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Old 07-16-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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2007 Mandalay Coach (Presidio 39E) reliability

I'll figure out how to correctly post.. New to RVing so looking at all the kinds and getting lost in the shuffle. Concerned that Mandalay was bought up by Four Winds / Thor sometime back and I would be purchasing a coach that was difficult to get parts for. Here are my questions.

How reliable is the 330 MB engine?
The coach itself?
Any issues with parts when required? (availability / cost)

Thanks so much

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Welcome to IRV2. Hope you have a lot to share while you enjoy your RVing experiences.

Any engine is reliable if the proper maintenance was performed on regular schedules. The coach is the same thing as far as maintenance and TLC were performed.

A lot of original manufacturers (OM) were bought out during the great recession of 2007 so some parts diagrams and blueprints were lost in the shuffle to the new owner. However, most OM engineers used standard parts that other OM engineers used so things like refrig, air conditioners, stoves, showers, etc., are pretty standard. That is until you get into the really expensive coaches like Newmar, Rexhall,American Coach, just to name a few use top end appliances and real wood trim.

So if you find a coach that was properly maintained with regular maintenance done and you trust the owner to tell the truth, and he has all the maintenance records then the coach ought to be something to consider.
There are always gremlins cropping up in any coach the question is how big are the gremlins.
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Thanks, that's good input. I was a bit concerned but it does make sense. The gentlemen lives in SC but funny story he knows many of the folks I used to work with in KC. Seems legit.

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I'll figure out how to correctly post.. New to RVing so looking at all the kinds and getting lost in the shuffle. Concerned that Mandalay was bought up by Four Winds / Thor sometime back and I would be purchasing a coach that was difficult to get parts for. Here are my questions.

How reliable is the 330 MB engine?
The coach itself?
Any issues with parts when required? (availability / cost)

Thanks so much

Doug


The Mandalay brand is a good solid motor coach and if it was maintained by its previous owner it should give you good service.
I would suggest that you consider joining the Thor Diesel Club (TDC) www.thordieselclub.org (500+ members)
The TDC has a number of Mandalay Presidio owners that you can share experiences and questions with. The club has two main rallies and several mini rallies a year and our International rally is in October in Goshen, IN. The reason why I mention this, the rally is supported by Thorís Customer Service folks and they will work on any coach in attendance (up to 3 items) at no labor cost, just cost of parts at their cost. Thorís Customer Service shop in Wakarusa, IN will work on out of warranty coaches all you need to do is make an appointment.
Bottom line, get connected and help is available.
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