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Old 10-12-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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Buying a 1999 Country Coach Magna

Anyone have any issues with a 1999 Country Coach Magna. I am looking to purchase. The coach has over a 100k miles but has been well taken care of. The onan 8000 gen. has been rebuilt but has 4k hours on it! It does have all new air bags and new tires. There is a black line in the carpet in the closet in the rear of the coach??? It looks like a soot stain. Its all the way across the back. What should I be looking for that could be bad?

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Old 10-12-2014, 08:56 AM   #2
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Could the black line be at the engine access panel?
Check all hoses for cracking--especially the hydraulic hose from the hydraulic pump. At that age some of the rubber bushings in the chassis may have deteriorated--we replaced our bushings last year at Country Coach. Shocks may need replacement--a ride will tell. Check everything for proper operation.

P.S. Is it by any chance the unit in Madison, NC? If so, it looks nice. We have the same engine--rated for a few less HP.

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Old 10-12-2014, 09:28 AM   #3
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the black line is almost certain soot. the engine puffs out soot through seams, connectors on turbo and exhaust components, filling up engine compartment. the soot goes up along the side walls to the space between top layer fiberglass and the inner lining carpet of roof. when the pressure is built up, it goes down along the seams so to form lines on the carpet. if you look around, you should be able to see the same black lines wrapping around edges of ceiling lights or a/c vents.

to cure it, there are two things to do - find out where the smoke/soot is leaked out from engine and fix it; however you do, even a brand new engine there must be "some" smoke puffs out in "somewhere"; so this step only helps but will not cure the thing completely. (2) seal the gap between engine compartment and the side walls. It's painstaking but doable.

let us know how it goes afterward. welcome to the board.
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:36 AM   #4
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You don't say what you are paying for it, so I can't tell if it is a good deal. Country Coach is a nice quality unit and built tough. What ever you pay for it, another $10,000 will fix a lot of problems. If you really like it, there is always things that need attention or replacement. But again, +/- 10 grand will update and repair what ever needs fixing. These units run for ever. If you like it, go get it.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:10 AM   #5
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He is asking $62k. Thanks for the comments. I thought for sure it was soot. I do like the unit a lot, and I am handy with repairs. I figured the same amount of $10k and repairs. The springs, and air bags have been replaced along with the tires in 2013. Glad I joined the forum. Thanks so much for the input. I am sure I will have many more questions being a newbie.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:51 AM   #6
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I wouldn't be so sure about the black line being soot from the motor. If soot was leaking into the engine compartment, then the entire compartment would be black. I have seen the same types of black lines around fixtures in gassers. I think it is plain old dirt
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I'd post questions in the owners corner Country Coach forum. Lots of good information there.
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I wouldn't be so sure about the black line being soot from the motor. If soot was leaking into the engine compartment, then the entire compartment would be black. I have seen the same types of black lines around fixtures in gassers. I think it is plain old dirt
Very good assessment. One way to tell, if it is soot,, it will not clean easy, soot is very hard to get off, take some tuff-stuff, yellow can at Wal-Mart in the automotive section, spray on the stain, let it sit, brush it off. Soot comes from the exhaust, and if it was soot , you would smell it, with the coach running. And if that bad, surely it would have been noted and fixed! good luck, CC makes one of the best! Enjoy!
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:11 AM   #9
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$62K may be a little high with over 100K miles on it. Check PPL. They have a 2005 Inspire w/3 slides & only 24K miles for a listing price of $80K. In the last year they sold a 2004 Magna w/4 slides for $72K. You didn't mention how many slides the '99 has, or if you can get all the maint. records. I know you probably really like the coach, but sure you do your research. It really doesn't matter what the brand name is, if it hasn't been taken care of they can all be a money pit. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:05 PM   #10
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Ended up working a deal for $55k. I love the coach. There are plenty of little bugs to work out, but all in all very well taken care of. Flat towed my buddies four door diesel pickup up the road with no problem. So far I love country coach and the service from the head quarters. Cant wait for the first trip.

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