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2007 Shadow Cruiser Land Roamer 315QB and truck advice
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Jun 27 2011, 1:41 am - By rawfedweims


We have the chance to buy a 2007 Shadow Cruiser Land Roamer 315QB from a guy at my work at an awesome price.  He used it to full time for two years before they came to AZ and bought a house. They have used it once in about a year that they have been out here. He has had it in storage since he bought the house about a year ago. He paid $48,000 new for it off the lot and he just wants to get rid of it so he can buy a Jeep for commuting(he commutes 65 miles one way to work). They found they just have not been using it as much as they used to and have stopped full-timing. He customized it to a full timing lifestyle, and made it better. He said it just needs a new window and a few vents on top (due to some kids trying to break in at the storage lot he had it at)He is also willing to sell his 2003 Dodge 2500 5.9L Turbo Diesel Short Bed 4X4 with the hitch included and everything we need to get started using it. The truck has 270,000 miles on it and he has done all maintenance to it that it needs. We can pick up the combo truck and trailer for $20,000. Trailer is $12,000 and truck would be $8,000. Is this a good deal? What do you all think? Should we jump on this deal? We are going to look at it this week sometime. Is there anything we should look for? Is this a good model trailer? My husband and I would like to start full-timing with our 2 medium sized dogs (a Weimaraner and Chesapeake Bay Retriever). Thank you for all of your help! We look forward to going to see it!

Have a great and safe week!

Sincerely,
Snow and Anton

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OK, so today we went to go look at this setup and were impressed by what we saw. It is actually a 315QB Land Roamer Cruiser Rv that was made by Double Tree RV. It is a late model 2007, made in December 2007. It needs just a few minor repairs and it is basically turn-key and comes with everything we need to get stated rving and the remainder of a 7 year warranty for anything major. The truck is a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew cab 5.9L 4x4 Diesel with 270,000 miles on it. It has a heavy duty suspension and everything 4wd has been replaced. It is in really good shape and comes with the hitch as well. He is asking $20K for the package and we are looking at buying it. Any concerns with this setup? Any info would be great! Thank you and we look forward to any and all comments. Have a great and safe week!


Sincerely,

Snow and Anton

Safe travels,
Snow and Anton Aubel

3 year old Female Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Yepa" (Winter Princess)
5 year old Female Weimaraner-"Cheyenne"

2007 34' Cruiser RV Land Roamer 310QB 5th Wheel
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel Crew Cab 4x4
Jun 27 2011, 3:52 pm - Replied by: Technomadia


I'm not familiar with this brand at all.. but what I would be extra cautious looking for is any sort of water damage.  If it needs new windows and vents - these are all great places for water to get in. And water damage, especially in typical sticks-n-staples RV construction can quickly weaken walls, floors, etc.  Thankfully, if its been in AZ, it doesn't rain much (that's where we're currently at with our new-to-us 1961 bus conversion).    

Walk strongly through the unit..  does it feel solid?  Are there any soft or squishy spots?  Eye the unit up and down, and look for any buldges anywhere on the walls, inside and out.  Pay particular attention around windows, and below.  Press on all the walls and make sure they're consistent throughout. Look under cabinets, etc.     

If there are any soft spots anywhere... any peeling of wall paper/paneling/etc. - walk away. 


The entire RV market is soft right now, so there's no need to jump on the first good deal you encounter.   Go visit lots of units for sale, and get a very good idea of what you want.  You'll learn a tremendous amount about each unit you look at - both about trailers/RVs and about what will work for your situation. 

And wow...  270,000 miles on a 2003 seems high... that's over 30k per year.  Was it used in a commercial fleet previously?  That could be a good thing, depending on how well they maintained their fleet.   Diesels are built for heavy use, so it's not as concerning as with a gas vehicle...  but could be worth taking to a mechanic for a thorough inspection.  What's the condition of the tires?


As far as it being a good deal or not..  run the truck through KBB and Edmunds for its value.  Do a search on the trailer brand to see what others similar are selling for.   

But it really comes down to..  does it work for you?  Is the price in your budget, and are you prepared to take on the maintenance costs of a high mileage diesel and the known repairs needed on the trailer?

Best wishes,
 - Cherie
Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Jun 28 2011, 10:05 pm - Replied by: rawfedweims


Here are some pictures we took the other day. http://gallery.me.com/teamindiansummer/100046
Safe travels,
Snow and Anton Aubel

3 year old Female Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Yepa" (Winter Princess)
5 year old Female Weimaraner-"Cheyenne"

2007 34' Cruiser RV Land Roamer 310QB 5th Wheel
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel Crew Cab 4x4
Jun 28 2011, 11:43 pm - Replied by: Technomadia


BTW.. that's not a trailer. That's a 5th Wheel :)
Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

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