Originally Posted by Siskman
Thanks for all the replies great info our budget is around 150 because that’s what I think I’ll have to spend at a minimum to get us an exceptable rig kinda looking at pre def but not older than 2007 not sure if the def is a deal breaker or not I’m looking for others opinions on all these things
Yeah that's what we did. Tiffin Bus has what you're looking for.
Engines are luck of the draw, get that checked thoroughly regardless of miles. I like having a pre def engine, just make sure you get a good one.
The rig still looks good, we haven't been refused due to age yet. We have been replacing a bunch of things that died of old age. Air bags, inverter, AC units, various plumbing fixtures, water pump and controller. Aquahot and HWH jacks have been kind of an ongoing saga although the former has been well behaved lately. Shocks need replacement. It'll be a labor of love but based on your shopping list you're gonna be rolling in a very fine rig for not much money up front.
Don't take the coach inspection too seriously, just cuz something is working when you pull out of the lot doesn't mean it'll be working when you turn the corner. The dealer can't warranty systems on a rig that old but may be willing to service or upgrade systems for cheap (fridge? Inverter? Microwave? AC?) OTOH take the engine and chassis inspection very seriously.
I'd keep something in reserve. If your budget is $150k I'd be shopping below 140 for a rig with a good engine or below 90 for one with a questionable engine
We wound up having to drop a reman engine into ours, fortunately we had an honest dealer who was upfront with us and priced the thing accordingly (central Florida RV) -- everyone came out ahead except for the po who doesn't know how to run a diesel properly. The rig was otherwise in such beautiful condition an unscrupulous dealer could have had his way with us. Watch out for that