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Old 02-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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Just bought an old '97 21' Gulf Stream Conquest. It had one owner since new and seems in great mechanical shape (5.4L ford), they made no changes to it over the years, everything so far seems in good working condition. Currently working on cosmetics (putting new cabinet doors on - laminate peel, upgrading microwave, installing rear view camera, basic clean out, paint, etc.). The exterior is in great shape other than the roof ladder has a back in bend. Never had a motorhome before so wondering what are the most likely problems to watch for! It drives well, just need to get used to the stiff truck suspension. And still trying to figure out how everything works and where it is. Not real impressed with the Gulf Stream manuals. Fortunately have a good background in plumbing, electrical and carpentry so slowly figuring things out. Biggest problem may be getting the dogs fear level of it down.
Any comments/help/direction will always be appreciated!

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Old 02-05-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2 Greg and Karen and congratulations on your 'new to you' motorhome sounds like you have found a good one. As for what to watch for is hard to predict but just remember if anything fails it can be fixed, granted if it's a motor or tranny it can be expensive but most times those are the most reliable parts. With your background anything else should be a snap.

I would recommend that you continue to learn every system in the MH and that will give you an edge should a failure occur. Also make your first trip or two close to home to get a feel for it and provide you an opportunity to assess your personal needs while away. Camping is like anything else in life it's as much fun as you make it and proper preparation goes a long way toward that end.

Good luck and safe travels.

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:33 PM   #3
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By the way, the rule here is: without photos, it never happened.

Hard to predict what you'll run into, but chances are, no matter what it is, someone here has been down that road before and is willing to share the experience gained from the trip. Just ask as you come across things you're not sure about.

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Welcome Greg and Karen,
Congratulations on your purchase. It will all come together. May it serve you well.
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