Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | August 3, 2009

Famous Motorhome For Sale – Revision 1

(as of 8/3/09)

I recognize that I have a problem of trying to sell a vehicle that will not pass a smog test (because it is currently registered in Washington which does not require a smog test and I had all of the horse-power robbing items removed!) in the smog test required State of California. Hence I’ve come up with what I am calling my creative sales plan as follows:
(All plans require payment via Paypal or Cashiers Check) (If you take possession of the motorhome in Murphys, California, I will pick you up at the Sacramento Airport, drive you the 100 miles to Murphys)

Remember the 454 engine with less than 6,000 miles is worth $5,000 alone!

$5,000 Sales Price: (You take possession of motorhome in Murphys, California)
I will remove the following items and install them on my new motorhome:
(Estimated cost to replace and install items is shown behind the item – $2,875 total)
* 3 solar panels with 4 Trojan 105 amp batteries ($,2,000)
* Under-sink Nature Pure water filtration system ($200)
* Olympian Catalytic Heater ($200)
* Cell phone antenna ($75)
* DVD player with 6 Channel surround sound ($200)
* CB radio and antenna ($100)
* 2-12 volt to 110 inverters (200 and 325 watt) ($100)

$7,500 Sales Price: (You take possession of motorhome in Murphys, California)
Motorhome will contain all items shown in $5,000 sales price and those shown in original ad below.

$10,000 Sales Price: (I will deliver to the following states: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico) (You will provide me transportation to the nearest major airport) (Motorhome will contain all items shown in $7,500 sales price)

$12,500 Sales Price: (I will deliver to all remaining states in the United States) (You will provide me transportation to the nearest major airport) (Motorhome will contain all items shown in $7,500 sales price)

Things you need to keep in mind:
* The engine has less than 6,000 miles on it and my mechanic tells me it’s worth $5,000.
* During my ownership the motorhome has had the very best of care and maintenance.
* It’s ready to leave tomorrow for Mexico and Central America or anywhere else.
* I really prefer you take possession of the motorhome in Murphys, California.

The original ad is shown below (also included items shown in $5,000 price above)

Your first Question: Why would anyone want to sell a famous motorhome?
Answer: I’ve got a new gal in my life who is a devoted Yoga doer. She doesn’t have room to do yoga in my motorhome, so she went and bought a motorhome that has room to do her yoga. I do not want to be a two-RV-couple so I’m moving into her new rig.

Your second question: Why is this motorhome famous? This motorhome has done something that only one in a million motorhomes have done…that is, go to the other side of the Panama Canal and beyond! You can see lots of details and photos about this trip on my website at:

Basic facts: 1983 Suncrest 23.5′ Class A motorhome. A true “oldie, but goodie!” Despite its age in years, it’s in wonderful condition and is ready to leave for Central America tomorrow! It’s the perfect rig for beating around Mexico and/or Central Mexico or any other place. I’ve lived in this rig for 10 years and made it comfortable for myself!

It comes with the following:
* A GMC 454 Engine with less than 6,000 miles on it
* Aluminum racing intake manifold and Aluminum headers
* K&N lifetime Air Filter
* Cooper Dominator Tires have only 14,000 miles on them
* Brand new Michelin spare tire with zero miles
* Newer model 6.4 cubic foot Norcold refrigerator
* Brand new GE turn-table microwave
* Updated electrical converter/panel
* Blaupuntk removable in-dash DVD player
* VHS player
* 2 Dish Network receivers and satellite dish
* VHS player
* Bike rack
* Outside shower
* 2 reading lights
* Awning
* Large internal shower
* Custom-made firm mattress (corner bed)
* Approximately 18 added cubic feet of storage under bed
* 3 cooling fans
* Newly refurbished hot water tank
* Spare starter, alternator and fuel pump
* Black-water tank flushing nozzle
* Black-water holding tank odor eliminator
* Brand new freshwater pump
* Spare fresh water pump
* Metal cooking stove cover
* Extenders on rear-wheel dualies (also extra set of extenders)
* One-hour fireproof safe permanently attached to MH frame

Here’s some other information:
* The oil has been faithfully changed every 2,500 miles. One quart of Lucus Oil Additive and six quarts of 60 weight Valvoline VR1 Racing Engine Oil
* I use only premium gasoline to help keep the engine clean
* Average gas mileage is 7.75 mpg
* Air conditioner and all other horsepower-robbing extras have been removed
* Coach air conditioner works just fine
* 3,000 miles ago…replaced all three u-joints on drive line
* 7,000 miles ago…coolant system flush, new thermostat and radiator cap
* 14,000 miles ago…new tires
* 20,000 miles ago…new rear wheel bearings, grease seals and drums
* 26,000 miles ago…Turn front rotors, new front brake pads, new fuel pump, and re-built carburetor

I’m not removing one single item that I have installed for my comfort/convenience!
With the exception of my personal items (15″ flat screen tv, XM Radio and WiFi Antenna) it comes exactly as I use it for myself today!


This motorhome will be in Western Washington during July and August of 2009. It will arrive in Murphys, California not later than September 1, 2009. I’ll need a few days to transfer personal items to our new motorhome, so this one will be available approximately September 15th.

To see 12 photos taken on August 2, 2009, click the below link. Please remember that we are currently living in the motorhome and hence may appear cluttered. In reality for it’s size it has a very open floor plan which originally attracted it to me.

If interested you can call me on my cell-phone at 860-575-6940 or email me at

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:


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