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Old 10-04-2014, 11:29 AM   #15
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Condition compared to price is everything. Hawkins info is on the internet but not always easy to access or find. Google will help but also use craigslist searches, ebay searches and RV sales searches.

A few things to watch out for:
1. Wet bay has steel floor and if there has been leaks from the tanks it may be rusted through. It is fixable but pricey if you don't have the skills to fix it yourself.
2. Check for roof leakage at every penetration, A/C's will usually be worst culprit and if left for some time may cause interior damage. Also where front and back caps join roof is a potential leak if not re-sealed on a periodic basis.
3. Windshield may be shifted out of position due to poor jacking techniques and/or extreme body twisting. Glass shop should be able to reset it.
4. Air or vacuum controls on a lot of stuff. If the dash A/C doesn't work, check vacuum hoses and pump first before spending the bucks on A/C repair. Same with air horns. If you get a chance to run the engine, after building up air pressure, shut off the engine and listen for air leaks under the chassis.
5. The usual things such as tire age, do all of the appliances work? genset working? inverter working? etc.

We first got interested in our Hawkins by answering a for sale ad, we never had heard of a Hawkins before. I didn't like the engine/transmission combo but we could tell it was a quality motorhome. We then researched Hawkins and found out there was a floor plan, engine/transmission combo we liked so we searched the internet and found one for sale about 1000 miles from home. Booked a flight and took a look at it, Found a few things needed fixing but nothing I couldn't handle. We bought it and drove it home.

All in all the Hawkins are very well built, but over the years some of them have been beat to death by their owners while others have been babied and well maintained. Ours was somewhere in the middle, maintained well, lots of improvements, but high mileage and heavily used.

Several things needed fixing (see above) but now we have a pretty nice motorhome for about $25,000 total (including sales price, licencing and taxes, new tires, parts and pieces) and several hours of do it myself labor (everything works).
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #16
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I love old stuff like this, but found I need to have a slide due to the longer times we spend on the road away from home. Otherwise, something like this would be really appealing to me.

With a 92 coach now, you know about maintenance requirements for something that age. I'd say if you can use it, go for it! No clue what it has for power, but would still assume it won't even know there's a toad behind it.
Sorry for delay in getting back as have been out of cell areas.
I think he has a 3406 cat if that could be possible?
Lots of power but about 6mpg.
I think the trany is a push button auto?

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Condition compared to price is everything. Hawkins info is on the internet but not always easy to access or find. Google will help but also use craigslist searches, ebay searches and RV sales searches.

A few things to watch out for:
1. Wet bay has steel floor and if there has been leaks from the tanks it may be rusted through. It is fixable but pricey if you don't have the skills to fix it yourself.
2. Check for roof leakage at every penetration, A/C's will usually be worst culprit and if left for some time may cause interior damage. Also where front and back caps join roof is a potential leak if not re-sealed on a periodic basis.
3. Windshield may be shifted out of position due to poor jacking techniques and/or extreme body twisting. Glass shop should be able to reset it.
4. Air or vacuum controls on a lot of stuff. If the dash A/C doesn't work, check vacuum hoses and pump first before spending the bucks on A/C repair. Same with air horns. If you get a chance to run the engine, after building up air pressure, shut off the engine and listen for air leaks under the chassis.
5. The usual things such as tire age, do all of the appliances work? genset working? inverter working? etc.

We first got interested in our Hawkins by answering a for sale ad, we never had heard of a Hawkins before. I didn't like the engine/transmission combo but we could tell it was a quality motorhome. We then researched Hawkins and found out there was a floor plan, engine/transmission combo we liked so we searched the internet and found one for sale about 1000 miles from home. Booked a flight and took a look at it, Found a few things needed fixing but nothing I couldn't handle. We bought it and drove it home.

All in all the Hawkins are very well built, but over the years some of them have been beat to death by their owners while others have been babied and well maintained. Ours was somewhere in the middle, maintained well, lots of improvements, but high mileage and heavily used.

Several things needed fixing (see above) but now we have a pretty nice motorhome for about $25,000 total (including sales price, licencing and taxes, new tires, parts and pieces) and several hours of do it myself labor (everything works).
Thanks for all that great information!!

You certainly have much expertise.

Thank you for responding to me.

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there is one for sale near me, it is a 94 with 80,000 if anyone is interested
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Windmill Bob, it is surely not a 3406 cat motor, as those were a over the road semi motor, and would not fit in a motorhome of that size, it is probably a 3206, or more likely a 3208 Cat. JMHO Rail!
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