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rhudson1111

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Posted: 06/29/20 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello everyone! I'm new to motorhomes and considering a 1991 Fleetwood Southwind 30'. Bigger than I wanted and I still have to travel 80 miles for this. But it has 350watt solar already installed (which I was going to install myself). Says, new stereo, 2 flat screen tvs, new toilet, new fridge, new water pump. Regularly maintained. Rebuilt engine with 38k mileage, refurbished generator, 15k in upgrades, awning works great, self-leveling jacks (no idea about that), new batteries, always pass smog, everything works. Asking $8500. Clear title in hand. I was sold on the solar alone, but no help if the Fleetwood no good. Sounds like a good one, but I'm not experienced. Anyone know about these Fleetwoods? Does this all sound like good stuff?

My other question is since it has an onboard generator & solar, is there still a need to buy a gas generator immediately? I'd love to take that cost off my immediate budget if possible. Thanks in advance for your help! Robin

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Posted: 06/29/20 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pushing 30 years old it doesn't matter who the builder is/was. Everything comes down to prior owner maintenance. What you need to learn is how to detect delamination and water leaks which will destroy even a million dollar RV very quickly. There are You Tube videos regarding what to look for when buying a used RV that will help.

No need to buy a second generator as the coach has one built in. Why are you considering one?


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Posted: 06/29/20 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Run don't walk from a 30 year old RV. You are not buying an RV, you are buying a part time job.


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Posted: 06/29/20 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a '93 Pace Arrow 30E, big brother of Southwind.
Chassis would make difference. GMs have a four speed where some Fords had three speed.
A well cared for rig should be good. I see a lot of rebuilds on this rig. That could mean little maintenance.


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80 miles isnt too far to drive. You won’t know till you get there if it’s a must have or junk! Sounds like the previous owner took care and replaced everything when needed. Look for Water leaks and rot. Don’t get your hopes up and be prepared to walk if you have to. I wouldn’t hesitate on it if it was in good shape and in the condition described!


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No need to every buy a generator as loon as the onboard one works.

What everyone else says, condition is everything what make/model doesn't matter, the fact that it is still on the road says something, due diligence is the the rest. Friend has a fleetwood class c a couple years older and it works great for him but he keep on top of the maintenance.


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Learn how to read the tire code and determine the age of the tires.
RV tires age out before they wear out.
Don't just look at the tread depth.
Most RVers replace their tires between 6-10 years.
A new set of tires would be a big hit to your budget. Factor in a set of new tires if you make an offer.

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Agree with most of the others, if the maintenance is on point, no water damage, all appliances working, give it a hard look! However, me personally, I'd make absolutely certain whether Ford or Chevy that it's a fuel injected engine! You simply DON'T want the maintenance & emissions headaches of a carburetor. Just my two cents, happy hunting[emoticon]


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Also check for exhaust manifold leaks which both Chevy and Ford were known for in the early 90's. The hot exhaust would burn ign wires and add a lot of heat to the dog house. A set of headers fixed the problem and would add about 80 more HP to the MH a very good mod for that vintage MH. Check for over heating, radiator could be partially clogged, the fan clutch could come on to late, stuck thermostat etc. If a P-30 Chevy chassis check the IFS system I spent a small fortune fixing mine. I would rather have the straight axle front end because of fewer moving parts to lube, and replace and the ride is not noticeably different. But like others have said at that age maintenance trumps brand or model. Check maintenance records, were the transmission and rear end fluids change every 30k miles or so, eng oil every 5000 miles, genset every year etc. When I bought mine 15 years ago it was a part time job fixing things and learning how things worked, but if the MH is well maintained and you don't mind doing the work your self go for it if the price is right.

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Posted: 06/29/20 05:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all for your feedback...It's a MAJOR help to me! I am going to take a look at this one tomorrow and see how it goes. On another note, I just found this today: 2014 Coachmen Freelander 21' for a huge discount. It's smaller than wanted, but I've need to consider the age. The reason I talked about a gas generator previously on a larger rig was, that someone mentioned that if I'm going to live aboard or spend a lot of time on it, that a gas generator wouuld be needed for ongoing power of all appliances for multiple days. I'm learning as I go. If the majority agree not needed, I'm happy not to spend money on it [emoticon] Thanks!

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