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Old 12-19-2017, 02:52 AM   #1
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My name is Bob and I live in SE Michigan. Recently purchased a 2000 Dynamax starflyte. Thank you for allowing me to join the forum. Bob
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:13 PM   #2
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Hi Bob,

I recently bought a 1998 Coachmen Starflyte. Coachmen originally produced the Starflyte from 1997-2000. Then they sold the plans to Dynamax in 2000. Dynamax made then until 2002, and then similar types afterwards.

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Default To the Dynamax owners 2000-2001

How has your RV performed and do you still have it?
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:47 AM   #4
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Simplytheblest,

I really like my Starflyte (Ford chassis). It seems to be just the right size (21' length) and layout for me. I have the Rear Bed layout. I also like the curved fiberglass body which is stronger than the traditional laminated panels. I've driven twice to Milwaukee and back. It drives and rides nice. I plan to keep this one

I had been looking for a Starflyte for several years and finally found one - about 20 miles from my house! Mine is on the Ford chassis with the 5.4L Triton V-8. Although most of the Fords seem to have the larger V-10. After Dynamax bought the production rights from Coachmen they also offered the Chevy chassis.

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Simplytheblest,

I really like my Starflyte (Ford chassis). It seems to be just the right size (21' length) and layout for me. I have the Rear Bed layout. I also like the curved fiberglass body which is stronger than the traditional laminated panels. I've driven twice to Milwaukee and back. It drives and rides nice. I plan to keep this one

I had been looking for a Starflyte for several years and finally found one - about 20 miles from my house! Mine is on the Ford chassis with the 5.4L Triton V-8. Although most of the Fords seem to have the larger V-10. After Dynamax bought the production rights from Coachmen they also offered the Chevy chassis.

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David, Thanks!

Asking for opinions and especially since you own one. I have seen pics of Dealer having 21 ft. 2001, Class B Dynamax Starflyte, Chev. with 3500 chasis and a 454, 7.4 liter engine, no slide out, approx 17,000 miles. Does this send any red flags out to you? What did you experience thus far, as far as cost and repairs and use after getting an older model? Advice for me?

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Old 10-23-2019, 02:48 AM   #6
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Susan,

I have only bought and owned used older RV's. The Starflyte is my fifth RV. Most of the time older RV's that I have bought have been in fairly good shape. There have been some mechanical issues from sitting too long.

Some of the engine seals and gaskets can dry out or shrink due to the engine not being run regularly. Brakes systems and front suspension (U-joints, etc.) can also go bad. And if the tires are more than 5 years old they likely need to be replaced, even if the tread looks good. Although most dealers will replace old tires.

But depending on the price of the Dynamax Starflyte that you are looking at it can still be a good deal to buy it and have these items replaced or repaired. I would recommend 2 things:

1 - Make an appt with the Dealer to have them demonstrate EVERY system in the RV - the generator, the roof A/C, the furnace, the refrigerator on propane and electric, the monitor panel, the stove, the lights, the water pump, toilet, shower and sinks, the roof fan, etc. This will take a few hours, which is why you will need to make the appointment. Check around all of the windows (inside) for evidence of leaks. Look at the carpeted headliner for water stains/leak. Check inside of the cabinets for water stains too.

2 - Take the RV to your own mechanic (or find one) that will check over the engine, brakes, suspension, exhaust, everything. It will probably cost you about $300. But if you really like the Starflyte it will be worth it.

So basically, there can and probably will be some issues from a low mileage RV's that has been sitting. But if there are only a few issues and it cost $1000-$2000 to fix these issues, it can still be a good buy especially if the price is good.

Also remember that there is usually a lot of leeway in price on the sale of a used RV from a Dealer. What price are they asking???

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David,

They are asking 30,995. What do you think about that for starters? Looks like the flooring has been replaced with a mixed grey plank looking linoleum or LVP flooring. That particular flooring color is different from the honey colored cabinets and looks different from the rest of the interior and the original blue carpeted front cab section. If there are water stains inside the overhead cab wall cabinets and around inner windows and frames. Is it just wise to pass it on to look for something else or find a repairman?
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Susan,

The price seems High to me. I'm sure they picked that price because the mileage is low. However I am somewhat suspicious of the very low mileage. I would prefer that it actually had more mileage on it, something like 40 or 50 thousand miles.

The stains and leak evidence on the carpeted headliner and around the cabinets is probably due to the caulking on the roof seams drying out because it sat for so long. That is an easy fix by removing the old caulking and recaulking those seams. However I'm wondering if the water leaks came down and damaged the carpet and maybe even the wood subfloor. Perhaps that's why they replace the carpeting.

If you are interested I would offer them $19,000. And tell them that you are very wary of the super low mileage and the issues that that causes. And the evidence of the leaks and if the floor was damaged. If the model you are looking at has the mini couch / seat behind the driver's seat, pull up the cushions and the wooden cover and take a look at the wooden floor underneath. And you could do the same thing with the rear couch or rear bed.

The highest that I would pay for it would be about 21 or $22,000 . but even then I would have to get it checked out by a mechanic . I definitely would not buy it at the asking price of $30,000. With the super low mileage I would be worried about the engine unless you had it checked out by a mechanic. But even then the $30,000 price is still too high.

My 1998 starflyte cost me $13,000. However I did have to spend $1,100 for new tires, and almost $2,000 for engine and brake work. And as it turned out the refrigerator did not work. So that is going to cost me about $1,000.

I'm still glad that I bought mine. because I really wanted to get a starflyte. But even though mine had 50000 miles on it, it had been sitting for a few years.

If you can get it for $21,000 and it checks out good by mechanic and doesn't need more than a couple thousand dollars of repairs then it might be worth it.

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If you like it don't feel bad about offering them $19,000. They probably took it as a trade in and gave the previous owner $10,000. So they will be making money even at $19,000. I would ask to also speak to someone at the dealer that can tell you exactly what the condition was like when they bought it and exactly what they did to it after getting it.
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Thank you David!

I really do appreciate all of your honest, heartfelt advice! I saw a picture of your RV on your profile btw and it looks really nice judging from the exterior. I am sure you are very proud. Hope you make lots of good memories with it!

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