Since you plan to have it towed to a site and stay at a fixed location, you really need not worry about the engine, brakes, etc at this moment.
To be able to live in it you need the water and electric system to work so concentrate on these areas first.
If you are going to try to get it started, then you need to replace ALL the fluids and filters. You must empty the fuel tank too because whatever is in there is bad.
I can't wait to find out what model/make of MH you are getting. We will all be here with advice whether you like it or not. LOL
LOL, I can't wait either... Believe me, I want to know, too!
The temptation was there to just attach some jumper cables to my '98 Ranger and see what happens but I was already thinking I should maybe be more cautious. So I will take your advice and replace ALL fluids and filters. Thanks. That's what I was suspecting I should do anyway...
I'm mechanically inclined, so if I can get good manuals and how-to books and the right tools I will be wanting to do as much as possible myself.
Book reccomendations, anyone?
Today my sister in law had to take my nephew into Ashville so I STILL won't know exactly what I'm getting until the next time she can look at the thing. I should find out tomorrow evening, though.
Right now this is all very new to me. When I was a teenager my family had a Smokey travel trailer which we towed with our Plymouth Station Wagon with the 360 engine. But that's it.
I could see myself becoming a big MH geek, though, given time
If you have it towed somewhere to live in it before you do the repairs needed to get it running, keep in mind that you may not be able to do them in the RV park. Which means you may end up having to tow it someplace else to work on it.
The name Vogue helps some, but doesn't really tie things down.
The Vogue corporation manufactured motorhomes, pretty good quality, from the '70s through the '80s. Depending on vintage and model they might be on Dodge, John Deere (Ford), or specialist diesel pusher chassis.
Then, in the '90s, somebody (maybe connected to the earlier manufacturer) was doing motorcoach conversions with the Vogue brand. Here you might be see MCI, Bluebird, even early Prevost coaches. Something like this would be a really great gift of free motorhome, but it also might be quite expensive to get road ready if the chassis needs a lot of work.
On tenterhooks, waiting to hear what it really is that you are getting!
That's what I'll be doing at first, JC. But I really would like to get the dang thing in running shape when it becomes possible.
A little more about my situation:
I'm a ceramic tile installer by trade. The past couple years I've been hit really hard by the economy.
I was based in Florida, but things are horrible for anyone in the housing industry there. So I moved up to North Carolina. I'm currently staying with my brother and his family.
I've already started to make some work connections. Things aren't so dire here and actually seem to be picking up--plus, my trade just pays more here than it does in Florida; actually it can pay pretty well.
Believe me, I won't miss the Sunshine State at all.
But I digress. With an inexpensive place to stay and a (hopefully) improving work picture, it could soon be really quite feasible to save up enough money to get this thing in decent shape.
I already feel like I've gotten some good, reasonable advice from a lot of you here...
Another thing: when you DO get the thing roadworthy & running, you have nothing keeping you there. You can bring your living quarters to where the work is. Heck, for a big job, you might even be able to arrange for parking it on the jobsite...basically, keep an eye on the place in return for a place to park.
I've helped get several long-dormant motorhomes & many cars & trucks on the road...once I know what it is & how long it has been parked, I can be more helpful.
John and Elizabeth (Liz), with 3 nutty cats
My beloved St. Bernard, Marm, lost him 1/2/12
1992 International Genesis school bus conversion