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Old 09-13-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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Cheap Sunline Solaris - buy?

Hi, I joined the Forum because I ran into a 1981 Sunline Solaris (17') with 106000 mi on it for $2400. I have never seen this size before, which I like. (the brochure

Can anyone hazard a guess as to its value?

NADAguides says it is worth $1200, but they don't know that:

1) - ALL the plumbing has been removed - NO running water, water heater, toilet or tanks; I'd settle for an improvised water delivery system, i.e. 5 gal carboys of fresh water, a portable greywater tank & a portapotti. (I expect the cost of restoring something like the original plumbing system would be prohibitive, and I don't want to put a lot of time into it.)
2) The coach 12v system does not work - no accessory battery or cage, and wires pulled out of the charging unit, or whatever that is under the right bench - AC converter?). I can get by with battery lanterns for now.
3. Seller reluctant to go with me to mechanic for check (he does not want me to go alone); it IS pretty far - but a red flag, I know.

4) It has 7 new tires and new upholstery in the coach.
5) 106,000 mi, runs & drives smoothly, not a lot of power (97HP), powertrain has no evident problems, except some soot inside exhaust pipe - burning some oil?
6. Propane refrigerator & furnace supposedly work.
7) Wear consistent with age - coach repainted (not professionally), roof appears to have been sealed with an elastomer.
Has roof 110v AC unit. Otherwise no extras of note.

Thoughts on this purchase? Thanks!


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Old 09-13-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Yikes! My advice would be don't purchase, because you stated that you do not want to put much time in it. This one sounds like a money and time pit. Which is OK, if that's what you're up for. Otherwise I'd look for something in better condition...

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If you are content with battery lanterns and carrying your potable water in jugs...then go for it. It will be a money pit only if you let it be a money pit. If it runs, drives, and doesn't leak; its far superior to a tent. I sure wouldn't reccomend paying $2400. Somewhere like $1000 might be all the higher I'd go...but thats me, not you. Good luck in your endeavour.
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