Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by gregolson65, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. gregolson65

    gregolson65 New Member

    All,
    Since I am new to RV'ing, I narrowed my search to a Class A Diesel Pusher all self contained for adequete dry camping fora few days. I found a good deal on a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star Model 3865. Now the blue book is listing retail around 60K.....This owner is selling it for 29K....Am I missing something. It is not local sobefore I drive up to commit, I need some advice on anyone experienceing this model and what other questions to ask owner before I take delivery. He did tell me no maintenance issues and the last inspection was done December 2009. Here is a list of the options.

    It is a 2000 Newmar DUTCH STAR 3865.
    66,390 miles
    39'
    1 Slide out, sleeps 4, 2 air conds, 4 awnings, leveling jacks.
    Freightliner chassis
    300 HP Cat diesel engine
    Allison transmission
    Air ride suspension
    Air brake
    Air Horn
    On board air compressor
    Solar panel battery charger
    Rear back up camera & monitor
    Hydraulic leveling system
    Washer & Dryer combo unit
    Power steps
    Corian counters
    Etched glass & mirrors all through out
    Floor lighting
    All flourescent ceiling lighting
    Oak cabinets
    Wood floors
    All leather seating
    All chairs swivel
    Full turning recliner
    Passenger seat reclines
    Driver & Passenger solar shades
    Convection microwave oven
    3 burner gas cook top
    Dinette seats 2 or 4 with the hide away table leaf
    2 AC units
    7000 KW diesel generator
    Huge shower w/ skylight
    Queen size bed in the bedroom
    Plenty of storage inside & out
    Pass through storage underneath
    3 window awnings
    Patio awning
    New slide awning
    Wheel covers
    Front end leather protector
    Exterior window screens
     
  2. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    Sounds too good but if it checks out go for it. Have a pro check it out, cheap $200 to $400. Think about $3000 to $6000 in repairs IE; Tires batteries and a complete fluid change on everything if needed.

    LEN
     
  3. Kirk

    Kirk Senior Member

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    The items listed are pretty standard for a Dutchstar, but the price is a little low. The NADA website lists retail as $51,980 to $62,620. With a price that far below the listing, I would want to know why. As great a deal as it could be, make sure that a competent RV tech and diesel mechanic both go over it very carefully. Have you seen any pictures? I would start by asking for a bunch of them.
     
  4. rjf7g

    rjf7g Senior Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    Do you know if he lived in it as a fulltimer or used it for camping trips? This makes a difference in terms of wear and tear.
     
  5. gregolson65

    gregolson65 New Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    Thanks guys for tyhe input. I will post pics and take all recommendations. The price does seem too low. I seen pictures inside and out, and the thing is a beuty. Very clean, wood floors throughout, and nice leather interior.......I did not see a flaw in the pictures as of yet....I am still wwaiting for a final response from the owner. I just hope it isn't a scammer out there.....
     
  6. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    If you think it is a scammer he/she will ask for too much down or full down site unseen or some strange $$$$ deal. If it is paid off he/she will have the clear title or what ever the resident state requires. If money is owed go to the lending company with the owner to do the transaction.

    LEN
     
  7. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

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    DON'T send any money until you SEE this thing and SEE the title. Price sounds toooo low for me.
     
  8. outdoors4ever

    outdoors4ever New Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    this sounds way to fishy!!!! buyer beware comes to mind!! BEWARE!!
     
  9. gregolson65

    gregolson65 New Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    Found out it was a scam. I tried many messages to come up and demo the RV.....NO RESPONSE...........
     
  10. try2findus

    try2findus Senior Member

    Re: Found An RV...Need Opinions Please....

    Greg, thanks for updating your post to let us all know the outcome. Glad you didn't fall prey to the scam!

    Give yourself a pat on the back and start looking again knowing you are smarter than a MH scammer!
     
  11. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

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    Greg , we are all glad that you did not get taken to the cleaners on this one. I can say that you got some very good advice from some of the best people I know. Don't give up keep looking and you will find what you need and want. AND SEE YOU ARE SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     

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