A_K_Chesnut Posted March 8, 2016 Report Share Posted March 8, 2016 Hi everyone! Wife and I are new to the forum, we are hunting our first full time rig. Here's more about us if you're interested: http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=122207 We have narrowed down price, age range, motor and chassis, floor plan and length requirements for our rig. We've found one that checks all the boxes, was wondering if folks wouldn't mind throwing in their $0.02. Oh, I should add we're pretty handy. I'm no mechanic, but can get my hands dirty. My wife was trained as a carpenter and used to work in construction. I can figure out a lot of things with the help of the internet. I have a good mechanic who can go over and tune up the motor. Also, we aren't starting full time in earnest until August 1st, so we want to get something soon to give us plenty of time to trouble shoot, repair and renovate. Our budget is $8k, including repairs. Here's what we're looking at, same RV in both listings. Had a good conversation with the owner last night, asked a lot of questions as it's 2.5 hours from our home in Denver. http://denver.craigslist.org/rvs/5447790524.htmlhttp://denver.craigslist.org/rvs/5469138132.htmlPurchased locally last fall, driven with 8 people to Chicago and back. Current owner can only confirm the furnace works, the water heater boiler burns and the generator turns on but not getting power to the rig. He says the previous owner said everything worked, but he personally has never used the A/C, furnace, stove/oven. Mechanically in great shape, no leaks, doesn't burn oil. Chevy TBI 454 with overdrive. Unsure on age of tires but good tread and no rot.I flat out told him for his asking price of $6k I wanted everything to be turn key. I told him I had to know how old the tires were and that the fridge worked on both 110 and propane before I'd even consider coming and seeing it, and even then I wouldn't be offering $6k. He asked what I was thinking cash wise, I responded if the tires were less than 7 years old AND the fridge worked on 110 and propane I'd be around $4500. Depending of course on what I see in person. Seller seemed ok with that, said he'd work on getting the fridge going and would send me the tire date code in the next few days. He asked if I would like to come up this Sunday, I said yes on condition of tires and fridge.I'm betting the genny just has a tripped breaker. If not, it's likely the transfer switch, which looks to be a $100-$200 part depending. At $4500 or less, that gives me a bunch of room for repairs, and as long as the fridge is working and the tires don't need to be replaced I'm confident any repairs would not be significant and likely DIY jobs. Any water damage is something I'll have to gauge in person, that could be a deal killer.What I like about this rig and why I'm interested in it is it's age (it's 3+ years newer than a lot of what we're finding), the 454 TBI motor, the overdrive, what looks to be a well cared for interior and that it's been driven recently.Biggest concern: I totally spaced asking if he's got enough juice in the house batteries to get the water pump running. Is this thing worth going and seeing if I can't turn the water on? Hard to check for leaks without running water and those could be a bear to chase down. However, seller states he bought this locally in their small town of Holyoke. Farming community, nice people out there. I'm betting he knows the previous owner and I'm inclined to trust that everything works based on the word of the guy that owned it previously. Do I go up there and locate the breakers, see if I can get power to the rig to be able to test the water pump? Then less negotiating room cause shazam I've just fixed his genny problem. OR, don't touch the genny and just take the water leak risk?I'm not committed to seeing it yet, seller is going to get back to me in a few days with more information. Any thoughts? Thank you in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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