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Old 01-23-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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Should we buy a 75 Concord for a cross-country trip?

Would really appreciate the combined knowledge of the iRV2 community to help determine if we should purchase a 75 Concord for our cross country trip.

We're looking to take off in June and spend the entire summer with our three kids touring the US. Wondering if you all think that this motorhome is a complete lemon, if there are any pitfalls we should know about or at least consider before purchasing it. Does the price seem fair?

Here's the description
49 K MILES, 26ft. NEW TIRES, RUNS GREAT. ONAN GEN ( 344 HOURS )
REAR BEDROOM OR LIVING AREA.
SMALL BATHROOM WITH FLUSHING TOILET AND SHOWER AND SINK.

Thoughts?

Thanks everyone!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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Get good insurance, make several local trips first...

It would need to be on probation until you know it is going to be reliable...
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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low miles means setting alot things rust seize and leak when used after setting, if it runs good and shifts good then do a major maintenance on it.
I am doing this on my 1984 at this moment, hoses ,belts , change all fluids, pressure test the cooling system to be sure the radiator hasn't rotted out ck all the brake lines for going bad u joints etc.
if it is solid age really isn't an issue just make sure you know what running gear you have in case something does break and purchase towing and roadside assistance insurance and enjoy your trip.
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What are the ages of your kids? 26ft is going to get extremely small after a couple of days. If the previous owner has taken good care of the motorhome and has all systems current and in good condition, then taking it for a trip is probably going to be okay. But, if you are new to RVing, start by camping in the driveway and then work further from home until you are confident enough to go a long distance. Being stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere with 3 kids is not going to be fun. Be sure you have a roadside assistance program like CoachNet, Good Sam, or AAA, among others.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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At your next oil change and everyone thereafter put a qt of Lucas Oil Treatment in your motorhome. Our C Class has about 108,000 miles on it and it runs very well, the last 50,000 were with the Lucas treatment. You would be very surprised at the lessening of the engine noises this treatment provides. I would also suggest you do the fluid and oil change the minute you get her home as then you have a base point for all future oil changes, treatments engine flushes fluid changes etc.

Before you go on long trips, do a couple of weekend runs to familiarize everyone on the procedures for using all the various facilities and how to use the shower, and the toilet, especially the toilet.

Denise and I did a 12,000 mile trip last spring (west coast to east and back) and celebrated turning the units odometer to all zeros just short of the national divide on I-90 on the home leg of the trip. Make sure everything works, baby the unit and have fun.
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Would really appreciate the combined knowledge of the iRV2 community to help determine if we should purchase a 75 Concord for our cross country trip.

We're looking to take off in June and spend the entire summer with our three kids touring the US. Wondering if you all think that this motorhome is a complete lemon, if there are any pitfalls we should know about or at least consider before purchasing it. Does the price seem fair?

Here's the description
49 K MILES, 26ft. NEW TIRES, RUNS GREAT. ONAN GEN ( 344 HOURS )
REAR BEDROOM OR LIVING AREA.
SMALL BATHROOM WITH FLUSHING TOILET AND SHOWER AND SINK.

Thoughts?



Thanks everyone!
you asked if price is fair but didn't say what it is. I agree, 26' is kind of small for 5 people. You'll want the kids to spend most of their time outside
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The first question that should be asked is when the vehicle was last in regular use. If that answer is slow to come back or it is more than about two years, rethink your game plan.

With a coach this old, you may be getting something that isn't even worth scraping. Old box coaches usually develop water leaks at the roof edge. That water runs down into the wooden structure and starts it rotting.

If that hasn't happened, you should still count on replacing every bit of the rubber. All the coolant hoses, brake hoses, brake seals fuel lines and belts. Tires go without saying, if they are over 5 watch out and if they are over seven - stand clear....

Does this guy know the plan? Look at the picture in the sig... That is the back of a 40yo coach.

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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That should be a Dodge 440/727 combo. Good setup.
I had a 75 Dodge class C, 360/727, took it everywhere.
Bought it in '95, sold it in 2008. Can be small for five people,
but you won't be in it 24/7. Kids like to roam around most of the day.
Cook most meals outside and eat outside, you will be fine.
Check out everything good, tires must be fresh not just look good.
It will need some work so be ready $$. I did all my own work so
the cost was not a killer. Parts are cheap and plentiful.
Good Luck and have fun. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:16 PM   #9
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A friend of ours has a unit with the 360/727 option and it is a great unit. He's had it about six years and they (wife, stepson, daughter) use it all the time. Where we live there are lots of small forestry campgrounds close by where he can park for a week or so and commute to his job. These sites are boondock only and they get along very well and their unit is a mid 70s Dodge chassis. My wife and I and the pooches used our 77 Chev 30 chassis unit exactly the same way all the time. They work well if maintained well and if you have half a clue around tools you will do just fine. Enjoy your trip and safe travels.
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