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Old 03-22-2019, 07:52 PM   #1
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Newbie Looking at a 2005 HR Vacationer

I'm so happy to finally be part of this community. I have found a 2005 HR Vacationer 34sbd Workhorse that looks like a good place to start our RV experience. My DH and I are headed out to look at it tomorrow. Does anyone have any information about this model for this very nervous newbie?

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The experts on this forum will suggest a high priority is finding a floor plan you like and that works for you. Also, the age and miles of an RV matter less than how well it has been maintained. The Holiday Rambler is a respected brand name.

The destroyer of RVs is water. I suggest you go to Youtube and watch some of the videos on how to inspect for water damage. Also, check the age of the tires. They cost $1,000 each and need to be replaced every 5-7 years. There is a 2 digit code on each tire that gives the week and year that the tire was manufactured. For instance, a code of (3315) means the tire was made in the 33rd week of year 2015.

Finally, search RVtrader.com and PPL.com to see the list price of comparable motor homes. But, remember, the price is negotiable. It's not unusual to negotiate down by 15% to 25% or more.

Please feel free to ask more questions.
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:29 AM   #3
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Thank you, IBTripping. Your information was succinct and very helpful. I didn't think about water damage so I appreciate the YouTube suggestion!!

The floorplan is not perfect for us, however the list price (with negotiation) on the MH will allow us to enter the RV community without spending a huge portion of our nest-egg. Is this line of thinking a mistake?
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:33 AM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Don't know anything about that rig but hope it works out great for you!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 03-23-2019, 11:34 AM   #6
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I have a 2004 Monaco La Palma with the HR decal on it...pretty much the same builder.

If mine disappeared tonight I would go out and try to find the same year make and model. It's been great. Have put 90,000 miles on it since new.

Let us know if you buy it and we'll help you out.

Good idea to buy a used one and go from there.
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Old 03-23-2019, 03:49 PM   #7
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Thank you Everyone for the warm welcome! Thrilled to be here.

A huge SHOUT-OUT to IBTripping for recommending the YouTube leak/water damage detection videos. I did as suggested and viewed a few of videos before our look at the Vacationer. Well....bullet dodged! Because of IBTripping's guidance I was able to identify water damage and recognize neglect in the sealing of the roof.

Although I loved loved loved this MH we walked away.....disappointed but thankful!


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The destroyer of RVs is water. I suggest you go to Youtube and watch some of the videos on how to inspect for water damage. Also, check the age of the tires.
(I apologize for the duplicate message....new to this )

A huge SHOUT-OUT to IBTripping for recommending the YouTube leak/water damage detection videos. I did as suggested and viewed a few of videos before our look at the Vacationer. Well....bullet dodged! Because of IBTripping's guidance I was able to identify water damage and recognize neglect in the sealing of the roof.

Although I loved loved loved this MH we walked away.....disappointed but thankful!


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You should be able to delete the duplicate message, if done during the next hour. Click on the "Edit" button. then click on "Delete."
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. Great info from IBTripping and a great save for you. There will be another coach just keep looking.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Welcome aboard!

I lurked and browsed for years while renting and shopping to buy. Excellent resources and people available on this site, as you have already discovered.

You will find enthusiasts for every variant of the RV lifestyle and every price point.
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