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Old 03-31-2012, 06:58 AM   #1
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Is fiberglass cracking a problem? see pics

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Still looking for an r.v. and i saw this one on ebay. Looks nice and has the cummins/allison combo but it says it has some fiberglass cracking or something like that. Can you check it out and give me your opinion. thanks in advance
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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If you're talking about the last couple of pictures, that looks like decal cracking and is common on older rigs that has seen some sun. Nothing structural about it. They can easily be replaced or removed and painted although may be a bit costly.
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The clearcoat peeling and sticker cracking isn't a big issue, in my mind, although taken as a whole it is part of the reflection of this coach, which is that it's gotten a lot of external sun and overall use.

I'm more concerned looking in the pictures at the ones of the side where it's largely purple and it almost looks like there's bubbling -- that could be a sign that there has been water leaking down through the walls.

The fogging windows to me are another issue you have to address since it could be hard to drive with them fogged up like that. And the overall condition... well, in my experience (and we just spent more than a year looking for our coach) is that everything looks better in pictures. So the fact that the interior, etc., looks pretty rough in pictures means that it's like VERY rough in person.

My gut tells me that this isn't a deal at any price.

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Old 03-31-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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The clearcoat peeling and sticker cracking isn't a big issue, in my mind, although taken as a whole it is part of the reflection of this coach, which is that it's gotten a lot of external sun and overall use.

I'm more concerned looking in the pictures at the ones of the side where it's largely purple and it almost looks like there's bubbling -- that could be a sign that there has been water leaking down through the walls.

The fogging windows to me are another issue you have to address since it could be hard to drive with them fogged up like that. And the overall condition... well, in my experience (and we just spent more than a year looking for our coach) is that everything looks better in pictures. So the fact that the interior, etc., looks pretty rough in pictures means that it's like VERY rough in person


My gut tells me that this isn't a deal at any price.

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I agree with Steve, Pictures make everything look a little better, in this case they haven't helped. Looks like problems to me, but your choice. Good luck, keep looking.
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To me, having one of these, it looks like a diamond in the rough. Let's face it, what can you get for 10k, if you can get it for 10k that is. There is no real way to do this except take a physical look at it for the roof and any water problems.

Furniture, carpets, flooring, can all be replaced and in most units you would want to. This just looks like an adventure to me, and I love an adventure. The paint clear coat is cracking and peeling, I saw no bubbling, but I'm looking at pics through an iPad, not in person.

Look at it this way, if it is a good runner, you got it for 10 k, got it, hated it, you could always trade it at a dealer and get at least your money out of it for something you like.

The big issue here, what can you get for 10k???
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To me, having one of these, it looks like a diamond in the rough. Let's face it, what can you get for 10k, if you can get it for 10k that is. There is no real way to do this except take a physical look at it for the roof and any water problems.

Furniture, carpets, flooring, can all be replaced and in most units you would want to. This just looks like an adventure to me, and I love an adventure. The paint clear coat is cracking and peeling, I saw no bubbling, but I'm looking at pics through an iPad, not in person.

Look at it this way, if it is a good runner, you got it for 10 k, got it, hated it, you could always trade it at a dealer and get at least your money out of it for something you like.

The big issue here, what can you get for 10k???

I agree. The "waving" is pretty typical of the riveted type construction used on HR. This one is fiberglass, but the alum looked the same - even when there is no delamination present. I don't see anything structural in the pics either.

BUT, a coach this age can't be appraised via pictures. This one though, is in obvious need of TLC regarding it's exterior finish. If you can do this work yourself it looks like a great project!

Just a thought, but if you don't care what the outside looks like, are looking for something you can just use up/run into the ground, it may also work out well! At this price, you could use it as long as you like, then just walk away from it without loosing ANYWHERE NEAR what you might loose the first year of ownership on a newer coach?
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