Thanks very much Cwk - i think my teeth might fall of my head with all the grinning i'm doing.
I guess my sig was not included in the first post.
its a 2003 HR Scepter - 40PDBB - Roadmaster rr8s - Cummins ISC350
As far as helping you track one down, fla is a hotbed - there is also a seller in Ringold Georgia ( I think its parkway RV ) that you might consider. For six months, I turned on just about all the Ebay and RVTrader/RVT alerts I could for 2001-2006 Endeavors and Tiffins. They seem to run from the mid 40s to mid 60s. But tend to get sucked up quick.
I would personally avoid the knights (before 2005) admirals/ambassidors and neptunes. They tend to be roadmaster 4 chassis (the preferable ones are roadmaster 8 with either rear or side radiators). Tiffins are nice with the spartan chassis. I would just suggest you avoid anything you see on fleetwood and or freightliner (just my opinion). Try this ebay query - it will show all the most recent DP in the 2001-2007 range - I would also avoid anything later than 2006 as you get into tighter emissions and the prices just begin to rapidly head up.
Also, I would keep your eye peeled for the ISC motors. They have a better track record (IMO) than just about all else. They make good power, are easily located and you dont have to try avoid certain versions (like happens on ISB - 30 percent less torque than ISC ,ISL - wrist pin issues on certain serial numbers, ISX - known to have dropped valve issues and are $$$ anyway bc they are the newest and highest HP units)
Class A RVs in Fuel Typeiesel, Model Year:2007|2006|2005|2004|2003|2002|2001|2000 | eBay
This is actually pretty nice - (but not close by you) 2002 Monaco Diplomat Class A 38 ft Cummins Diesel Allison 6 Speed Auto | eBay
I never found much on craigs list. you might get lucky. I went to the trouble of trying to trackdown mobile RV repair business that would do an inpection. Once you indicate to the seller you want it inspected they pretty much think you are serious.
At the very least make sure you get the specific model, tire date codes and the number of gen hrs. You will be able to at least compare that with nada bluebook value - start here - http://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/Manufacturers
and have a general idea what the short term major costs might be. Often times sellers that have done some recent upgrades on an endeavor will ask a large amount over BB price as (depending on location) certain buyers are prepared to make that commitment. You will need to decide if you are one of those - very subjective and even temporal.
my friend, I dont envy your challenge (especially if you are as picky as me), it took me 2 years to find one that I really wanted before someone else got to it. But, you just got the crash course - good luck. PM me if I can help.
My new project -
Got tires yesterday and some general familiarization with the motor today. A heat shield over the cummins had dropped down so now I know how to get at it from the closet and the latch for the gen slide will need adjusting.. no longer latches.. other than that this think seems to be just about perfect.
Its gonna get full set of filters and fluid samples the next time it gets moved. I am not gonna let anything happen to my little 8.3 little 1800lb cast iron best friend.