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Old 12-09-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Odometer question

My husband and I are in talks with a seller about a 2005 Discovery Fleetwood. Seller indicated he had replaced a computer modulation unit at around 20,000 which reset the odometer back to zero and since then, he has put on about 6,000 miles. So the coach has a total of 26,000. He claims he has service records to show what the mileage was before and after fix.

Has anybody heard of this happening?? I always thought an odometer could not be tampered with that easily, but with computers these days, who knows!! Just wondering whether we should still pursue the coach or run for the hills!!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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Yep, but the shop is supposed to reset the new unit to the old mileage. This is Federal Law on cars, not sure if RV's are included in the law though.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:21 AM   #3
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My dash gauge has been replaced twice and both times the dealer kept the rig for several days while the old unit was sent to the factory and they transferred the miles to the new gauge.

This was an Actia dash gauge that is used on Workhorse W22 chassis.
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Pull a carfax report - it may help to verify the miles.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:23 AM   #5
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He is right about the repair bills. We always write down the mileage on the bill. If the dates on the bills have no long periods of time missing, I would use them to figure out the mileage. You also could ask him for a notorized affidavit as to the mileage.
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One other word on this. If you decide to purchase this coach, Write the mileage down as 26000. Do not submit any paperwork to the State about mileage discrepancies. If you do, you will get a title with a printed warning across the face, WARNING MILEAGE DISCREPANCY. A lot of people will be afraid to buy from you when you decide to sell the coach. With all this being said, I would buy the coach if I liked it and it was a good buy.
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I would confirm the mileage before buying the rig. Check with the shop where he got repairs. If anything is questionable run away from this sale.
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One other word on this. If you decide to purchase this coach, Write the mileage down as 26000. Do not submit any paperwork to the State about mileage discrepancies. If you do, you will get a title with a printed warning across the face, WARNING MILEAGE DISCREPANCY. A lot of people will be afraid to buy from you when you decide to sell the coach. With all this being said, I would buy the coach if I liked it and it was a good buy.
Absolutely! Considering it is already 7 years old as well. And let's face it, do most MH's have that many miles on them in reality? 26K or 46K....mox nix.
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I have a story to tell about MH mileage certificates. Last winter, we were shopping for a DP with fairly low mileage. We were looking at a 2008 model with about 21,000 miles showing. They had an affidavit confirming that reading. While examining the instrument panel, I checked the trip mileage and discovered that the 21,000 miles was on the trip odometer and that the base odometer reflected more than 60,000 miles. We bailed out on that deal fast.
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Yep, but the shop is supposed to reset the new unit to the old mileage. This is Federal Law on cars, not sure if RV's are included in the law though.
Agree. I bet he replaced the unit himself or a friend. A dealer wouldn't forget resetting mileage. If the dealer paperwork shows proof of what he's telling you, I would rest easier. However, there would be title issues like has been mentioned. If I couldn't get a title that said actual mileage and it was correct, I would probably walk.
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It depends on what computer module was replaced. If I was the module that drives the dash instruments the the engine ECM still will have the total mileage stored in its memory. An engine dealer would be able to access this memory. If the ECM was replaced then No Joy.
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