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Old 11-19-2015, 05:06 AM   #15
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Hey you should have said it is in Phoenix. I just left there yesterday heading for Chino Valley to the north. In my 345. Where are you located?

Yep I would check the condition of the gas before pumping it all thru the engine.
You will probably find a fuel pump just forward of the tank, behind the tag axel.
Open the system there and see/ smell what comes out. If it's too nasty you may have to drop the tank for cleaning.
Hopefully some flushing will do .

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Old 11-19-2015, 06:06 AM   #16
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So I have seen the coach. It is mainly really dirty. The window seals are non existent and dust has filtered in like crazy. No water damage that I saw. Floors seemed solid. Plumbing looked sound. Only problem is the people showing me the trailer wouldn't let me start it. I spoke with the owner and she agreed to drop the price since I had spent a considerable amount of money to come to Phoenix. We agreed on a low price that even if I have to replace the motor it is within the value of the coach once it is fixed up and operable.
I wonder why they wouldn't let you start the engine? Possibly they were afraid that if it wouldn't start you would walk away?

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Tires are totally shot. Broken back slider window. Luckily no rain and there is a screen to keep critters out. The upholstery looks decent, it just needs a deep cleaning. No tears or rips. All the gauges look original and unmolested. Found all the nutone attachments. Has solar panels installed on the roof. The ladies thought I was crazy as I jumped and stomped around on the floor looking for spongy spots.
Being crazy is relative. In this group you'd be normal like the rest of us

The spongy spots are likely going to be near windows and doors or generally not accessible. But if it's an AZ coach then the odds are in your favor that there are few if any bad spots.

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Most everything plastic or rubber will have to be replaced. No cracks in the windshield. The drivers slider has been replaced with plexi.
I'm pretty sure the cockpit sliders are available new.

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All storage compartments open and slide relatively easily. Didn't notice any rust anywhere. The carpet actually has a tan carpet laid over all of it so it may be in great shape. I plan on ripping most of it out anyhow and putting wood down. The GIANT pink dashboard appears in good shape. No oil pooled under the engine. Had a mechanic there and he said he didn't see anything that would keep him from buying it. He thought it was a very cool coach.
It IS a very cool coach

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So I took the leap and bought it. Gonna be a lot of work the first of which is getting it ready to drive 1500ish miles back home to Kansas City in a few weeks. As soon as I can get some pics I'll try and post them for the curious.
Great!

Were you able to test any of the electrical systems?

Brad
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:12 AM   #17
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Didn't have time to buy batteries to test systems. Ugh. We will be back in a few weeks to get it cleaned up, running and ready to drive home hopefully. The ladies showing it to me were the victims of bad Google information... I'll try and let you know when we come back to work on it and you if you are I town you can see the filfthy beast in person if you like! It is in el mirage in a storage place currently. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-19-2015, 08:12 AM   #18
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:16 AM   #19
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That picture of the engine covered in dust really surprised me. I don't think I've ever see an engine that dusty before. How are you going to clean the dust off? Off hand I can't think of any efficient way to do it.

The rest of the coach looks pretty darn good.
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Probably a GOOD thing you didnt try and start it and suck that into the carb.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:35 AM   #21
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A good leaf blower will de dust it. Wear a mask though.
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Apparently they have a thing here in Arizona called valley fever that you get from breathing in the dust. I think the cleaning will involve masks and a large shop vac with a long hose for most of it.


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Old 11-19-2015, 11:48 AM   #24
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Please post a video of the cleaning process...
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Nice find! Can't wait to see the follow-up. Welcome to the forum.
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Welcome to our group, Kreimer. You will find comfort in the fact that you are not alone.
The things I find that need fixing, whilst I am fixing something is my personal favorite past time... its a deep well
Hope to see you around for a while
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Out here in the desert west we have a whole different kind of dust. And wind to blow it around. One reason I'm a stickler about air filters.
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