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Old 08-13-2015, 05:20 AM   #1
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Any concerns with purchasing 3 year old Voltage?

My wife and I are looking to purchase a 3950 and have been looking at new and used ones. We found a 2012 that's in great condition but should we be concerned with the age? Is there a life expectancy for these rigs?
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:10 AM   #2
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There are many things, some easy and some expensive, that you might not see. Water pump - $150, easy. Slides come off track - $thousands. Find out all you can, i.e. where they took it, how many miles, how may nights out, etc. Did they always plug in, or did they boondock? How is the chassis, frame, brakes, wheels and tires? Why exactly are they selling it? Some of these things, when cared for last 40 years. Some turn to junk in 5. After you've had this discussion, pay for and bring in an RV tech. Pay $200 or so for an on-site inspection, before you incur big problems. If you're buying from a dealer, new or used, get a warranty. But if you're buying from an individual, spend the money on an inspection. Good luck!
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:43 PM   #3
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My wife and I are looking to purchase a 3950 and have been looking at new and used ones. We found a 2012 that's in great condition but should we be concerned with the age? Is there a life expectancy for these rigs?
I would buy new just so I could get the cables on the slides ! Less to worry about ! Not a big fan of the slides on my 2013 3905.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:47 PM   #4
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Water pump sure isn't any $150 to replace. More like $85 for a good one.
If new to RVing I would get it inspected by someone that knows. If you've been around RVs for a while check it over & make sure everything is working. Move the slides in & out should be smooth with no binding or popping noise. If tires haven't been replaced that needs to be done. Same way with the battery.
Good luck hope you find a good deal on what you want.
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:29 PM   #5
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Water pump sure isn't any $150 to replace. More like $85 for a good one.
If new to RVing I would get it inspected by someone that knows. If you've been around RVs for a while check it over & make sure everything is working. Move the slides in & out should be smooth with no binding or popping noise. If tires haven't been replaced that needs to be done. Same way with the battery.
Good luck hope you find a good deal on what you want.
Hello all, I should have joined this post in 2011 Wnen I bought my V3950. This is absolutely the best and worst Rv I have ever owned. The floor plan for our family, 4 kids is second to none. However the quality control is the worst I have ever seen. We purchased from the Hershey PA show. I traded a Monaco class a diesel pusher, we are in Myrtle Beach this week and I am still having issues with the trailer. From slides to water pumps hot water heater refrigerator went out, leak, bedroom floor lifted and had to be replaced, bed platform had to be replaced on and on and on and on. Still have not found a better floor plan for us, but I'm sure quality control in other brands has to be better
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:56 PM   #6
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I purchased a 2013 3950 from a dealer in AZ. Yes, used can come with some issues. Yes the water pump went out and I'm not sure what is happening with the bedroom slide. However, I paid less than half of the new cost and I figure a little sweat equity can go a long way. I did buy a Good Sam extended warranty that will cover any major issues i find. So far I'm very pleased with the layout and have logged over 2000 miles since getting it in June. It carries 2 Harleys with no problem. I did miss on the weight! The brochure weight, and sticker weight, were both way off. I'm now upgrading from a F250 to an F350 dually to deal with the weight.
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:25 AM   #7
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Have been watching this model since it went on sale in 2011 and have emails to and from the manufacturer where they admitted to quality issues in the 2011 and 2012 models. Was assured that QA/QC supervisor was replaced for the 2013 and newer ones. Did it fix all the issues? No. But we gained enough confidence to make the leap in 2014. There are still quality issues with these newer ones but not to the extend I read on the older ones. And yes, I do find and fix their missteps almost everytime I start a new improvement or mod. We also love the layout on ours.

Not trying to deter anyone from making a purchase. Just sharing my experience.
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