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Old 01-24-2015, 10:46 AM   #15
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We got our Affinity at Premier last April and were treated well. Gary and the techs do an excellent job of prepping the coach and rectifying any problems you may turn up in "pre-delivery-inspection".

A friend here in town has a 2007 45' Magna with the 650 HP ISX. He gets between 6 & 7 MPG. Not that it's a true comparison but our C-12, 505 HP in the 48,500 GVWR Affinity gets right at 7 MPG.

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Country Coach has an 2009 for $10k less, although I'm sure both prices are negotiable. Both are nice coaches, but the CC coach is a Rembrandt rather than a Vivaldi floor plan. The only thing that would bold me back on a 2009 is the DEF injection. The CC coach has a DEF tank, and I would imagine the one at Premier has it too.
I thought the DEF engines started in 2010 models?
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We got our Affinity at Premier last April and were treated well. Gary and the techs do an excellent job of prepping the coach and rectifying any problems you may turn up in "pre-delivery-inspection".

A friend here in town has a 2007 45' Magna with the 650 HP ISX. He gets between 6 & 7 MPG. Not that it's a true comparison but our C-12, 505 HP in the 48,500 GVWR Affinity gets right at 7 MPG.

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Thanks for the info, that's about what I expected. We were supposed to meet Damon but he was leaving for HI and we didn't know that so he had to leave before we got there. Gary did a good job of showing us the rig and, yes, I figured they knew what they were doing.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:36 PM   #18
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I thought the DEF engines started in 2010 models?
No DEF on the 2009's we looked at.
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Take a look at picture #42 in the set for the Country Coach 2009 Magna. The tank that has the label "This compartment not for storage" sure looks like a DEF tank!
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Peralko, not a DEF tank. It is on the passenger side of the coach and at the very rear. Two things lead me to believe it is the hydraulic reservoir tank. One is that on the top of the tank is a vented cap just like we are all used to having on our tank. Second is that the engine bay photo seems to show no typical, round hydraulic tank.
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The rectangular tank in upper right of the pic is the hydraulic fluid reservoir... you can see the red sight glass. It is identical to the same tank on my coach.

The smaller silver tank in the bottom of the pic is the HWH slide system reservoir.
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Yes, it is the hyd reservoir tank. The label says so and it also says to use Dexron III only.
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Good to know! I guess I can put an '09 back on the shopping consideration!
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We know this rig isn't a long term boondocking or Forest Service campground one and the longest we've ever boondocked was at Quartzsite for a week so it's not a real consideration.

But we have some more questions!

Fresh water tank size?
Grey water tank size?
60 Gal black tank according to the paperwork.
In motion Sat says it's for Dish, but we have Direct at home. As I remember you just need to change a couple DIP switches under the sat dome to change and get new receivers?

I think we're going to explore the purchase more (in fact I know we will). Can pay cash but not sure we want to take that much out of one of the annuities plus we still have to do something with the Dutch Star.
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We know this rig isn't a long term boondocking or Forest Service campground one and the longest we've ever boondocked was at Quartzsite for a week so it's not a real consideration.

But we have some more questions!

Fresh water tank size?
Grey water tank size?
60 Gal black tank according to the paperwork.
In motion Sat says it's for Dish, but we have Direct at home. As I remember you just need to change a couple DIP switches under the sat dome to change and get new receivers?

I think we're going to explore the purchase more (in fact I know we will). Can pay cash but not sure we want to take that much out of one of the annuities plus we still have to do something with the Dutch Star.

Regarding 'boondocking,' one thing to consider is if the coach has a macerator toilet. Our CC was our first intro to a macerator toilet which uses more water than our standard toilet in our previous DP. If we use 'normal' flushing strategies, we fill our black water tank in two days. If we adopt 'restrictive' flushing strategies, we can stretch it to about 5 days max but DW complains (if it is yellow, let it mellow... if it is brown, flush it down). This has only been an issue for us when we visit family and park on the street for several days.

I would not let that stop me from getting that otherwise stunning rig.
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Regarding 'boondocking,' one thing to consider is if the coach has a macerator toilet. Our CC was our first intro to a macerator toilet which uses more water than our standard toilet in our previous DP. If we use 'normal' flushing strategies, we fill our black water tank in two days. If we adopt 'restrictive' flushing strategies, we can stretch it to about 5 days max but DW complains (if it is yellow, let it mellow... if it is brown, flush it down). This has only been an issue for us when we visit family and park on the street for several days.

I would not let that stop me from getting that otherwise stunning rig.
A friend went from an '08 Diplomat to a '07 Essex, he also found that he filled the black tank in about 2 days, he wasn't too happy about that. He did find the switch for the dual flush finally and that helped.
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Damon Rapozo has a lot of specs on his website. Also, "http://www.rvingplanet.com/manufacturers/country-coach/" has the specs on 2009 Country Coaches. You have 60 gallons black and grey in a Magna--CC downsized the tanks in 2007. As far as boondocking goes, a Canadian we talked to at CC three years ago bought his 2008 Magna with the idea of boondocking a lot. He added solar panels, and with the six house batteries electricity should not be much of a problem. Water and holding tanks will be the limiting factors.
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Damon is who we're dealing with, he's headed for HI tonight as his parents are having some surgery.
The Magna has 400 watts of panels and four 8-D AGM batteries, with room to add two more.
Yep, the black tank will be the problem. With our DSDP we can go two weeks with no problems. But the most we've down was a week at Quartzsite. As it is we usually only Wallydock a couple days then hit a campground when traveling.
The link for rvingplanet is GREAT!!
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