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At 8:13pm on October 15, 2019, Gary Spears said…

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? 

At 3:24pm on October 15, 2019, Lorne Coultman said…

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. 

At 12:41pm on August 1, 2018, carey masci said…

I m doing my best to get there!

At 11:01pm on March 12, 2018, Jack Wasmuth said…

Hey Russ, read my post please.

At 2:22pm on March 6, 2018, janet lee said…
What ever works. Right. At least you can get mail.
At 1:06am on December 18, 2017, phil moulton said…

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. 

At 11:16am on November 11, 2017, Alsie said…

Sorry for the delay in post... Thank you very much for the wishes!

At 6:12pm on August 5, 2017, John Oberhelman said…

Russ thank you for the help.  Heidi, my wife, and I are enjoying this site.  This is just what we are looking for.

At 8:28pm on July 16, 2017, Joe Blocker said…

Gl

ad to find this group.

At 2:38pm on July 15, 2017, Alison said…

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.

At 6:21pm on July 14, 2017, James Higgins said…
Thanks! She's a beauty for sure!

Just put a few more pics up...
At 10:10pm on June 3, 2017, Paul Westberg said…
69. Originally a 350 with 350 3 speed trans. Updated to 350 engine with 4 speed VR700 trans. Hoping to put TBI and headers on soon. Need suggestions on roof repair. Thanks!
At 11:43pm on May 15, 2017, Jerry Ragle said…
Good to hear from you Russ. Happy to have found this site. Let's keep in touch..
At 7:01am on December 14, 2016, Kim Gentry said…

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.

We may be calling on you for resources.

At 8:12pm on October 19, 2016, Jimco_W001 said…

Thanks Russ for helping Pat Daly and me with the daily Good Old Rv site maintenance. And all of your input here as well!

At 12:57am on August 27, 2016, Shana said…
Thank you Russ, I will find out tomorrow if I will be the new owner.
At 11:46am on August 22, 2016, Donna Cassil said…

Thank you.  Yes, GORV's seems like a great place to be.  I am looking forward to getting on the road and hopefully meeting other like-minded people. 

At 7:20am on July 16, 2016, T.J. said…

Is this the one your talking about?

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/xf8aM6ad

At 2:11am on April 29, 2016, Pete Black said…

Hi Russ,

Thanks for the welcome and I'm happy to be here.

At 8:53pm on January 15, 2016, Patty Bohn said…

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.  

Thanks again, Patty

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