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Old 07-28-2020, 09:31 AM   #1
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Buy a flooded Motorhome?

Would anyone even consider a motorhome that was flooded (fresh water) a few inches into the storage bays?
The asking price is 20k or so below average. The PO installed some upgrades and seemed to take great care of the MH. The engine is ISL 400. I would still be paying 60k or more for the MH. Everything works and I've been on a test drive. I'm an electronic technician by trade and couldn't believe how new the terminal blocks, batteries, and wiring looked.
If it's dumb to consider and I still take the risk are there particular things that should be looked at? The wheels would have been roughly half way covered.
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Could cost you 40K to get rid of all the mold and rot. Heck NO!
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Your description indicates the water did not enter the coach. If so, only basement , brake, suspension and lower engine are a concern. If you are certain of the water level, it’s worth considering, IMO,
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If any electrical components at all were exposed to water, I would probably pass. We bought a used Ford Explorer some years ago that I found out later had been in a flood. We had all sorts of crazy electrical problems with that truck before we got rid of it (including the headlights spontaneously going out while driving at night down a dark country road!)
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Your description indicates the water did not enter the coach. If so, only basement , brake, suspension and lower engine are a concern. If you are certain of the water level, itís worth considering, IMO,

The water level didn't reach the coach. Only a few inches or so into the basement. I was wondering about the hub, axle, brakes, etc.
We will keep this on our list but don't feel like we need to rush. Thanks for your input.
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If you're confident of the water level and that it was freshwater--it wouldn't bother me too bad. I'd look hard at the electrical connections that are at that level or lower. Any leveling jacks, or any other things that would have sensors hanging that low? The brakes will be fine, and I wouldn't worry about the axle, either.
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Does it have a salvage title. If do, walk away.
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Would anyone even consider a motorhome that was flooded (fresh water) a few inches into the storage bays?
The asking price is 20k or so below average. The PO installed some upgrades and seemed to take great care of the MH. The engine is ISL 400. I would still be paying 60k or more for the MH. Everything works and I've been on a test drive. I'm an electronic technician by trade and couldn't believe how new the terminal blocks, batteries, and wiring looked.
If it's dumb to consider and I still take the risk are there particular things that should be looked at? The wheels would have been roughly half way covered.

Paying 20k less for a coach that would normally list for 80k (assuming you paid 60k) is only a 25% discount from an unbranded title coach. Insurance will typically only pay 60% of value of an unbranded title coach in the event of a total. If you are going into this planning to own for a long time, and are unworried about resale, and are SURE of the water level, and have fluid samples of hubs, transmission, engine (don't forget generator) that show NO water content . . . . AND it was dried out/aired out/dehumidified immediately after submersion.
Notice how many qualifiers I put in the above?!?
It might be a good deal, but I'd shoot for $45 to $50k total purchase price.
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Paying 20k less for a coach that would normally list for 80k (assuming you paid 60k) is only a 25% discount from an unbranded title coach. Insurance will typically only pay 60% of value of an unbranded title coach in the event of a total. If you are going into this planning to own for a long time, and are unworried about resale, and are SURE of the water level, and have fluid samples of hubs, transmission, engine (don't forget generator) that show NO water content . . . . AND it was dried out/aired out/dehumidified immediately after submersion.
Notice how many qualifiers I put in the above?!?
It might be a good deal, but I'd shoot for $45 to $50k total purchase price.
I think if we decided to plan on keeping it and could get it for closer to 50k than I would feel better about it. I definitely like your ideas and especially the one about fluid samples. A call to the insurance company would need to happen before we got more serious for sure.
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"IF" the coach has a "branded" title.(physically LOOK at the title to see then check registration & car fax) IF it is branded as a re-construct..... RUN not Walk away.
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I have the same concerns as other's primarily compromised drivetrain components, did water get into wheel hubs, etc. Were all compromised electrical components replaced, transfer switch, converter, inverters, leveling jack system, etc. are often in those cargo bays. Also how long was it in the water, are we talking hours, days, weeks, was this in an urban area, how contaminated was that fresh water,...
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Like most folks here I would want a much deeper discount especially if itís a salvage title, gotten cheap enough with work done by you then maybe but a much bigger discount before I would consider it
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