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Old 08-01-2021, 03:24 PM   #1
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Have a chance to pick up a '91 Foretravel with a new engine [3208] for $5000 but it's about a 7 hour drive from me and the tires are dry rotted and he said there is a leak around the rear AC but has kept it covered, the original fridge is missing but replaced with a stainless one, also the inverter is bad, I'll be right upfront with you I know nothing about motorhomes and would appreciate your opinions on it, it appears to be dirty inside and out
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All expensive items, I would not move it with rotted tires, approx $2500 to 3K upfront for tires. Sounds like 10K to 15K minimum for repairs.
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If you cannot work on it ? walk away ! you don't have to know everything but if your not handy and have tools then you will be in way over your head
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If you cannot work on it ? walk away ! you don't have to know everything but if your not handy and have tools then you will be in way over your head
Mechanical knowledge is something I do have, I just don't have any motorhome experience, I'm wondering if the price reflects even more hidden damage and what it is actually worth, thanks for your input
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All expensive items, I would not move it with rotted tires, approx $2500 to 3K upfront for tires. Sounds like 10K to 15K minimum for repairs.
He claims he drove it 2 hours when he bought it from his uncle and said it runs great, I'm just not sure what it's worth with everything needing attention, thanks
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Mechanical knowledge is something I do have, I just don't have any motorhome experience, I'm wondering if the price reflects even more hidden damage and what it is actually worth, thanks for your input
I would think the "new" 3208 motor alone is worth more than $5K. Do you know what tranny it has?

ANY 30 year old MH is going to need a lot more than just a good cleaning, but at that price you could perhaps at least break even if you parted it out.
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May make someone a fine coach.


NOT, repeat NOT one I would even consider unless you are very mechanical, have lots of time and have $10k set aside for parts (any outside labor would be on top of that).


Next question is what series Foretravel chassis is this: ORED, 280?
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As has already been said.
If you are not comfortable and able ( time, tools, place to work and at least some experience ) to work on brakes, mechanical, electrical, RV house issues IE: heat, generator, plumbing etc. then you should walk away.
A Foretravel is ( or at least in this case was ) a top quality RV. That being said, this one will easily eat at least $10,000 with you doing all of the work. You will be better off if you purchase the best condition RV that you can afford.
We own a 1987 Wanderlodge that was in very good condition when we bought it 2 years ago. It, like any RV, is a constant labor of love and would be extraordinarily expensive to maintain if I couldn't do the work myself.
I am thinking you need to think long and hard about an older RV that seems to have been neglected.
JMHO, worth exactly what you paid for it.
Oh ya, we do love our Wanderlodge and wouldn't be interested in a newer RV with their associated electronics, DEF and other poor build quality issues. But that is just us. Most would not opt for an older RV.
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I would think the "new" 3208 motor alone is worth more than $5K. Do you know what tranny it has?

ANY 30 year old MH is going to need a lot more than just a good cleaning, but at that price you could perhaps at least break even if you parted it out.
Thanks for your input!!
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NOT, repeat NOT one I would even consider unless you are very mechanical, have lots of time and have $10k set aside for parts (any outside labor would be on top of that).


Next question is what series Foretravel chassis is this: ORED, 280?
Thanks for your input!!
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As has already been said.
If you are not comfortable and able ( time, tools, place to work and at least some experience ) to work on brakes, mechanical, electrical, RV house issues IE: heat, generator, plumbing etc. then you should walk away.
A Foretravel is ( or at least in this case was ) a top quality RV. That being said, this one will easily eat at least $10,000 with you doing all of the work. You will be better off if you purchase the best condition RV that you can afford.
We own a 1987 Wanderlodge that was in very good condition when we bought it 2 years ago. It, like any RV, is a constant labor of love and would be extraordinarily expensive to maintain if I couldn't do the work myself.
I am thinking you need to think long and hard about an older RV that seems to have been neglected.
JMHO, worth exactly what you paid for it.
Oh ya, we do love our Wanderlodge and wouldn't be interested in a newer RV with their associated electronics, DEF and other poor build quality issues. But that is just us. Most would not opt for an older RV.
Thanks for your input!!
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