Originally Posted by 2Alaska
..... I am currently looking at a 1977 Argosy 28ft. That needs a little love, but runs. I am planning a trip tp go look at it and I was wondering, what are some of the things that I should look for?
Drivetrain and coach condition are the most important......a $15,000 coach with new tires, engine, transmission, and appliances is worth much more than a $5,000 "project" that is (just barely) running.
All of the "niceties" - finishes, upholstery, bedding, wood, seats, etc, can be replaced with time.....a major breakdown could wreck your entire vacation (if you do not have a contingency plan).
Please do not purchase a vehicle and immediately set out on a cross country tour.
Remember that tires (about $300 each for good ones) should be replaced every 7 years - that's about 2 grand right off the line - worn front end replacement is easily that much - tranny? at least a thousand - brakes? - fuel pump? - carburetor? - the list is endless. The above are items that should be considered for replacement if the maintenance of a unit can not be documented. Occasional users have a tendency to "make do" - leaving a growing list of items for the "next owner" to correct.
Just trying to give you a heads up on the possible/probable costs of older MoHo ownership. For immediate gratification (and worry free travel) you may want to consider renting a MotorHome for a couple of short trips to insure the "right" choice for your lifestyle.
I think Steven Webster referred to the cost of purchase as (...an entry cost) "to start spending money......"
There is ALWAYS SOMETHING going wrong with an older unit - be it a trailer or a Motor Home - that's just the way it is.
Again, don't expect to get a "cheapie" and not anticipate repairs - not to say that a cheapie would not be the correct choice for you - even the owners of brand new Trailers and MoHos have a fair amount of problems on the road.