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Old 01-12-2019, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 8404 should I buy?

Hello everyone,
I am looking at getting a 2003 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 8404. My wife loves the inside (and so do I) and I like it has the big 8.9 400hp 860 ft.lb toque. I am just bummed and surprised that it does not have a side mout radiator??? It only has 23k miles and the generator only has 100 hr on her... can’t beat that! All tires are brand new, I know how expensive those tires can be. I would just like to know if this is an rv I should be looking into. Please post problems that you have had or what I should be looking at when buying a used rv. I know roofs are very important so how do these roofs hold up? Last rv was a 1999 safari Zanzibar. Worse mistake of my life! Just bought a lemon I guess worked fine for the first trip then just fell apart hahahaha. Had to sell it at a big loss.
Please post on here or call/text me I would like to know any news ASAP I don’t want this deal to pass me up.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:18 AM   #2
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The only advice I can give you is to have it checked out very carefully. One person may have had no or few problems where the next person had loads of problems. Never can tell. My 99 only had 47000 on it. Since owning, I have had to fix numerous water leaks that were not obvious or easily seen when purchased. Best of luck.
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Thanks for the response madkinson!
Does anyone have any thoughts on buying an rv in New York? I’m just thinking the snow can’t be good for the roof and with salted roads might cause problems with the rv.
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Thanks for the response madkinson!
Does anyone have any thoughts on buying an rv in New York? Iím just thinking the snow canít be good for the roof and with salted roads might cause problems with the rv.
All depends on it's life. Could have been in a flood or it could be well kept. The coach will tell you the story. You have to look close at everything or you pay dearly later.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:16 AM   #5
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I own a 2002 Scenic Cruiser and the coach has been good to us. Only thing I would recommend is to apply eternabond on all the seams on the roof. The roof design in my opinion is a poor design with joints running from the front to the back and the joints are like in a small valley that will retain water. I would have preferred a one piece top with the side wall and roof joints being on the sides. Also there is a front cap and rear cap joint on the top. Out of the factory they used caulking which cracks with the summer heat and you could get a leak. Best thing is to get a couple of rolls of eternabond from Amazon and cover all the joints on top and you will never have to worry about leaks. Other then that they are a beautiful coach. We have walnut cabinets which we love. Mine has a Caterpillar engine and it is bullet proof. I bought my coach brand new in April of 2003 and have now 72K miles. We really enjoy our Scenic Cruiser. They were the top of the line in those years.
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I own a 2002 Scenic Cruiser and the coach has been good to us. Only thing I would recommend is to apply eternabond on all the seams on the roof. The roof design in my opinion is a poor design with joints running from the front to the back and the joints are like in a small valley that will retain water. I would have preferred a one piece top with the side wall and roof joints being on the sides. Also there is a front cap and rear cap joint on the top. Out of the factory they used caulking which cracks with the summer heat and you could get a leak. Best thing is to get a couple of rolls of eternabond from Amazon and cover all the joints on top and you will never have to worry about leaks. Other then that they are a beautiful coach. We have walnut cabinets which we love. Mine has a Caterpillar engine and it is bullet proof. I bought my coach brand new in April of 2003 and have now 72K miles. We really enjoy our Scenic Cruiser. They were the top of the line in those years.
Good call. I did this too. Also around the garden shower roof.
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Thanks for the response madkinson!
Does anyone have any thoughts on buying an rv in New York? I’m just thinking the snow can’t be good for the roof and with salted roads might cause problems with the rv.
I bought my 2005 Gulfstream Friendship G7 with a 400hp cummins from up state N.Y. everything under the home was rusted out steps were bad check all the wireing and steel fuel lines every shop I talked to just laughed as soon as they looked at it and new where it came from and I will tell you this Camping World will not work on 10 year old homes as I found out at least engine wise
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Hi Brad. Following points you should check:
1. Are the hydraulic cylinders still good. Level it out and re track the levels. Than you start to drive. Check the slides if those not slide slowly out.
2. I had broken rubber covers on the steering joint on the front axle. Sand and dirt could go in to the bearing shaft.
3. Roof (is it seal)
4. Check if the dome (in the shower) have black edges. Looks like dirt between the double wall. If you stand in to the shower and take a look upside, you will see if there are dirt spots. If yes, the wood (roof construction is made from wood) rotten. Than i recommend to take away the dome to see, if the damage is worst.
5. Check the level check hydraulic hoses. Gulf Stream mounted cheap hoses. They burst. If you want to be sure, replace them.
6. There was a recall on the steering wheel. It there is a slight chance to block the steering wheel during traveling. Make sure the recall is done.
7. There was a recall on the Norcold fridge cooling unit. It could ketch fire. Make sure the recall is done. They mount a over heating magnet valve. You can see it if on the outside is a red led when the fridge is turned on.
8. Check the chassis (in the compartment and outside) for rust.
9. Fill up the black water tank with the flush inlet. Wait for 30 minutes to see if the black water tank is not leaking. Do the same with the grey water tank.
10. Start the generator to see if it starts quick after push the start button and hold it for 15 seconds.

It is a nice RV. I wish you luck and a lot of fun. Mileage is great and also the low hours on the Onan.
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