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Old 06-17-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Looking at '07 and have a couple questions.

We are looking at a 2007 Inspire 360 Siena 400 Quad Slide. I'v been doing quite a bit of reading here and other places. Tires are only 2 years old and it really looks good and only has 23k miles. At 36-37 feet, great layout and awesome coach quality, it may be just what we've been looking for.

My concern is what I read regarding PTO and radiator. Does anyone know if this particular model has the PTO, or am i gonna have to crawl up under it to look? I'm not a mechanic, so not sure what i would look for or exactly where to look. Its our first DP, so I am not familiar (yet) with diesels. Besides, its not exactly close to where I live and would like to have some ideas before i make the trip to look again.

And how can I tell if it has the aluminum radiator? I know that sounds like a simple question for mechanics, but other than the obvious copper is one color and aluminum is another, is that all there is to it?

Any other concerns? Or are these really major concerns in the grand scheme of things?

Thanks in advance for any input.

Oh, and another thing.. obviously this may also end up being a lesson in how NOT to pick a screen name for this forum!
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:34 PM   #2
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I don't know if this will help, but give them a look.

http://www.jdrv1.com/sitebuildercont...s/pto-101a.pdf
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:23 PM   #3
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If you crawl under the unit find the lower radiator hose and follow it to the radiator. Take a magnet and see if it will stick to the side tank of the radiator. If it doesn't stick it's aluminum. It seems like the aluminum radiators are a bad design but a lot of coaches have them, not just country coach so don't not buy a coach you like just because it has an alum radiator. Good luck!
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From what I understand, the problem is not that the radiator is aluminum, but the supplier of the original radiators did shoddy work building them. Talk to Eric Olstrom at Premier RV in Tucson--he used to work at Country Coach, and has replaced many CC radiators. Also, a magnet won't stick to copper either!
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The side tanks are usually steel on the replacement radiators
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thanks for all the help. I guess I'll see if i can talk a tech guy at the dealership into going out on the lot and crawling under there for me to check the PTO and Radiator.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:15 PM   #7
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Looking At 07

The 07 CC Inspire WILL have the dry PTO & suspect radiator.
They will both need to be addressed. If the PTO hasn't had the wet kit installed, you will need to address this ASAP. The aluminum radiator, typically, starts out just seeping and can easily be monitored and replaced at your convienice.
My wife and I have the 36' Siena. It's the perfect size for us. We have been enjoying it very much.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:54 PM   #8
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Thanks RJ..i have the information on the wet kit for the PTO. Others have said to just have it serviced and lubed yearly. And thanks for the insight on the radiator.

I was hoping to go ahead and replace the flooring as well. Its amazing how dated all that cool looking (in the early 2000's) carpet looks now.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:36 PM   #9
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................Others have said to just have it serviced and lubed yearly............................................
No way would I trust the PTO with a yearly lube. I have seen the gear spline on a PTO that was worn down to the nub after only 6,000 miles from being brand new. The PTO isn't anything to be taken lightly. It is what powers your power steering and if the PTO goes south, you will have basically no steering other that straight ahead or the turn you are in at the time.

Putting a dry PTO on a coach was one of the most stupidest things Country Coach did.

If you really like the coach, then don't let the PTO be the deciding factor in not purchasing the coach
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I'm with Don it's the first thing I had done to my coach when I got it and the good part, the new radiator was already installed by Quinn Cat in Calif.
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Replacing Floor

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I replaced the floor in our coach with engineered hardwood. It turned out great. Not a real big job. I've attached a pic.
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purchase suggesstions

I'm looking at a 2009 inspire and am wondering if the pto issue and the radiator issue are still a problem on the 2009. Being unfamiliar with the brand it looks like the CC is a good brand. The inspire model looks like just what we are looking for. It doesn't have a tag axel either. Is that an important item or one we can live without? I need a smaller unit so my DW can drive sometimes. Any recommendations would be helpful.
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Thanks RJ..i have the information on the wet kit for the PTO. Others have said to just have it serviced and lubed yearly. And thanks for the insight on the radiator.

I was hoping to go ahead and replace the flooring as well. Its amazing how dated all that cool looking (in the early 2000's) carpet looks now.
I have my PTO pulled every year, checked, regreased and reassembled. I ask for the tech to take pictures so there is no ambiguity. This pic is at 30k miles.
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Doesn't the manual say to service the dry PTO at 5,000 miles. The yearly lube would be ok if you didn't drive more than the 5K
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