Motorhome

I am just curious why this machine is that cheap. Someone is asking 9 grant for this motor home. I am not a mechanic but just want to know why its that low. Runs and drive great.  What I suppose to check in this kind of machine. I can afford to pay that kind of money but scared what happen if transmission will die out. I don't know how much it cost to fix that thing. Its a huge big monster is.

1996 Chevy P30 Dolphin Motor Home
Ann KAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is 20 years old and a piece of machinery so that means it depreciates in value. From that perspective the value may be OK. You need an appraiser to provide a quick opinion.

Any motor, transmission, differential, steering gear and other such mechanical stuff if not already replace becomes a candidate for replacement. That is what the owner may be thinking.
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
How much does it cost to fix the basic things like tie rods, ball joints and shocks etc?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In my own 2004 Volvo sedan, 4 shock absorbers and some suspension part was about $1,200. One or two times ago I changed from Winter to Summer tires, balancing, 4-wheel alignment, brakes all around and then the call "you need shock absorbers". Well over 100,000 miles and I knew it was time, but the final bill was pricey. That was 18 months ago and the car continues to work well, run fine and is rust-free. I was worth it to me. I still have the car.
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
Does the labor is same fixing a car or a motor home?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Labour normally runs $100 / hour plus or minus and I would say Yes. The skills are similar.
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
Does the parts run the same rate like cars? I am just scared what happen if it needs steering work or shocks. Cars can be fixed in couple of 100 dollars but its a huge big thing is.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Not really.  The parts are very different. Motor parts might be similar. The transmission would be a truck transmission.

The repair (rejuvenation) I spoke of above was $2,500 plus taxes.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
if VEHICLE available locally,

in addition to all of the above, try to find a reliable auto mechanic to inspect the
1996 Chevy P30 Dolphin Motor Home
a good mechanic will point out immediate and potential problems (parts & hours)

it will probably cost you a few hundred bucks -  try the local AAA for vehicle inspections
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
One of my friend also have a motor home. He drove it and told me that every thing looks tight. I have three kids and i make around 700 a week. I don't know if i can afford its maintenance. I love to have a motor home.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You certainly need to get a mechanic's opinion before buying.
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
Local AAA. How much they charge me for the inspection?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You would have to ask. A quality inspection is an hour or a bit more, so say $100.
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
OK thanks I will call them tomorrow. Can you suggest me to buy this in that price if everything is OK?
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
It has 90,000 miles on it.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would ask locally for that opinion. I am not that kind of expert
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I commonly drive vehicles with this kind of mileage.
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Ann KAuthor Commented:
Thank You.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and best of luck with the motor home.
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BillDLCommented:
Does the motor home have a Petrol (Gas) or Diesel engine?
In general a diesel engine will last for many, many more miles before dying on you than a petrol engine.
90,000 miles on a diesel engine is minimal if it has been regularly serviced, but after you get above 150,000 miles on a petrol engine it could start costing you lots of money or even a replacement engine.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
thanks & good luck
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