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Old 05-11-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2005 mini winne . built on a ford e450. advice on what to look for and what to look out for would be helpful. thanks
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:53 AM   #2
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Check for leaks, water damage, water heater (make sure there is water in it before testing), furnace, slide operation, lights, age of tires, air conditioner, refrigerator, stove, awning, etc.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:37 AM   #3
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getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2005 mini winne . built on a ford e450. advice on what to look for and what to look out for would be helpful. thanks
We used to own a 2003 Minnie 22, and enjoyed it as our introduction to class c rv-ing. It's currently on it's way to Alaska with the new owners. As mentioned, leaks are always high on the list of things to look for, and with the one piece fiberglass roof these have, leaks would be most likely at vents and such where caulking was used. So check in the closet and near vents and any other places where the top was cut or drilled. Check the batteries, as well, both chassis and coach, for age and charge holding capability. Run the generator and check that it's charging the batteries and otherwise in good working order. Tires, engine and transmission fluids, all those normal tire kicking things you'd do with any vehicle. Check the awning for condition of the fabric and operation of the arms. Check tank sensors on the control board, along with the other status monitors. Check for plumbing leaks related to sinks, faucets and outside shower. Check the condition of the fabric on cushions, as they tend to rot from age and sun. Older rigs can be great finds, and they'll all have issues. The rest is up to you and how much fixing it might need. Good luck!
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Look and check it like your looking at a house your interested in, with the addition of a truck attached to it. Your looking at two seperate "items".
Check the "truck" out like you would any vehicle, for maintaince, service records, ect.
The "house" should be gone over very very carefully. Aside from the check for leaks, water stains on ceiling/walls, check carpet/flooring where it meets the walls. Check window frames for water damage around the frames.
Check and OPERATE ALL the appliances. Not for just a minute or two, but allow enough time for them to operate properly. Items like ac, fridge, water heaters, furnaces will be very expensive to replace. Minor appliances like microwave, water pump, ect, aren't too expensive, but it's still money out of your pocket.
Check the date of manufacture of the tires...if 5 years old or older, need to be replaced. Check battery/batteries...most deep cycle are good for 3-5 years depending on their quality.
Rig that old probably won't come with any type of warranty, so anything that turns up "broken" after you buy it, is on your dime.
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