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Old 01-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Too few miles a bad thing?

shopping for my first mh & found a 2005 model with a cummuns red top with only 15000 miles. my son says too little use is more harmful to the engine than a high mileage count. the present owner says he periodically(?) cranks it during extended periods of non use but is this sufficient to keep the gremlins away? are there specific items that i should check for proper functioning due to the limited mileage?
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Turning a diesel on without bringing it up to full operating temperature can be more damaging than having just left it alone. This is what both Cummins and CAT say. I would be more concerned about what service the engine has received. Some MH owners have the attitude that since they hardly ever drive it they don't need to change oil, fuel filters, etc. Check to see if the oil has been changed annually and whether anything else has been done. Even if the transmission fluid is Transynd it should be analyzed and the filters should be replaced. At 8 years the tires will need to be replaced, regardless of mileage. The coolant probably should be replaced regardless of whether it is conventional glycol or extended life coolant.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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are there specific items that i should check for proper functioning due to the limited mileage?
Sometimes an older, low mileage coach indicates that it was lived in a lot, without moving it. Check the appliances and general interior of the coach for wear-and-tear just to be sure that is not the case.

As for the engine and chassis, you won't ever know for sure but a detailed, pre-sale inspection by an experienced RV mechanic is the right place to start.

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Get an oil analysis, and look for leaking seals. IMHO too much is made out of the harm done to diesels sitting. I have some 30 year old diesel Ranch equipment that only gets used a couple of weeks each year. Keep the fuel filters changed and additive in the fuel.
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Hi d.alcannon,
Have the automotive components check out by a certified shop. This will cost you some $s but it will allow you to sleep at night. You will need to replace all the automotive fluids, filters and belts.
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thanx for the info. feel a bit more comfortable. the owner says he will make all service records available to me; last periodic service was performed in apr of last year. i agree that a professioal pdi will be a good investment.
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Get an oil analysis, and look for leaking seals. IMHO too much is made out of the harm done to diesels sitting. I have some 30 year old diesel Ranch equipment that only gets used a couple of weeks each year. Keep the fuel filters changed and additive in the fuel.
TOTALLY agree with that!!! I've seen farm equipment sit for months and months between very infrequent starts that lasted for decades. Granted, they weren't the Cummins/Cats that we have in these coaches, but still....
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