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Old 11-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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High Mileage, Good or Bad?

I have always heard that 100,000/+ miles is just breaking in a diesel MH. Lack of use, indicated by low mileage, is a bad thing. NADA doesn't even want you to include mileage in looking up values.

But high mileage also means more wear on other components, like transmissions, rear ends, brakes, suspension, etc. And it also implies more use of the interior and systems, all contributing to additional wear and tear.

So let me ask you, assuming you care about resale value to future buyers, which would you prefer in considering a used coach, low or high mileage. And if the answer is low mileage, does that mean we have been blowing smoke all these years that higher mileage is a good thing just to make ourselves feel better about it?
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high mileage means more wear and tear. BUT a diesel "motor", can handle "high" mileage way better then a gas motor. So, the answer is low mileage is best overall. But high mileage on a diesel MOTOR is no big deal. High mileage on the trans is another thing... "BUT",,, usually high mileage is "highway" miles, where there is little, or at least, less stress on the vehicle.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:30 PM   #3
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Like posted , engine not a factor either way, it is everythig else. With the condition our highway's in our country,suspension problems and chassis parts would be the main problem on a high mileage Coach. When I buy again it will be another low mileage Coach, there are a lot of them out there. High mileage units are usually priced right due to the miles on them and don't sell fast.
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And the big question for high mileage diesel is how often was it serviced?
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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A good diesel engine that has been taken care of will go 500k then overhaul and go another 500k. Then rebuild at a million. I was always working on old trucks with my dad growing up.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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Like posted , engine not a factor either way, it is everythig else. With the condition our highway's in our country,suspension problems and chassis parts would be the main problem on a high mileage Coach. When I buy again it will be another low mileage Coach, there are a lot of them out there. High mileage units are usually priced right due to the miles on them and don't sell fast.
This, and Tom's reply as well, really says it all. We have been routinely groomed to discount high mileage on diesel powered RV's. "They are just getting broken in". But the collateral wear and tear is still going to have an effect on the value, not only when you buy it, but also when you sell it. For this reason, I have a hard time with NADA telling you to ignore miles when you look up diesel powered RV values.
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If I see a DP from 2001 and it only has 7k miles on it then I wonder what is wrong and how often it was in the shop and not being used. While another DP from 2001 with 30k miles I have no qualms going to look at.
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As stated diesel engines and Allison transmissions can go many miles with proper care. However, it is what is mounted above the engine that can come apart. A rolling "house" and its contents, with over 100K miles, has experienced a lot of "earthquakes."
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:12 AM   #9
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completely agree with palehorse89. for me I will always look at low mileage coaches over high ones. the more miles the more flexing and vibrations the upper unit has had to endure, also more usage and wear and tear there. jmho
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A factor that also has a big effect on the life of a gas or a diesel engine is maintenance. Insist on seeing the maintenance records.

Another factor on engine life is how the RV was driven. If the poor thing was constantly run at high speeds (75 mph or more for example), the wear will be accelerated.

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We bought our coach with 77,500 miles on her. The owner kept immaculate records and had to sell for health reasons. There are a lot of variables one needs to consider in buying an older coach with high mileage. But I disagree to just generalize high mileage as a deterrent. We have three rigs...all diesel. One with 272,000 miles and they are maintained very well. All run as well as when new. It's whats around the engine that tends to wear out. If you have deep pockets go for the new. But if your pocket book is limited, a good well maintained DP with high mileage could be a diamond in the ruff if the owner has all the records.
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