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Old 03-09-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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Buying a coach with the paint/fiberglass checking problem

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First post and an old issue. I am looking at a 2002 Windsor. Miles are abit high at 125K, but in great shape and maintained. It has a serious dose of the checking issue all over. I can live with the looks, but my question is what is going to happen as it gets older? Will it stay as is or start peeling or what? It willbe my first and last coach as I am 66 and jumping in headfirst for the first time. Will the checking come back to haunt me? Thank you all for any input.

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Old 03-09-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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I had a Winnebago with fiberglass checking/crazing and had the coach sanded, primed with high fill primer and painted. It looked great but within two years, I could see the small cracks reappear especially in the darker colors.

I can't say how bad it will get with time but it will certainly devalue the coach and make it harder to sell if you get to that point. If the coach is otherwise sound and well maintained and meets your needs, and you don't really care how the checking affects appearance, it may be a good buy. I would certainly use the checking to drive my offer down.

All that said, there are tons of used DP's out there without checking if you take more time to look.

Good luck with your choice.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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Howdy! I just posted a similar question yesterday and received some wonderful answers (although it was not the news I wanted). The post is in the Motorhome forum under: MH-General Discussions & Problems, and the post reads "fine cracks in MH exterior". I hope this helps. BTW...good luck with jumping into the RV arena..its a wonderful way to live!
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Howdy and welcome aboard. If the coach has been maintained properly and it has records of it you should be fine if it's the right price. 125k is just breaking in accordind to some DP owners. As far as the crazing, I doubt it will ever cause any leaking. It's just the appearance you'll have to live with. Good luck and hope it all works out.
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About a month ago we seriously considered purchasing a beautiful 2004 Monaco Dynasty. It was black and had a tremendous amount of crazing. We were a little concerned about this, because our current coach has some crazing. We had repainted the coach to solve it, and the crazing came back.

Fortunately, as we were thinking about it, we talked to a man who had parked his 2002 Windsor beside us. He had decided to spend the money to properly fix the crazing on his coach. The sidewalls were removed, new sidewalls installed, and the entire coach repainted. It looked absolutely beautiful. It cost him almost $40,000.00.

It was then that we realized that the coach we were looking at was priced too high, so we decided not to purchase it.

So. You have to purchase the coach so you can spend almost $40,000.00 to properly repair the sidewalls. Or you have to say that you just don't care about the crazing.

I know that the crazing does not affect the structural integrity of the coach.

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Thanks all,
I've about talked myself out of it. We love the coach, but it is too high priced. He is asking $59,500 and suspect he wont part with it for under $54,000 or so. It appears to need nothing at this point, but I just cant get my head north of $50,000.
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Thanks all,
I've about talked myself out of it. We love the coach, but it is too high priced. He is asking $59,500 and suspect he wont part with it for under $54,000 or so. It appears to need nothing at this point, but I just cant get my head north of $50,000.
If you're satisfied with the condition of the coach, including the crazing, I would tell the owner what you're able to pay. If he wants the coach sold, he'll accept your offer. If he wants to keep the coach, he'll simply refuse your offer. At this point, I think you have nothing to lose.
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