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Old 01-14-2015, 04:19 PM   #15
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In 2004 the Vansco multiplexing wiring system was introduced, and the ISL 400 hp engine with the two-stage Jake brake became standard over the ISC 350 engine with exhaust brake. In '03 it was still an option, and option that everybody took so it became standard! They also expanded the coach battery bank from 4 batteries to 6. Somewhere in there they switched from a 12 volt surround sound system to a 120 volt "home theater in a box" type sound system.

I bought the 37" plasma screen option when I bought mine, and I am glad I did. Lots of options for future replacement with various flat screens without having to redo the cabinets. I think the standard was a 25" tube type TV. The plasma was an option in both '03 and '04. I believe they switched to an LCD 32" screen in '05.

The '04's did suffer from the lost spoiler. Mine almost left, and a friend lost two of them. Bad fabrication of the brackets was the cause. Not sure what year that became a problem. But that is fixable. Mine has been solid since I repaired it.

Nothing wrong with '04's. I certainly would not make '03's my cutoff year.

P.S. Mine is not for sale, so that is not why I am pushing them!
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There is no one rule fits all. I have a 2005 coach. The chassis was manufactured in April 2004 and does not have those issues, although I check them all just to be sure!


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Old 01-14-2015, 07:35 PM   #17
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There is no one rule fits all. I have a 2005 coach. The chassis was manufactured in April 2004 and does not have those issues, although I check them all just to be sure!
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...so the braking pressure change is more of a mosquito bite than a horse fly?
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:12 AM   #18
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Yep! Braking pressure is not a deal breaker at all. I have 95,000 miles on mine and have never had a problem. Some others might feel it takes too much pressure. But even if you feel it takes too much pressure, there is a fix as mentioned somewhere else if you feel it is necessary. I don't. I drove a coach that had the new master cylinder, and it does make a difference.
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Post 7 and 8 are the death blow to any idea about looking at an Avalanche. Cabinet wood is a BIG part of the pleasure of owning a nice house, boat, RV, etc. and you can't (easily) change that kind of construction.

Water intrusion, whether recent or over a span of years, isn't cool.

Mechanical downgrades can't get fixed; only replaced at heavy expense.

Thank you all for providing good advice. It's off my radar.
Isn't that the truth! We had a '98 Santara, seemed like all I did was fix the cabinets. They looked to be pressed board with a vinyl overlay. That was one of the reasons for buying the first Dutch Star and paying some $3,500 for the hardwood upgrade!
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