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Old 11-03-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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I am checking out a 2001 Monaco LaPalma, 36 ft, 2 slides, 8.1 engine, 43000 miles. Is there anything I should look out for? Have there been any problems with them? What can a person expect for gas mileage? It seems to run and handle nicely. Thanks for any help is apreciated.
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One of the things a lot of people overlook is the age of the tires. RV Tires don't wear out. They basically rot from exposure to the elements. Here is a link you might find helpful.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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A 36 foot, two slide MH would be best mounted on a 22K or 24K pound chassis with 22.5 inch wheels. Anything smaller and it may be pushing the weight limits.

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Old 11-03-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Fully agree w/first two posts.. Then find an experienced owner or an Rv mechanic to inspect it.. Money well spent. If you have not owned one you will not know what to check.. Check it over, service it and go have fun..
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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With a 14 year old coach you will always have little things needing attention, that's just a fact of RV life. But hey it's still worth every second and dime you spend on it! You will love it... I've never owned one like that, however based on what I have heard .. 5-7 miles MPG..
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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Welcome to RVing and welcome to iRV2. Nothing wrong with buying a 2001 MH if it is in good shape. I agree with the other post. The money that you will pay for a MH mechanic to inspect it, will be wall spent.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by donhoward49 View Post
Then find an experienced owner or an Rv mechanic to inspect it.
x3 on that.

There are a couple hundred things to inspect. Just Google "buying a used RV" and see what comes up. We bought our first RV this year. It's a 2002 on similar chassis as the one your looking at and we love it. We did have to sink some money into it, some we planned on and some we did not.

A couple of big ticket items that come mind as potential red flags.

Tires - not a deal breaker but if the tires are over 5 years old budget to have the replaced soon. Over 7 replace right away.
Refrigerator - expensive to fix if cooling unit fails ( i know this first hand)
Roof or window leaking - water damage can be very expensive to fix.
Roof air-conditioners
Any obvious issues with the slides - such as miss-alignment or bad seals.

I'd look for signs that the previous owner took pride and good care of their motorhome. Look for records that indicate routine maintenance was done.

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Old 11-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #8
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I have a 41 ft Windsor with low mileage that I am trading. We are at the point where we need to downsize. Tony
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