I’m stoked to see that we have a camper/camping forum! I do A LOT of summer time camping. My whole summer (and budget) is dedicated to family camping/boating/fishing and exploring. About 1/3 of the time we camp it is just me and my two youngest; age 6 & 9-my wife has a “real job” and doesn’t have the same schedule that I have; however this year she is taking some time off to do a big camping trip in July/August.
I’am in no way a mechanic, but I do have “some” rv and rv repair experience. Went to rent a motorhome for one week and couldn’t get a reservation for nearly two months, so I threw down $850 on a ’74 Viking Pop-up. It was large, heavy, and ugly. I did a lot of work on that thing, even replaced the pulleys and cables on all four corners once; I was at the Talkeetna Blue Grass Festival ( ) and forgot to pop one of the latches before cranking her up! Had that for six years. The last five years I have been running a ’76 10’ truck camper. When I bought it “everything worked.” This, of course, really meant that only some stuff worked! My dad went through the wiring and got the interior lights to work, I replaced the water pump and some water lines and we had plumbing. The gas appliances worked, just had air the lines; even the propane fridge worked!
Having bought a “new-to-us” motorhome (WOW! A ’97; finally made the leap from the 70s to the 90’s) on my own, didn’t have my dad or step dad to help me check it out, as I am NOT nearly as mechanically inclined as either of them, I thought I’d pass along a checklist that I got off the net that I used prior to buying our motorhome. The checklist ISN’T MINE! If I remember correctly, I got it off of the Class C Forum on the Open Roads Forum. I’m working on compiling a list of camping related resources (parts, service, campgrounds, etc…) and I'll post it when I get time. This year we plan on doing a big trip cruising the Richardson Highway for about 11 days. Next year I'm hoping to drive the motorhome to Seattle and back for the heck of it!
Uploaded the pre-buy and tried to upload a pict of the RV.