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Old 01-05-2017, 10:07 AM   #1
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Belts Hoses and water pump

Recently purchased a 2006 winnebago on a work horse chassis. with 26K miles Getting it ready to travel. Should I get the belts hoses and water pump and thermostats changed as a preventative measure?

Advice on any other preventative items would be appreciated.

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I got my 2004 Winnebago with 23K miles, just over 3 years ago. I immediately changed the belts and hoses as a preventative measure. Also, check the date codes on your tires. i had one battery that was almost 5 years old, so i replaced that too.
just wanted to keep from issues, and i check everything before any trips.
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Recently purchased a 2006 winnebago on a work horse chassis. with 26K miles Getting it ready to travel. Should I get the belts hoses and water pump and thermostats changed as a preventative measure? Advice on any other preventative items would be appreciated.
dennis&stella, I had my entire cooling system rebuilt at over 12 years of age and 110,000 miles. I will advise against spending the money to replace hoses at this time. Know this, at the age and mileage that I stated none of my hoses had failed. Now on the other hand there's one little nickel and dime component in your cooling system and that's a vacuum operated, water heater, control valve. If that valve lets loose at speed it'll blow out your entire load of coolant in about 1 minute. It's never a good day when that happens.

Although I'm on fan belt #4, during the cooling system revamp, a new fan belt was not indicated at that time and Larry said, "Why spend the money if it ain't broke"

One thing you should do is check the DOT date codes on your tires. If they are 2005 tires, they might just be due to be changed. Lots of folks here go for tires other than Michelin however I am on my 3rd set and "Yes" I'll buy another when the time comes.
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Recently purchased a 2006 winnebago on a work horse chassis. with 26K miles Getting it ready to travel. Should I get the belts hoses and water pump and thermostats changed as a preventative measure?

Advice on any other preventative items would be appreciated.

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When I purchased mine, a 2005, it had bout 27,000 miles, because there was no record of the coolant changed, I went ahead and changed the coolant, I inspected the coolant hoses for cracks and all looked good, so I left old ones on, but I do carry spare hoses and belt.

I did notice my serpentine belt needed to be replaced, so did that as well, and have another one as a spare.


I would think water pump and thermo would be good to go


Change your gen set oil and filter as well, unless you have records of it being done before.


I also changed out the brake fluid, bought speed bleeders from Oemy, one man operations took about an hour to do.




http://www.oemys-performance.com/speedbleeder.htm
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If you're handy, buy belts and hoses and have them on board.
If you're not so handy, have them replaced and then that will be one less worry.

Personally I would change hoses and carry belts. If a hose goes you lose antifreeze as well as the hose - that's a bit tougher to fix along side the road somewhere.
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I would think the waterpump and thermostat are probably ok at this point. That is, unless you see deposits and/or brown rusty looking water inside the radiator. But i would take a good look at the belt and the hoses to see how they were faring.

Don't have that many miles on our 03 but the age of the rubber components concerned me. Changed the surpentine belt about 4 years ago. Got to the radiator and heater hoses earlier last year. Did note that my heater control valve had a small leak so i replaced it as well.

As others have stated, tire dates would be what i'd check first.
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