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Old 02-27-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Low Mileage Question

So in looking at used class C RV's I see a good number that are 10 to 12 years old with 15,000 to 20,000 miles on them. Is this something to be concerned about?
Will I be chasing leaks, drips, deterioated (hardened) rubber componets and the like? I know this darn ethanol fuel plays heck with boat engines, motorcyles and atv's.
Not to mention an engine that has sat for many months without being started can be a real time bomb.



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Old 02-27-2013, 08:20 AM   #2
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Hi Grmart,
Lack of use, not abuse is the death of many motor coaches. You have a valid concern. The only thing I know you can do is have the automotive part of the coach checked out with a fine tooth comb. This includes a compression check on the engine cylinders, maintenance records, condition of all fluids, rubber parts and belts. This is not cheap. I will cost several hundred $s. Check the date code on the tires. New to you tires need to be replaced after 5 to 7 years.

For the coach, do what you said in the OP. In addition, make sure all appliances work. This includes filling the fresh water tank running all the plumbing, the WH, toilet and shower. Check all the batteries for proper water level and get a hydrometer and check each cell.

All this will lead you to understand what it will cost to make the coach like you want it. It will also determine how the price negotiations will begin.

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Old 02-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #3
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If the unit has a carburator, I would definately have it checked as it is one of the first things to fail with ethanol sitting around for weeks. Fuel injected engines have fewer issues with ethanol but are not immune. On the upside, the interior furnishings are likely to have much less wear and tear than a coach with lots of miles.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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Mileage means nothing to me. Maintenance records mean everything. Appearence, is next, looking for the obvious neglect, leaks etc.Having a qualified mechanic do an inspection is important to check everything from belts to brakes and everything in between
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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back in May we bought our 2004 Bounder with just 6300 miles on it. The interior looked brand new and the oven, microwave, and sofa bed had never been used. We immediately changed out the tires and had a few minor issues on her maiden voyage but nothing critical. The only thing that didn't work was the washer/dryer combo water pump but I replaced that. My mechanic checked the engine and everything is fine. From my experience I say go for it especially if the price is right!
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:02 AM   #6
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My feeling is once you start approaching the 10 year mark you need to treat each coach individually. 2K miles a year could mean the coach was for summer vacations and saw little use on all systems or half year snow birding with high house side use. Regardless of use at ten years anything made of rubber or such will need to be looked at closely. The key is continuous and proper maintenance by the past owners. A good example is if the roof seams look like either giant globs of sealant or what the original builder laid down years ago you might want to look somewhere else.
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A 10 year old coach if stored outside will likely have a lot of deterioration from sunlight and weather. This has little to do with mileage and can't be fixed with just a tire change and compression check, although those are important. Roof condition, seals and glass condition need to be evaluated.
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Hey there Grmart! I just got a older model rv even know mine is much older than 10-12 years. From my experince recently i look at like this. It's old and just like when you buy anything older for that matter, some things are going to be wrong.( def look it over, make sure EVERYTHING WORKS, before you buy it.if you got that option. which you should. Don't take their word.Have them show you. (tip) go on a rainy day to see if there is any leaks.
You can chase all those things, with a newer model rv that was poorly taking care of too..do your research and Im sure you'll find a great rv!!

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