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Old 11-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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1999 Beaver Patriot Thunder

I am considering the purchase of this Beaver w/ 71K miles. Allison 4060 trans. Coach came out of the New England area. Coach condition is good to excellant. Current owner serviced it regularly. It does show considerable corrosion on the face of the onan gen and curb side rear service bay w/ filters. I have not inspected underside yet. My concern is parts and service. It has the Magnum C12 chassis w/ the 425hp Cat. What does anyone think about the Hurrican Hydronic heat system? I have a copy of a Magnum C12 chassis manual. Anyone have a 1999 Beaver manual? Any feedback appreciated. Ed
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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We have a 2000 PT and love it.

The coach you are looking at does have quite a bit more visible corrosion than we have with more than 85,000 miles on ours, but that doesn't mean the corrosion is serious enough to have consequences.

The Hurricane heating system is a great unit, although it does need to be maintained. You would have to evaluate how well it was cared for. Recently we installed an electric supplemental system for the Hurricane and it works very well, as long as you have utility hookups.

Here are some manuals you might be interested in. The only one that is missing is the Thunder supplement to the Patriot manual which I didn't get around to digitizing

http://weisstravels.com/resources/Ow...er+Patriot.pdf

http://weisstravels.com/resources/20...sis+Manual.pdf

http://weisstravels.com/resources/2000+Patriot.pdf
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the manuals. Other storage bays show no corrosion issues. Just where road salts would gather hence my concern on the undercarraige. Ed
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My wife and I are picking up a 2000 Beaver this week and these will make for great reading! We are newbies and can use all the help we can get
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Congratulations on your new MH. Feel free to ask questions, that's what these forums are for.
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My advice would be to keep looking unless you can make a killer deal on that coach. Beavers are nice but that is a lot of corrosion. I had a Winnebago Journey that lived in Illinois and I spent a lot of time and effort dealing with rust on the undercarriage and various other places on the coach. I would be concerned about that much rust and corrosion and how it will affect electrical connections, etc. in the future.

There are just too many nice used DP's out there to jump on one quickly, IMO.
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Hello I would be worried about the rust. Rust is not your friend my 2 cents worth look for one without any signs of rust I bought a 2005 P/T without any rust you can fix a lot of things but with rust is keeps on growing.
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I agree. I did pass on that unit. Rust never sleeps. I do like the Beaver MH's. Ed
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I agree. I did pass on that unit. Rust never sleeps. I do like the Beaver MH's. Ed

Yep, you did the right thing. I had a coach in WI for several years and it also had a lot of corrosion. It you want a really clean coach, take a trip through the south and SW and check the ads. Many have never seen road salt and look close to new underneath. Lots to choose from and prices are more competative due to the number of units. Good Luck
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We made the 600 mile trip back after picking up our new MH. We made the right choice with this 200 Beaver Patriot Thunder but have so many questions I don't know where to start.
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We made the 600 mile trip back after picking up our new MH. We made the right choice with this 200 Beaver Patriot Thunder but have so many questions I don't know where to start.
Congrats on the new-to-you rig. Beavers are nice coaches. We were parked to a couple at Myrtle Beach who just got their first motorhome, a 2006 Beaver Monterrey. It was a nice rig.

You should really touch base with the Monaco owners area under Owners Forums. Since Beavers were made by Monaco Coach, those folks will really best know the coach.

Most anywhere you land on IRV2 you will find helpful folks.
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You should really touch base with the Monaco owners area under Owners Forums. Since Beavers were made by Monaco Coach, those folks will really best know the coach.
I'm sure you are already aware that the 2000 Beavers were made by SMC and not by Monaco. The Monaco acquisition wasn't for another year or two thereafter.

If you are interested in owner support you can visit the Beaver Ambassador Club which is a chapter of FMCA: Beaver Ambassador Club

They do have a very informative forum, but you need to be a club member in order to participate.
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Hi and way to go on the 2000 P/T If I may ask - where did you find the coach? Mileage? and approximate cost? Would help with my search. Thanks. Ed
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Hi and way to go on the 2000 P/T If I may ask - where did you find the coach? Mileage? and approximate cost? Would help with my search. Thanks. Ed
My wife searched tons of sites but the one with the most pics and information was actually found on Dream finders web site
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