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Old 09-04-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hi folks...looks like a great site.
I am looking at this RV on CL:
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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Hi folks...looks like a great site.
I am looking at this RV on CL:
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:15 AM   #3
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Tom, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to hav eyou join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Have you owned a motorhome before? If so, you will know better as to what to expect. The big engine will not get good milage, maybe 8 mpg. Even though the seller states the tie are in good shape, check the DOT box for a four digit number; this will be the week (fisrt 2) and year after 2000 (last 2). Tires over 5 or 6 years will not last when they get hot and are loaded. Look for signs of any water intrusion. Delamination of outside walls, stains on ceiling. Get on the roof and look at the sealant around the fixtures. Water will really be bad on the structure that you cannot see. Check all the appliances for working order. Check all the systems; DC, & AC electrical, plumbing, and lp gas for leaks. Test drive it and then if you feel you are ok offer $2500. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:17 AM   #4
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Thanks Mike...I really appreciate it...$2500 was the number I was thinking unseen.

I have never owned an RV nor even been in one!!!Should be fun.

Is the 460 engine a Ford?..in a Dodge?..or not.
Generally speaking, is the Dodge Tioga a good brand?
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:27 AM   #5
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Glad you found iRV2.

The Dodge chassis usually had the 440 cubic inch engine, or maybe the smaller 360.

I any case they are strong engines with the right maintenance and not run too hard.

The tires may look good, but you need to look at the date codes. 5 or 6 years is pretty much the limit and dry rot will kill the tire.

Make sure all of the water, electrical and waste systems work.

First thing to do is to change all of the fluids, transmission oil, engine oil, generator oil, grease the chassis, change the antifreeze and check the brakes and grease the front wheel bearings.


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Look for signs of water staining on the cabinets, walls and ceilings. If it smell musty or damp, there is probably a water leak.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Thanx Ken...looking at it on Sunday.
I think it is a 440...hopefully a HEMI..lol.
Generally speaking is the Dodge/Tioga a good
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Tom, getting some of the Dodge chassis pasrts will be difficult as they may not have been used for a number of years. I had a 76 Dodge and if I ever needed rotors I think I would have been out of luck. THe Tioga side has been around for many years and is still in production today. How well it all has been maintained is going to be the key. I would recommend if you are serious about this purchase is that you get a good mechanic to check out the drive train, suspension and steering. Also get a good technician to check out the house side of things. Yes, it may coast you money but better to find out major problems before than after!
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