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Old 11-01-2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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Hello,
Just signed up as a new member of Forest River forums. I strongly believe a person seeking information on any given product should be able to get the best information from current and past owners. That being said, here goes.
My wife and I have decided to sell our home and property and move to the full-time RV lifestyle. We have just started our search for a full-time unit and it appears, for our buck (and budget), the best choice would be a 35-40 foot gas motorhome. Nearby a lady is selling a 2005 Forest River Georgetown XL double slide with 6020 actual miles. This unit is being offered due to a death. I have researched similar models and it seems to be priced in-line with others. We have an appointment to view this motorhome this Saturday 11/2/13.
Any input from owners of a similar models as far as reliability, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Also, as a first time buyer of any type of RV, (we currently have a tent used before I got hurt), I have absolutely no idea of what is important to look for. What do I need to keep an eye out for?
The RV community as a whole seems to consist mostly of very nice, helpful people and we hope to make many new friends when we do set out on our new adventure. Our children are all of course grown, out of the house, on their own and are behind our decision 100%. Life is too short and why waste it sitting in a house with the same scenery every day. I have a bucket list as long as my leg and I fully intend to check ALL of them off.
I would like to thank all of you in advance for looking at my post and may God bless.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:49 AM   #2
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Hi,
Welcome to the forum.
If it was me buying a 9 year old motor home, I would take it to the local dealer and pay them to inspect it for me. I sure do not know enough about all the systems to buy one.
I would hate to see you not get to the bucket list due to a break down far away from places you are familiar with.
Keep us posted on your adventures.
Have a great time!
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:24 AM   #3
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I agree with crunchman. Clem's in Ellwood City would be who I would contact. We went there for years and were always satisfied with their service.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. I too agree with crunchman's good advice. Even though it has only 6020 miles it is 9years old. Paying a local dealer to go through it and inspect/check everything would be a wise investment on your part and it will help establish a good relationship with said dealer.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum from a neighbor to your south - In Western MD.
I agree with the others - sounds like an inspection from a qualified service department is in order. Small problems on the road could equate to huge headaches.

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I agree with crunchman.What part of sw pa are you from
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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In addition to the unit's systems, don't forget about the tires. I've always heard that tires have a 7 year life, so check the age of the tires on the unit.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:11 PM   #9
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I agree with crunchman.What part of sw pa are you from
Clarksville, just inside Greene County. For now at least.
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In addition to the unit's systems, don't forget about the tires. I've always heard that tires have a 7 year life, so check the age of the tires on the unit.
We went look at the 05 Georgetown today. Well the tires looked OK, as they should for having 6020 miles on them. The rest of the unit seemed to look fine as well. Then something dawned on me as we chatted with the owner, she had been living in this motorhome for what appeared to be a good part of last 8 years year-round. Even though the unit had not been driven for quite some time wouldn't almost all the other systems except the engine, drive train, and generator have a certain amount of wear and tear on them? Such as the furnace, air conditioner, etc. Just a thought. Since all of the owners possessions are still in the motorhome, I feel sort of creepy asking to take the MH in for inspection, so I think we continue our search.
Thanks so much to all for your input. I will keep everyone posted.

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