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Old 03-31-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Hello and Happy Easter to all you RV,ers
We are getting ready to purchase a used RV and get rolling.We need advise.
We are looking to buy a 2004 country star 37 footer with just over 10000 miles.
It,s a 8.1 gas engine and seems to include all the comforts that we would need.
The seller is asking $54000 due to the low mileage .Is that a de cent price or should I keep on looking.It,s a private deal

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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Welcome from Glendale Arizona. Hope you find nothing but safe, scenic roads and joyful parking spots.
There's more to look for than the odometer reading. Condition is everything. Does it have low miles because it has been parked with a family of bears living in it tearing things up? How many hours on the generator? That sort of thing.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
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I'm sorry I can not help you with your question, re ask it in the General Discussion forum where there is more member participation and a better chance of more opinions.

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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In my humble opinion low miles is a bit of a problem.

Sitting around is not good for seals, tires, etc.

Are the tires the original ones? They need to be replaced.

Has the brake recall been done?

What color is the display readout? Orange or gray? Actia gauges are awful and the gray one is the oldest. The orange readout is a newer one.

I'm on my third Actia gauge and it's intermittent but works.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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Hi Normanduta,
Welcome to iRV2. The price is way too high. Lack of use not abuse is the death of many coaches. There is a Newmar Owners forum on iRV2. On the main page scroll down about 1/2 way. There you will find the owners forums listed by Brand. Additional information from Newmar owners can be had there. Go to 2004 Kountry Star M-3740-WRKHRS(*) Standard Equipment, Prices & Specs - NADAguides for the NADA value of your coach.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. We own a '04 Kountry Star and we love it. Ours has 55k and still going strong. All of the comments about condition and maintenance are right on target. In our case we have spent a lot of money to keep ours in tip top,shape andI would hope it was worth that price. But the RV used market is hard to evaluate. People have so many different reasons for selling. You can find a recent widow, who is just wanting to get rid of it, to some guy who thinks his is worth the moon. If the price seems reasonable, and the rig is in good shape. Go for it. One BIG word of caution: RVs are not like cars, they have many, many more systems and require much more maintenance to be in good shape. Check them all, then check them again.

The IRV2 Newmar forum is great,as is the Motorhome forum.

Specific to your Kountry Star
#1. Bosch Brake Recall. MAJOR
#2 Norcold 1200 refrigerator. MAJOR
#3. Age on the tires, not just tread depth
# 4. As stated above. Instrument cluster upgrade
# 5. Is the weight capability of your rig. We had friends who had an ,03 KStar with three slides. Because of the weight the third slide added, they could only carry 400 pounds of cargo. And operate within spec.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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As DGBPokes says, an RV is not a car - it is more like buying a house, so miles are not a supper-important parameter. And in some ways, very low mileage can actually be a negative, since mechanical things generally fare better in regular use than sitting around rusting and unlubricated.

A Kountry Star is a very nice gas coach but I think $54k is too high for a 2004. The NADA book gives some extra credit for low mileage, but it still doesn't get anywhere near $54k for that model. Something like $44k would be more realistic.

So forget the miles and focus on condition of the cabinetry, appliances, furnishings, etc. It's a house - condition is everything!

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