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Old 02-04-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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High Mileage on a Class C, should I consider it

I am new to the forum and I am looking to purchase a Class C RV. After many months of looking and trying to figure out what I want I have finally figured it out, now I just need to find it.

I am a single mom of a 3 year old boy and I am looking at the Fleetwood Jamboree 24 D. I believe it is the best for me and my son and after driving a few, easy to handle and the right thing for me.

I am looking at a 2000 (50th Anniversay Fleetwood Jamboree 24D) it has 82,000 miles and what I have been told 1 owner. I have a friend and her husband helping me and giving me advice and at first was told stay under 50,000 miles, but he found this Class C and well I was confused as to why he would recommend it because of the mileage. He use to be a mechanic and he and his wife travel a lot and he sees things I don't.

The engine looks good, needs some TLC on the interior which I am fine with. They are asking $14,000, would I be crazy to consider a Class C wtih 82,000 miles on it.

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Old 02-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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What engine does it have and is there any water damage. How old are the tire's? Why? Because if the tire's are over seven years, they need to be replaced. Make sure to check the water system for proper operations and the holding tanks are clean. Will your child have a place to sleep or will you have to take down the table to make his bed. That get old quick.

Come back and let us know what you end up doing.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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Kyleen, Welcome to the forum. I am not personally a favorite of high mileage, but doesn't mean you can't find one that's been well maintained if it truly had one owner that took good care of it. Can always do a Car Fax with the Vin #. Might be worth the $40 to $50.

If you are set on the particular one and all is OK, then what OneRVer said about tires is critical. They may look perfect, but if they are 6 to 7 years old they should be replaced. Then check all systems to be sure they work. Good luck and let us know how you make out...
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$14,000 seems a little high for that rig. I have seen similar in the 9k to 11k range. If you really like it you should follow all of the above suggestions and definitely haggle on the price.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:19 PM   #5
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Thank you for the advice. The tires are new. No water damage that we can see, the roof is in great condition. My son would actually get the bed in the back and I would take the bed over the cab, which is why I was looking a the C Class vs. the A class.

I looked at another Fleetwood with 23,000 miles. But there was water damage, we could tell the fluids had not been changes regularly and there was over 500 hours on the generator…so hard to tell low miles, but it could have been driven hard and not taken care of or high miles and very well taken care. This helps a lot with my research and I think I will do the CarFax…better safe than sorry. I like the older model 24d Fleetwood, just finding the right one is a challenge..
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A high miles RV "typically" means the owners drove it a lot and most likely it was trouble free and got good mileage or it would have not been driven much.

I bought a "low miles RV", 6 yrs old and only 7400 miles, it died in 3000 miles from supposedly unknown causes... but my gut tells me if it had been driven and maintained it would not have suffered its death soooo early !

Just a gut feeling here...trust your heart and intuition, nothing else beyond a physical inspection should outweigh them !

And WELCOME to the forum... contribute and update us often. Lots of help available here. Would be a shame not to take advantage of it.
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As you can see in our avatar we travel in a 30+ year old RV and if all else is good we will just continue to enjoy it. Our unit is under 100,000 Miles and we've put on over half of them. Proper maintenance is more important than mileage. When we purchased ours I took it for a test drive and my mechanic so went over it well for mechanical and driving and it passed his inspection. I did all the cosmetic upgrades and we are very happy with it.

We are now looking for another 24 +/- footer with a rear bed and that is just because we've decided we want this feature. I love driving late at night and Denise likes to sleep at that time.

We both wish you well on your journeys and feel that if your mechanic friend is comfortable with you buying that unit then go for it. I enjoy, traveling in, camping in and working on, Tinker.
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I wouldn't be too concerned with the mileage. $14K is way too much - this must be from a dealer. Maybe $8K to $9K if the tires DOT date is 2010 or 2011. $7K if tire mfg date is older (all RV tires can look new with a little tire cleaner - you must check the DOT date). Check the NADA Guide for the book price.
Check well for leaks alll around the cab over area - common area for leaks.
P.S. We went down the same route you are currently on (but grand kids for us). We found that Class As have a bedroom for you and couch bed for kids works great. Gas Class A without slides are great values. I got my 30 ft. Allegro with 39,000 miles for $13,000 a couple years ago and still feel it was the right way to go. Also, all motorhomes require a lot of work - there is always something to fix or maintain. Don't give up and don't jump too quick. You will know the right one when you see it.
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Forgot to answer one of your questions. The Engine is a Ford V10, many of my friend that have a motorhome, horsetrainer or a V10 say they can go and go if they were taken care of
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Hoosier 5ver, 4k per year is typical for class Cs. The chassis shares parts with ambulances so if you want to drive high mileage it can be done if you are careful with tire and chassis maintanence. Mechanical repairs can be done at the local ambulance dealor. Only consider floor plans with the house door between the axles. Rear hitch should be lowest point under rear end, these sometimes drag sewer outlets. Ford v-10 is great but poor gas can be expensive repair. Look for deluxe chassis with power mirrors and rear camara. Good luck, gibbs
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Just do a Google search of ( 2000 50th Anniversay Fleetwood Jamboree 24D ) and you will find units ranging in price from 8k to 30k. That Ford V-10 is a plus except for the gas mileage. Might be more in the range of $11k if you say the interior is average / needs TLC and with the 82k miles.
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If its a one owner unit, does it have maintenance records?

Oil changes: date / mileage
Generator service: date / hours
Transmission service: date
Coolant service: date
Brake condition? fluid changed & bled.
Other, etc.

How long has it been sitting? If it has been sitting for while (over a year) since last driven all the above (except possibly brakes) should be serviced again.

Fluids begin to break down and lose the ability to perform there intended purpose after sitting in a reservoir for long periods of time without use. Water can condensate with changing temps and infiltrate the systems which is not good. Oil should have been changed every six months regardless of mileage. It will cost a few hundred dollars on a Class C but is money well invested.

Tires are a major expense (believe me) and are the most important safety consideration on a RV. Even if they're only a few years old they still may need replacing if they haven't been run regularly.

Visit RvDoctor.com which as a lot of really good information on RV care and maintenance.

With all that being said, if it was well maintained and you have the documentation to prove it, it should give you another 80 K.
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Here is an article that might interest you. RV 101: Buying a Used RV « KOA Kompass
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Kyleen, Welcome to the forum. I am not personally a favorite of high mileage, but doesn't mean you can't find one that's been well maintained if it truly had one owner that took good care of it. Can always do a Car Fax with the Vin #. Might be worth the $40 to $50.

If you are set on the particular one and all is OK, then what OneRVer said about tires is critical. They may look perfect, but if they are 6 to 7 years old they should be replaced. Then check all systems to be sure they work. Good luck and let us know how you make out...
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