Re: 1990 Ford Camper Van 47,000 miles
For what it's worth: Three years ago I purchased a 1990 Dodge class B with 82,000 km (51,000 miles), sight unseen, on Kijiji. It was 8 hours driving distance from my home. According to the vendor:
1. The unit had belonged to his parents; his father passed away two years prior after a period of illness. His father had maintained it meticulously, with the help of his son, the vendor, who owns a tire shop. The vendor had mounted 4 new high-end snow/mud tires just prior to his parents' last trip.
2. The unit had been sitting in a field by the highway, for sale for 2 years, but no takers.
3. The vendor was willing to change the oil & filter, and do a general inspection of belts etc. He was also willing to drive it to a town 1/2 way between our respective homes. I figured if he drove the first 4 hours, I could certainly drive the last 4 hours if his story was true. (That was quite a risk for him too, to take me for a serious buyer!!)
I brought it home without incident. I had to get an out-of-province inspection, which was no big deal. A week later the right front brake seized up when I had to make a hard stop. I replaced brakes all around. I had no further problems to this very day.
IMHO: moral of the story - There are good deals and good folk out there. Talk to the vendor, assess the story, try other due diligence, perhaps vendor will meet you 1/2 way driving?
1990 Dodge Leisure Van - great camping
2006 Goldwing - terrific two-up riding
2011 Malibu LT - wonderful winter wheels