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Old 04-24-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Pros & Cons on Buying High Mileage MH

I'm very new to this, so please excuse any errors. I hope this is being posted to the right place.

We did not buy the Gulf Stream we were looking at.

We now have access to an '07 American Coach on a Liberty chasis, Allison 3000-6sp, with about 80,000 miles(long trips on freeways). As far as we know, it has been well maintained.

Has anyone had experience buying a newer model with a lot of miles?

What other thiings (besides tires) should we need to think about replacing in the near future?

Could you help us out with the pros & cons?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 04-24-2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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If the price is right I would not hessitate on an American Coach with 80,000 miles. There is a good chance the tires have been replaced anyway.

1. Most of the shakedown bugs should be taken care of

Have the codes pulled out and compare against the service records.

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Old 04-24-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for your feedback, pkendzor! Appreciate it!
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:32 PM   #4
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Wandering, I wouldn't let the mileage put you off from the purchase. That engine and transmission will far outlast the motorhome. If you can't be sure of the maintenance I would do the following:
  • Check/replace brakes.
  • Take transmission and engine oil sample and send them to a lab. The test can give some indication of wear and impending failures.
  • Call chassis, engine and transmission manufacturer to see if there are any outstanding recalls or campaigns.
  • Check all manufacturers' (engine, transmission and chassis) maintenance schedule to determine what is due for the third year of ownership and do them.
  • Change oil, oil filter, fuel filter and air filter and any other maintenance that may be due for the age and hours on the generator.
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:57 PM   #5
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IMHO, 80,000 miles is just beginning to get nicely 'broke in'.

Change trans.oil & filters. Motor oil & filters. Fuel filters. etc. etc. Check tires for wear.

Good luck. Enjoy.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:26 PM   #6
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Thanks for the pointers RJay & Jim. There are so many things to try to remember to check! We're finding even with check lists it's easy to overlook something, so we appreciate everything suggessted that we can add to the ever growing list!
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:28 PM   #7
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Welcome Wandering,
Ditto on all of the above. 80,000 well maintained miles is just getting broken in good. Properly maintained you should expect 500,000 plus miles life expectancy.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:50 AM   #8
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When I bought my 2000 Tradewinds in 02 it had 81000 miles. It now has 124000 and is going strong.The worst problem I had was the alternator freezing up from sitting a while.Running is the best thing for a coach.Low miles does not guarantee no problems.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:46 AM   #9
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When I bought my Southwind, I was avoiding low mileage units, nothing is harder on an engine than setting for months at a time. I have seen too many advertised with a new engine, but have less than 50,000 miles. This is espescially true with diesels, chemical reactions in the engines cause corrosive conditions leading to early failures. As many have said, the mileage on the unit you were looking at is just getting it broke in.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:50 PM   #10
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Given the information, go ahead and buy it.

But....a quick resale could be difficult since most folks think of their MH like their auto. High miles are not acceptable. Not true with the DP...but a factor in resale.

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