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I am looking at an older RV it is a diesel pusher with 200,000 miles and it is a 1989 model.  My question, 1st should I even be looking at this unit being this old.  If I would continue looking at this unit what are the things that I need to be looking at it.  The only thing that I have been told is make sure there is no leaks in the roof.

Any help with this question would be grateful.

 

James Van Driessche

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It would be hard for me to toss out an opinion just based on those facts.  What is the make/model/size?  If it was a Prevost it might be one thing.

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First of all, welcome to the Escapee forums! We are here to help so do share with us and we will do all that we are able. 

My first thought is that you need to go over it very closely and use an inspection guide sheet, such as this one from Changin Gears website. As previously stated, a great deal depends on what make and model the motorhome is. In older RVs, the condition is everything so while the RV is now 30 years old it could be quite usable but it could also be a money pit.  I would also suggest that you should have it inspected by a professional RV inspector or by a mobile RV tech & a diesel mechanic. RV appliances have a limited life just as appliances in a house do and so this one may have original appliances that are nearly worn out or not working at all. Those are very expensive to replace and especially so if you need to pay someone else to do the work. In order to give you anything more, I would need to know far more about the coach. What make, model, and as much other information as possible. How old are the tires, as RV tires usually age out well before they wear out and are quite expensive to replace? Does it have a tag axle? How is the condition of the carpet, upholstery, and interior fixtures? 

My initial reaction is to suggest looking at something else but the RV particulars, the price, and general condition could well change that opinion.

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Welcome to the forum!  I think they nailed your question.  I say the engine if maintained is not the problem (maintenance records?).  What would scare me is that many miles on the chasis/suspension.  I say chances are it's going to need a lot, tires, bearings, ball joints, etc.  A good professional inspector would be money extremely well spent if your serious about this rig!

Edited by NDBirdman

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I just threw out Prevost because a buddy has one and is camped across from us for the winter down here.  It is a 2000 I believe and has two slides on the DS but none on the PS.  For being 19 years old it is a great looking rig inside and out.

To the OP, still wouldn't know what to tell you unless you provide more information.  Depending on the make/model you may either want to run from it or possibly take a look even if there are no tires on it currently.

Edited by FL-JOE

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We have never purchased a used RV. We might purchase one 2 or three years old, maybe but I doubt it.

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We've been full-timing in a 1993 Foretravel for five years now. Yes, we've had some problems, but nothing that we couldn't handle. Condition and history are everything. If you haven't already done so, find the owners forum for that brand and ask about known issues for that model. There may be people there that can do an initial inspection for you. If not, find someone to do one for you. Spending a couple hundred dollars for an inspection can save you thousands in repairs.

Initial quality may be a factor. The more expensive the coach was when new, the more likely it will have been well cared for. Yes, there are exceptions, but those are rare. Find a similar model at PPL to get an idea of the low end of the price range.

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9 hours ago, richfaa said:

We have never purchased a used RV. We might purchase one 2 or three years old, maybe but I doubt it.

Different if you want a DP, then buying used makes sense.

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The D P has nothing to do with it. We did consider a MH but it was ruled out.The same rule would apply 2 or 3 years old used maybe if we could find a good one.

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