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Old 06-28-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Exclamation seen me comin

I bought a 87 winnebago elanden on monday,both windshields are cracked the seller told me oh I checked and you can replace both sides for 375.What a lie that doesn't even cover one side for just the glass,I am going to end up paying almost as much to replace the windshield as I did for the coach.
Quite the start to my rving experience,just one more bad thing to mention now I have found out I need a new hitch cause my pick up is to heavy for the one on the rig already.
The best part is there is only one way to go from here and that is up
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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More bad news: It's probably not just the hitch that's too light, it's probably the frame, brakes, transmission, cooling etc.
Most MH's of the era were only rated to tow 3,500#'s and the rating is based on the lowest rated component in the rig.
Just adding a stronger hitch won't cure those problems, you'll still be underrated to tow your PU.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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well that is bad news guess I better figure out what to do
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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RESEARCH, RESEARCH,RESEARCH! Sorry for the surprises!
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Glass will set you back around $1400 a side then labor just had passenger side done thanks to progressive no cost to me
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look on the bottom of the glass there will be a a number on the glass i mighite be able at save you parting out rv
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Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. Hard to feel sorry for you when you clearly didn't do your due diligence.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:16 AM   #8
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REALLY NOT LOOKING for sympathy just was venting,my thing is I would NEVER sell someone anything for any price and misrepresent it the way this guy did to me.
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REALLY NOT LOOKING for sympathy just was venting,my thing is I would NEVER sell someone anything for any price and misrepresent it the way this guy did to me.
What a bummer. Most of us have had a few unpleasant "surprises" as new RVers. Good luck and I hope things get better for you.
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REALLY NOT LOOKING for sympathy just was venting,my thing is I would NEVER sell someone anything for any price and misrepresent it the way this guy did to me.
He might not have known how much it would really cost either...
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I understand what you mean. I was almost "suckered" by a guy that tried to sell me a 92 southwind. the WHOLE driver's side had delamination damage. The undercarriage was rusted out. I ended up purchasing a 1989 sounwind 36L. And I love it. Only 44k on the odometer. look at the bright side and learn something from everything...good luck
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It is sad we can't trust everyone, and like Midnight said that guy may not have known either. Either way, sorry for your problem.

Anyway....You might want to consider selling the MH for what you paid for it or maybe even take a small loss and then look for something more suitable for your requirements. Some people might not worry about the cracks in the windshield if they don't intend to travel much.
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On a happier note, at least you have a great looking coach! When they are polished and detailed, hard to find a nicer looking, and I dare say, STILL contemporary looking (NON-pusher) Class A, IMHO. Wonder if you can add some bracing to the frame to increase towing capacity?
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don't know where live but in my area there are several r v salvages you might check to see if that would be an option for your glass situation
as for the towing i have a class c and i braced the hitch area and extended it out 18 inches for extra storage, installing two boxes on a mini deck and i still pull what i want.
if i only went by the rated towing load i would never get anything moved, but
you won't have any added tongue weight just pull on the frame reinforce it add some form of braking on the pickup because that i'm guessing is the biggest issue and drive properly.
my car and dollie weight roughly 4200 lbs and i have pulled it about 5000 miles with no issues and my rig will be real close to 12000 loaded without the car
i know some people won't agree but it is being done every day safely because most older rv's have zilch for towing rating but are still doing it
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