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sdianel

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We have a Country Coach and have not had any problems getting parts and repairs. It is a high quality coach. (they are back in business by the way. Most RV owners either bite the bullet and pay for repairs out of pocket or buy extended warranties.


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When we purchased our current rig, Travel Supreme, Country Coach and Foretravel were the only manufacturers on our shopping list. Since two of them were out of business at the time, we didn't see it as a problem and are still convinced it was a wise decision.

As noted above, a majority of the major components are readily available from the sub-suppliers (ie: Spartan, CAT, Allison, Dometic, Norcold, etc) and the ones that are coach specific (ie: body/cabinetry/slide parts) can always be repaired or manufacturered by a third party. Also, if you purchase a good quality rig you may find you will not need too many parts. Good luck with your search.

Lou
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sdianel wrote:

We have a Country Coach and have not had any problems getting parts and repairs. It is a high quality coach. (they are back in business by the way.


Back in business building coaches?

Ron


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Regarding Monaco, Travel Supreme and Country Coach:

Monaco is back in business and has parts for all Monaco products.
The remains of Travel Supreme was bought by Jayco and re-named Entegra Coach. They are apparently supplying parts for Travel Supreme's and trying to win back any Travel Supreme owner's. Country Coach is back in business and can provide any part for Country Coach's. Country Coach announced that it will be building coach's again starting in 2012.

I would not personally buy a complete orphan unless the deal is ridiculous and that is all you can afford.

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Think about the fact that some people bought current models and then their company went under. Try to get some parts for a 12 year old model that didn't go bankrupt and you could have the same problem. Go for it.


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For me it would depend on the dealer if it was new. If it is a good dealer with a good reputation and a quality coach, I'd take my chances.


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I think it would be a big mistake!!!!!!


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Just my opinion: NO!!! There is no need to do that.


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daveshan wrote:


If I ever need body parts it may be an issue or I may have to go to a good boat builder for fiberglass work. Other than that I can't see any downside.


IMO this guy nailed the issue. You can get lots of generic parts, but if a minor accident means you need a rear fiberglass cap or bay door a particular size and shape then you need to redesign that fix.

Orphan is a Big, Big problem for many and a bump in the road for other type of people. Decide which of these types you are before you buy an orphan.


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sdianel wrote:

We have a Country Coach and have not had any problems getting parts and repairs. It is a high quality coach. (they are back in business by the way. Most RV owners either bite the bullet and pay for repairs out of pocket or buy extended warranties.


Ours is even older, and we've had no problem maintaining our MH.

As stated above, the original owners bought the intellectual property at bankruptcy and the company is back in the business of supplying service and original parts, on a custom basis. Were the factory parts not available, as is true for most bankrupt manufacturers, you'd have to depend on a body shop to rebuild any major damage. As much as I personally might minimize such a possibility (after all, it's unlikely that any of us will be in such a situation), it's something to factor into any purchasing decision.


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