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Old 05-07-2016, 12:19 PM   #1
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Prices for these seem all over the place. How do you know what a fair price would be? Especially for one that is in great condition engine wise but needs cosmetic work on the inside. Any info would be great I am looking at 2 one is for $29,000 and one is for $12,000 extremely similar. I see them anywhere from $5,000 to $100,00 its very confusing. Thanks
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:30 PM   #2
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There is no hard price points for any Classic moho. It is totally dependent on condition, how much the owner needs to sell and how much the buyer wants it.

I paid $19,500 Canadian for my 83 310 turbo diesel with 73,000 miles. It too needed a total redo of the interior and subfloor replacement. Did I pay too much? Maybe , maybe not, as mechanically mine is in great shape.

Expect to pay for a 280 to 310, 10K for one that has been neglected for 10 or so years or has high miles, 15,000 for one that has reasonable mileage and is running but needs work. $20K to 25k for a coach that has been stored indoors and in great original shape; add $5,000 to any of those for anything that is diesel. However prices have been rising as a number of HofArc coaches and celebrity coaches have raised the bar considerably, and owners are wanting to cash in.

The diesel coaches are like looking for a needle in a haystack; they're out there but are rare enough to command a premium.

Goodluck, and introduce yourself to the Classic motorhome forum. You never know when someone will want to sell.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:48 PM   #3
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And its best to find a coach that has recently been on the road and being used......as Tony eluded to, sitting still is probably one of the worst causes of deterioration.

If the coaches you are considerring are reasonably near a fellow owner, you may find someone here that would be willing to have a look at the rig with you.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:50 PM   #4
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So would 150,000 miles be something of a "bargaining chip".
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So would 150,000 miles be something of a "bargaining chip".
If it's a gasser, and still with the original engine, it's very much past the life expectancy. If it's a diesel, it's broken in and in the prime of its life. Both dependent on how they were taken care of.

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A very important consideration is how much of the repair/restoration work are you capable of and willing to do. If you are a real do it yourselfer you will have a great coach. If you have to pay to have the work done you will have a very deep money pit.

At 150,000 miles the well cared for diesel is fine but at least a bearing set in the differential and some front suspension work. The trans has probably already been replaced and may have some life left. Brakes, tires, belts, hoses, fluids and all the normal maintenance stuff is the normal stuff you deal with on any older vehicle. The tires are a bit spendy.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:30 PM   #7
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I bought mine for $11K 3 years ago. 280 diesel,same model.
I spent another $5K on:
Radiator,
Water pump,
Brake hydrobooster,
Front calipers,
Front tires, and all 6 balanced
Repair injector pump seal leak,
New air bags all 4 corners,
New hardware on propane tanks,
New frig- ouch
Replumbed 70% with pex,
misc other things. like belts and hoses

It still needs top 1/3 of body needs new clear coat. I will do the entire body when I do it, this is a large job and challenge to match the finish without buffing the entire vehicle to a mirror.

the radiator,injector pump, hydroboost , and calipers, balancing were done by the greatest mechanic ever in Woodstock IL. Lintner Automotive(mostly do trucks)

The rest I did and will continue to do. The goal is road worthy. No road side break downs aloud.( thus far, knock on wood).

The prices on these are all over the map, but keep if I were going to do it again, I would look for one that is mechanically sound and has already been refreshed mechanically. The inside is less costly and can be done over time. If you are handy and you or someone you know can decorate inside is a fun project.

If your not handy, you should probably look else where for your recreation. These are not low maintenance vehicles like any other vehicle that is 30 plus years old.

Enjoy the hunt and the ride!
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thanks for the perspective posters

Looking like I will probably end up putting 15k(ish) into my 81 280TD, barring serious engine/trans issues (running reasonably well at 123k)

But, they seem to be selling for 25-30k in CA. The increase would account for labor, if I chose to sell.

So, there is a point where these vehicles stop depreciating, but maybe don't appreciate?

I'd like to think that is where the classic ASs are at this point in time.
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