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Old 08-13-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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Hello, We are considering purchasing a 2003 Coachman Santara with 45000 miles on it as we are new to rv, never camped in anything but a tent. What should we be looking for or avoiding in a used RV. Thank you for any help...
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I would say the number 1 thing to look for and avoid with a used RV is water damage. Look for swelling of any wood surfaces, discoloration on any ceilings, wallpaper, and upholstery. If it smells funny, it is probably due to water damage and internal rotting somewhere. After that it is just basic maintenance and making sure all the systems work.

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Glad you're aboard. Possibly consider having a RVIA certified tech check the coach and a qualified mechanic check the chassis. May cost a few bucks but it will give you a good idea of the problems on that specific coach. Best of luck in your decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:11 PM   #5
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We are newbies and purchased a 2007 FR sunseeker w 10,0000 miles. Definitely recommend a warranty, but shop around for it. Even though Good Sams pd 900 of a 10000 fuel pump repair, I lost my religion w them.
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That should say 10,000 miles and a $1,000 fuel pump charge
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Look closely at the tires also. The tread may look good but look to see if the sidewalls have cracks. If they are cracked they need to be replaced. You may be able to negotiate on price
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Water damage is #1. Roof condition is a biggie. Maintenance records are a great thing to have.

Check the date code on the tires. Adjust your money offer accordingly.

The suggestion to have an inspection done us a good one. Make the deal, tender a deposit with final purchase contingent on satisfactory inspection results. If inspection reveals issues have the seller fix, renegotiate the purchase price, or get your deposit back and walk away.

I am usually not a fan of warranties, however A warranty purchase can be a good mitigation against unseen or latent issues when buying a used coach. Keep the cost lower with a high deductible and handle the small stuff yourself. After one year and having gained experience with the condition of the coach reevaluate if to continue with the warranty.
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As someone who paid dearly for not getting a pre purchase inspection by a certified tech, I implore you to do so. If it falls through, then rent a few models to get an idea of what you want in a coach. If you love what you found and it masses muster, then buy it, enjoy it and never look back. Good luck
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Hello, We are considering purchasing a 2003 Coachman Santara with 45000 miles on it as we are new to rv, never camped in anything but a tent. What should we be looking for or avoiding in a used RV. Thank you for any help...
I am not a fan of buying used automotive equipment for a number of reasons. Before I would buy a used RV I'd want it thoroughly inspected by a competent RV technician (they can be certified or simply have long experience). There are some extensive pre-purchase check lists available on the web.

If you do buy, make sure that you can afford to lose the money you are spending on the RV and that it won't impact you if you lose it all.
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I would say the number 1 thing to look for and avoid with a used RV is water damage. Look for swelling of any wood surfaces, discoloration on any ceilings, wallpaper, and upholstery. If it smells funny, it is probably due to water damage and internal rotting somewhere. After that it is just basic maintenance and making sure all the systems work.

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all these are excellent points another place to look is the exterior skin - look for any bubbles or what looks like pockets in the exterior skin this means delamination of the the skin which also means moisture between the substructure and outside skin.

another place to look which some will not agree is rental units, our current 2012 Thor Freedom Elite was a camping world rental - book value (loan) was 75,000 we paid 44.000 and am happy with it, had a couple of areas that were worn (dinette cushions and a small tear on the swivel seat behind the passenger seat) was well maintained and remember that they make money by keeping them on the road our unit had 44,000 miles we have over 60,000 miles now without a problem mechanical problem and the interior besides what was mentioned was in excellent condition
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Better to start with a used one. Then you learn your way around and find out what you really want.

I've known lots of friends that bought brand new RVs for well over $100,000 and traded them a year later and again another year or two after that.

My used starter motorhome cost less than the sales tax on a new one. I can afford to lose that. And if you buy new, you lose it the first day. --Plus another 20%.
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When I bought my first motorhome a few years ago, I googled what to look for. I found several helpful lists and used them. Having said that, I would recommend taking it to a shop or taking along an experienced friend. There is just so much to understand it is hard to get a thorough look with just a checklist. Best wishes!
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