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Posted: 02/02/22 05:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep Prevost in your sights! A 20 year old Prevost, well cared for, will give you a great, safe, dependable coach which will still have excellent resale value down the road should you change your mind or only have short term plans. I just bought a 1998 Country Coach Prevost last year and live in it and travel with it full time. Over 10,000 miles since purchase (just rolled over 100,000 miles) without issue.

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In 17 years with our 04 Monaco Dynasty in the family, I never had to reseal anything. I’d say the same is true about our 08 HR Navigator although I’ve only owned 3 years and I did have to replace a cracked skylight. A rig with a rubber roof is a good indication that it’s NOT a “Lux coach”.

In the years you’re looking only 4 manufacturers used a chassis with 10 airbags…Prevost, Newell, Foretravel, & Monaco/Braver/HR, yes, you want a rig with a tag axle. So, my list of MUST haves are:
10 airbags and 500+ HP… be wary of the Cummins ISX engines.
Aqua Hot heating
Residential refrigerator… best mod was getting rid of a NoCold 1200.
Girrard awnings
Air leveling and maybe jacks to stabilize but no jacks not a deal breaker.
And now the nice items:
No window over the head of the bed
A PSW inverter
Enough solar to keep the batteries up while in storage
Sliding trays in 2 of the basement bays.
AGM or Lithium house batteries less than 3 years old
Tires less than 3 years old too


This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
Sold 04 Dynasty to our son after 14 great years.
Upgraded with a 08 HR Navigator 45’...


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Posted: 02/03/22 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you. I appreciate your responses.


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The others have covered the roof subject so all I can contribute is to be aware of bulkhead separation on the Foretravel units of that era.

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FunTwoDrv wrote:

The others have covered the roof subject so all I can contribute is to be aware of bulkhead separation on the Foretravel units of that era.


I have been watching videos from AZ Expert as previously mentioned. When you mention "bulkhead" I am assuming you are talking about the front cap and the rear cap.

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MN Ben wrote:

FunTwoDrv wrote:

The others have covered the roof subject so all I can contribute is to be aware of bulkhead separation on the Foretravel units of that era.


I have been watching videos from AZ Expert as previously mentioned. When you mention "bulkhead" I am assuming you are talking about the front cap and the rear cap.

Ben


NOPE.

Bulkheads on a Foretravel are the junction of the front sub-frame and "semi-monocoque" center section of coach AND rear subframe and center section of the coach.

Rust from salt on the roads or water leak can weaken the box beams at the front and back of the center section. Not difficult to check and lots of information on repairs if it is an issue.


Brett Wolfe
Ex: 2003 Alpine 38'FDDS
Ex: 1997 Safari 35'
Ex: 1993 Foretravel U240

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We have a 2003 Newmar Mountain Aire that had a fiberglass roof. It has been trouble free.


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400 hp Cummins ISL

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