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Old 03-29-2016, 09:26 AM   #1
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Looking at '95 Land Yacht LE 30'

Hey folks!

I used to be an avid member many years ago, and enjoyed my 28' 1981 Excella 454 MH for many more. I had it from 2002 to 2015, so a 13 year run was awesome with that rig.

My two boys grew up and went away, and since I wasn't too fond of the rear twins, and sleeping on the gaucho, I ended up selling it last year and am jonesing for another. I really like the '93-'97 Classics, but they are just too hard to find.

I found a 1995 AS LY LE 30' with 62,300 miles about an hour from me. It has the rear queen, which I really want. They are asking $8500.

Are there any peculiar issues with these MH's? I'm used to the all aluminum bodies, and fiberglass kind of scares me. I heard these tend to leak more. What's the scoop on these?
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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I guess you only have to look here and make your own judgement as to whether these experiences are typical or not with Airstream built fiberglass MH

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...on-145069.html
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:30 PM   #3
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Holy Moly! That is a scary thread. That guy has my respect. When we started looking there were a few 4 Winds motorhomes for sale around here at really good prices - with the same kind of deflection/odd looking exterior panels. I did not even show those to the wife.... really a pisser that AS had such shoddy QC; and never stepped up to the plate to support their customers. Truly caveat emptor...

But $8.5k is a pretty good price. Low retail is about $12.5kper NADA. We paid $12k a few months ago for ours with 70k, in pretty good condition, with no delam and a roof in good condition. Others in our area were asking from 15k to 17k in slightly worse condition, similar miles. You pays your money and takes your chances...

But as with anything 20 years old, you learn more the longer you own it. We are now doing the front end steering/springs/ball joints, etc, and it looks like the engine front seal just went; although this was NOT leaking after our 30 mile test drive...

Sigh.

If you do all the work yourself it will be way cheaper than hiring it done: but will also take your weekends away...

Or you could spend $40-50k on a 2004-2006 - and maybe have the same problems...
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Old 04-01-2016, 12:36 PM   #4
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I'm going to see it tomorrow at the storage facility.
I spoke with the owner and she said there is no short RV Queen mattress, no window coverings, stove needs grates and drip bowls, galley bench seats need recovering, and tires are very old.
It has all the manuals, but no maintenance records. Didn't ask if there are any leaks or if all the systems works. I'll ask in person.
Not sure about any engine problems until I test drive, but they took it out last year and said it ran fine.
Will need to be smogged, although passed last year. Fresh interior paint and floors, which make me wonder if they were trying to cover something up.
Tires and mattress alone will cost me $3200, not to mention window coverings and other stuff, putting me way over my budget.
It looks like it's a little rough condition, but if I can get it for around 5K, it will be worth it. Otherwise, I'll probably pass.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:54 PM   #5
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And BTW, just found out from VIN that this is a 1994, not 1995 as they posted in the ad.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:39 PM   #6
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Just be sure and take a good look at the siding. Stand at each of the corners, and sight down the side all the way to the end. I would also take some pics of the sides at various angles at (if you can do it) slightly different times of day.

A widow has had a 93 Winnebago for sale down the road from us for about a month now. I look at it 2x day driving to/from work. This AM I was maybe 20 minutes late, so the east sun was hitting it. I was startled to see the east side dimpled that I had not seen before.

I'd be sure to get to the roof as well. And inside the side front cabinets above the driver/passenger heads.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:38 AM   #7
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Thank you. That's the info I'm looking for. I suppose the inside of the side front cabinets would indicate a leak if it's moldy or something, as well as dimpled siding.
For what it'll cost to buy replacement items for bed, windows, cushions, stove and other things most likely to show up, I think paying 5K would be the most I could do and then get it up to par with another 5k. I don't want to have it cost me more than $10,000.
I could get a better RV and already done for that price, although maybe not Airstream. I just like the aerodynamic nose.
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:43 PM   #8
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Just my opinion, but any older MH can become a money pit real quick. I had a 2002 Fleetwood diesel that seemed to cost me $1k every time I started it up. Did the new tires, had AC issues, etc, etc. This unit was in decent shape and had about 52k for miles but I got real tired of putting money into it. I think it would been better if I had been using it on a regular basis but once they start sitting they seem to break. Went back to a travel trailer as my TV is used regularly. That being said , I'm rehabbing my 1989 Excella and I hope I can get out of it for $10k above what I paid for it $5k so far so it will be close. Just glad I don't have a powered drivetrain to contend with. Just be careful with this purchase and maybe have an appraiser look it over. Good Luck...
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:30 PM   #9
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I have a 97 LY diesel pusher with fiberglass exterior. Uneven exterior sidewalls is a dead giveaway for wall leaks. I am the first to agree that yearly roof maintenance on any RV (especially stored outside in winter) is a requirement. This is also why its worth a detail inspection before purchase. Fortunately mine never leaked and after 3 trips to Beacon Truck/RV Wash in the last year, only found a small amount of water in the sliding window tracks at the driver seat. However, I do plan to reseal the windows this spring and apply a sealer coating on the roof. Preventative maintenance is lots cheaper than what the guy with the Cutter was dealing with in the photos shared by Martin.

Just got it back from the diesel shop for its annual service. Other than a rat nest in the air filter (appeared very old) and a fuel filter not changed since 2006, its ready for the road. Must admit seeing a 12ton Airstream suspended 6' in the air was amazing....photos coming soon
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Probably a given that there is sidewall delamination. Echo the comments about a 20 year old mh but if you are handy and not too concerned about everything being perfect then go for it. $8,500 seems a little high, I paid $9,100 last year for a 94 diesel with 103k miles although PO of one year had put in $15k. Has delamination in several spots and had to redo previous ceiling replacement in kitchen area from leaks.
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:01 PM   #11
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Checked out the AS this morning. People seem to think that others won't notice that their rig is trashed or are blind to it.
This one was so bad and as I pointed out stuff, they denied it all or explained it away.
Needless to say, I walked away from this one.
Still hoping to get a Classic 30' or a 310.
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Old 04-02-2016, 07:34 PM   #12
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We bought our '97 2 years ago, and have had fun redoing much of the interior and a whole bunch on the outside. Following our usual practice of buying high and selling low we paid too much, but still like it. We have had bigger and better, but are enjoying this one. It is a manageable size for things like buffing and waxing! And we get lots of favourable comments.
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"It is a manageable size for things like buffing and waxing!"


For the OP:

We looked at maybe 2 dozen, maybe 6 of then seriously, b4 settling on our 96 LY30.

The two we liked the best, and spent quite a bit of time inspecting were a 28' 4 Winds C and a W30.

The 4 Winds looked good, drove good... but the PO's smoked. It smelled like an ashtray that had just been emptied - and from quite a bit of research, unless you gut the interior it will never go away. How detailed? We are talking about changing the air conditioning ducts in the dash...

The W30 looked good, low miles, but the PO's did some goofy kind of "sealant" on the exterior; and it apparently rained as they were finishing. The resulting finish was horrible: it actually lifted the gelcoat in more than a few places. The only solution was a total repaint. 3 places got me prices of $5k to $10k.

The point of this is that while we walked, both parties called us back. With REALLY good counteroffers. You may get a call back, so it might be handy to have run some numbers and what (or if), a palatable number might be.

Best of luck in your search.
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I have a coworker needing to sell a late 70s Argosy 454 in amazing condition with queen bed in back. Pm if interested. In the Chattanooga area.
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