Originally Posted by flyboytravel
My wife and I are considering purchasing a 2003 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE. The motor is a Vortec 8.1 with a workhorse chassis It only has 18,000 miles and is in pretty good condition. We would appreciate any advice/comments regarding this motorhome. We are also new irv2 members. Great forum!
We just bought a 2005 Gulfstream SunVoyager ourselves on the WH chassis with 17K miles on it. We have had an F53 chassis coach for several years and the WH is quite a bit more refined. Havent gotten to go far with it yet, just a half hour ride home.
As others have said, the components all manufacturers put in the coaches are all about the same. Watch out for the date on the tires. Most like to not run the tires for longer than 7 years, they consider them timebombs. I am probably going to take a chance running mine longer but we will see how that goes.
Take a really good look around the coach and operate EVERYTHING. Open everything and look everywhere for anything. Take pictures of things that are wrong and post them here and ask if you dont know what they are or what causes them (or what it costs to fix what is wrong). Take the coach for a 1/2 hour plus long ride. Get it out on the highways and see if it moves around a bunch when trucks go by. Drive it down the backroads and make sure it does everything it is supposed to do well.
If you decide to buy the coach put together a punch list for the dealer to fix and dont sign on the dotted line until everything is completed to your satisfaction. Watch out for the refrigerator and brake recalls. IF they arent done, get the dealer to get them done before you take delivery. Your money has a much higher priority to the dealer when its in YOUR pocket.
We bought our coach privately so I assumed all responsibility to fix anything I found wrong. I am very OK with doing so and the discount in price reflected my assumed responsibility.
Best of luck, it is an exciting event!