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Old 09-14-2021, 04:44 PM   #15
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For Sale, $27500. 454 gas engine. Everything works. Located in Erie PA. Email me at for more info and pix.
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Old 09-14-2021, 04:50 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by youngwerth View Post
National RVs seem nice, you guys seem to like them. I want to setup a little office in my RV and some of the National floor plans I've seen (early 2000s Tradewinds) seem to fit that well (right behind passenger seat). My price range is up to $50K but I've seen nice rigs in the $30s and $40s. Plan to live in it a couple of months a year, regularly tow a trailer full of toys up to about 5000 pounds in an 8x14 enclosed trailer. Work out of it for days at a time not connected to power. Southwest in the winter, Northwest in the summer. Plan to do a lot of camping out in the dirt, at race tracks and along the beaches of Mexico, etc. Decent fuel mileage is more important than being able to haul ass up hills. Good ride and handling are important to me.

How big a deal are parts now that National no longer exists? Are things breaking on these rigs that parts are no longer available for? What about body panels if need be?

How much should I budget for a thorough inspection to know what I am getting into?

This 2002 Tradewinds looks pretty nice to me. Any comments on that model besides the usual general RV inspection report stuff? Little concerned about corrosion issues in the engine with only 33K miles in 20 years.

1998 Tropical for sale. . 454 gas engine, everything works. Email me at for more pix and info. Located in Erie PA.
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Old 09-14-2021, 05:56 PM   #17
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I have a 2000 tradewinds with a cat 3126 diesel. I tow a Mini Cooper and a scooter on the back and get 10+ mpg from it. The mileage is only 80k and it runs sweet. However, ALL engines have seals, rubber components and after 21 years they get hard, brittle and fail. I have just had the rear main oil seal replaced wait for it.. $7500!!! This is not a DIY job so bear in mind the age, NOT the mileage is more than likely to govern what needs to be done.
However, the floor plan and quality of the motor home is unbeatable (in our opinion) and we expect age-related expenses to occur
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Old Today, 11:34 AM   #18
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We own a 2006 national Tropical and have put 60k miles on her over the 10+ years we have owned, the layout is timeless along with fit and finish. The engine, generator, appliances all still run great.
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