I'm about to buy an RV from a friend. I've never bought any kind of vehicle before, and I know nothing about cars except through web searches. But I do have a grad-level physics education and some engineering experience with which to understand answers to this question.
It appears that everything works well except the shocks, which are incredibly soft. They may be as much as 20 years old. I plan to drive this only 10-100 miles at a time, 100-500 miles per year, so I'm not worried but I want to make sure...
- Could an old suspension pose any kind of safety hazard?
- Could an old suspension pose any kind of risk of damaging something (i.e. expensive repair)?
- Could an old suspension cost me in any other way, like a drastically reduced resale value?
- Is there ever going to be a time when the suspension absolutely needs to be replaced just to drive it a few miles?
- Is there ever going to be a time when the suspension absolutely needs to be replaced to legally sell the RV?