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Old 12-05-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Question "New 2007" National Pacifica

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I am strongly considering downsizing from a 40' 5th wheel by purchasing a 2007 National Pacifica motor coach (36.5 ft.) from the original private owner and with 8060 miles. I have limited to no knowledge of the mechanics of a motor home. I have researched the Cat 360 motor and have read pros/cons on this motor vs the Cummins...... Seems kinda like asking someone if they prefer chocolate or vanilla ice-cream....? The rest of the issues are cosmetic and can be addressed reasonably. Inside is pristine. Cost is $30K below the low end in the NADA book. Does anyone have any words of wisdom on this motor coach in general? Your thoughts on the performance of a motor coach that has been housed for so long? And for you experienced RVers, would you even consider such a purchase? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.....KatyAnn:
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:36 PM   #2
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I have owned a 40ft Pacifica for 7 years & love the layout. Well built & good quality. The Cat 360 is a good motor but needs the maintenance like all diesels . . All coaches have minor issues. Tom 07 Pacifica
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:04 AM   #3
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As long as all the systems work I would do that deal in a heartbeat. The money you're saving could be used to "fix" anything that you find that doesn't work right. I would have a reliable shop do an inspection before you buy just to be sure. The Pacifica is my favorite National and is what I would look for if my wife and I ever decide to get rid of our National SeaBreeze LX.

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Old 12-07-2019, 01:18 AM   #4
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What a nice find! You won't be sorry with the quality of a National coach. Would love to have found a deal like that when I bought mine 9 months ago, though we're very happy with 2004 Dolphin we bought with 12,700 miles on it.
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:45 PM   #5
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Hi Everyone,

I am strongly considering downsizing from a 40' 5th wheel by purchasing a 2007 National Pacifica motor coach (36.5 ft.) from the original private owner and with 8060 miles. I have limited to no knowledge of the mechanics of a motor home. I have researched the Cat 360 motor and have read pros/cons on this motor vs the Cummins...... Seems kinda like asking someone if they prefer chocolate or vanilla ice-cream....? The rest of the issues are cosmetic and can be addressed reasonably. Inside is pristine. Cost is $30K below the low end in the NADA book. Does anyone have any words of wisdom on this motor coach in general? Your thoughts on the performance of a motor coach that has been housed for so long? And for you experienced RVers, would you even consider such a purchase? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.....KatyAnn:
You will not find a better coach anywhere. You can look, and look and look and not find a coach that can touch a National. I looked at a 2008 Pacifica in the new stage and made a mistake by not buying it. We have a 2003 Tradewinds and have looked and looked but can not find anything as good as what we have.
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:30 PM   #6
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We have had our 02 tradewinds for 3 yrs and 20k mi. We have spent 3-5 mos each year out on the road with it and have no complaints. No rattles or squeaks. Drives like itís on rails, pulls hills passing big trucks. Fit and finish are great. Spartan chassis, 330hp Cat.
We did update the interior and electronics and got ahead of maintenance schedules.
We are considering moving to a 45í coach in the fall and there are only a couple of manufacturers that we consider on par with National. We just wish they had made a 45í!
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12 years old and that low of miles may come with problems, just from not being used.

has all maintenance been done? oil ever changed? chassis greased? genset run every month?.


records?


and all the other stuff that should have been done in 12 years.


Diesel coaches have high maintenance costs, if you can't do some of them yourself.


I have a 04 Tropical and love it.


sounds like a good buy, but plan on putting a least 5K into it, little things add up.


You will also need a tow car, with breaks and lights etc....


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