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Old 07-23-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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1997 holiday rambler imperial 40wds

Hi, looking at this coach and would like you to jump in and talk me through... why to buy and why not to buy... will travel this weekend and spend the night in the unit. Not new to buying used but new to the DP world. 39 pics look good... new tires, front cab air not working, What does the 40WDS stand for?
How does water leaks (damage) show up inside on the vinyle type material, I have the cloth like material in my gasser and you can't miss it

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Old 07-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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We have a 2001 Imperial 38wds and really like it. It measures 38 ft. inside. I don't know what the wds stands for. The only thing I would watch for would be if it is an 8 bag air suspension or 4. The 4 bag suspension had trailing arm issues and there is an upgrade for them. I am not sure if this applies to that coach. As for leaks I would think there would be stains or delam on the vinyl if there were leaks. Good luck hope it works out for you!

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:13 PM   #3
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I have a 1996 38 ft Navigator with 125,000 miles on it. I am not the original owner. My dash air doesn't work and I dont care, I run the genny if I need air.
The big issues I had when I bought mine (3 1/2 yrs ago ) where a leaking exhaust manifold, look for carbon black areas on the manifold when you lift the bed. Lower areas of the radiator was rotting out, can be seen from outside of coach just open left rear access door, rad had to be replaced. Windows fogged in driver area had some of them replaced. I am repairing the living area windows myself. I bought it cheap enough that these repair costs didn't hurt me as per coach total value. I boiught it $8,000 under book value and spent $5,000 in repairs.
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