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Old 11-29-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Purchasing a FL motor coach?

I am looking at a motorhome to purchase. The motorhome is 1000 miles away from me now. Doing a carfax report on it shows the coach has lived its whole life in Florida, most of it in Fort Lauderdale.

Being from the northeast I know what salt can do to a car!

Would a coach being from Fort Lauderdale, FL be a red flag? Since I can't visually inspect it now, I'd like to be aware of any dangers before spending the money to look at it.

Thanks!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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If parked on or near a salt water beach is what you mean , then yes that could be a problem. If it was in Ft Lauderdale , chances are that it wasn't too close to the Ocean although there is an RV park on the intercostal , I think. Anyway , just because it is registered there doesn't mean it stayed there or in fact it may never have been there. You have to do a visual inspection to ascertain if it has any weather/ location issues.

Best if luck with the purchase.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Corrosion is corrosion, I was stationed at an AF base that was 60 miles from the coast, it was considered a hazard, resulting in specaial cleaning procedureres.

I personally wonuldn't buy any vehicle that has spend much time in a climate with high humidity, let alone salt air.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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Unless exposed to direct salt water spray, or driven on the beach (unlikely) I wouldn't be concerned. I lived in a house less than a mile from the Gulf and waterfront (salt) for many years and never had issues with rust on vehicles or motorhome. Up north with salt on the roads is a different issue.
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I bought mine used from Florida, it was 5 years old at the time and was from Fort Myers. There were no corrosion issues.
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Hi kjackson,
Air fare to Ft. Lauderdale is cheap. Consider inspecting the coach and then make your decision. The chassis is pretty easy to look at. In addition, start the furnace, refer and water heater. Make them run on all the fuel sources they are connected to. Look for leaks on the ceiling. Due the usual checks one would do before purchasing any pre-owned coach. I have lived in Florida 22+ years. My current coach has lived in Florida all its' life. I've never had a corrosion problem.

If the coach will meet your needs, go for it. Take $s and be ready to drive it home.
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I am looking at a motorhome to purchase. The motorhome is 1000 miles away from me now. Doing a carfax report on it shows the coach has lived its whole life in Florida, most of it in Fort Lauderdale.

Being from the northeast I know what salt can do to a car!

Would a coach being from Fort Lauderdale, FL be a red flag? Since I can't visually inspect it now, I'd like to be aware of any dangers before spending the money to look at it.

Thanks!
Just remember that CarFax reporting is purely voluntary, there is no legal requirement that repairs be reported. Some people say: "They guarantee their report." This is true, but all you get is your money paid for the report, nothing more.
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I have been in Florida for the past 30 years and would not be overly concerned with rust issues, but if the coach sat outside its entire life, in direct sun light, and has the Brite tech ?? Style roof, that is we're my inspection would start. Rubber gaskets and hoses always go first.
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I've also lived in Florida for 25 plus years (Pa. prior). I would PREFER a coach (or car) that spent most of it's time here.
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My coach is a 1995 and was purchased new in the Tampa area and stayed there up until August of 2011 when I bought it.

The paint on the underside is still shiny, never mind the absence of rust.
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I wouldn't buy anything from Florida. I just spent a month there and could watch rust happen- I'm not kidding.
Get some photos of the under carriage to see if it is rusted or not.
If it was parked inside maybe I'd look at it or on a slab of some sort- otherwise the moisture that come up from the ground will get on the underside and if it is not undercoated, it will be rusty.
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Probably most damage from baking in the sun more so than corrosion. The sun fading down there is intense.
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Probably most damage from baking in the sun more so than corrosion. The sun fading down there is intense.
Thanks! I am used to that in Arizona.
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I wouldn't buy anything from Florida. I just spent a month there and could watch rust happen- I'm not kidding.
Get some photos of the under carriage to see if it is rusted or not.
If it was parked inside maybe I'd look at it or on a slab of some sort- otherwise the moisture that come up from the ground will get on the underside and if it is not undercoated, it will be rusty.
We ended up getting a rig in the Phoenix area do we could visually inspect ourselves.
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