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Old 05-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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1997 Hurricane - thoughts on purchase?

My wife (+2 young kids) are graduating from a TT to a motorhome. Money is tight right now (ie: wife+2kids ) so I'm looking at older models. I've come across a 1997 Hurricane (not sure if Thor or Four Winds) with a slide for $7750. It has the Ford 460 and chassis; ad didn't specify mileage. I've read here that the Hurricane is a "starter" MH, which is OK with me as I'm pretty handy mechanically and with general repairs. However, I don't want to buy total junk, just something reasonably dependable and comfortable.

So, I'm curious of others' experience with older MHs and/or this brand in particular. I know to check age of tires, batteries, and try to ascertain engine maintenance; but what of overall build quality, problem areas and other feedback. Thanks in advance.
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Be careful there are many money pits out there
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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Back in its day there were a ton of Hurricane's out on the road. I would not avoid them because they are listed somewhere as "starter" motorhomes. Today Thor is one of the largest RV companies in the world. Your due diligence on things you stated and knowing what to look for will determine if its worth its asking price. As with any RV and maybe more so with class A's is to check for water leaks and delamination of the fiberglass walls as much as the mechanicals. Good Luck on your hunt.
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I would be very careful to check for delamination. Most mechanical issues can be fixed but the delam is a nasty problem. My 2005 hurricane had this because someone caulked the drain holes under mirrors and the water separated the areas under mirrors. I also had a 92 rock wood MH and removed and repaired large sections of delam only to have it come right back and crack around the patches.
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I would be leary of a 97 MH for only $7750. It should book for at least $10 to $12K. I would move on. Something isn't right. JMHO
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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I too recently bought a used 97 four winds hurricane for 7500. So far no major issues other than customizations I am making on it. I got lucky, 1 owner with only 13500 miles on unit, very clean. Good luck.
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I too recently bought a used 97 four winds hurricane for 7500. So far no major issues other than customizations I am making on it. I got lucky, 1 owner with only 13500 miles on unit, very clean. Good luck.
I owned a 95 Hurricane Four Winds Class A and I did not like it. The insulation was very poor, it only had one roof air and in the summer in Georgia we were very uncomfortable. It did delaminate and they were known for it especially around the mirrors up front to the point the mirrors would come loose. It was just a low end motorhome and showed it after a few years.
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Dont get scared away too easily. Check it out. Low price does not always mean trouble!!!

I had a 96 Storm until 2 years ago. I maintained it. Everything still worked and was mechanically sound. It is still out there camping!
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:52 PM   #9
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Be sure to crawl under the unit and see how much rust there is. Check the shocks for leakage, same for the generator. Smell the under compartments for a wet or musty smell. Look for rusted screws, take one out. If the screw is rusty all the way. There has been water damage. Walk away. Look in cabinets for water stains, under sinks, etc. Drive the unit for several miles. Look at the LPG tank, is it full. Look for maintanence records and manuals. Check the steering, is it tight or sloppy. Run the a/c unit with the generator. Run the dash a/c unit, is it noisey? Check the mirrors, can you adjust from inside. Does the generator start from inside the coach? If not...why? Hook up the external water source and check for leaks. Make sure to use a water regulator. Turn on the heater, ck to see that it works. Fill the holding tank with water, again are there any leaks. Ck the water pump - does it work? Turn on the hot water heater, is there hot water? When was the oil changed last, coolant too.
Just to name a few.
Hope this helps
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backdraft, excellent suggestions!
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:51 PM   #11
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I bought a 98 fourwinds windsport 2 years ago, no complaints. a few things are pretty cheaply made, mainly cabinets, but overall its great for my family. One area I didn't check out like I should have is the rubber roof, its still watertight but some areas have come unglued underneath the rubber and it inflates like a balloon when its hot outside and the ac is running. going to be a good sized project and investment that I wasn't counting on this early in the game.
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