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Old 05-13-2020, 07:21 PM   #1
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Newbie question: quality of workmanship?

I'm new to RVing, having rented a few times and now getting ready to make a purchase. This will be a 2016+/- Siesta, most likely, but I've read a number of articles and reviews that suggest the overall build and parts quality of these isn't that great. As I'll be buying used, there won't be any warranty service, so I'll pretty much be on my own post-purchase. I'm reasonably handy and don't mind getting my fingernails dirty, but I want to understand what I'm getting myself into. So a few questions:

What are the most common shortcomings of these units? Are there any repairs or parts updates I'd want to do preemptively, to avoid problems on the road?

Are problems generally the sort of that can be reasonably dealt with? As an example, a broken electrical switch can be easily replaced, but a sagging floor, not so much.

Assuming the unit is in decent shape when I purchase it, what's a reasonable amount to budget per year for maintenance? Like I said, I don't mind doing the simple stuff myself.

Part of what attracts me to the Siesta is the bulletproof Mercedes Diesel, but if the rest of the unit is plagued with issues, that motor's not going to be doing much for me.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-13-2020, 07:36 PM   #2
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Yeah typically the chassis are rock solid as they are built by an OEM.

The rest of the coach, meh. Think about rolling your house down a potholed street all summer long and what kind of repairs that will take (things coming loose, some water leakage perhaps, a drawer or door breaks, caulk wearing out, etc.).

Typically on used coaches the prior owner has taken care of any glaring issues (unless you get a coach that is 1-2 years old--it could be that they dumped it). A good inspection should reveal anything of that sort.

Around that vintage (4-5 years old) look at the tires: If they haven't been replaced, plan on doing so--RV tires usually don't go much past 5 years (its the age and UV rays, not the mileage).
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Old 05-13-2020, 07:56 PM   #3
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I agree with JamieGeek....

I dont have your model but for the most part they are all the same.

Plan to spend about 2 hours looking it over inside and out (During the Day time so you can see everything). Look for roof leaks, Delamination of the side walls, Windows, other water leaks inside RV and Make sure Every single thing works (frig, Heater, Genny, Roof AC, MB Dash AC, Elec outlets, lights, Tires... ETC).

Take it for a drive and makes sure it feels Okay to you. THen offer them about 5K + LESS than the asking price. Most will take it or neg. with you. Walk away if they dont.... lots of New and Used RV's on the market IMO.

Lots of little things all the time. If you read this forum regularly you will learn a ton like I did. Im still having fun so its been worth it to me.
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Old 05-13-2020, 08:54 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum!
Buying a used RV is probably less risky than you think.
The previous owner got to take care of the build quality issues!
Happy shopping
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