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Old 03-24-2017, 01:31 AM   #1
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2007 Phaeton low miles concern

Looking to purchase a gently used 2007 Phaeton. The coach looks to be well taken care of, but it only has 27,000 miles on it, what should I be worried about on a 10 year old coach with that few of miles?

Any other issues or concerns with a coach that has such little use at that age?

It has been stored inside for most of its life so cosmetically looks great.

Never been to Red Bay so will check for the Big 3 to see if they are needed.

Tires , batteries will need replaced, how about hoses, belts and such.

this will be our first Class A so a lot to learn.

thank you for your time
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:20 AM   #2
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do the regular maintenance, drive it like you stole it.

a 3 years ago I got a 2000 with 30,000

just bought '09 with 32,000

don't look a gift horse in the mouth
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:35 AM   #3
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Looking to purchase a gently used 2007 Phaeton. The coach looks to be well taken care of, but it only has 27,000 miles on it, what should I be worried about on a 10 year old coach with that few of miles?

Any other issues or concerns with a coach that has such little use at that age?

It has been stored inside for most of its life so cosmetically looks great.

Never been to Red Bay so will check for the Big 3 to see if they are needed.

Tires , batteries will need replaced, how about hoses, belts and such.

this will be our first Class A so a lot to learn.

thank you for your time
Hello, ans Welcome here!
One thing to add, is from reading on here over the years, I am not sure if it was all models/year, but they had problems with the wet bay floors needing replaced.......if you use the Google search bar at the top of the page, you will find some reading/info on this subject.
Engine/transmission/coolant sample's should be sent out to a lab and tested for a piece of mind.

Blackstone or JG Lube services are the two used, JG lube service's owner is a member on here and his name is Tom Johnson...........and he is very willing to help and guide........ Buy an Engine Oil Analysis Kit Today | Engine Oil Analysis Service

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Old 03-24-2017, 05:22 AM   #5
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You can call Tiffin with the VIN number to find out what recalls have been issued and accomplished.

If there are service records you are golden. If not, not a deal killer. Just more risk.

You are aware if the big three. If not done and needed discuss with Tiffin what if anything they will still cover.

Tires and batteries as always need to be checked and replaced as needed.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:51 AM   #6
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If it were myself:
Put new tires all around.
Take it to Gaffney or other Oasis shop and have just about every normally replaceable item...replaced.
All filters. Fuel, air, coalesce, transmission, etc.
All belts
Transmission fluid.
Coolant
Differential fluid
Normal routine maintenance.
Check brakes.

It going to be expensive but I think we'll worth it.
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that's really overkill
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:31 PM   #8
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I would think what needs to be done would be easier to decide if they are any service records. I would also be more aggressive in changing belts and fluids if it has been sitting for any length of time.
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You are aware if the big three.
Could you bring me up to speed on the big three? I'm not aware of what they are.
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Could you bring me up to speed on the big three? I'm not aware of what they are.
1. Front driver side slide floor leaks, some have had to have them replaced.
2. Roof rails cracking.
3. Wet bay rotting out, install fiberglass liner.
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1. Front driver side slide floor leaks, some have had to have them replaced.
2. Roof rails cracking.
3. Wet bay rotting out, install fiberglass liner.
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Did the '08 Phaeton have the same problems? Can you expand on #1 & 2. Thanks
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We bought a 2003 Allegro Bus in 2013 with 14,000 miles on it. Took it to Freightliner in Gaffney and had all fluids and belts replaced. Went to synthetic trans. fluid, and have gone back there each year since for service. We are now over 30,000 miles and going strong. Only issue we had was with a clogged fuel filter. I now keep the fuel treated with Startron and have had no further issues. I also carry a spare fuel filter and serpentine belt just in case.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:08 AM   #13
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My first RV, bought in 2008, was a 1999 Winnebago Adventurer with only 7,000 miles. Even though it was 9 years old I never had to replace any belts, hoses, etc. All I did was buy new tires, check all fluid levels and change the engine oil and filter. The V10 engine would always use a quart of oil between oil changes every 5,000 miles. That's the only problem I had with the Ford chassis. Traded it in for a 2014 Allegro LA36 in 2015

You can look at all the belts and hoses. It belts have cracks or show wear replace them. Squeeze the hoses if soft replace them. Change the oil and filter then drive it on some local camping trips to see how everything works.
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I bought a 2006 Allergo Bus with 19k on it in January while in Tucson. I drove it directly to WW Williams not far away in Tucson for a complete service, they are a chain and seemed to do a great job for me. I had them replace the belts. Fuel Filters, Oil and filters, and the Tranny filters and fluid, and they tested and added what was needed for the coolant. Did the same for the onan diesel genny. It was about $1200 total Did it need all that. Maybe not. But now I am fully aware what was done and when. The next thing i did was drive it to LA for 6 new tires. Figuring out what I needed/wanted was more like a new job. I was amazed what most tire dealers wanted to sell me, mostly tires that weren't rated for my axle weights or had decoupling grooves and they wanted to put sand in them as they didn't own spin balancer's for 22.5" in wheels.

The most amazing part of that to me for the service, was that I brought my 2003 Silverado to the dealer for hoses, belts, plugs, fuel filter last fall and that was $100 more than what i had done for the bus.

So its really up to you, what you feel comfortable with and what you can afford.
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