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2000 Newmar Dutchstar Ford V10 Class A 35Ft 1 slide

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My husband and I are looking to purchase our first Class A and live in it full time. Very exciting and we have been enjoying the downsizing and looking at different units.

We found a unit today that we like but have some concerns. I am posting here to ask those of you who have more experience than we do if our concerns are founded or not.

We are considering a 35Ft 2000 Newmar Dutchstar with Ford V10 Bank system engine it has 25K miles and the interior is in excellent condition and we love the layout, this unit has the upgraded hutch in it. It has one AC unit and has a 5000 watt Generator. All windows have awnings and the owner had custom shaded to put on the windows outside for when parked. It has the back up camera and has a braking system for tow car as well as the tow bar hitch that will all come with the unit.

What concerns us is that the unit has been stored and not used for 3 years. Although it has been under a roof out of the sun it has still been exposed to Phoenix heat and sand. The tires although bought new 6 years ago have been sitting and they look great, we are concerned they could blow from lack of use. WE are also concerned that because the engine has not been significantly exercised that we will be buying problems. The engine has been turned over and the unit has been driven around locally from time to time but no long trips. There is a rubber roof which we are told is in good condition as it has been out of the sun but we cannot tell as their is sand all over it.

The owner is firm at $24K she will be fixing the generator which was leaking gas today and buy 2 new batteries as well. Should we walk away or are we getting a good deal? We appreciate any insight. Thank you.

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Ray is correct, have it inspected by an RV expert. The owner should be happy to have the unit cleaned, especially the roof. Six year old tires are nearing their eol, not sure if they are 19.5, or 22.5, if 19.5, they will be a little less expensive to replace.

Three years sitting for the motor and tranny, may not be so bad, but after cranking, make sure the unit gets driven and reaches operating temperatures, then parked on a clean driveway overnight. Check under the coach next day, especially under the transmission, the engine, and also under the rear differential, at the yoke, and also check behind the rear brake drums for any possible leaks. Sitting long periods will allow the seals to dry out and crack. I'm only telling you these things, so that the expert, will know what you are looking for.

Hope it turns out to be a great deal for you.

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WHERE it was parked for three years also makes a difference. If in a humid climate, it is very different than if this was in the desert SW. That is why they store airplanes around the Tucson area, not Florida.

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