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Old 12-06-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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2008 Mountain Aire 4121 on Spartan K2 - possible purchase questions

Hi gang,

We're really close to making a deal on the above coach with 56K miles. It's in great shape and we hope to fulltime in it starting mid 2016. Thought I'd ask here if there's anything in particular I should check or pay extra attention to. I've seen the Newmar factory records and it's been back a few times so I think any important recalls were looked after.

In a test drive it seemed to "porpoise" a little, taking longer to recover on the front to back motion than an 11 Ventana 4333 I tried the same day. The dealer is putting new shocks on and I'm going to test drive again and plan to buy if that settles the ride out.

Any other thoughts on the above or anything else with this year& chassis? It's got the 10K Onan with only 164 hours on it and will have all new rubber except for 15 month old tires on tag. Very impressed with the CCC of 9766. Not sure I've seen anything that high before.

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Old 12-06-2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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See if you can get any service records from previous owner or talk to them also have it inspected by a certified rv tech
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Hi gang,

We're really close to making a deal on the above coach with 56K miles. It's in great shape and we hope to fulltime in it starting mid 2016. Thought I'd ask here if there's anything in particular I should check or pay extra attention to. I've seen the Newmar factory records and it's been back a few times so I think any important recalls were looked after.

In a test drive it seemed to "porpoise" a little, taking longer to recover on the front to back motion than an 11 Ventana 4333 I tried the same day. The dealer is putting new shocks on and I'm going to test drive again and plan to buy if that settles the ride out.

Any other thoughts on the above or anything else with this year& chassis? It's got the 10K Onan with only 164 hours on it and will have all new rubber except for 15 month old tires on tag. Very impressed with the CCC of 9766. Not sure I've seen anything that high before.

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I would require fluid tests on the engine and Allison transmission, that you would have to pay for of course.
Just order the kits and send them in...........
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I would not buy without these tests being done, coolant also.
This is a very large investment, fluid testing is very cheap and will tell the story of the condition of the components.
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While 164 hrs on the genie may be impressive to some, I'm more comfortable when I seem one whose hrly use averages at least 100 hrs per model year. They are meant to be USED with some degree of regularity and should not be allowed to sit in their compartment and look pretty. Not using them and letting them sit can have adverse effects on their well being. I would definitely have the genie turned on and have it run for at least 2-3 hrs under load from the roof ac's, heatpumps, small 1500w ceramic portable heater, turn on the engine heater, etc.(Fuel useage is about .5-.75 gal per hr.) If it does not hiccup from this test and you end up purchasing this unit, I would find a place that sells Seafoam fuel conditioner and pour (1) can per 25gals of fuel tank capacity into the fuel tank prior to driving home. If there are problems with the genie from the test, have them fix it on their dime BEFORE you make the purchase.
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See if you can get any service records from previous owner or talk to them also have it inspected by a certified rv tech
Thanks. As mentioned I've already seen the service records and it's been inspected. I'm not so much looking for generic coach buying tips as asking those familiar with this year and model as well as chassis if there are specific things I should be looking at or looking for.
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