Thanks for the welcome! Do you go by Russell or Russ? I sure am anxious to get some seasoned opinions...
a couple months ago while looking for an inexpensive camper trailer we stumbled across a 1987 31ft Class A Pace Arrow in nearly showroom condition with less than 10,600 miles on it. The short story is this – a farmer in rural upstate NY bought and drove it home from the showroom during the summer of 1987. He and his wife took it on a trip to CA and then again to Florida. That fall he converted an old grain silo into a storage garage where it’s been stored on a raised wooden floor and out of the elements. After that first year his wife suddenly became sick, and eventually passed away. It was virtually never used again. He routinely would go out a couple times a year and drive it around his compound to keep the tires in shape, checked the various systems, kept a small amount of fresh gas in it, and made sure there were no rodent invasions. This past summer the farmer turned 86 and he decided to use the silo for some other purpose, so he decided it was time to say goodbye to “Elmer”. We happened along at the perfect time.
The exterior needs good wash and wax job, but that’s about it. The interior is pristine. It’s been kept out of the sunshine for decades and thus the upholstery fabric is in showroom condition. I thoroughly inspected it all throughout and couldn’t find a single mouse dropping. The old farmer said that other than some rain during that first year, it has never seen any foul weather, including ice, snow or road salt. The undercarriage is amazing. The rubber components are all in great condition, the engine is smooth and strong, the transmission shifts solidly and quietly, and when I took it to the RV shop near our home to be inspected the proprietors kept raving about its incredible condition. Additionally, I have a neighbor who happens to be a 25 year RV tech specializing in upgrades and repairs who tells me it’s extremely valuable as a vintage RV. Several times he has referred to it as nearly museum quality.
So here is my dilemma – Is this really special? My wife and I are starting a new business and perhaps its worth more to us if we sold it. But then again, I could quickly fall in love with the Class A life style.
What is your gut instinct? What could an old RV in this kind of condition really be worth?
Thanks so much. I bought a used Security Penthouse 32 ft. And want to update the inside the body seems in great shape but without a manual finding it hard to check everything out. I can't find the grey and the black tanks to make sure they are drained for winter. I found the clear water cand the water heater but that's all. The coleman airconditional blows cold air when on 110 volts, but no heat at this point. The Domestic fridge doesn't seem to work on 110. yet.
i would take u up on it.. heads and carb are rebuilt. i cannot even turn crank to try and unhook the trans . it ate #4 cylinder and imploded the piston when the old intake gasket dumped all the antifreeze in the cylinder. cranked it over for comp tests and flushed it with kerosene . took 2 weeks to get the pan out (eventually cut it out) and the kerosene i think seised all the bearings. i need to turn crank 1/8 turn to get the rod in #4 out to even look at the cylinder damage. Replaced the balancer bolt with a milodon and a 4 ft breaker on 3/4 drive stock will not turn it. (it did turn it tighter by 2 revolutions but I stopped at that point in tightening it.
Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm going to spend a happy couple of hours checking out all the great comments and instructions. I'm about to tackle removing all the bathroom fixtures and plumbing ... so I need all the help I can get.
Thank You Russ. This is a new adventure and undertaking for us. We have replaced water damaged boards in our 5th-wheel and are hoping this will go as smooth. Now if I could only find out some kind of information on this particular camper.
Thank you, Russ, for the kind words. I'm really looking forward to getting involved in this site. I'll be full of questions, for sure, and this looks like a great place to find some answers. First, though, I'll look around and see if some of them have already been addressed.
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