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Old 09-26-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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1988 345 Classic motorhome

I have a friend with a 1988 345 Classic Motorhome, real good condition. Does anyone know the value of this or where I would find the value?

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Old 09-26-2008, 12:38 PM   #2
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Diesel or gas? How many miles? Pics?

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Old 09-29-2008, 01:39 PM   #3
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345 classic

The motor home is gas and has 60,000 miles. I do not have pic.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:55 PM   #4
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Depending on the work done over the years, and the condition of the body I'd say 7 to 10K.
Not to wreck the deal, but if you ever have to be towed, most tow guys will insist you take a ride on a lowboy
to avoid bending the frame. I have no experience with the 454 engine, except they were known to run hot.
I would be prepared to replace all belts and hoses, the furnace, fridge, water pump, air bags & compressor
(if it has one), water heater & alternator, not to mention a front end alignment & brakes being checked. Has it been sitting?, replace the tires, too.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:36 PM   #5
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Im not sure if I would go as far as mike did if you do a decent inspection before purchasing... one thing he didn't mention was the generator.... make sure it is in good working order as well. When i bought mine i did have to replace front/rear airbags after driving it 800 miles home as it had been sitting awhile and the trip did them in. The 454's are a decent motor if treated right, they do run a little hot, but the guages aren't always the most accurate for these blamings either. My alternator/hoses/belts and other engine compoments have checked out good so far. I use a temperature cap on my radiator which almost always gives me a significant lower reading. Since he's a friend hopefully he would tell you what is wrong, but do make sure as mentioed you check the fridge/furnaces/all the ceiling lights as they are quite pricey themselves, and of course make sure there is NO water damage, and the tires of course as well. If the paint on the outside is in good shape they usually average a good bit more than 7-10k. Pics would really help at some point before purchasing.

You can check the value on If you look on or you will find some in great shape going for over 20k.... but whether they sell at that price is a different story. One went off ebay the other month for 17k, and it was an 88 in good shape.
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:22 PM   #6
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Mine is a diesel and well kept up. I wouldn't sell it for anywhere under twenty. Probably well over. When you look at the market out there, there isn't anything in that size and age to compare. It can be costly to repair things however.
Just remember that aluminum doesn't corrode or rust. No wooden frame work to rot either. These classics can last a long long time.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:25 AM   #7
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We have an '89 345 LE(454)...paid right at 24K 2 1/2 yrs ago...excellent shape...have pumped quite a few bucks into generator, fridge(still works sporadically), front wheel bearing/hub/spindle, and brakes...still, as long as we can find the cash, ScrapIrony-2 will be on the road or boondocking as much as is possible...can't really put a price on what it has done for our life...
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:51 AM   #8
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That's where pics and a extensive inspection would be in order. There are so many
things to go wrong on these shiny dears. The worst thing for mo/hos (& boats),
is sitting.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:00 PM   #9
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1988/345 classic value

I paid 20k for mine in great condition a year ago. It had 47K miles on it. I think they hold great value. Love mine and it always turns heads with curiosity and shows a WOW factor. Good luck....
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:08 AM   #10
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I have been watching airstream motorhomes for six years now, and the stories here are great, but the listings are significantly higher. For the 345 I have seen anywhere from 24k to 45k sell on ebay for a 454 engine version. I will tell you to decide what condition you are willing to accept and how much a seller is willing to part with it. I know it would take significantly over value to get ours off of our hands. However if someone is looking for a Diesel Pusher I would consider offers in the $60k-70k range. No idea if someone would pay that, but that's what it would take for me to let her go.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:19 AM   #11
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Here's a reference point, a 1992 350 that has been sitting on eBay for a few days with a $25,000 "buy it now" price. Seller claims that it is in "very impressive" condition, with some issues (water heater, salvage title):
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:39 PM   #12
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I paid $15K for my '85 325 (454ci) last summer. 53K miles and in great shape overall, with Banks air intake and exhaust. Have since replaced converter, batteries, fridge, and front airbags, and upgraded the stereo. I probably wouldn't sell it for less than 22-25K.

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