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Old 02-27-2008, 09:43 AM   #1
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Hello, everyone, my name is Kelly. I am 46 years old. My parents have RV'ed since I think I was born.....starting in PopUp Starcraft, moving to a 5th Wheel, and now they own a 36' National Tropi-Cal Motorhome with 454....

I recently (July 2007) rented a Class C and my wife (45 yrs YOUNG) and my 16 year old son and his 16 year old cousin (my nephew) had a 10 day vacation to Yellowstone......it was AWESOME and the wife said that we needed to get us an RV...so the search was on....after looking at LOTS of TRASHED Motorhomes, I came across a 1994 Fleetwood Bounder 28T Class A that was in immaculate condition with 50,000 miles....the older gentleman that owned was really OCD and he had recorded of everything from when it was bought...all service records...he had just installed 2 new 6v golf cart batteries, and had the generator serviced...and with me being a Quality Inspector at Boeing of Wichita, I went over it with flashlight and mirror....I found ONE, that right, ONE loose hinge and ONE burnt out light bulb in a storage compartment....and the price was 17,000, under the 21,600 NADA price for this RV....and, he left EVERYTHING in it, except his clothes....pots and pans, sheets, blankets, a wide array of hoses, cords, plug adapter, black water flushing tools, tools in general, charcoal grill and charcoal, etc, etc....it was amazing....

The story was that they had used it to go to Waco Texas to see their kids and grandkids, then both of his kids moved, one to Seatlle, and one to South Carolina....and his wife says, sell the RV because she wasn't going from one side of the US to the other....I was the first person to come see the unit and I told him within 5 minutes that I was BUYING IT....I could just tell that this was one sweet RV

So, that's my story...and I 'm sticking to it.....I have been lurking here since out Yellowstone trip and as you would think, I have learned a LOT from this website....

I will post some photos of the RV at a later date, but I think everyone knows what one looks like...LOL...but I would like to know of any other 28T owners out there...to swap ideas on modifications and such....I am a first time owner of an RV, but I have been around them for most of my life....

Thanks and later,

Kelly
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:43 AM   #2
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Hello, everyone, my name is Kelly. I am 46 years old. My parents have RV'ed since I think I was born.....starting in PopUp Starcraft, moving to a 5th Wheel, and now they own a 36' National Tropi-Cal Motorhome with 454....

I recently (July 2007) rented a Class C and my wife (45 yrs YOUNG) and my 16 year old son and his 16 year old cousin (my nephew) had a 10 day vacation to Yellowstone......it was AWESOME and the wife said that we needed to get us an RV...so the search was on....after looking at LOTS of TRASHED Motorhomes, I came across a 1994 Fleetwood Bounder 28T Class A that was in immaculate condition with 50,000 miles....the older gentleman that owned was really OCD and he had recorded of everything from when it was bought...all service records...he had just installed 2 new 6v golf cart batteries, and had the generator serviced...and with me being a Quality Inspector at Boeing of Wichita, I went over it with flashlight and mirror....I found ONE, that right, ONE loose hinge and ONE burnt out light bulb in a storage compartment....and the price was 17,000, under the 21,600 NADA price for this RV....and, he left EVERYTHING in it, except his clothes....pots and pans, sheets, blankets, a wide array of hoses, cords, plug adapter, black water flushing tools, tools in general, charcoal grill and charcoal, etc, etc....it was amazing....

The story was that they had used it to go to Waco Texas to see their kids and grandkids, then both of his kids moved, one to Seatlle, and one to South Carolina....and his wife says, sell the RV because she wasn't going from one side of the US to the other....I was the first person to come see the unit and I told him within 5 minutes that I was BUYING IT....I could just tell that this was one sweet RV

So, that's my story...and I 'm sticking to it.....I have been lurking here since out Yellowstone trip and as you would think, I have learned a LOT from this website....

I will post some photos of the RV at a later date, but I think everyone knows what one looks like...LOL...but I would like to know of any other 28T owners out there...to swap ideas on modifications and such....I am a first time owner of an RV, but I have been around them for most of my life....

Thanks and later,

Kelly
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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Welcome Kelly & family to irv2.
Congrats on your own new MH many safe and happy miles ahead for you.
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Bounder94 , Welcome to irv2.com . Kelly please post pics for all to see. Sounds like you got a great deal. Happy Camping
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:31 AM   #5
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Way to go Kelly!
Those are the deals you always wish you can come across. I got a similar deal on my 2001 GBM. Just caught someone who had to sell.

One thing I did, and would suggest to you -
Since I got a nice older rig at a great price, I was able to spend a little more to bring it up to snuff. Took it to my local Ford truck shop and had them go right thru it. New belts, hoses, filters, fluids, check brakes, ect.
Then I also added new shoes and shocks!
Gives you a good peace of mind to know everything is working correctly!
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Kelly,sounds like you are excited,I don't blame you. It looks like you got a good deal. Keep us posted of your travels.

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Congrats on your "new to you" rig!!! Our middle motorhome was a 1994 Bounder. I am sure you wil have many great family trips in it...I know we did in ours!

May I suggest that you also head down to the Fleetwood forum and join in the fun there?
The comraderie and knowledge this group will have in reference to your specific rig will surprise you!

Next... Welcome to iRV2 and the family of the "non-lurkers"! I am sure you are aware of how great this forum is! Please visit and post often...

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Old 03-03-2008, 06:10 PM   #8
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Nautique, that is exactly what I decided to do...after going to the place where we rented our rental RV this summer, and finding out that they actually send your RV out to a Ford heavy truck center for chassis work, I decided I could do the same thing and cut out the middle man...So I set up a time this afternoon for this Wednesday....nearly all the things you listed...you give great advice


Thanks for everyone encouraging words....COME ON SPRING!!!!!

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Bounder94,
Welcome to irv2. Congratulations, sounds like a great find. Have fun.
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