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Old 09-28-2014, 07:00 AM   #1
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Mandalay 40-F or 40-G Four Winds

Good morning: My husband and I have been looking for our RV for a while now, and seem to both agree on the Mandalay 40-F or 40-G (around 2006-2007) as one we are both in agreement on; however, I don't see a forum for Mandalay or Four Winds and are looking for any feedback on this model or company,.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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Mandalay coach was an attempt by Four Winds to create an up-scale line of motorhomes, and was produced in small numbers from 2003-2010, most of which were made in 2006-2007.

Chassis components were Freightliner, Cummins, Allison, HWH, Dometic, etc. Interior has real wood cabinets and drawers, nice hardware, and lots of storage.

I think Mandalay would have enjoyed more/longer success if the brand had been separated from Four Winds...

As it is, this brand is like many others out there that have short production runs and not many units in the marketplace. Fine quality in and out, and lower price points than the more common names like Newmar and Monaco.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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Bonjour from Montreal,

We have enjoyed our 2005 Mandalay 40E since 2008. We think it is a fine motorhome, offering many features, advantages and durability for the price. Solid wood cabinet doors and other doors, hydraulic slideouts, fine finish and overall good craftsmanship.

First thing to enquire about if yours is the split windshield model, is whether it has had the "Halo" mod done. You see, in those years, the structure that framed the front windshield was too weak allowing excessive flexing due to frame torsion causing the glass to pop out our crack. Fourwinds, (now Thor) had recalled their coaches to have the front frame reinforced hence the Halo mod.

The next thing to look at is the air intake system from the filter to the turbo. We have heard of many instances where there was a break in the airtightness of parts of the system leading to major engine repair costs due to engine dusting.

Another particularity is the toilet. It is a Tecma brand which has an integrated macerator. Have it looked at is it might be a source of problems.

The third thing I would suggest you look at is the paint. In those years, they (many manufacturers not only FourWinds) had issues with the fiberglass, causing the paint to crack over time.

All of the other systems installed by the manufacturer are the usual brands such as HWH, Dometic, Atwood etc. and you can read up on those in many other areas of this forum.

Bear in mind that Thor had ceased production of the Mandalay line and hence availability of body parts might be uncertain at this time. No idea about product support today as we haven't had to call on them in a few years. However these coaches were built on the Freightliner XC chassis and they will support you big time.

Last thing of mention is that there is a Mandalay club on Yahoo.com which hosts a forum with lots of info for you to read up on.

Cheers.

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Old 09-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #4
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We have the 2008 Mandalay 40G and love it. It has the Cummins ISL 400 with 1200 ft lbs of torque. When we have a question on the house part we call Thor to get answers. We have found that the 40G is a well built RV. Other Mandalay owners that we have talked to have all been vey happy with their Mandalay. We average 7.6 mpg so far. Ours has the 150 gallon fuel tank. We joined www.accessfreighliner.com for the chassis and they have the parts section and the electrical schematics. This is free to join. I think that which ever you choose you will be more than happy with. We have never regretted our purchase.
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Mandalay also has a forum on Yahoo. I have a 2008 Mandalay Presidio 38E that we love.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #6
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Yahoo forum on Mandalay

Hello: do I just sign in to yahoo and do a search to find the Mandalay forum?
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