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RVerDiane

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Posted: 03/12/11 10:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking at Class C units larger than mine , which is 22'. There is one with 88,000 miles on it, a '98. Seems too high on mileage and not much older than mine. Another I found has 50,000.

What is a guideline for too many miles? Mine has 42K.

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Hi,

I think it is also too old. I'd try to keep my units not more than 5 years old if possible.

Have you considered hauling a storage trailer to get "more space"?


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RVerDiane wrote:

I am looking at Class C units larger than mine , which is 22'. There is one with 88,000 miles on it, a '98. Seems too high on mileage and not much older than mine. Another I found has 50,000.

What is a guideline for too many miles? Mine has 42K.

Thanks.
Not enough info. Ours has 53k and runs like new..1988. There are POS not three years old out there.Trust your instincts and that of a good mechanic(hard to find but you'll know him when you see him.) NOT AN RV DEALER!


1988 Mallard class c 24' Chevy chassis 350 cu gas.

RVerDiane

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I am thinking of towing a car and using that area for more storage.

I have a very good mechanic so I'm lucky there. What more info do you need?

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88,000 miles is not too much for a 12-13 year old motor home. It was just used a little more than yours. If you don't drive much more than 5000 miles a year, the chassis should have another 6-10 years before you start overhauling anything.

What matters more at that age is the condition of the house.

But I'm confused by your saying it is "not much older" than yours, which your signature shows as a '94. Are you looking at a 1988 motorhome? On a Ford, that may be a step backward in chassis technology, especially if it has the 460 engine with a carb and a three speed (rather than overdrive) automatic.

On the other hand, looking at a '98, from your '94 that is a step forward to the Triton engines, 4R100 transmission, rear disk brakes, and a somewhat sturdier rear axle if the chassis is E-450.


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Most are powered by the Ford V-10 and the first tune up is scheduled for 100,000 miles. After that they're pretty much considered to be almost broken in as long as they've had good care.


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I've seen plenty of Triton vans with over 500,000 miles, which perfectly running motors, and only minimal repairs. I wouldn't worry one bit about the chassis. The coach will fall apart first.


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I may look at a '98 Jayco Designer on a Ford chassis. 88,000 miles. Ford V-10 Super Duty. The owner says the rear drum brakes were done recently.

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My 98 has disc brakes on rear.......Maybe they were an option in 98

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My 2000 Jayco only has 23K on it now, had 15k when I bought it. More importantly, it had been garaged most of it's life. the decals are not even faded yet.

On a non garaged unit with a rubber roof. It's been reported that the life of the rubber is only 10 years, and that they charge a good bit of labor to replace one. So roof and tire age, are the most important issues to me.

If you are not in a hurry, look for a cherry to pick. Probably from an owner who kept it under roof all it's life. Unless you are up to the task of scraping the old roof off and glueing a new one on. Sounds like a bunch of work to me.

By the way, my 2000 Jayco also has rear disc brakes, and a V10 engine. Were I you, I'd try to get 2000 year or newer. Further up in the progression of improvements.


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