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Old 12-07-2014, 05:53 AM   #11
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350 or 450 is the chassis, not the engine
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:22 AM   #12
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If it is on an e350 orE450 chassis, you may be staring trouble in the face. Check out reliability on the 6.0L motor before you make a decision. The 6.8L v10 is a very powerful motor with a good repair record. The 6.0l diesei is plagued with problems, injectors, egr coolers and valves, a/c compressors, turbos, fan clutches to mention a few. It was so bad that there was a class action suit against Ford that ford lost.
I have a 6.0 with with 132,000 miles on it never a lick of problems, Can't just lump all problems together, just the same as FR, some have major problems some do not. I would repair a problem if I ever have one (knock on wood) before I would but another my 6.0 will pull a house.....
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:26 AM   #13
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I'm hoping you will let me pick your brain for advice. I found a used 2006 Lexington by Forest River that I really like. I almost bought a used one here in Weatherford. However, the asking price is 39,900 and NADA says 29K for high and 24, 350 for low. I know a lender will only finance 90% of the low value, but I've seen these rigs go for the 39. It has a Ford V-10 450 engine and looks to be in excellent shape. The owner will let me have an RV inspector look at it. The rig is in Prescot Valley, AZ. It is in RV trader...2006 Lexington, 3 slides and 33K miles. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks Pat

It seems everything I really like is a FR product. Now I'm really on the hunt to find something I can afford and enjoy. Thanks for the help.
Make sure you have them check the exhaust manifold bolts. V10's have an issure with those. Once they go, you don't want to know how much it costs to change them out.
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the input. I know the v-10 is a gas hog. How come there are so many out there? The dealerships are full of entry level class C's with that 350 or 450 Ford engine. Today I'm looking at a FR Lexington 24' that I really like. See......everything I find that I love is FR. They should pay me. This is a 2011 with 9080 miles 7 hours on the generator and the price is in line with NADA. Thinking, thinking.
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So, the dealerships are "loaded" with C's. Dude dicker with em. You fall in love with your wife, not an RV!
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:13 AM   #15
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I'm hoping you will let me pick your brain for advice. I found a used 2006 Lexington by Forest River that I really like. I almost bought a used one here in Weatherford. However, the asking price is 39,900 and NADA says 29K for high and 24, 350 for low. I know a lender will only finance 90% of the low value, but I've seen these rigs go for the 39. It has a Ford V-10 450 engine and looks to be in excellent shape. The owner will let me have an RV inspector look at it. The rig is in Prescot Valley, AZ. It is in RV trader...2006 Lexington, 3 slides and 33K miles. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks Pat

It seems everything I really like is a FR product. Now I'm really on the hunt to find something I can afford and enjoy. Thanks for the help.
Don't talk yourself into a emotional purchase. If Nada says it's worth 26 K it will be worth 20K to a dealer after you buy it, you'll be 20K in the hole. Does not look like a very good deal, it is 9 year old class C at 70 % of original retail.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:36 AM   #16
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Not sure of your thought process for wanting to purchase a 9 year old Lexington. If you are financing, it will be worth nothing in 5 years. If you were planning on paying cash you may want to check with somebody like RV wholesalers to get a quote on a new one, put the $39k and only have to finance less than $30K. That amount financed for 10 years at 5.5% would only be around $325 a month or $573 for 5 years.

By the way, our tow vehicle is a 14 year V10 and other than an evaporator for the AC a couple of years ago it has been problem free. Somebody posted a problem with exhaust manifold bolts, I know there was a problem with the 1999 V10 but as far as I know that was corrected in 2000.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:42 AM   #17
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A buddy of mine has the V10 & loves it other than his fuel economy which his lead foot doesn't help
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