I am so excited, although, I don't want to get my hopes up too much. I've found a 1999 Jayco M-323 that has 56K miles on it and, from the pics, seems to be in outstanding condition. I'm coming to my friends, here on RV.net, to see what I should be on the lookout for. Other than, roof, leaks, obvious damage, generator, engine, and tires, what else should I look for before making an offer. The lady's husband recently passed away due to an unexpected even and she says she just wants it gone because it makes her sad seeing it every day. So, she is asking about $4K less than low NADA book value. This will be my first RV, and I don't want to get so excited about getting a good deal that I get good and taken and wind up with a money pit that I will regret as my very first RV. I'm going to see it in person on Saturday. Any advice, experiences, or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to the group. Sounds like you have found an intresting rig. Would take some one along that know some thing about Class C's if you can. Try to spend some time under it looking for oil leaks ect. And check what works and needs work. But reading your post seems you have a grip on the things you need to check.. Good luck.
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Snowdance, I have taken your advice and recruited my brother-in-law to go look at it with me. He has a 2013 Thor C Class and has owned several other campers over the years, is something of a perfectionist, and probably as close to an expert on the subject as anyone I would be able to find. In talking to him about it today, he has already suggested checking the water heater, the refrigerator, the inverter, and has the necessary tools and an extra battery to take with us so that we can check the generator and a 5 gallon can of gasoline. The lady had already said that the generator either had a dead battery or there was not enough gas in the tank to get it to crank, she wasn't sure which, but said that it worked the last time they used it. Mike, I don't guess I'm following your train of thought. I'm not sure what I'm trying to prove or disprove, but thanks for the tip. I want this to work out so bad. I'm so happy I could just bounce around like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh!!
Snowdance, I have taken your advice and recruited my brother-in-law to go look at it with me. He has a 2013 Thor C Class and has owned several other campers over the years, is something of a perfectionist, and probably as close to an expert on the subject as anyone I would be able to find.
Glad to hear that. Sounds like he knows what he is doing. Good luck... And post pics...
Don't put too much stock in the NADA pricing; I've found it to be all over the place. I just sold my Toy hauler for much more than it listed for and also paid a bit more for my Class C. You really need to see what the market is bringing and also in your part of the country. Also, don't add up all the options; just use the base price to negotiate from. Good luck!
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Ok, I'm getting ready to hit the hay. We are heading out at 10 AM in the morning for a 2 hour ride to take a look at this new adventure. We're taking my brother-in-law's RV for the ride, and the convenience, and probably to make me a little bit jealous...lol. I'm very excited and hoping that I get some decent sleep in spite of feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve. Another curiosity, what kind of roof should I expect to find on this RV? I read on another thread that some have fiberglass, some have rubber, maybe even some have aluminum. I hope I'm not starting a war by asking, but does anyone know if one is better than the other?
Well, I have good news and bad news. The 1999 Jayco Eagle M-323 didn't pan out. The inside of the RV was just beautiful. It was even better than the pics that we had seen. The problem was that as soon as we pulled up I noticed a great big bubble in the side of the cab-over right above the passenger door. The whole thing was completely covered in pine sap from the trees that it was parked underneath. We went inside and poked around a little and found more water damage on the ceiling in the cab-over area and even more in the closet beside the bed in the back. My brother-in-law climbed up on the roof and stopped about halfway across because he said that the roof was so squishy underneath him that he felt like he might fall through. So, just as I was thinking that my dream had been squashed, my sister suggested going by the camper dealership about 25 miles from where we were. Well, guess what I found!? A 2002 Jayco Granite Ridge 3100SS. It has 20K miles on it, has been kept in a garage, has automatic leveling jacks, most everything on it looks like it has never been used, and I was able to negotiate a price that was equal to low book value for it. I pick it up on Tuesday!