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Old 04-02-2013, 08:12 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by freckleface View Post
I really appreciate all the help. Right now the estate lawyer holds the keys to the RV. I was hoping to get them back to try to get it running but so far now luck. I assume they just want to get rid of it. I did order an additive for the gas tank and have a new oil filter and oil ready. My stepson says he will come over and help as soon as they give me some go ahead.
We only made one long trip and other than that just short trips around town. It only has 3200 miles on the odometer.
From what I can understand they had an offer for $18,000 as it sits. They are trying to force a quick sale on me.
I smell a dealer looming behind the lawyer trying to make a quick easy profit. With only 3200 miles on it 18K is stealing blindly. Minimum should be 25K if you can get it running with an oil change. Get your Family involved to make sure you do not fall prey to the Lawyer's quick sale tactics, you own it he does not!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #30
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Ownership isn't entirely clear in this case from what we know in this thread. If the vehicle is in the middle of probate, then there may be all manner of information/instructions that we are currently not in possession of. Just because a lawyer is involved doesn't automatically mean that there is some skullduggery going on. In cases of an estate, there are often lawyers and other professions involved in the settling. If the lawyer is trying to sell the vehicle, it may mean there are debts that need to be settled, liens, instructions in a will, what have you. One also has to wonder why he is in physical possession of the keys? I certainly can think of no reason why an estate lawyer would not want to maximize the return on assets that are being liquidated in an estate. Nor would it be obvious to me why they would be throwing up road blocks to the legitimate owner preparing an item for sale unless there were some other factors at play. Not making judgments or trying to be insensitive, just saying we really don't know the full circumstances.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:53 AM   #31
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Sorry for the confusion. The RV was in my husbands name only. Very little debt and we did not locate a will. They have set it up as a supervised estate.
I assume the executor (a friend of my husbands) received an offer as is. I had turned over all the titles to the probate lawyer when I hired them so they then asked for the keys so they could be sold. I just feel no ones wants to put any effort into the RV. It was my husbands dream and I don't want to just get rid of it.
I agree with your statement - I certainly can think of no reason why an estate lawyer would not want to maximize the return on assets that are being liquidated in an estate.
I cannot offer an explanation as to why.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:58 AM   #32
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I'm sorry, did not wish to pry. It sounds like a sit down is required with the person who is acting as executor. As a friend of your late husband, you would hope that he wouldn't be adverse to discussing with you your wishes for the motor home. That it would be worth more in running condition than as is. Don't be afraid to ask what his thinking is in regards to the unit. It may be that he has a decent offer or doesn't concur that the unit would be worth significantly more running. He may be right in that. Time has a way of making lots of things problems. A running engine won't mean that the brakes are good or that a leak has gone away. Dialog and information are your friends in this. Having been an executor, I can say that many decisions are guided by things like time and costs as well as by trying to accommodate the wishes of those who are departed. You try to strike a balance but sometimes wishes are not feasible. As executor, one has a responsibility to resolve the items in an estate. Normally a will provides directions as to how to proceed. In the absence of a will, a lot more discretion is granted to the executor to make decisions. So your best course of action is to work with the executor. Explain your late husbands dream but also be prepared to listen. Each party may be unaware of factors that might change their perceptions.

I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to resolve the matter to your satisfaction
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by freckleface View Post
We own an Coachman aurora that has been parked for the past 2 years. I know it has not been winterized and has a full tank of gas. Batteries are now dead. The gas tank is full.
My husband passed in Nov and now the estate wants to sell the RV. Not knowing what is wrong with it they are asking a very low price. I would like to get it out to an RV dealer for a good check up but don't know if I should attempt to start it. I know I can pickup a new battery and some stabilizer for the gas. Should I even try?
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Sea foam. We have a lot of small motors around the farm that sit for a year or more, and that seems to be a good product to bring them back to life. Also a full tank is much better than a partial.
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