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Title: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: kpsf on August 25, 2017, 07:50:29 PM
Hello, I am going to look at a 2001 Ford E150 GTRV. It has about 78,000 miles.  The owner is asking $19,500 which seems fair for the San Francisco area. Do forum members think this is a good price? What questions should I ask the owner?  If I get serious I will take it to a mechanic to have it checked out. Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: Isaac-1 on August 26, 2017, 05:26:11 PM
It is hard to give an opinion without a lot more details.  Personally I would look for one on a 3/4 ton chassis not a 1/2 ton chassis (E250 / Chevy 2500 vs E150 1/2 ton)
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: AStravelers on August 26, 2017, 05:29:57 PM
Did you check the NADA used vehicle price listing?

BTW, what is a "GTRV"?
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: kpsf on August 26, 2017, 09:26:46 PM
GTRV is a camper van similar to a Sportsmobile. It is made in Sebastapol CA.  The van has had one owner and has been garaged. It has a pop top, fridge, stove, bench seat that turns into a bed, lots of storage, porta potty, 2 deep batteries.  Pictures show van as neat and clean.
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: QZ on August 26, 2017, 09:35:04 PM
I thought I would find a lot more.....

https://www.rvonline.com/single-ad.asp?Recnumber=63556 (https://www.rvonline.com/single-ad.asp?Recnumber=63556)

https://usedcarstobuy.org/detail/2001-GTRV-WESTY-CLASS-B-VAN-ONLY-39K-MILES-POP_172367526543.html (https://usedcarstobuy.org/detail/2001-GTRV-WESTY-CLASS-B-VAN-ONLY-39K-MILES-POP_172367526543.html)
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: SeilerBird on August 26, 2017, 09:51:29 PM
Hello, I am going to look at a 2001 Ford E150 GTRV. It has about 78,000 miles.  The owner is asking $19,500 which seems fair for the San Francisco area. Do forum members think this is a good price? What questions should I ask the owner?  If I get serious I will take it to a mechanic to have it checked out. Thanks for your help.
For that much money you can buy a heck of a nice real RV. If you buy that one you will probably want to trade up for something with a bit of room within a year and you will take a major financial loss. Here is one that is newer, bigger and nicer for the same price:

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/classa/2002-Itasca-Sunova-36932.htm
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: Len and Jo on August 31, 2017, 10:39:48 AM
Really hard to say.  I see prices for that ~age and ~mileage going from $10k to $20k.  Only can recommend that you look at several of them in person and go from there.

B's are "real" RV's and for some people larger is not better.  All is a very personal choice.
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: 71choptop on September 01, 2017, 06:46:23 AM
Purchased a '90 Airstream B190 yesterday, class b, 19', 460 ci, should do everything I need for an old guy and his 1st rv,
Title: Re: Advice on buying a camper van
Post by: Old Racer on September 20, 2017, 07:21:22 AM
For that much money you can buy a heck of a nice real RV. If you buy that one you will probably want to trade up for something with a bit of room within a year and you will take a major financial loss. Here is one that is newer, bigger and nicer for the same price:

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/classa/2002-Itasca-Sunova-36932.htm

Speaking as one who has had several large class A motorhomes and other RVs,  and downsized to a class B, that would be a consideration, but it really depends on the person and use. There are many advantages to a class B, we are half way through a two month trip and quite happy with our B.