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Old 12-26-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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I've been full-timing in a 1976 Dodge Brougham that is also a million dollar van ($1,00 here, $1,000 there). I'm looking at an '81 Lazy Daze; chevy 350, chevy chassis. As an experienced RV owner Itook it for a test drive, and it felt great. started right up; turned off without dieseling. Felt solid. All the amenities work' brand new Dometic fridge.
I know that LD is a great brand; my concern/question is this: it has 100K miles on it, with the original engine, and no records of work done in the past. It was previously ovwned by a senior citizen couple who camped religiously once a month, and put all the miles on it. I'm purchasing it from a young man, the second owner, who used it for surf trips, and who is selling it because his parents bought a diesel pusher. I dont question his integrity; just concerned about the high mileage. Any thought?
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I've been full-timing in a 1976 Dodge Brougham that is also a million dollar van ($1,00 here, $1,000 there). I'm looking at an '81 Lazy Daze; chevy 350, chevy chassis. As an experienced RV owner Itook it for a test drive, and it felt great. started right up; turned off without dieseling. Felt solid. All the amenities work' brand new Dometic fridge.
I know that LD is a great brand; my concern/question is this: it has 100K miles on it, with the original engine, and no records of work done in the past. It was previously ovwned by a senior citizen couple who camped religiously once a month, and put all the miles on it. I'm purchasing it from a young man, the second owner, who used it for surf trips, and who is selling it because his parents bought a diesel pusher. I dont question his integrity; just concerned about the high mileage. Any thought?
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:35 AM   #3
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Val Hopkins, welcome to our website and forums. We are glad to have you join us. I am not sure how much the young man is willing to take for the rig but I would make any deal contingent on an ASE mechanic checking out the drive train first and give you an idea as to how much more you will want to put into it.
There are so many rigs available today that I would suggest you spend the rest of the winter looking and see what you come up with. You might be surprised to find a 10 year newer coach for the same money! Good luck and keep us posted.
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I assume you are getting this Daze for a song, given the age and mileage. Otherwise I'd be looking for something much newer for the same money.

At 100k miles on a 81 vintage, I would be very concerned about the engine and transmission. Back in those years 100k miles was at/near the expected life of the engine & tranny, even with decent maintenance. RV's tend to be very hard on transmissions and the tranny in that powertrain wasn't really designed to handle that much load to begin with.

You can get them inspected but you can't really tell much unless the engine and tranny are torn down for a look inside and that's expensive.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:18 AM   #5
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Try the Lazy Daze message board/forum:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/...lifewithalazydazerv/

There are a couple of posters on the group who currently have (or have owned in the past) Lazy Dazes of this vintage and they will share their experiences.
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