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Old 03-23-2023, 11:41 AM   #1
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At 73 still trying to retire, and more or less committed to getting it done this spring/summer. We are going to take a first look at a 2003 Rexhall Aerbus motorhome tomorrow (checklist in hand), then arrange for professional mechanical and RV inspections next week, assuming tomorrow is a happy visit. The seller is a used car lot, selling as-is uncertified. Our plan is to park it and live in it on our beautiful lakeside lot for 7 or 8 months each year, then travel in the RV or fly away for mid-winter. Selling up the real estate, and trading the boating life for camp life. The MH will have a heck of a lot more living space than the 28 foot boat with a pointy front end!

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Old 03-23-2023, 12:01 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new lifestyle.
One thing to consider is that the coach you are looking at is 20 years old, so all the plastic stuff inside is too, as well as the faucets and electrics.
If you are a DIY guy that's fine, if you can find replacement parts or you can upgrade stuff. Just think about what you are getting into.
But then, look who's talking. Mine will be twenty next year..........

Makes me wonder what the average age of coaches are here on these forums ?

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Old 03-23-2023, 02:35 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Flyer15015 View Post
If you are a DIY guy that's fine, if you can find replacement parts or you can upgrade stuff.
Mike in Colorado
I am a DIY guy but pretty incompetent at it - but I do take stuff on if it is mainly bolt-on. I installed solar and a windlass on my boat for example. The old bus we are looking at seems pretty mint in pics but we will see what the pros have to say about it.
Still trying to find the apostrophe key . . .
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Old 03-23-2023, 02:47 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard!
Flyer is right about plastics failing. It gets brittle. It yellows. It oxidizes. It loses lustre.
Pictures lie. Please be careful to not make it love at first sight!
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