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Old 05-24-2015, 07:10 PM   #1
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Looking to buy first motor home. Looking for a 28- 32ft gas powered late 90's model. Looked at a 1998 32' Georgie Boy Cruise Master that is super clean inside and out.. Everything worked with no issues except for the fact that it had 71,000 miles on the clock and most of the time it was pulling a midsized car.. The coach is powered by a 460 Ford engine. The owner is a retired diesel mechanic and had taken really good care of this coach.. How concerned should I be about the mileage this coach has on it??
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:20 PM   #2
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If you are serious about this coach I'd suggest that you hire an RV mechanic who is qualified to do inspections and have him go over the entire unit. 71k well cared for miles is not a factor. Not cared for is.

Best of luck with your decision.

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Old 05-24-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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71k well cared for miles is not a factor. Not cared for is.

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Old 05-24-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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That's less than 4k miles a year. Considering the age of the vehicle your looking for, what kind of mileage are you expecting on a 18 year old rig?

I think that sounds pretty dang good considering at the normal vehicle mileage average of 12k miles a years that odometer should twice around by now. I'd be wondering how likely it might be that it's actually 171,000 miles.

Thankfully few RV's actually get used to the level of the 12k average, but 4k a year seems about the best you can hope for, unless it's been sitting unused for years.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:51 AM   #5
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I feel the coach has been well cared for. We looked at it at the owners house and everything the couple had seemed to be really nice.
We're looking at a 1999 30ft Damon Challenger today with 32,000 on the clock. It has a 10cyl Triton with a Banks power system. The Damon doesn't have a slide which I actually prefer. Less of a chance of leak and mechanical problems to me is a plus.
I just sold a 43' houseboat three weeks ago and I hope I'm not jumping into another money pit,, lol..
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:18 AM   #6
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I would not be afraid of the miles. Folks that run a bunch of miles in my experience tend to take care of their things. In my experience, the rv needs just as much attention as a boat. Just seems easier to get things done on the rv.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:45 PM   #7
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buy it 460 go a long time get it checked by mechanic
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:27 PM   #8
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The thing about those kind of miles is when you go to resell. Lets say you put another 20k on it then want to sell, you now have a 90k mile motorhome that people will have very little interest in unless you are selling it very cheap. With so many units in that age having less than 50k selling one with almost double that is very hard. So unless its cheap I would look for one with less miles.
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My concern would all those miles that it towed. I have to believe it was working hard.
Like the others suggested have it checked out thoroughly. Maintenance is the key.
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I would not be concerned about the mileage. But I totally agree that if you are new to motorhomes you should hire or find a competent motorhome technician or enthusiast to go over the rig with you. If you don't have friends or family who motorhome frequently then call a local campground, get the name of a mobile technician, and hire the person to give you a couple of hours looking over the rig. Just like a home, where you would get a home inspector, things wear out. At to that, bouncing down the road and being closed up in the heat of summer do special damage. You need to check the frig, the plumbing, the jacks, the slides, the holding tanks, the a/c, and the engine components. The tires, even if they look great, should be replaced every (this is where many people disagree on the number) every 6-7 years.
It still may be a great RV, you just need a qualified opinion.
Best of luck and Happy Trails.

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