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Old 07-11-2016, 06:40 PM   #1
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2004 Country Coach Intrigue question

I'm new to the forum and my wife and I are looking at a 2004 Intrigue with a 505 Cat engine. My question concerns the PTO on this engine and if it exists? If yes, would it come from the factory with wet or dry lubrication? Thanks in advance for your help. 851Jon
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The coach in question probably came from the factory with a dry PTO. No big deal as it is very easy and pretty cheap to install a wet PTO. On the other hand, you could always do the lube every 5,000 miles yourself.

I would not let the PTO issue stop me from purchasing the coach
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Don thanks for the information. This coach only has 12K miles on it. What concerns if any should we have about purchasing a 12 year old coach with so few miles?
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Just the usual stuff, tires belts, hoses possibly,filters, coolant, transmission fluid (I think yours came with Transynd), trans filters, lube oil and filters, especially fuel filters.

I have found that a lot of people buy a 45 footer and then are afraid to drive it therefore low mileage. I thought I wanted a 45 but have decided I like my 40 just fine.

I would change the dry PTO to a wet one just because I don't want to fool with lubing it every 5,000 miles. It isn't a hard change out, you could do it yourself.
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A excellent idea would get someone to inspect it for u. Again I mention Kevin Waite 541-953-6162.
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IMO, in that era, the Intrigue with the CAT was the sweet spot in the CC lineup. Solid build, great features, slide out generator (We miss not having that on our 04 Allure.), and the BIG BLOCK CAT means never needing to say sorry while climbing a hill!

I too would not let the PTO or age, or low miles bother me. I would do the normal coach inspection to check out overall condition of all systems. This would be worth either taking it to a reputable RV place for full inspection, or hire a professional to go do the full inspection on site. Chassis, engine, and drive chain related items, I'd also have looked over carefully. Pull samples for analysis.

Then as Don said, unless the coach has documented service records. I'd budget and bake into the purchase price, a full refresh of fluids, belts, hydro hot service, generator service (Belt here too.), etc. And of course age of house and chassis battery factor here too. If it has the Norcold 1200, I'd make sure the recalls were complete at very least. But would frankly also budget into the experience the change over to residential fridge. (But, that is a matter of personal choice!)

Check the age of the tires, if over 7 years old, I'd bake that into the price too.

I have the mentioned 04 Allure, the galley is why we're driving this rig, as I made the mistake of letting the DW see this coach as we were looking. Thus, no BIG CAT for me! We felt the coach was worth investing in to make it 'our coach'. We plan to use it for about 10 years, then make a decision on what we'll do next. I feel the 04 Intrigue is also a fine coach to invest in for the long haul.

Best of luck to you,
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