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Old 05-23-2019, 06:36 PM   #1
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Hello from Oregon and thank you for letting me join this group. I will be new to RVing and am thinking of purchasing a 2005 Pleasureway Plateau with 85,000 miles. Asking price of $40,000 from private seller. Does anyone have experience/issues with this vehicle? Not sure about buying a diesel or a 22' long vehicle with no experience. Is this a fair price in today's market? Thanks
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:15 PM   #2
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Hello from Oregon and thank you for letting me join this group. I will be new to RVing and am thinking of purchasing a 2005 Pleasureway Plateau with 85,000 miles. Asking price of $40,000 from private seller. Does anyone have experience/issues with this vehicle? Not sure about buying a diesel or a 22' long vehicle with no experience. Is this a fair price in today's market? Thanks
https://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/2005/...3043258/Values

I would ask some key questions; do you have the service records? VERY important.

Next, are the tires less than 2 or 3 years old? How old are the batteries?
Finally, how many hours on the generator? A normal generator should get 1 or 2 hours per month..... less hours is not a good thing.

Best of luck.

I have a 2012 RS and it has the 3 litre Mercedes Benz diesel.... it has the DEF which is actually a good and bad thing.

DEF allowed Mercedes to give the engine a lot more power and the V6 is very smooth, however, you have to stay on top of the emissions, tricky.

I've heard, only heard, that the older inline 5's like the one you're looking at can have challenges passing smog? Don't know where you live ? But, here in California, passing smog is a really big deal.
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Thank you for your response.
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:49 PM   #4
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Hi, I can't answer your price /value question but my husband and I are fairly new to Class B Pleasureway ownership too. What I can say, owning a 2011 PW has been great, cost new at the time, $85,000 we didn't pay that amount, discounts from the show at the fair. We love it, and can go anywhere and with the length, park anyplace!
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Hello, we bought a 2006 Roadtrek Adventurous last year with the 5 cyl diesel. At 8800 lbs it was not required to have a smog test in our state. We have been very happy with it. 22 mpg is amazing.
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:19 PM   #6
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I purchased a 2005 Pleasureway Plateau TS 2 years ago this July. I paid $37 500 knowing I had to replace the generator (because of the failure of the original owner to use it regularly). The generator cost $4,000, so you could say I paid $41 500. It had 63,000 miles. I have put 28,800 miles on it and absolutely love it. I replaced the tires and had new brakes at 80 000 miles. The solenoid in the starter stuck at 88 000 and had to be replaced. Even with those wear and tear issues I still think it was a wise investmeny.

As for Diesel..no problems finding it. How expensive it is varies state to state. But I get 24 -26 mpg and can travel 600 on a fillup.

I would do it all over again even knowing of the issues I listed above.

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Old 05-30-2019, 05:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. Unfortunately seller decided not to sell. Back to looking..
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:39 PM   #8
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We purchased a 07 PW on an 06 Sprinter and have been very happy with it. It had 80,000 miles on it when we purchased.

We replaced the brake pads and tires and it has been trouble free for us. Our generator had 19 hours on it a year ago and runs fine. We also upgraded coach battery to 200 Ah agm and placed new battery on top of old battery box under couch (telecom battery) on its side. Added 200 watts solar power and everything is working as it should. Fuel mileage has been steady 22-23 mpg at all hiway speeds and now done 15,000 miles.

The price you quoted seems reasonable; try to negotiate a little savings off asking and then figure on spending 10% for unknowns and maintenance items and you wonít be disappointed or surprised. Pull the trigger before someone beats you to it! These things donít sit around at that price point. Happy travels
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While NADA has a lower value, PW's of this age do generally go for at least $40k in this age range. For instance, if you check rvtrader.com today there is a 2006 Plateau with 176k miles for $40k in California and nothing else in that price range for a Plateau. Many dealers will not part with a PW Diesel for a non-premium price. So, if you're comfortable with the future availability of diesel #2/B5 (avoid Minnesota), at least you should be able to avoid the DEF in that age range. I have a 2012 and have been forced to use B20 at times but without any ill effects so far. What I have done buying used, which I think is a very important thing to do, is to have it inspected by a professional. I would contact NRVIA.com and ask for their best inspector in your area. Have the engine fluid analysis done, too. The package ain't cheap, but it is worth it. After all, you're intending to spend many tens of thousands of dollars!
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I have a 2004 PW, paid around 32,000...It had a few more miles, maybe 89,000...but I have LOVED it..did put on new tires, and have redone interior, but all-in-all, GREAT RV!!
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