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Old 06-02-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Just bought an '08 Inspire...

Hello All,

Well, after a new 5th wheel in '06, another new one in '09, my wife finally got what she wanted, a motorhome!
We found a deal on a used '08 with 14k miles here in Socal and go to pick it up on Sunday.
It's a 36' Inspire 360, with a 425 hp ISL Cummins. Loaded, and in very good condition.
We've been researching 36' Tiffin Phaetons for a few years now, and never did I even think to look for a CC, but she found it a week ago, went and drove it and the rest is history! It's certainly about 50k more than I had planned or wanted to spend, but it just seems worth it as you get SO much more coach for the money. I hope we made the right decision.

I gave a very thorough inspection yesterday, spending about 3 hours inspecting everything before I even started negotiating.
I didn't find much that concerned me, however this is my first motorhome/pusher, so I'm all ears for any of you that would be willing to give advice on things to look out for on the PDI.

Couple questions for you though:
1. The passenger side main storage door (and one other door) seem to be sagging about 1/8" so they require a good slam to get them shut. Is it pretty simple to realign the outdoor storage doors?

2. Also, the dealer said they'd be replacing the panel, but the interior roof panel, even with the sink location (as far as distance back from the front) has about 4 feet wide of bubbles from the ceiling panel (leather or whatever the material is). There are just a bunch of numerous bubbles in the material, looks like the adhesive failed. I didn't see any signs of water intrusion, exterior roof looked good, no stains on the interior ceiling.
Has anyone had this happen before? Common for adhesive to fail, or perhaps something worse I'm not seeing...?

3. Another thing is the select comfort bed isn't working on the bottom third of the bed in the master bedroom. When you sit on it, it's like that section is just deflated. Not sure if it needs to be replaced, or if there is a simple fix.

4. I'm used to doing ALL my fluid changes on everything I've ever owned in the past. I'm going to have to embrace allowing others to do these services now. How can I be sure they truly put NEW fluids in the engine, tranny, and generator? There is a charge for all of this, and I want to be 100% sure I get what I'm paying for.

I'd appreciate any insight you all can provide, and I really look forward to joining the CC family

Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #2
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I can only address the Select Comfort bed . . . I'll have to leave the rest to those more mechanically inclined than me. I would call the Sleep Number company (see www.sleepnumber.com). The bed being only 3 years old indicates that it should still be under some form of warranty, although it will be pro-rated because of the years. We had a sleep number in our previous coach, and the Sleep Number people were very helpful in diagnosing and assisting in the installation of a new pump and controls after 2 years.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
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I'll help on #4...if you have a Speedco near by, I find their work very professional and trustworthy.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:59 PM   #4
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As to #4 just think more & bigger if you've done it in the past no reason not to continue on doing so.
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You need to make sure that the Chelsea PTO has had the wet kit installed. Failure to have this done can lead to very costly repairs to PTO and hydraulic pump.
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Should have included this link to info on PTO wet kit.
http://www.jdrv1.com/sitebuildercont...s/pto-101a.pdf
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Hello and and to the Country Coach Owners Forum. We are glad to have you join us. Congratulations on the purchase and I am sure you will enjoy and appreciate your decision. Good luck, stay safe and keep us posted.
The bubble in the ceiling material is due to deterioration of the foam rubber backing; not the adhesive. As time and mostly heat build up, in a stored coach, goes on the worse the deterioration will happen. Only cure to a collapsed foam backed headliner is new material. It can be done but is time consuming, therefore costly if done professionally.
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Congrats on your new rig! I live in the San Diego area, and I'm heading up to Colton Trucks for a few things. Check the RV Repair Service Reviews (Google that), and you will see that both Colton and Relands get very good reviews.

We've had our 04 Allure now a year, the items I'm asking Colton to cover are:
-Normal fluid and filter maintenance
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-Check wheel hubs, service as needed
-All wheel alignment (we have a tag, so a bit more)
-Check belts, chassis etc. (part of their normal maintenance)

I have places in San Diego that can do many of these, but I wanted the alignment too, so going to get up early one day, and be at the door when they open with an appointment...

Go have some fun, and enjoy!
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:30 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the responses thus far. Some very helpful info...
I'll certainly look into this PTO issue that I had never heard of, so thank you mattandcarol for posting that up. I'm hoping my '08 will have the wet design setup, as it looks like a lot of the issues were a few years prior to '08, but it sounds like I still need to double check.
I don't have a Speedco within 300 miles, but I'll be sure to coordinate a trip to one next year when we have to change the fluids again, they seem very reasonably priced.
Thanks again all, and keep the info coming, this moho thing is a totally different animal that what I'm used to...
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Re. PTO issue the coach would not have come from CC with the wet kit. If it has one it has been added later. Chelsea state that without the wet kit the PTO needs to be opened up to inspect the splines and repack with grease every 5000 miles.
Suggest you go to the Country Coach owners forum on Yahoo, you will find lots of great information there.
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As a former CC owner, I would recommend having Oregon Motor Coach Center (Eugene, OR) do a full PM and take care of any adjustments. While they are not cheap, they do great work and are staffed by former CC techs. Whenever we had major upgrades to get done we would go to them.

The website is Oregon Motor Coach Center
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Don't take them for their word, get it in black and white and then pray. Our dealings with RV dealers have not been good, they will lie their [moderator edit] off for a sale. Never should have sold our 1976 GMC and bought a new 2002 Bounder.
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"4. I'm used to doing ALL my fluid changes on everything I've ever owned in the past. I'm going to have to embrace allowing others to do these services now. How can I be sure they truly put NEW fluids in the engine, tranny, and generator? There is a charge for all of this, and I want to be 100% sure I get what I'm paying for."

If you are limited by working space then yes you will have to depend on others. If not, then your previous experience will make servicing your rig yourself very easy to do.

After the service and before leaving their yard, pull the dipsticks to see if clean oil is present. Mark the old filters so you know they have been changed out. Coolant is difficult to verify the age.
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Regarding the PTO . . . while leaving our coach at OMC one of the mechanics showed us the parts from a hydraulic pump that had not had the wet kit and had failed . . . the cost to replace the whole thing is about twice what it costs to have the wet kit installed . . . definitely worth doing!
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