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Teleman

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It's low mileage, 14k, looks to be in nice shape with a Ford drivetrain with Banks Power Pack. I've heard of the Banks system but really don't know anything about it. The dealer is asking 20k. Any opinions on this coach? I've heard good things about Rexhall.

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Low mileage is not always a good thing!
Banks package is a good better mileage and fuel economy.
How are tires? That could be big hit due to age of them.
Price is little high. I would looking closer to $15,000


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You carefully inspected the roof for evidence of maintenance? Crawled underneath with a strong flashlight? Tested every system?

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I had one of that same age. Bought it new, drove the **** out of it. Never let me down. Never went back to the dealer for anything. Very solid. I wish I still had it.


My advice is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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enblethen wrote:

Low mileage is not always a good thing!
Banks package is a good better mileage and fuel economy.
How are tires? That could be big hit due to age of them.
Price is little high. I would looking closer to $15,000

Thanks for the response. What would be specific things to look for with a low mileage motorhome?

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Like said enblethen said tires if older than 5 years will need replaced

Engine seals , wheel seals check for leaks. Theyh tend to dry out

all fluids , brake, transmission, axle power steering generator will need changed if there has been no records.

Brakes I am sure I am missing some things


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Corrosion on frame, close look at wiring in battery control center for signs of insulation melting, battery(ies) for heavy corrosion, undercarriage for leaks.
Look at body near roof line for signs of de-lamination, Roof for signs of sealant cracks.
Interior look for signs of water damage on ceiling.
Test all appliances, check refer on different functions.
Check tires for DOT date stamp, quite often on back side of tire. Any date code more then five years could need all new tires(about $2000 for the six)
Look for any signs of leaks from engine, transmission, shocks, differential.
Rig been sitting should have brake fluid flushed and brake linings inspected

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Parts for the frame, engine system. We got rid of a 99 ford system due to parts not available.

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MountainAir05 wrote:

Parts for the frame, engine system. We got rid of a 99 ford system due to parts not available.


I'm sure that the Ford V10 and F53 are still in production and many aftermarket upgrades are available for the F53.

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We have a 1997 Rexhall 3250, single slide. When we purchased it in 2006 it had 18,000 miles on it. We changed all of the tires, fluids, filters, fuel pump, shocks, and spark plugs. On the pre-V10 F53 chassis, the fuel pump was a potential problem if the chassis was manufactured before a certain date (don't recall what the date was, but ours fell into the problematic category). Installed a Banks system on it.

Since then, we have driven it an additional 40,000 miles, including a 7,000 plus mile trip to Alaska and back in 2007. Never had a problem getting parts for it. We did replace the refrigerator with a residential unit 5 years ago as the Dometic failed and incorporated a slide-out pantry next to it. Also upgraded the TVs to flat screens. Overall, the Rexhall has been a very dependable motorhome for us and we plan to keep it for many more years.

The price does seem a little high. Somewhere around $15K seems like a more realistic figure.

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Lowell

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