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I am looking at a 98 40 ft LX that has low miles but has sat up since 2005, not registered or inspected.
NADA list between $75 and $93K which is much less than owner is asking.
My real concern is the bus itself and issues due to lack of use, it has been stored in a shed, but has some use damage to the body (scratches, cracks, etc).
I am looking for advice on what to look for in the running gear, appliances and electrical/plumbing, actually everything.
I have pulled an Airstream trailer for many years and want to move over to a Bus and am looking to this forum much as the Airstream owners forum for advice.
Please help if you can.
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I am looking at a 98 40 ft LX that has low miles but has sat up since 2005, not registered or inspected.
NADA list between $75 and $93K which is much less than owner is asking.
My real concern is the bus itself and issues due to lack of use, it has been stored in a shed, but has some use damage to the body (scratches, cracks, etc).
I am looking for advice on what to look for in the running gear, appliances and electrical/plumbing, actually everything.
I have pulled an Airstream trailer for many years and want to move over to a Bus and am looking to this forum much as the Airstream owners forum for advice.
Please help if you can.
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Hmm, I had a 87 Airstream 34.5, really nice motorhome. I suspect one of the rare diesel pusher units would be pretty cool. The upgrade you are considering is quite a change life style for sure. Basically a coach unused for 5 years is a bad deal, unless it's sitting on jack stands off the ground in a heated building. In this economic environment, it's not wise to pay more than loan value for any coach, way too much good stuff on the market with motivated sellers.
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Thanks- I really like this bus and can use some advice.
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It could be to your advantage to talk with Randy at BuyByeBlueBird.com.
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Heres what its going to need:
Tires-$5000
batteries-$2000
Then it needs to be checked for any freeze damage,mice damage,ant damage.
And thats before it leaves the barn.
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Once it leaves the barn every fluid and lube and filter replaced. Check all hoses and belts and likely replace many. Air dryer and tanks dry and ok? At that point, if you are lucky, the seals and gaskets wont be dried up and dumping fluid everywere.

Price should be well under the book price to replace and R&R all that will need to be done.






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Heres what its going to need:
Tires-$5000
batteries-$2000
Then it needs to be checked for any freeze damage,mice damage,ant damage.
And thats before it leaves the barn.
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Like Randy and Dan said: Every system needs to be checked. You need to run the complete buyers checklist. Like the one on vintagebirds.com.

Ensure water system is pressurized and NO leaks. If the water pump cycles every couple of minutes you might have a leak that you can't see yet. If the Aqua Hot heat exchanger was frozen and now leaks expect to add $8,000+ to the mix.

In addition, while I live in California (Yeah I know) and have no idea where this LX is located my state requires all past license fees be paid unless a non-operation claim was filed. That would be the responsibilty of the current owner but you know how that goes. FYI my license fee this year for my 1997 BMC is $999.00. Yeah thats right almost a grand for one whole year.

As we are discussing an LX, be advised Cummins has a special starting instructions for starting my engine if it has not been run in the last 30 days. They want me to disconnect the electrical plug to the fuel shut off valve and spin the engine in timed steps until oil pressure is present. Once oil pressure is seen, reconnect the plug and start the engine.

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Airstream87,

Great advice so far. I'd only add that in this economy, RUN!! Anybody asking more than retail is completely out of touch with reality!! I'm sure there are several LX owners who have great coaches ready to go right on this forum, who'd sell you theirs for more than retail!!

Call and chat with Randy, it will be well worth your time.
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