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Old 04-01-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Ever own one of these?

just looked at a 2006 Tropi-cal with a 300hp Cat engine. rv has 5400 miles on it.
I know it'll need 6 new tires but have you ever owned one & what kind of problems am I looking for? didn't National have sidewall delaminitation problems around this year? what about the Cat engine---i'm more familiar with Cummins.

now own 2000 National Sea View 8341 gasser but this DP looks interesting.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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We have a 2005 Tropical 370LX with a 350 Cat. It is a very nice coach. No delamination that we have found. We have 33k miles and all is good.
Palm Springs, CA - 2005 National Tropi Cal 370LX on a Freightliner, Cat 350 power. Towing a Rinker R1 - Lake Havasu Bound!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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We have 2007 TropiCal LX and works fine. Nice layout and no delamination. We like ours. With a MH that age and so few miles should have all fluids changed and vehicle lubed as soon as you take possession. Check all functions and internal components such as furnaces, air conditioners, etc. Also run generator under load.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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Had a 2004 National Tropi Cal T396 for 6 years. Wish I had it back. Best motorhome I ever owned. I had the 350 engine and pulled a Ford Explorer with no problems. About the only gripe I had was the Cat engine requires a little more maintenance.
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:54 PM   #5
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I have a 2003 Tropi cal T350 with Cat engine/Allison Trans/Freightliner chassis, 45,000 miles. I have had it for a little over 2 years and have had no problems. It has great power, 7.8 gallons per mile, very well made and laid out. Mine has 3 slides, very roomy, we love it. I have heard of the delamination problem, but have not experienced it on mine, maybe earlier models. The only problem mine has is the decals are starting to chalk a bit.
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