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ItsyRV

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Posted: 08/29/20 11:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It reads like they invested too much money into the chassis portion and had nothing left for the coach. Surprisingly, the chassis portion is not that complected to repair except finding parts can sometimes become a real PITA. So you can imagine the hassles with the coach portion.

In looking at the pictures alone, I would not spend the money on that unit as I see potential money pits. I also question how much attention to basic proper care and maintenance has occurred in the last few years. As someone mentioned, she looks tired and I will add, a bit beat up.


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Posted: 08/30/20 04:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The ad points out that the roof needs repair. The end, run!


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Posted: 08/30/20 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are begging for trouble. Spend more and save a lot of aggravation.

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is that a propane tank and is it still legal ?

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Per the Craigslist ad, it's actually in fairly decent shape for that age, BUT, that said and at that age, pay no attention to the mileage. (in that era, the mileage of a used vehicle was easily . . . . . adjustable) Look closely at the interior roof line above the bed. (above the cab) Water damage. If you have lots of enthusiasm, (per the ad, the current owners ran out) are very handy, very patient, have lots of tools, lots of time, lots of cash, a place to work on it, and are looking for a never ending project that is often unusable, often unreliable, and you LOVE the idea of restoring a polluting piece of history that gets horrible gas mileage, then jump right in. If not, move on.

IMO, the current owners have already spent a lot of money on this project, and then just gave up realizing that they were in "overwhelm" mode.

Watch the movie "The Money Pit(1986) " starring Tom Hanks and Shelly Long. If you buy this vehicle, this is a prelude of what to expect.

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Bumpyroad wrote:

is that a propane tank and is it still legal ?

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Yes and yes. It is about due for a wire brushing and repainting, but that's no big deal. As it's an ASME tank, rather than a DOT cylinder, there's no requirement to recertify every several years--it just need to be free from obvious defects like severe rust, bullet holes, etc. A tiny bit of surface rust doesn't compromise the tank in the least.





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It may not have water issues, but that is a TOP Concern.

As to tires, Tread depth is worse than useless. they all have date codes. When they get old, they go BOOM. If the nice new tire are old, that will cost you more than a grand out pocket.

All of the fluid and coolant will need to be flushed and the rubber lines replaced. If you do this, it is usually less than a full set of tires.

Does this guy know old coaches?? Look at the picture in the sigfile.

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I owned a 1988 Damon Class C. I will tell you that finding any RV that old without some form of water damage is very difficult. Any water damage is a royal pain to find and repair. You will be constantly fixing a lot of stuff. If you can't do all of the work yourself, you will be farther ahead buying something a lot newer.


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Make a counter offer, tell the owner for a few hundred you'll get off his hands and out of his driveway. It could be a great winter project if you have a space to put it inside to work on it.


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