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Old 06-16-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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First Post. My pop is looking at a 1999 Country Coach Intrigue. He's had a 40' yacht for the past 20 years but this will be his first motorhome. Can you guys give me some pointers on what to look for when he goes to look at it. It's in another state so if he goes to look at it and likes what he sees he's probably going to bring it home. thanks

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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Maintenance records, chassis bushings, age of tires (not over 6 years, but hopefully younger). How interior has been kept, and how it smells; smoke from engine while driving, pogoing over bumps (bad shocks). Turn on everything that can be turned on to see if it works, pull out awnings to check condition, does engine/exhaust brake work, and of course how does it drive.

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:20 PM   #3
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W owned a 99 36' Intrigue. CC built good M/H's but the best money your dad could spend is for an independent inspection of the unit prior to purchase from the dealer. Probably cost in$300 range, but doesn't take much fixing to add up to $300. Make any purchase offer contingent on clean inspection with any deficiencies to be repaired by the dealer, or the estimated cost of repairs deducted form the purchase price. Probably a 350 Cummins engine, which had some problems in the first couple of years, but if engine has had all its updates its probably OK by now. Check the VIN number with a Cummins dealer for update history.The inspection will pay for itself. Good luck
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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Another option if he's a do it yourselfer is to go to rv.org and buy their product. It has a couple of chapters on who to inspect a MH. However a Country Coach has good bones. Some things to look for are: any sign of water leaks in the roof. If you find them walk away. Tires less than 5-6 yrs old google how to read the age code on the tires. Service records and mainteance records. Shocks if > 50 k should probably be replaced. Look at the generator hrs. If there are low hrs have that gone through. Fill all the tanks and make sure they don't leak and the dump valves work. Oil change and filters 1/yr. Check the awnings for wear they are getting to the age they may need to be replaced. Check all hoses for cracks and leaks especially coolant hoses. Make sure the hot water heater works in all modes as does the reffer. Make sure the heating system works and doesn't smoke. Check the accuracy of the tank gauges. Look at the finish and climb up and look at the roof. Spend some time crawling around underneath to look for problems down there. But I suspect paying someone to go through it is probably a good idea.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips. The coach has new tires according to the current owner. My brother is an ASE diesel tech who works on a lot of buses so I think he's taking him when he goes. In average 14 year old condition what do you guys think it's worth?
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