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Old 07-16-2011, 05:06 PM   #15
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Talking 1999 Mountain Aire makes it home with a few trials and tribulations

Hi All,

Well, it was an interesting trip home The coach had new Kelly tires all the way around, so no problems there. The generator turned over 2 times and then zinggggggggggg and no start. I pulled the starter out and the plastic gear was history.

The engine started galloping at an idle after I left Orlando and was really sucking gas. I made it to 60 miles south of Macon, GA on Sunday and slept at a rest stop for 5 hours. Called Macon and found a Ford dealership in Byron (Peach County Ford - 478.956.4007) who could take me in. I showed up there, they got the computer hooked up, scratched their head, looked at all the parts that the dealer had replaced, then took it for a drive. The test drive consensus was that the Mass Air flow sensor was bad. They had one of those by 1:30, replaced that and we took it for another test ride. No galloping and all of the combustion parameters looked good.

Oh, when I left Orlando I tried the cruise control. Didn't work and I had forgot to check that before we bought it. My bad. Peach County Ford however ran the VIN number and there was a recall for a switch that could go bad. Turned out the cruise was disconnected, probably because of the safety switch problem. They replaced the switch and hooked up the wiring under recall order and that fixed my second problem. Cost was $436.07 to get the coach checked out, 2 problems fixed and I was off and running.

I found an Onan starter in Atlanta and cruised in there at 5pm on Monday and picked it up - cost $143.41. The dealer that I bought it from, K&B Financial Services in Apopka, FL paid for both expenses.

We absolutely love the floor plan and the Mountain Aire quality. The roof needs to be resealed and that is our top priority, along with adding an in motion satellite in the near future.

Considering that we could have bought 5 of these for what we paid for our 04 39S Discovery, makes the deal seem pretty good.

Mileage was not good, I have to recheck the numbers but looks like 5.8 and I ran the Generator for about 7 hours and I haven't factored that in.

We know that things break on RV's, that is the nature of the beast. We bought this for $31,000 so feel like there is lots that we can do compared to paying $155,000 for an 04 Discovery.

Things we like, a very nice upgraded pillow top bed. A free standing dining table with an expansion leaf and 4 chairs instead of the bench dinette. The 74" couch in the living room is actually comfortable for sleeping out. Love the center entry door - great for bringing groceries right into the kitchen. The driver and passenger chairs up front are very cushy and the arms are adjustable and all electric. The second exit door on the drivers side is very nice. Newmar really thought through the layout of everything. I was extremely impressed with the ride and how quiet it is with the engine up front.

Not we put in some elbow grease and lots of caulk.

Ray & Paula
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