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Old 12-13-2017, 08:28 AM   #1
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Would you purchase a MH in winter in Northern US

Hi,

If I purchased a MH in winter I may have issues with test driving and checking the water pump and heater etc are working. Also it could be 4 months before I get to use it properly.

Would this stop someone if a screaming deal came along?
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:36 AM   #2
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I purchased mine at Thanksgiving. I tested what I could, but what sold me was that there was still a year left on a supplemental warranty. I felt like that covered the downside. It turned out to be a very good deal, with very little wrong.
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Bought this one from a dealer in New York in February. I don't see a problem. the systems can be tested then re-winterized.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:57 AM   #4
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I have bought most of my units in the winter - sellers are usually pretty motivated. A thorough check over by qualified inspectors can pick up most of any issues. Do you know a couple of friends/contractors for hire that can inspect chassis/house systems? Always good to have second sets of eyes.

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Old 12-13-2017, 08:58 AM   #5
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Bought this one from a dealer in New York in February. I don't see a problem. the systems can be tested then re-winterized.
Absolutely! Keep in mind though, that the seller will probably want you to pay for cost of re-winterizing if you chose not to purchase. Personally I feel that is fair.

If a seller balks at de-winterizing and checking ALL systems, RUN, don't WALK away!

The only system(s) that I can think of that you may not be able to get a good test on would be the air conditioners.

Water pump will still work and thermostat cycle if you do a reasonable test drive. I would run the generator for awhile as well, with a load. Test the water heater FIRST ON ELECTRIC, then switch to gas. It is easy to see if the heater is burning efficiently on gas, but more difficult to see if the electric is working properly if the heater is already "pre-heated".

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Old 12-13-2017, 09:13 AM   #6
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Thanks all,

If it was to be dewinterised how long so for to get a proper test if a heated building is not available?
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Absolutely! Keep in mind though, that the seller will probably want you to pay for cost of re-winterizing if you chose not to purchase. Personally I feel that is fair.

If a seller balks at de-winterizing and checking ALL systems, RUN, don't WALK away!

The only system(s) that I can think of that you may not be able to get a good test on would be the air conditioners.

Water pump will still work and thermostat cycle if you do a reasonable test drive. I would run the generator for awhile as well, with a load. Test the water heater FIRST ON ELECTRIC, then switch to gas. It is easy to see if the heater is burning efficiently on gas, but more difficult to see if the electric is working properly if the heater is already "pre-heated".

Good luck!
I agree with the above post, although you can test operation of the heat pump if temps are above 40 deg - which would likely confirm AC functionality as well. We bought our 2011 DP in January 2016 from Winnebago RV near Rockford IL (and live in WI), and had similar concerns. Regarding plumbing, you can still test operation with pink antifreeze in the pipes for everything but the water heater and possibly washer/dryer/ice maker - it will just cost a few bucks for 3 or 4 gallons of antifreeze to pump through everything. Engine, tranny, chassis items should not be an issue in winter, and it's actually a good time to test for potential fuel system problems. For the items you can't confirm operation of, consider setting aside a reasonable amount of money in a joint escrow account that is closed after full system operational testing can be performed. In our case, the dealer was great to work with; but if this is a private sale, stand your ground and test everything you can - don't let them use weather as an excuse to hide something. Good luck and keep us posted!
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I agree with the above post, although you can test operation of the heat pump if temps are above 40 deg - which would likely confirm AC functionality as well. We bought our 2011 DP in January 2016 from Winnebago RV near Rockford IL (and live in WI), and had similar concerns. Regarding plumbing, you can still test operation with pink antifreeze in the pipes for everything but the water heater and possibly washer/dryer/ice maker - it will just cost a few bucks for 3 or 4 gallons of antifreeze to pump through everything. Engine, tranny, chassis items should not be an issue in winter, and it's actually a good time to test for potential fuel system problems. For the items you can't confirm operation of, consider setting aside a reasonable amount of money in a joint escrow account that is closed after full system operational testing can be performed. In our case, the dealer was great to work with; but if this is a private sale, stand your ground and test everything you can - don't let them use weather as an excuse to hide something. Good luck and keep us posted!
Great idea about testing with anti freeze.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:26 PM   #9
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I bought mine at the end of summer, and did all my own inspections and systems checks at a dealer in Florida. If I had to do it again under the same circumstances I would only do it the same in nice warm weather. I spent 2 days on the coach before I signed the purchase agreement. I guess it would depend on what you are buying and how much you are spending plus the age of the coach. I am a DIY type of guy.
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Why not if you test EVERYTHING first?
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I agree, but not everyone is mechanically inclined. My father in-law was like that, he had to call someone to change a light bulb.
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Sure...
I would write a purchase offer w inspection contingency by mechanic, RV dealer and/or buyer ( at buyer expense) w seller demonstrating all systems & appluances in working order. Buyer has the right to back out / get any deposit refunded if any deficiencies noted.
If any issues identified it reopens $ negotiation or seller corrects deficiencies at their expense. Buyer nor responsible for rewinterization.
Probably needs some tine limits included for insoections and repairs.
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Sure...
I would write a purchase offer w inspection contingency by mechanic, RV dealer and/or buyer ( at buyer expense) w seller demonstrating all systems & appluances in working order. Buyer has the right to back out / get any deposit refunded if any deficiencies noted.
If any issues identified it reopens $ negotiation or seller corrects deficiencies at their expense. Buyer nor responsible for rewinterization.
Probably needs some tine limits included for insoections and repairs.
That sounds like a good plan.

I do not plan to upgrade for a year or but keeping my options open.
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Watch for road salt damage. I purchased a new motorhome in July 2015 from a dealer in Connecticut who received it in January. Looking back at the dealers pictures, you could see salt all over the unit. By October, salt wear and tear was showing through on the chassis and wheels.
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