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Old 12-26-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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New 2007 apex 40sdts

I just sold my 2000 Alpine and bought a new 2007 Apex (#75723 built in May 07) to replace it with. The Apex has far more equipment than I really need. It has 12,000 miles (WRV to SE, somewhere in between, back NW) and never been titled, so I expect I will have lot of bugs to work out. I did go back and read all the past threads, which has been helpful. I know about he steering bracket upgrade. What about the bedroom slide out hydraulic hose problem in 06, was there problem in 07? Does the 07 have problems with the radiator and CAC? I did also see about checking the brake lines. Any problems with the Silverleaf? I have the wheel alignment specifications from 2001, are they the same for all Peak chassis? What spare parts should I carry? I plan to check out the whole chassis but what ever help I can get I would appreciate.

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Old 12-26-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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Kraig- was your built-on date May 06? Usually the model year post dated the build year by one.
If yes, you may have the radiator issue and hose (tho IIRC the hose stuff didn't affect 40 footers like the 34 & 36's). If no, then WRV was working out of a stack of replacement radiators from Radiator Specialties as part of a settlement w/the supplier over warranty issues, and your radiator should be Okee-Dohkee.
If you don't have hard kinks in the brake line you are probably fine other than a long cantilever of the the free end past the differential; that can be resolved by adding a support or changing to steel line.
Apex owners can fill you in on Silverleaf and its Apex flavorings. The SmartBed switches on the body are likely to be buggy; some have taken them off, Bondo'd the holes and gone to standard rocker switches like the SE models used (you also have Silverleaf as a back-up IIRC).
Spare parts- start w/charge solenoid, HWH pump solenoid, AC and serpentine belts, some HydroHot anti-freeze concentrate. Do a search on Apex alternator and you'll find that the 8 battery Apexes tend to burn up the 160A alternator, but a 200A replacement will do the job.
Add a coolant overflow tank as soon as possible and you'll eliminate having to add coolant regularly.

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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Apex owners can fill you in on Silverleaf and its Apex flavorings. The SmartBed switches on the body are likely to be buggy; some have taken them off, Bondo'd the holes and gone to standard rocker switches like the SE.
Kraig, welcome to the sometime challenging world of Apex ownership. You are lucky in that hopefully most of problems have already come up and mostly resolved. Because the Apex was such a new unique coach, in February 2006 we set up an Apex Owners Group to address the issues peculiar to the Apex. The rest of you have enough problems to worry about without reading about our Apex peculiar problems on this forum. The site is not very active (Problems solved? Probably not,) but has tons of history from the very beginning of the model.

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The most recent fix for the &^$@*%$!*& Smart-Bed touch pads is removing them and installing small marine rocker switches. After about 6 replacments, thank God that's over.

Send me your e-mail address via PM. I have lots of other info, pictures, a list of other Apex owners, etc.
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Hi Basil

I joined the Apex Yahoo group ok. You can use my email address kraig.fletcher@yahoo.com. Any info you have I would greatly appreciate.

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