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Old 05-19-2016, 06:39 PM   #1
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Curious about maintenance

Other than the BIG price tag at purchase is a Prevost any more expensive to maintain mechanically than any other 45' DP?
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:48 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think it would be more expensive to maintain than any other 45' diesel pusher.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:20 AM   #3
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A Prevost chassis is more complicated than a Spartan/Freightliner chassis. The pneumatic system has a lot more valves and lines than the other chassis. In addition, depending on the converter, electronics may be much more complicated. On the other hand, the Prevost chassis is built as a unit, which makes it stronger, but also maintenance access is better. You can pull the engine out of a Prevost relatively easily, a production coach manufacturer counts on the engine never having to come out. Our Affinity would have to redo fiberglass work if the engine had to come out, and a member on this forum had quite a bit of damage done to his coach when the engine needed major work. The bottom line is quality in a typical Prevost is significantly higher than a comparably price motorhome.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:52 AM   #4
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Peralko thank you for your comments.

In your experience is a 10-15 year old Prevost going to have problems with the electronics in the conversion?

How difficult is it to find a place for routine maintenance?
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Prevost has a long list of places where you can do most maintenance on the chassis. Prevost also have repair facilities scattered around the country, where they can do pretty much anything regarding the chassis. We chose our coach partially on the basis of having both Prevost and Marathon within 300 miles from where we live. I you are considering a Prevost, getting chassis maintenance and repair is no problem. Getting service on the converter side depends on which converter. Some are out of business, such as Country Coach and American, although I'm told those coaches are fairly basic compared to other conversions, and any of the converters can probably work on them. We love the fact that we can have the factory do anything we want on our coach, and we love the coach.
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Again, thanks for the information. Just trying to learn what I can before I make a decision.

I also joined up on the prevostcommunity forum to read and ask more questions.

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Tim,

There is another dimension to bus conversations...the converter. Prevost never made an RV that I know of. These are companies with names like Newell and Marathon.

Like Peralko described, while the chassis/body is an OTR bus, the converter started with an empty shell (albeit a $600,000 shell). The pieces and parts used by the converter can be one-off parts or mainstream appliances. One-offs could be pricy to repair/replace.

What ever you pick...best luck.
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All good info. Just trying to do my home work before I make any decisions.

Most likely not making a purchase for a couple of years yet but when we are talking new luxury coach or used Prevost conversion money I want to make sure I've at least tried to look at all the angles.
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I have a 91 Foretravel Grand Villa myself.It is very simple as far as systems go.
Something I see when I look at much newer coaches is that they seem over controlled, You push a button that signals a relay to push a button that energizes a switch that turns on a light or something like that.Or a toilet that needs a vacuum motor to pull the waste to a tank somewhere else. It seems that the issues are with the subsystems not so much with the coach itself.
When these systems act up It seems the cost to find a competent technician that dosn't lolygag around at $120.00 an hr is hard to come by. Just something to consider.
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