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Interested in buying a Foretravel- need some advice
My wife and I are looking at a 1998 U270 coach for sale in our area.  We are new to Rving and also to Foretravel.  We are planning a 6 month road trip across the country with our three small children in June.  What are some of the things we...

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Re: Interested in buying a Foretravel- need some advice
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Since you already know the tires need replacing...

Batteries, air bags (if original), check bulkheads and basement structure for corrosion issues, fuel lines (to both engine and generator).

55K miles on a 21 year old coach is around 2600 miles per...

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I would suggest getting a third party inspection from an expert if you can.  Brett Wolfe or Keith Risch are probably the best but if you can't get them, get someone with experience to inspect for you.  Look for  issues like bulkhead separation,...

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Welcome! When we bought our foretravel 2 years ago it was our first ever Rv. It is a great machine. Some other things to factor in are fuel lines, air bags and shocks. Also have a knowledgeable to foretravels person inspect it prior to purchase....

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Arrange an inspection from a Foretravel owner before you go any further. A lot of people didn't and wish they had.

The slow selling season has started so don't be in a hurry.

Pierce

Re: Interested in buying a Foretravel- need some advice
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Carry an extra 20K in your wallet, seriously. They are awesome machines, with good bones.
Look at it another way. Pay $200-$300K for a similar looking coach with all the razoo blue tooth junk, but less quality, have it sit at the RV store you...

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Parkers, are you mechanical inclined that includes some knowledge of 12 volt and 120/240 volt systems?

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Good luck in your adventure.

Lot's of systems.  Pick a topic mentioned above and use the Search function.  Read, read and read some more,

7 years and two FTs later - still reading.

I didn't know how to start our first coach and learned along the...

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+5 on all of the above,  and I'm sure the same for comments to come.
 The combined knowledge, friendly nature and desire to help found on this board is unmatched.  Ask a question and be prepared for many answers.
 Ask me how I know.

 Welcome and...

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To me. these coaches lend themselves well to 2 people with an occasional guest. Not sure I would want to use them with small kids. Just not set up well for that. Although some have done it, but I wouldn't. There are other types of RV's that have...

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Re: Interested in buying a Foretravel- need some advice
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Where are you,always a forum member nearby.

Re: Interested in buying a Foretravel- need some advice
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Where are you,always a forum member nearby.


Don't listen to John44, or the next thing you'll be doing is driving a Foretravel!!    ;D


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Please don't take any of the above comments as a negative.  Just some advice on how to purchase a great Foretravel coach.
We bought ours 14 years ago, it was 11 years old and had only 30,000 miles on it. It had been meticulously maintained. The...

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Thank you, all, for the quick and thorough responses.  We live in Mechanicsburg, PA (outside of Harrisburg).  The coach we are interested in is in Elverson, PA (outside of Morgantown).  Any forum members close by?

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In upper left of a page, hover over "Community".

Click on "Member Map".

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Lots of great advice already posted. I like the 6-4-2 analogy.

6 for drinks
4 for dinner
2 for sleeping.

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This set up may work for you.

1999 36' U320 Bunkhouse

Re: Interested in buying a Foretravel- need some advice
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Lots of great advice already posted. I like the 6-4-2 analogy.

6 for drinks
4 for dinner
2 for sleeping.

Yup, same as a boat:
Drink 6
Feed 4
Sleep 2

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When the salesman says it will sleep six remind him there's only one bathroom.

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Not hijacking thread but a 95 for 20k on Facebook marketplace in magnolia Mississippi.

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The coach we are interested in is in Elverson, PA (outside of Morgantown). 

Road salt!  Definitely have someone who understands Foretravel structure inspect the bulkheads and basement.

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welcome to the group of Foretravel owners, we were in your position this spring and bought a 99 U270 no slide, 50,000 miles, in great condition, it had lived its life primarily in Louisiana and Texas, the PO had just put new tires belts and...

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I have no problem recommending Brett Wolfe for a pre-purchase survey.  And you will find it to be money well spent given the purchase price and the potential for finding what I politely call deferred maintenance.  These Foretravel models use a...

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Yes for Brett, but he does not travel to Pennsylvania , that is unless it's a new service he is offering