RorySamuels Posted January 29 Share Posted January 29 I was getting ready to retire and my dream was to travel around the country in an RV. Originally, I wanted to live in it 80-90% of the year, so I was planning to sell my house and buy a fifth wheel and a truck. For a number a reasons, my wife and I decided we didn't want to sell our house, but we still wanted an RV and to travel. We thought a used motor home would fit the bill until we sold our house. We saw a few at dealerships and watched adds. We found an ad for the RV in Craigslist. The asking price seemed like a good deal, so we went to look at it. It was a 38' 2000 Monaco Knight with 51,000 miles on it. We were told the MH had "new" tires and batteries. We were also told that it had been sitting for a short while. The owner used it for a TV show RV World TV, where he demonstrated aftermarket additions to coach. Supposedly, the MH had all kinds of things added. The inside appeared to be in good shape. Just extremely dirty. The motor started and purred. The coach could move under its own power. When I picked it up, the power steering line broke. Should have asked for my money back then. Instead, I had it towed to a truck repair garage. Part of the repairs would probably have to be done on any used coach. All brakes were replaced, fuel filter and oil filters replaced. Transmission was serviced and coolant was replaced. Normal things. Then the transmission control module had to be replaced and the alternator replaced. It was $15,000 to make the coach road worthy. The vehicle air conditioner is still not working. I finally brought the coach home where I could check out its systems. I am unable to check the stove because I need to get the LPG tank inspected before it can be filled. The only appliance that worked besides one of the TV's was the microwave. The select comfort bed doesn't even work. I found out that a short while meant 8 years. I also found out that most of the extras don't work and it is less expensive to replace than to repair. Case in point the tire pressure monitoring system. The sensors are $45.00 to replace (need 6) and I can purchase a new system for around $200.00. My dream has turned into a nightmare. Just a tale of caution for others. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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