Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northwest WA
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Things to think about, have a generator, they are expensive to add later even if the unit is plumbed with one. They come in handy for the shows listen to it run some are very loud you want one of the quiet one. You can hear them all but you don't want to be chased out of your own place running one. Most motorhomes have them that can run on fuel or propane. think about length how familar is the driver with running something that long. You don't want to buy something so big its hard to get around in it. Once you are out and about that is your source of transport so if you want to go to the store you have to tear down and take it unless you pull a car behind. For insurance motorhomes are more expensive then a pull trailer because they have an engine and it will need full coverage if you get a loan. But if you use them alot you can write them off or you used to be able to as a second home. Visability some have better visability then others sit in the seat as a driver to get an idea. Does it have a back up camera very useful! Understorage is it easy access the doors open well and close easily. Some have very heavy doors and can be ackward to open but most are good so check.
If gas watch the miles sometimes low miles on a older unit is not always the greatest as it may have sat around a lot. If it did was it stored in dry storage, garaged or gas motors don't like to sit around. What kind of roof does it have membrane or metal. Roofs can dry out over time and if metal they require reqular maintence for sealing them. Disels can have a lot of miles and still run strong, they also are better on hills and for towing. More expensive to work on but they can last for years and years of heavy towing. And we never have problem finding diesel for our truck.
have any unit inspected before purchase by outside person, check tires, check the roof for any dry rot, the inside ceiling for any stains that may show they had a leak. Have the generator run, motor gas or diesel inspected. You may pay a bit to have a mechanic go over it but it can save you thousands. My MIL had everything checked but the roof and it turned out to be toast took my husband hours to fix it. Have the title checked, look for crashes, flood damage lots of flood vehicals got moved around after Katrina, it is already showing up here in WA for vehicals from Sandy.
On flooring if it has carpet but is otherwise what you are looking for you can have it replaced with wood laminate, my friends just had a regular flooring guy do it for their very expensive coach and you could not tell it was not factory. You have to go thin. Also check that the fridge is in good repair to replace one can run you about 1500 to 2000 easy.
Sparkles now at the bridge, Boots at the bridge and Tink my very special heart dog.
Bridge dogs, Tuffy, Blueboy, Pudge, Shasta, Maddie, Broker, Jet, Baily, Reva, Sparkle and Boots sweet boy we are missing you so.