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Old 06-03-2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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need opinions 1995 chevy 3500 catalina 20 foot

new to rv's. know basically zero! but want to learn! what does anyone think about a 1995 chevy 3500 catalina 20 foot, with 40000 miles and new tires. is this a cross county worthy vehicle? due to age, will it be hard finding parts? any comments welcomed. thank you.

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I am confused now, this is the third post about the same subject in a third forum.

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Old 06-03-2015, 05:53 PM   #3
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Only you can tell what shape it is in and how well maintained it is but if you divide the mileage by 20 years it basically went 2000 miles a year. That says it did a lot of sitting. Sitting is the worst thing you can do to a vehicle. Expect all the rubber parts like hoses and brake lines to have dry rot. That includes belts and bushings, seals etc. And by the way, fuel systems in '95 were not ethanol compliant so any rubber fuel lines and gaskets will begin to dissolve from the ethanol.

I would suggest you could find a similar coach that was 10 years newer for not much more money. Hopefully one with more appropriate mileage. Engines need exercise.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:46 AM   #4
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Any 20 year old vehicle is a gamble for a cross-country trip. Chassis parts for old Chevy vans are common enough, but the Components used in the RV chassis versions are sometimes different enoughto become a problem. Most often the problem is simply that auto parts stores don't have separate listings for the RV-variant of a Chevy van. If the part number can be identified, it will usually be available. Common differences will be belt and hose sizes, a/c system, brake parts, etc. Sometimes the "ambulance" version parts are the right ones.
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