The PPL American Cruiser has been reduced to $19,000 for their sale. I know you have ruled it out but it might be worth another look. FYI.
I think somehow I missed seeing your post about going to PPL to test drive the American Cruiser. Their website now shows the vehicle as 'Sale Pending'. Is that you? Please let us know how it went and your impression of PPL after the visit. Thanks!
BLUE MARBLE wrote:
As to a possible leak...so what...it happens and you fix it. Get the vin # they will supply it to you...order a CarFax report ..read it then go to Houston with an excited and happy heart and look forward to enjoying your purchase for many miles. If you feel that it doesn't measure up...so what...that is the nature and experience of many of us who have sought a used coach. Try, try again.
Generator repair is iffy... a $500 carb may or may not fix it. Neglect can lead to other issues on top of a gummed up carb. $3k is about right for a replacement, plus whatever you spend on trying the carb, less whatever the shop will give you for the dead Onan.
An in-person test drive among fast-passing big trucks is absolutely essential!
!! Ask them to be sure the tires are properly inflated before you get there, but take your own gauge to check them (digital is good, reads to at least 100-120 psi; you'll need one anyway).
Find out if there's any warranty on the new transmission, and how you'd collect. If it's a Jasper re-manned, that's probably good, they have a nationwide warranty.
I'm a good bit put off by being unable to take to the Dodge dealer for inspection. I'd be asking why not, and not accepting BS answers.
Learn to find and read the date code on tire sidewalls. That's another ~$8-900 if they're 5-6 years old.
You can still test the 12V stuff, the 120V stuff (A/C, microwave, & ??) just requires plugging in to shore power. That should be doable there.
Do not succumb to the "gottahaveit's". Be prepared to walk away.
There are others, be prepared to keep looking. Good luck.
Jim, "I don't think, therefore I am not."