry rot.
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We had a 1998 Aerbus Xl3200 with no slides on the Chevy chassis. Probably the best driving coach I have ever owned. Also in the six years we owned it, this was the coach that gave us the least problems. That being said, a 21 year old coach with less than 25K on it would make me a little nervous as it has to have been just sitting for a long long time.
I would not take it very far without changing out all fluids, replacing all belts and hoses and, even it they look like new it will probably need all the tires replaced. After that it is just a matter of looking for signs of water intrusion and/or dry rot.
Thank you very much for describing your experience. Your thoughts and opinions are helpful, we really appreciate receiving them. All the best.
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