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Old 07-09-2017, 12:28 AM   #15
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My friend was able to check out the 1995 coach today, it's a low mileage rig (28k) but seems to have been neglected some. Tires looked like the originals. Some rust on some of the frame work of the body underneath. Little bit of wrinkling on a couple spots on the walls. Not sure how hard it is to replace that stuff. Still haven't heard back from the owner of the one near me. The fixer upper still has me intrigued though but probably more money and energy than it's worth unless the price is right.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:06 AM   #16
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Rust scares me depending on how bad it is of course. The wrinkling of the sidewalls means delamination. Usually that means water got behind the gel coat and is causing it to separate. Double check on here but that would be a no way for me.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:16 AM   #17
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Few of the issues on the 1995 model I came across.




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Old 07-09-2017, 11:21 AM   #18
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:42 PM   #20
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That low of mileage is not a good thing. Optimal for that year would be at least 80 to 100k miles. Sad to see such nice coaches neglected.
Now if you want a fixer upper, and can do the work yourself, then I truly admire your tenacity.
Maintaining a DP requires a good deal of time and money, much less one that has been sitting.
Have you gone out and looked at similar models that have been properly cared for? You can drop 20k in a neglected coach real quickly.
Just my .02. Good luck in your decision.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:24 PM   #21
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There are good deals out there. Looking at PPLs sold units this one sold 6/16 for 30kYou are being redirected...
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:11 PM   #22
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My wife was headed to the store yesterday and snapped this picture of the original Country Coach that is stored by me. The owner was taking it out to stretch its legs and get it serviced and missjudged his turn and got hung up on the culvert ditch. Whole passenger tire was off the ground. I cruised over to see if i could help out. He had a big tow truck there and he was able to sling the axle and lift it up as I ran home and grabbed some dunnage and my 8' ramps. Set it down and drove it off. Surprisingly all it did is get a scratch in the rear side panel!!
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I purchased a 1997 Intrigue in November of 2015. I got it at auction for $2,200. It had around 35,000 miles on it and about 350 hours on the generator. It had also sat for 9 years at the mammoth airport storage lot. It was in great visual shape and surprisingly no rust.

I had put another $10,000 in it before I got it home. New batteries, new tires, new fluids and filters, tow to shop, fuel tank drop and flush.

Since then I have put a new alternator in it, a new hydraulic line for the fan motor, as well as little stuff hear and there. I also went through the generator with all new hoses and filters.

By the time I got it home the coach also developed a large crack in the rear driver side fiberglass. That is expensive to fix. I assume it is from sitting so long in the same place. Once I got in the road it couldn't take the flexing.

You learn a lot with these neglected coaches and every trip is always undecided whether you will make it or not.

All in all I have about $16k in mine and I'm sure I will have another $8k by the time I'm done. Worth it to me but I also only paid $2,200 for it.

If you can get it at a great deal then it is worth it but parts are very expensive. Especially the drivetrain items. So keep all that in mind when deciding on a price that is right for you.

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