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Old 04-21-2019, 12:34 PM   #1
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Transmission Slipping

Purchasing a pre-owned 2016 Forest River Berkshire 38a Diesel motorhome and during the PDI the dealership said they noticed the transmission may be slipping. They are sending it over to Freightliner to take a look at it and not to worry. They told me that it does NOT have to be anything major or concerning, it could be something a simple as a bad electronic module.

The motorhome has 45000 miles on it. Should I be concerned or is this kind of thing typical?
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Old 04-21-2019, 01:42 PM   #2
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Better see the report from Freightliner before signing up for the sale. Many questions may come up as to repair cost and who pays.
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Old 04-21-2019, 01:51 PM   #3
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Mine 16 has a five year/100k on most of the drivetrain. I think your transmission may be the 2500 series so I’m not sure if it’s the same. I sure wouldn’t do the purchase until making certain that’s all squared away though.
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Old 04-21-2019, 02:23 PM   #4
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Better see the report from Freightliner before signing up for the sale. Many questions may come up as to repair cost and who pays.


Thanks I will be sure to ask about that!
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Old 04-21-2019, 02:29 PM   #5
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Mine 16 has a five year/100k on most of the drivetrain. I think your transmission may be the 2500 series so Iím not sure if itís the same. I sure wouldnít do the purchase until making certain thatís all squared away though.


It has the Allison MH-2500 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. I will check out the warranty. Thank you
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:25 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what they would even mean by 'slipping'... but if they told you this up front, it's not a good sign. Regardless of whether they, or FL, or Cummins, or Allison 'fixes' it, it's not a good sign for a new owner to start off with an existing powertrain issue, no matter how 'minor' someone says it 'might be'...
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I'm not sure what they would even mean by 'slipping'... but if they told you this up front, it's not a good sign. Regardless of whether they, or FL, or Cummins, or Allison 'fixes' it, it's not a good sign for a new owner to start off with an existing powertrain issue, no matter how 'minor' someone says it 'might be'...


They exact words were ďa slight slip was detected in the transmission.Ē

Hope to find out more tomorrow.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:38 PM   #8
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Sales people detect things when they fall off. "A slight slip" means it's about to self destruct. Well, that's what my position would be until proven different. AFTER its repaired AND FL warrantees the repair for at least a year can we talk about a possible transaction.
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:44 AM   #9
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While its at Freight-liner see if you can pay for a inspection on the coach drive train, it may be the best money you spend.

The dealer most likely is only willing to send it to Freightliner because it is under warranty.
Grab the vin- call freightliner see if they have worked on it/ warranty status. I was able to get all the records of my rv from the previous owner from freight liner
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Transmission Slipping

Ask them to also check the belt tensioner. That breaks it takes out other belts and is a very pricey fix. We had ours checked recently at our annual oil change/ check another coach was in that had theirs break.
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