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11 year old fifth wheel


Chaswick

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It is a 2006 keystone montana 3400rl. I know the original owners quite well and it is in very good condition. We plan to travel 3 to 4 months a year. I understand it would need new tires and bearings. Will be my first fw. Any and all suggestions will be helpful. I will be paying $16.000

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The key to any used RV is how well it was maintained. As Kirk said get new QUALITY tires and new

bearings and have the suspension system checked. Be sure to test the slides and levelers as they

haven't been used. If it has been lived in full time for 11 years some interior things will be wearing

out if not already maintained.....carpet, latches, toilet etc. If it has the original RV fridge it

could be near the end of it's lifespan. Has the RV been carefully caulked and the roof maintained to

prevent water leaks. Water damage is a common problem and can be very expensive to repair. I would

suggest a professional inspector check it out. Greg

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In addiiton to the above, ask the owner how they have handled the black and gray water waste tanks ... if they have left the black tank dump valve open, or dumped it only when full. If left open, it will likely have a mound of "solids" in the tank, drastically reducing tank capacity. If it is there, that mound is very difficult to break loose and get out.

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The NADA book shows the 2006 Montana 3400RL as having a price range of $14,950 to $18,000 so the price is pretty much in the middle of the market range. It isn't a big bargain, unless this is something really special. If it were me, I'd probably not pay more than $14,000 since you know that you will have to spend some money to get it on the road. I would also suggest that you get a professional to inspect the trailer for any hidden problems before you make any offer.

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One way to keep a good friend, is to never buy, of sell, anything from them....:)!

 

That being said, does the fiver meet what you two feel you want for interior layout? If so, then it is as mentioned the inspect with an objective eye. An independent inspection documenting conditions would keep things more objective.

 

Others have mentioned good things that an inspector should check too. Toss in batteries into that mix.

 

And if it has been lived in full time, vs say a get away place to visit, then interior wear and tear comes into scrutiny too.

 

Mostly, I go back to my first line on this post...

 

Best of luck to you,

Smitty

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Unit won't have all the stuff the new ones have, but I'll bet it's built better.

Are you saying that Keystone has declined in quality of construction for the Montana? I don't believe that all manufacturers have done so an some have even improved, but I'd not evaluate the Montana as I have not followed them but others here may be able to do so.

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Unfortunately the friend died which is why it is for saie.

 

 

Sorry to hear that. But that then does remove that potential wrinkle of future problem opportunities...

 

It's now all about business, and what it's really worth based upon condition and how you feel it will meet your needs.

 

Best,

Smitty

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When we went looking for a used toy box fiver, we looked at about 30 of them around Texas. We wanted a Raptor, so that narrowed it down. The biggest problem I saw was RV's left out in the weather and not being maintained, to include washing the unit to include the roof, keeping wasps out of the ports in the unit and leaves clogging the A/C. We found one that had been kept under cover and was well maintained. We continued the same care and after 11 years it is still in excellent shape.

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I am new to the forum, but I have done a fair amount of research in this area, so here goes: Does it have slides? If so, be sure to have them checked for proper operation, and bear in mind, earlier ones were not as strong as the newer ones today. Plumbing is a big issue, check all the connections for leaks, as the floors were typically anything other than marine quality plywood, and when exposed to water, the wood literally explodes. Wiring issues are also potential problems, and for sure the appliances. As mentioned earlier, the appliances are most likely near the end of their lives. One way to ruin an RV is to not properly care for the roof, once it starts leaking, you are in for big bills. If this unit was in a dry climate you can pretty well bet that all the caulking and sealants for the roof are cracked. Make sure they get cleaned thoroughly, and re-sealed with good sealants so when you get to a wetter climate you will be okay. I think you would be well advised to have an inspector check out the unit. Get a third party evaluation of the condition, and adjust the price accordingly. Good luck, and keep us informed on how it goes.

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One thing I haven't seen addressed is the condition of the floor. My parents had a seasonal sight in WI & never moved their trailer. Over the years (maybe 10) the floor needed replacing due to moisture infiltration from sitting on the ground & not a slab. Another thing I don't care for in older models is the décor is usually very outdated. Upgrades can be done, at a price.

Best of luck in your search.

 

Todd

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