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Old 08-22-2017, 06:23 AM   #15
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I don't know if you already have this, but this is one of the most used upgrades l purchased.

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I know it had the silverLeaf an older one possibly vms 200? or 240 Printed out manuals and perusing prior to picking up the coach. They sure have some neat stuff at their website...glass cockpit....man
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:25 AM   #16
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Without a doubt, I would have Kevin Waite check it from top to bottom.
I will look into that. Looks like he is a bit over 4 hours south. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:28 AM   #17
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Join FMCA, then join the Northwest Country Coachers chapter. We have a bunch of Country Coach owners in the Wa, Or, and surrounding area that get together for rallies of friendship.
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Just seen there website the other day. But as we insured through Good Sam we got the Good Sam package. But I see you have both. It will be awhile before we do a lot of traveling but joining a couple different associations would probably be beneficial
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:36 AM   #18
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Other may disagree but this is our list and when we get a new coach this is what I will do.
1. Get a notebook and have the seller operate EVERY system on the coach and make notes on what he did or did not do.
IF anything squawks, jump on here and let us help. Little things can be huge things or nothing. But make sure you know what it is. Call Greg Bootes and CC (you will get to know and love him)
2. Get any and all service history and find out when the last service was done on everything
3. Date codes on the tires and the tow insurance from Good Sam are a must. We had to be towed 2.5 hours into Billings for a busted throttle cable once. The bill was, well..... We will pay good sam the rest of our lives and still be way ahead
4. MANUALS are worth their weight in gold on these coaches. Every single bit of documentation but the manuals are a big deal.
5. check anything aftermarket carefully. CC built awesome coaches and things still go wrong over time, aftermarket stuff in my opinion was not near the original quality and the workmanship to install may be suspect.
6. Check for ANY water leaks or drips everywhere and address them asap.

As far as things we love, we keep a case of bottled water at all times, odor chems for the black and grey water.
Look up the instructions in the manual for sanitizing your fresh water. Some people (like us) do it every year some don't.
if its your first coach, do everything with the thought that items shift during flight and space might be an issue
go slow and have fun, that's what this is all about. Others race to the airport, for us vacation starts in the driveway
Welcome Aboard and you chose a great coach, we are looking for our second now!!
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Will CC in Oregon be able to look up an older coach? Bought this through a dealer not sure what they have for records. We go through the coach with them tomorrow on the systems and work they have accomplished so far. Awaiting new out seals on all the slides. they were looking weak.
Tires are all good with new tag axles going on now
I have been printing out some service manuals and reading them ie HydroHot, HWH slides , leveling ..whatever I can find
I have a slide in truck camper and I sanitize the water system every year as well.
Understand about securing. with the truck camper off road the first time!! 'what a mess
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:23 AM   #19
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Mike what is the pto and what is the wet kit?

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smlRanger good idea.
Gen only has about 270hrs. Coach has 39K . What does the round about service run? I like working on my own truck and wouldn't mind doing some of the service myself, a good way to get to know the rig. But also don't mind letting someone else do work as well.
No question you can save $$$$$ doing your own service. I did when I was younger and more nimble.

I dropped $1,500 at my local Cummins shop for fluids, filters, air dryer, belt, tranny service, chassis lube.
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Welcome from Vancouver, NO, not that one!!

Vancouver WA!

And, as Carl said, join the NorthWest Country Coachers, we'd love to have you.

I'm close to 71 and in the middle of installing Wifi and cell phone boosters. Just drilled through the roof and sealed it up yesterday, now to install the interior stuff.

Good advice in the previous posts too.
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An issue to be aware of if you have a CAPS fuel injection pump. This thread is good reading, with a lot information on lift pumps. Smitty, a member here, has done a lot of research on the Fass fuel pump conversion.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f123/repe...lp-289659.html

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I dropped $1,500 at my local Cummins shop for fluids, filters, air dryer, belt, tranny service, chassis lube

Ohh Air Dryer, I forgot to mention that one.

As far as CC having record for your coach I am not sure where the cutoff is that got brought over in the bankruptcy but I seem to remember 2006 for some reason.
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I bet your head is spinning by now.

Personally I would take a few weeks and get to know the coach, and how everything operates.
Then after you get acquainted with everything then start on maintenance and upgrades.

A trip to Oregon Motor Coach for a Chassis inspection may be a good place to start. Safety first.
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Just seen there website the other day. But as we insured through Good Sam we got the Good Sam package. But I see you have both. It will be awhile before we do a lot of traveling but joining a couple different associations would probably be beneficial
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Yes, I am a member of both. About the only benefit I use from Good Sam is the 10% discount at some parks, although one can generally get the same discount for a variety of other reasons (AAA, FMCA, military, AARP, etc). I find the benefits from FMCA far superior to Good Sam and much more suited to motorhomes.
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Welcome from Vancouver, NO, not that one!!

Vancouver WA!

And, as Carl said, join the NorthWest Country Coachers, we'd love to have you.

I'm close to 71 and in the middle of installing Wifi and cell phone boosters. Just drilled through the roof and sealed it up yesterday, now to install the interior stuff.

Good advice in the previous posts too.
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Dang sounds like something I have done. DOH!!!!
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I dropped $1,500 at my local Cummins shop for fluids, filters, air dryer, belt, tranny service, chassis lube

Ohh Air Dryer, I forgot to mention that one.

As far as CC having record for your coach I am not sure where the cutoff is that got brought over in the bankruptcy but I seem to remember 2006 for some reason.
Cntrylife

I will give em a call after we pick up the coach.
Work is progressing well on the squawk list. Added new front light assemblies on front...
Not sure what maybe done by dealer as far as filters and such but will ask for sure
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I would get Coach-Net for roadside and towing assistance.

A credit card with a large unused balance.

An excellent single-malt scotch in case I broke down enroute.
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