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Old 10-12-2015, 07:05 PM   #15
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A thought about mileage and age of coaches....my theory is higher mileage is good on older coaches. That means the owner used them! If you take an older coach and divide the miles used, you usually find the coach has been sitting somewhere unused for months and months of each year. That, to me seems like a problem. Mechanical things seem to work better the more you use them.

Thus, when I go looking for a used coach, I consider higher mileage a good indicator that this coach was out on the road quite a bit...so the owner probably kept it maintained and put in lots of small upgrades to make life easier while full-timing. I wouldn't shy away from a coach with miles. JMHO

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Old 10-13-2015, 07:45 AM   #16
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Mileage is less of a consideration, high OR low than overall maintenance, and the records that will prove it. Our coach had 112k miles on it when we purchased it in April. It now has 119k on it and has run flawlessly. Most extended warranty plans have a cutoff of 80k miles for starting the plan, and they generally cut you off once your coach reaches another, higher, mileage, usually between 125k and 150k, but given the difficulty a LOT of people have getting their warranty company to pay, we feel pretty comfortable without having an extended warranty. Would I have purchased one if one had been available? Possibly, but only after reading the fine print and speaking with people who have had warranty claims with that company.

Bottom line, inspect, Inspect, INSPECT prior to purchasing, an oil analysis of major components isn't necessarily out of line either, and then maintain, Maintain, MAINTAIN, in accordance with manufacturer, best industry practices are your best bet. If you can do the work yourself, even better, that way you will be more likely to spot BS coming out of the mouth of repair people if outside work is needed.

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Old 10-14-2015, 06:25 AM   #17
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If you do some extensive searching you can find used coach's that will have a transferrable extended warranty, especially from a private seller. That's what we'll be doing with ours when we sell it. It gives some peace of mind to a new owner.

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