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Old 07-07-2016, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm looking for my first motor home. Wife isn't too excited about RVing, so don't want to spend much to see how we like it.

I've found a 1998 National Dolphin, 36', model 5350. Chevy chassis and 454 vortex, 48000 miles.

Are there any problem areas I should look at?

The floor plan pictures shows an optional washer/dryer in the wardrobe. There isn't one installed, but is it pre-plumbed? Does it go where the drawers are? A w/d might make it a little better for her.

They're asking $15,900, sure I could get it for $14000 or less. Is this a good deal?

Any info would be helpful.

It's a little ruff, but should cleanup as there doesn't appear to be any real damage to it.

Anyone know of a better deal on anything? Class A or C would work.


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Old 07-08-2016, 04:15 AM   #2
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Were it me and my wife was less that wild about the idea I would not spend a dime on a RV I may have to resell in a month or two.

I would rent one first and do a few trial runs to see how she handled it. If she discovered she liked it OK I would then start shopping for one.
But that is just me.


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Old 07-08-2016, 07:35 AM   #3
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I am leaning in Al's direction about renting. If she is not too excited about RV'ing and the age and condition of the coach you are considering mean you will be dealing with problems while she is in it that may take things further in the wrong direction. Might want to get her in a rental that is newer and less prone to problems so she starts to see the potential in RVing. But you know her better than us so I am sure you will make it all work which ever way you go.
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Hi Howard! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

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Hi Howard

Glad to have you here with us in the forum.

I'm gonna agree with the others that renting in the beginning is the way to go. Once she decides she like this type of travel then look for a permanent one. If you bought this and it had problems, it would definitely be a bad deal.
While rentals are not filled with lots of options, it would be reliable. Once she get comfortable with it upgrading to your "own" MH will be easier.
Good luck with your decision.

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Renting sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the advice.
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Originally Posted by vIETVET72 View Post
Renting sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the advice.
Make sure you rent a nice one so she really falls in love with the RV thing.

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