Allow me to tell a short story. We are in the process of buying a 2009 Fleetwood Expedition 38F. It is in Florida and we live in Utah. We have seen lots of pics and did a video walk-through before we decided on this unit. We also already owned (sold it 2 years ago) the exact same year and model so we are very familiar with this unit. Sellers remorse.
The motorhome was to be delivered by the seller this week. He left his home on Monday and made it 60 miles before the trans went into some kind of limp mode (I'm assuming). It would run up to 3rd gear and then it would flash N and not go any further. He towed it to an authorized Allison dealer in Ocala FL and after 2 days they determined it needed to be rebuilt at a minimum or replaced at worst.
The good news is it is still on his dime so to speak, the bad news is I am now concerned because this unit only has 38k on the odometer. He said that he has never serviced the trans but has done annual oil changes on the engine as well as chassis service. I drove ready mix for 18 years and I know these transmissions are almost indestructible if maintained.
He has offered to refund the deposit we put on it should we decide to back out.
Is there any reason for an Allison 3000MH like this to fail other than no fluid? I would think that even a lack of service wouldn't be the end of the world at only 38K. Also, he says that the only thing he has towed is a Suburban four down.
Thanks for any light you might be able to shed on this.