So the Lady Land Yacht was purchased from a dealer in Pahrump Nevada. Pahrump is about 50 miles West of Las Vegas Nevada. When I tell people about Pahrump, they all tell me about legalized prostitution. I had to look it up, they are right, it is where the Chicken Ranch is… Why did I not know this???
Lady Land Yacht was sitting on a lot of what I call the “auto graveyard” – where autos go to die. I wished I had taken a picture of this.. I think I was in shock when I first saw the whole scene.
Onto the Lady Bits and her “under the dress” bits. The mechanics. She has been with the mechanic for a few weeks now and they have assessed her… and it is not as bad as I thought. There are 5 major areas that need fixing, most of which are turning out to not be that big of a deal.
Now, I share all this with you because when you buy a used motorhome, you just don’t know what you will get. Yes, you can have a mechanic check it out (I did), but unless you are in the same location as the apple of your eye or you know the original owner… you take a risk.
So, on with the assessment.
First, the good news. Brakes, belts, tires are all in good condition. Engine is in excellent condition (with only 87k miles on her, she will last a lifetime!)..
Now, areas of improvement:
- Generator – is not getting fuel due to burned up wiring to the fuel pump. Replace these and a few carburetor parts. The generator only has 56 hours on it.. so essentially its brand new. Should last forever. Now she/we can go boondocking!
- Air conditioner blows hot air – yes, I drove this beast home from Vegas (to SLC Utah) NOT only without air conditioning, but BLOWING HOT AIR. In July. Yes. You read right. This is story for another day. The reason for the hot air? There was a “crack in the cap”. The cap was replaced and cool air is now blowing.
- Steps not operational – the stairs that get you into/out of the motorhome through the main door were not working. Or rather, I could hear them working, but they were tied up, which I didn’t untie because I thought they were probably tied up for a reason. Yep. They were. Bad wiring. Wires have been fixed and steps go up and down as needed.
- Leveling jacks not functioning- the things that are used to level the RV when camping. You have to keep the RV as level as possible – for sleeping, but more importantly to keep the refrigerator working properly. Gotta keep the
drinksfood cool while RV’ing!
- Missing battery – bought this lady from what I call the “car graveyard”. When I drove up to the lot, it looked like the place where cars go to die. Seriously. Anyway, It makes sense that a battery was missing. He probably took it out to get another car started/sold. It was clearly missing – the battery cage/holder was empty and there were wires that were hanging out that clearly where meant to be attached to a battery. Anyway, I got myself a new battery which should help. 😉
So there you have it. Not so bad. Not as bad as I thought it would be anyway.
Once I get her back I am planning on taking her to her first RV park so I can gain some new skills – RV Hookups. Once I’m done I’m ready for the open road!
Do you live near a beautiful park you can recommend? Have you been somewhere you would highly recommend? Share your favorite, memorable, or bucket list places so I can check them out!!