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Old 08-09-2019, 07:02 PM   #1
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Used Pusher and mileage

Thank you to all for taking the time to answer. What I'm about to ask may in some ways answer its self....but the reason is important because I really have no clue......OK.....we are looking to buy a used Diesel Pusher with mileage between 80 to 110 thousands miles.....I've been told that diesel engines really dont start to break in until 35 to 50 thousand.....so if one were to find a pusher with 80 to 110 miles what can one expect for a life time. Again I have been told they can last with proper maintenance in the range of 350 to 400 thousand miles.....help and knowledge for a newby.......thank you
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Old 08-10-2019, 04:57 AM   #2
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Just my take, why not look for a coach with lower mileage? In the same age range, it might be money well spent over one with higher mileage.

With proper maintenance they can and do run for a long time.

A higher mileage coach could have lots of use on the house side and things could be worn out and need updating.

Good luck on your decision.
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In not just mileage to consider, but age too. Rubber parts wear out over time.
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It seems to me that every time I read about those vehicles that last several hundred thousand miles, it's the ones that are used long and often. This is generally the category that commercial users fall in, and a few very fortunate recreational users.

In contrast, the ones that seem to fall flat on their faces are the ones that sit for long periods of time and have relatively few miles on them. Unfortunately, this fits most RVers, including yours truly.

So, higher mileage can sometimes be a favorable thing.
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It seems to me that every time I read about those vehicles that last several hundred thousand miles, it's the ones that are used long and often. This is generally the category that commercial users fall in, and a few very fortunate recreational users.

In contrast, the ones that seem to fall flat on their faces are the ones that sit for long periods of time and have relatively few miles on them. Unfortunately, this fits most RVers, including yours truly.

So, higher mileage can sometimes be a favorable thing.
I agree with this, although my opinion is just that: mine.

During my two years of research I ended up getting a feeling for what was a healthy odometer reading for the year of the coach and what was not. A 10 - 15 year old coach with 17,000 miles, for example, gave me the heebie-jeebies. How many pressurized components would fail on the first or second trip, for example?
I was a little less squirmy over a coach with high miles (150K - 200K), but those engines' good health would be completely reliant on a possible STRING of owners doing the right thing. And the house might get beaten to a pulp over those distances, too....
In the end I settled for a 14-year old coach with under 85,000 miles on the clock, and I'm completely comfortable with that.
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No matter what you buy plan on doing some work to get it into shape and keep it there. I bought my 01 in 2015 it had 33K i have only had one breakdown that ended up in a tow, a failed water pump. But I have been all over the preventative. including replacing all the hoses belts radiator, and related components. I would rather see regular but light use and indoor storage. so not so much the actual miles.
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Thank you to all for taking the time to answer. What I'm about to ask may in some ways answer its self....but the reason is important because I really have no clue......OK.....we are looking to buy a used Diesel Pusher with mileage between 80 to 110 thousands miles.....I've been told that diesel engines really dont start to break in until 35 to 50 thousand.....so if one were to find a pusher with 80 to 110 miles what can one expect for a life time. Again I have been told they can last with proper maintenance in the range of 350 to 400 thousand miles.....help and knowledge for a newby.......thank you
I'm at a complete loss as to why so many feel that mileage is of no significance on a DP. This includes the NADA and like the engine is the only thing there is, with moving parts. Even if parts aren't moving, the more they're used, the more they're apt to wear out. We're not talking about years of sitting still and creating lot rot here, but com'on now and there really isn't much difference in looking at the aspects of a DP vs a gas puller.
Story short, low mileage is always more attractive to a buyer....
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It may be more attractive, but is not always better, take for example a coach that has been sitting in storage for the last 3 or 4 years due to the owner having health issues, before it is eventually sold. Such a coach rarely has any type of routine maintenance, engine oil is allowed to sit and acidify, there are many normally moving parts which have sat stationary, not being lubricated, and allowing bearings to start to gum up, resulting in problems that will likely pop up over a period of time.



The same coach might be in much better shape if someone had taken it on a thousand mile trip 3 or 4 times per year over those same 3-4 years, as the bearings would have been periodically operated, and not allowed to sit gum up and corrode.
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