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Old 07-24-2014, 05:24 AM   #1
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I am in the process of purchasing my 1st RV ! I am not planning on towing it, it's at a seasonal campground that I've always dreamed of living in part time. The RV is a 2005 Pilgrim Open Road 357 RLDS-5. I am pretty nervous as I am brand new to this and am not sure what I should be checking before I sign the purchase agreement. I did email the owner today and asked him for the VIN and asked if he could send the user manual with the purchase agreement, is there anything else I need to be aware of?
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:50 AM   #3
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Glad you joined us. Sorry but I can't be of any help on your particular RV but maybe if you post a question over in the 5th wheel forum you may get some help. Good luck and hope all works out. Enjoy!
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:15 AM   #4
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:30 AM   #5
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Hi and Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang here!

Congrats on the new RV! There are TONS of things that you should check and verify operation before buying a used unit. If you are not RV savy I would suggest that you look for an experienced certified RV tech in that area to check it for you. You could really get hurt on this deal!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:49 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. I would also recommend that you hire a RV tech/inspector to look over the rig. Tires are always a big issue with older rigs. Anything older than 7 years should be replaced as well. A RV inspector will look over things like the membrane on the roof, seals around windows, potential water intrusion not visible at first glance. Highly recommend you get the rig inspected.

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:20 AM   #7
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Also highly recommend the inspector/inspection!

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Glad you're aboard. I would echo the above recommendations to get an RV Tech/Inspector to check the unit out before you sign on the dotted line. Best of luck. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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X-2 on the above recommendations!!!

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I would also recommend a thorough look over by an rv tech as well. However, if by chance you can not find one some questions to ask, or things to investigate on your own are:
1) Is it or has been permanently set up at this seasonal campground? Or where has it been stored for winter?
2) About how many miles has it seen towing?
3) Are you aware of any water intrusion issues (you can look for obvious interior staining around the slide outs, roof penetrations, windows)? Also check in basement storage area for any plumbing leaks or staining.
4) Are you the original owner? If so, can you tell me the service history? (look for brake and wheel bearing services, or ask what intervals these have been completed at).
5) not sure what your intended long term use for it is, but you may wish to know further details of construction, insulation, ect. if you plan on using it for extended cold weather.
6) Have the appliances been serviced? Confirm they are all in working order.
7) Confirm condition of roofing material and that all penetrations have been maintained / resealed as per manufacturer specs.
8) Confirm landing gear and stabilizer jacks are in working order.
9) Ask or look for any evidence of a rodent issue (poop in the cabinets or under drawers ect.)
10) Any accident claims history?
11) Fill all holding tanks and check for leaks and then good drainage when valves opened.
12) 2005, FYI your propane tanks should be coming up to date very soon, and will need to be replaced or recertified.
13) Tires were mentioned in another post. If original they will need to be replaced. Look for an significant cuts / abrasions on sidewalls. Check the condition of the rubber, is it dry and cracking?

That's the major items I can think of for now. Good luck on your purchase.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:22 PM   #11
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Welcome to the Forum. If you haven't already looked the RV over, be sure to take someone that has working knowledge of the particular type of RV you are planning to buy. It could be a great buy and it could be in need of some TLC. Best to know what you are buying. Best of luck.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:06 AM   #13
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Thanks! This is all so helpful. The deal fell through - the RV was advertised on the campground bulletin board as a 2005, however the purchase agreement said that it is a 2003. Of course I made my offer based on the fact that it was a 2005 !! But I do plan to move forward with my plans to find a 2005 or newer RV for seasonal camping so all of this information is really great!
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Glad to have yoou here with us. Ask questions and somone will help if you have problems.
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