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Old 05-14-2019, 09:03 PM   #1
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Newbie from Oregon . Looking at purchasing a used diesel pusher .

Hello from nw Oregon , thinking about pulling the trigger on a used diesel pusher . Weíve had a few pull trailers and a class A Itasca gas engine over the years .
First and foremost whatís the best site for VIN history reports ?
Kind of looking towards either a Winnie journey or the Itasca Horizon. Or maybe a suggestion of a comparable coach ?
Main thing is parts availability.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:10 AM   #2
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Welcome.
You might want to check here for VIN info on motor homes
http://www.everything-about-rving.co...rt-for-my-rv.h...
Good luck in your search
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No real way to find much using the VIN. There is no legal requirement to report damage which is why I don't really look for one. It's nice to know but don't depend on finding everything out.
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There are lots of thing to consider, and you will go nuts evaluating each.

Most important is how the coach was maintained. Best is one that has always been stored inside, by an wealthy owner who keep up on all maintenance. Unfortunately, that cannot be determined if you buy off a dealer's lot.

Last be realistic on maintenance expectations. Things will break even with good care. I budget $400/mo for maintenance in a slush fund for my 2007. If I have any left over, I spend it on a good wax job.
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No real way to find much using the VIN. There is no legal requirement to report damage which is why I don't really look for one. It's nice to know but don't depend on finding everything out.
Wow , thank you for saving me a little cash already. From reading some of the check the RV vin code advertising it was just like carfax . Guess I wonít waste my $ on that .
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What are you worried about? Accident or flood?
Flood damage is pretty easy to spot. Look under and in all storage boxes. Mud packed in the undercarriage is a first sign of flood.
Accident, again look under and around the storage boxes. Misalignment of stuff or overspray could be a sign of damage repairs. Also how it drives should be a good sign if things are right or wrong.
BTW what part of Oregon are you in?
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There are lots of thing to consider, and you will go nuts evaluating each.

Most important is how the coach was maintained. Best is one that has always been stored inside, by an wealthy owner who keep up on all maintenance. Unfortunately, that cannot be determined if you buy off a dealer's lot.

Last be realistic on maintenance expectations. Things will break even with good care. I budget $400/mo for maintenance in a slush fund for my 2007. If I have any left over, I spend it on a good wax job.
Iím already going nuts just figuring out what brand of coach we want . (Iím just partial to Itasca / Winnieís from previously owning one) unfortunately a lot of what Iím finding around here (early 2000 ish ) are at dealers . We will definitely spend the money to have the coach thoroughly checked out and if a dealer is not willing to let us do that we will be done looking there .
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What are you worried about? Accident or flood?
Flood damage is pretty easy to spot. Look under and in all storage boxes. Mud packed in the undercarriage is a first sign of flood.
Accident, again look under and around the storage boxes. Misalignment of stuff or overspray could be a sign of damage repairs. Also how it drives should be a good sign if things are right or wrong.
BTW what part of Oregon are you in?
Mostly wanting to see a history on service records and yes accidents and or flood . I do have a good eye for accident repair on vehicles so Iíll try and look for those same signs on a coach as well .
We are between Forest Grove and McMinnville . 😁
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