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Old 07-14-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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The new adventure.

My wife and I have been discussing the idea of going full-time RVing. I'm a software developer and if I could convince my current employee or find a new one that would allow me to be remote, we would be there. But in the meantime we thought we should tryout RVing on vacations.

I've looked into renting, but if we wanted to take a real trip in one the mileage and the fact that none of them allow pets is a real problem. We likely spend $2500 for a 10 day trip without the dogs.

I've been pricing RV's (both new and used) for about a year, and when I saw 1990 Fleetwood Bound for $3500 on Craigslist, I figured it's either a scam or a real POS. But the current owner was just a very busy boat servicing guy, and the whole motorhome just needed a good cleaning, he was just pricing it to sell with the problems that it has.

Problems I saw before Purchase:
- The Front tires have bad sidewall cracking/weathering
- The Rear tires have minor sidewall cracking/weathering
- The Engine's overflow tank was cracked open
- One Leveling Jack spring was missing
- Step motor wasn't working.

Problems found on first drive:
- Brakes are crap and pull to the right
- Dash AC doesn't work, but it was converted to R134
- The seal between the toilet and the black tank was dried out and the tank was 3/4 full, so the smell and the flies that come up were apocalyptic. Lucky the bathroom door was closed to contain them.
- There is a gap between the Windshield and the body on the passenger's side, just in the upper corner. I'm not sure how that might happen, unless the windshield is the wrong size.

We decided to call the RV "Bucky" and hope that it is lucky.

I expected some issues with this price and so far I'm not regretting it,but the adventure continues...

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Old 07-14-2015, 01:17 PM   #2
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Good luck with your plans!

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Old 07-14-2015, 05:55 PM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:26 AM   #4
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Good luck.
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:52 AM   #5
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:01 PM   #6
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Welcome! With those type of issues you're a better man than I. Good luck and happy travels!
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Welcome, glad to meet you!
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:45 AM   #8
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Yup, I think you're in for a good time rebuilding that baby. I always say; you better be rich or handy with an RV.

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