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Old 07-01-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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Am thinking about trading in my 2011 5th wheel for a DP motorhome. I've been offered a very attractive trade in on a 2004 Fleetwood Revolution 40C with 73k miles on it. Is there a point where mileage becomes a concern? Is a MH with 73k something to stay away from?

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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A good thing about higher average annual mileage is that it's much better than it sitting. Just take a look at where you'll be in , say, 4 years. The coach will then be 12 years old and have ????? miles on it and be worth ????? $$. If that depreciation is worth it to you then go for it. If you get very good past maintenance records I don't think there's any reason to be scared of the miles.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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If its a deisel 73,000 doesn't matter if everything else is good. Better post on the Fleetwood owners site as some years and models had problems. Fleetwood almost went under and during those years some corners were cut.
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We had a Revolution with a Cummins and it was a good solid motorhome. That is a little than higher mileage, so it bears a close look for wear and tear. Service records available? We never experienced any faults that we considered unique to the Fleetwood. Lots of basement storage.
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If the previous owner has down the appropriate maint, 73k is fine for a diesel.
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Welcome to the forum.

As others have said, there's no reason to have that mileage scare you off. Check maintenance records and have it inspected very well.

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On a diesel milage does not matter. They last so much longer than a gas engine. The thing I would caution about is the length of the MH. While it might sound good to most people to have a 40' long MH, in reality driving a 40' long bus over mountain passes is not a whole lot of fun. A vehicle that size carries a lot of driving tension with it. Milage also matters. Figure out what it would cost you to take a 5000 mile trip in one vehicle versus another type.
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The thing I would caution about is the length of the MH. While it might sound good to most people to have a 40' long MH, in reality driving a 40' long bus over mountain passes is not a whole lot of fun. A vehicle that size carries a lot of driving tension with it..
This has not been my experience with our 40DP. I sit looking out a huge picture window up at the same height as the truck drivers. It's quiet, smooth, powerful and relaxing. We've been over mountain passes up to and including the Eisenhower Tunnel at 11,100' elevation.

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The thing I would caution about is the length of the MH. While it might sound good to most people to have a 40' long MH, in reality driving a 40' long bus over mountain passes is not a whole lot of fun. A vehicle that size carries a lot of driving tension with it.
A quality 40 DP is pleasure to drive....even over mountain passes.
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A well maintained motor home will last many more miles than 73,000. Just make sure the price is adjusted for the level of miles. You would want a low price for that coach. Maybe wholesale napl.

Our 42' motor home drives great over mountains. Except when it is snowing. That scares the c$#p out of me.
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This has not been my experience with our 40DP. I sit looking out a huge picture window up at the same height as the truck drivers. It's quiet, smooth, powerful and relaxing. We've been over mountain passes up to and including the Eisenhower Tunnel at 11,100' elevation.

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Just went over (and back) Wolf Creek Pass in our class A DP, and it was not a problem at all. And that's one steep mountain pass....
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Remember to factor in the cost of a tow bar or car dolly and a towable vehicle if you currently don't own one.
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If you want the motorhome life style go for it. 73 K is not bad. Hopefully the genset has a few hours on it as well and don't forget the tires, they are at the end of their life expectancy. Make sure the recalls have been done, sit back and enjoy. I have driven my 40 footer downtown Manhattan and it took only 6 weeks of therapy to get me reasonably sane.

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73k miles on a 2004 Cummins 350 means the Diesel is now just broke in.
That is low mileage.

Just make sure the unit appears to have been well kept and maintained.

I own a 2004 Fleetwood Revolution with the same miles.

Here is what I suspect you will need to look closely at:

Age of tires. Make sure they have been replaced and are not original.

Factory shocks should be replaced. I put new KONIs on mine after I bought it and it made a huge difference in the ride.

Check the seals on the sliders and make sure they are in good shape.

Check the batteries. If they have not been replaced before, they will need to be replaced.

I suspect it has a NORCOLD 1200 Refrigerator. This fridge had a recall on it so make sure the dealer verifies the recall work has been performed. You can also call NORCOLD to verify.

We have been very happy with ours.

Good luck.
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