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Old 04-07-2016, 06:46 PM   #1
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1996 Itasca Suncruiser 77,000 miles?

Looking at one in pretty good shape, but the mileage seems high. Anybody know how long the model with the Ford 460 V8 should go before starting to have real trouble? Thanks, I'm a newbie here, let me know if I posted in the wrong place...

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Old 04-07-2016, 09:42 PM   #2
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Your post is in as good a spot as any. Only the Ford Chassis forums would be a tiny bit better.
20 year old coach with 77,000 miles , is only 3,700 give or take, a year, properly maintained and not overworked, the 460 should go 150,000 with no internal issues.
Are there service records available ?

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It depends on how well he previous owner stuck to the recommended chronological service intervals rather than the mileage-based ones. If an oil change is recommended at 5000 miles or 12 months, an owner doing 2000 miles a season may ignore the recommended chronological interval.

We had that problem on our 8-year old rig with only 12,000 miles on the clock. We couldn't get a reliable account of its service records, so we just swallowed hard and hoped for the best. Four years of our ownership, racking up another 6000 miles, with regular servicing, we didn't have any issues.
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I purchased a 1997 Itasca Suncruiser, on the Ford chassis with the Banks System, when it was five years old. It was a reliable rig, that I then fulltimed in for five years. I sold it when it was ten years old.

The V8 engine should be fine if it had adequate maintenance. I would be more concerned with any roof, seam, or window leakage in a 96 as it is 20 years old. Also, they were known for areas of fiberglass delamination on the exterior panels. One more, the auto transmission could overheat, especially in reverse. Check for burnt transmission fluid.
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Thanks, Skip, Frank and George. I'll check the Ford chassis forum. The owner did haul a toad with it, a Jeep Wagoneer, and I suppose that would put some wear on the tranny so I'll check the ATF and check out the reverse as suggested. Definitely will want to see a good maintenance record, and if the documentation isn't there I'll walk away. So far it seems OK, but the proof will be in the looking and driving. Still concerned about the possibility of a transmission rebuild somewhere down the line, will do some more resarch on life span of those. It's really great to hear from you all, just having the input and information you've passed along is reassuring - I don't feel like I'm working in the dark here, and I really appreciate it. Take care,

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As a former Ford chassis owner, I'd agree that the 460 if properly maintained should be just fine for many more miles. As they mentioned, 77k is exceptionally low mileage for a 20 year old RV. As you consider it, be sure to take a look at the DOT date codes on each tire as they are probably very old and need to be replaced. I'd be as concerned about the RV part as the chassis, if not more. You should plan to change all fluids and an oil analysis on the engine and transmission would be a good idea as well. You need to look very closely at all places where it may have leaked as that can destroy the framework of an RV in far less than 20 years. I suggest that you also make use of a good inspection check list as you look it over and perhaps consider having it checked by a mechanic and a mobile RV tech.

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