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Old 07-15-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
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Country Coach Magna Donatello, new owner

I posted a thread regarding which coach to choose. We ended up buying a 2008 Country Coach Magna, Donatello and are super excited. Bought it in Florida and will be driving it directly to Colorado. A bit scared as there are so many systems and computer integrations. I'm just hoping our first 1800 miles goes well. Any thoughts about this coach, model, trip, or insight would be greatly appreciated.
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What engine?
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:54 AM   #3
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Good coach. Have fun with it learning all the systems
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:22 AM   #4
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600 horsies

Hopefully powerful enough to pull our SRX Cadillac. We are now looking for a tow plate and towing bar.
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Congrats on the new ride. Keep the rubber side down, head West when you leave Florida to avoid getting the carpets wet in the Atlantic. Make sure before you head out, that the tire pressures are proper (If the previous owner had a four corner weight, use those values to determine PSI. If not, then use the placards CC recommended PSI values until you can get a four corner weight.) If you have not done so already, do check the Born on Dates of the tires. If not replaced, and OEM, stop before leaving Florida and put new shoes on.

But mostly, have a blast, take your time learning the systems. CC has great documentation, each night you stop, read a bit more!

ENJOY!!!
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Congrats folks, you bought a great coach from a high end builder. Enjoy
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You'll probably get some more specific answers on the CC section of this site
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how do you get a "4 corners weight"

Being new to a tag, how do you get 4 corners weight?
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Being new to a tag, how do you get 4 corners weight?
Best way is to find a place that does the individual scales for each tire. Get ready for ta trip, full fuel, suggest full water. OK for Grey/Black to be empty, but also OK for them to have some juice in them.

The Escapees have a two locations that you can get four corner weight, and they will also assist you in looking up the PSI for your specific tire manufacture. They travel from time to time to different locations, and to their get togethers.

Suggest looking up Escapees, and checking their site. And, they have a great Bootcamp for both veterans, and rookie RV'ers - with great knowledge sharing.

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Being new to a tag, how do you get 4 corners weight?
If you need the weights, just use a truck stop scale and get the three axle weights. The scale master will guide you.

Then obtain the tire manufacturer's chart of inflation by tire position.

Assume that each end of the axle is carrying 1/2 of each axle's weight.

That will approximate the four corner weights until you can get that measurement accomplished.

The inflation tables should be on the internet for most tire brands, tire position and sizes.
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For sure check the mfr dates on the tires and the tire pressures before going anywhere. Lots of blowouts in this heat on the side of the road. You do not want to have a blowout! Suggest that you look into an EezRv tire monitor system. Not expensive for the security it gives. Also I suggest that you do a walk around at every stop looking up as well as under for anything out of the norm. Be careful and enjoy your first trip!
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Thanks for all the input!. Our plan is to start the journey on Friday. Will surely be asking questions along the way. Boy are these systems complicated!!
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If you bought from a dealer, spend at least two nights, three or four are better, in his "CG." That will give you time to learn about your new coach and to have his tech fix the glitches...yes, there will be glitches. Test all the systems...everything you can think of. That will teach you if you know how to work them and if they work.
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That model ISX is not known for reliability. They tend to drop (break) the valves in #6. We bought our Magna with about 42,000 miles on it and got 2,600 miles before it happened to us. Luckily that was only about 40 miles from home. There is no test or check that can tell you if it's going to happen. Cummins knows it's a design defect as they have new valves, head and ECM programming. Hope it doesn't happen to you, it pretty much ruined our RV experience for my DW.
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