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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2018, 11:49:13 AM »
  It's difficult NOT to be suspicious of first time posters.>>>D
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« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2018, 04:14:09 PM »
It seems that many first time posters are looking/hoping for confirmation of their idea being a great one. In looking back at the first group many members were brutally honest, telling him the reality of his proposal.  That will often cause them to flee, looking for approval on another forum. 

That's OK though, because many members may be considering a similar project, and the information provided is still true and relevant.  So keep up the good work.
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2018, 04:27:22 PM »
It's also possible that he came back to look at the responses WITHOUT bothering to log in with his ID and password, hence no record of him coming back . . .
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« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2018, 11:32:14 AM »
Hi guys,
Does anybody on the forum has bought an RV from PPL Motorhome or any other dealer  being a out of state buyer ?
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« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2018, 11:52:42 AM »
I bought my current MH while being out of the state of the dealer. I had it built and delivered to Mississippi. We were just selling and moving out of Ca at the time.  A few minor issues to deal with, but nothing a dealer has not done before.  PPL is a large dealer and handles lots of resales. A good place to shop.
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #35 on: September 12, 2018, 05:54:47 PM »
I have not bought from PPL, though while in that part of Houston earlier this spring I had some time to kill so spent a couple of hours walking around their lot.  Overall it was a good experience, no salesmen hassled me, though I did have to fill out a short questionnaire before being allowed on the gated lot.

Overall the thing that surprised me most was the lack of any visible effort to increase first impression sales appeal on most of the coaches.  Many of them had bent, sagging (dangerously) entry steps, broken / loose grab handles, as well as other problems with the entry doors (latches, hinges, etc.).  Some had deteriorating / torn fabric on the seats in what otherwise appeared to be decent RV's, etc. The issues with the steps being so prevalent  that I started stepping over them for fear I would forget if I was in a coach with damaged steps or not when stepped out.

In the end I walked away being very impressed with the condition of my 16 year old coach, which I had previously considered to only be in above average condition, with some wear on the carpet, and isolated clearcoat issues on the paint, etc.

p.s. the other thing I noted there were lots of potential first time RV buyers focusing on all the wrong things, like fabric colors, when shopping for a first coach.
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2018, 11:22:08 AM »
A 1999 Gulfstream Conquest VIN 1FDXE40S6XHA06692 MODEL 6313D class C ( BASE WHAT I FOUND ON THE WEBSITE FROM THE MANUFACTOR ) CAUGHT MY EYES. It Has 31k miles . the outside shows the wear but no bad  but inside has so much storage and the slide pull out the cough and the kitchen !!! Asking is $16,500 ( not planning to pay that ). I drove it , easy cake ! but I didn't like to see that nose where the bulk bed is ahead of me when driving. My heart is turn (yes still...) I know my grandsons is looking forward for our trips and they want that bed.... uch ..... what you guys think ????
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2018, 11:27:02 AM »
A 1999 Gulfstream Conquest VIN 1FDXE40S6XHA06692 MODEL 6313D class C ( BASE WHAT I FOUND ON THE WEBSITE FROM THE MANUFACTOR ) CAUGHT MY EYES. It Has 31k miles . the outside shows the wear but no bad  but inside has so much storage and the slide pull out the cough and the kitchen !!! Asking is $16,500 ( not planning to pay that ). I drove it , easy cake ! but I didn't like to see that nose where the bulk bed is ahead of me when driving. My heart is turn (yes still...) I know my grandsons is looking forward for our trips and they want that bed.... uch ..... what you guys think ????
Average retail on NADA is $13,000 so it is not too far off.

https://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/1999/Gulf-Stream/M-6313-Capri-Hi-Rise-Ford/3039203/Values
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2018, 11:51:53 AM »
thanks SeilerBird .... do you think this could pull my 2018 kia Soul ?
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2018, 11:54:15 AM »
thanks SeilerBird .... do you think this could pull my 2018 kia Soul ?
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2018, 07:46:54 PM »
Without checking the numbers (and I haven't) the Kia is pretty light weight and most likely a good candidate for a toad. Check the numbers on the Kia you are interested in and see what the tow rating of the Class C is.
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2018, 06:03:56 AM »
Without checking the numbers (and I haven't) the Kia is pretty light weight and most likely a good candidate for a toad. Check the numbers on the Kia you are interested in and see what the tow rating of the Class C is.

Also, be sure to check whether it is towable four down, or whether a dolly or maybe a full trailer would be needed -- both add a lot of weight.
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #42 on: Today at 01:55:47 AM »
Hi,

I'll chime in here. LIVE NOW, NO LATER, is your Kia a automatic or manual transmission? I tow my Kia but it is a manual transmission. If you have an automatic your likely to burn up the transmission unless you tow on a dolly (but what a hassle).
Ask your dealer (and make sure they know what they are talking about). Best wishes!
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Re: Buying older motorhome - what to anticipate ....
« Reply #43 on: Today at 08:44:54 AM »
Few of them run more than 3300 lbs, so a Kia Soul should be an easy tow for any motorhome.  If the Soul is an automatic, a dolly is required and that adds about 400 lbs.
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