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Old 02-21-2019, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hi, folks! I'm thinking about buying a 1986 Country Coach. It's a 40 ft. with the Cat diesel/Allison, that has been parked for just over a year. I'm a retired school bus mechanic, and have had experience owning & working on an old motorhome (Anybody remember the old Superior motorhomes?) but I don't know a lot about them. Any tips or things to look for? From the photos & videos of similar coaches I've seen this beast makes my old 30 foot gas burner look like a toy! I'm supposed to go see it this weekend, so any advice would be a big help!
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Im not familiar with this coach but just using common sense for vehicle purchasing should be fine.
Look for water damage, rust , corrosion, signs of old water leaks , critter damage, rusty undercarriage
I would open the electrical box look at the condition of the wire connections burnt wires. Take a cover plate off an outlet that would have seen a lot of use to check for burnt wiring. Check the water system pump, water heater, fresh water holding tank, drain traps for cracking from not being winterized . Check out the black water system, toilet, black/gray holding tanks for cracks and silicone patches.
Propane system, is the tank partiallyfull or total empty, generator , refrigerator. Air conditioner
Go through and try to turn on everything you can and take it for a drive around the block if you can. Check the headlights, running lights, turn signals.
Make a list of everything that you find needing work and then decide what you can except.
It's a lot to look at bur it's better to find any major problems before you sign on the dotted line , private purchases are usually "as is "
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