1996 Itasca Sunrise F53 Super Duty Update
Just a Newbie update on my 1996 Itasca Sunrise with a F53 Super Duty project. My goal was to have this old motorhome ready for a family vacation. I needed this Old Dog to travel from Chesapeake, VA to Leavenworth, KS and back with my wife, daughter and dog. I purchased this RV about 8 months ago and I started to sort out all the problems early this year and found an amazing amount of issues. So here's what I did....
New water pump, thermostat, thermostat housing, radiator hoses, heater hoses, radiator, a completely new A/C system (compressor, condenser, evaporator, expansion valve and custom made hoses), belts, idler pulley, cooling system expansion tank, custom made brackets to support the fiberglass nose assembly, new headlights, wiper washer squirters (not as easy to find as you would think). I had previously replaced the steering stabilizer, tires and right exhaust manifold. Since the purchase I haven't driven it 50 miles yet. I'm 4 days from our planned vacation departure date i still needed a state inspection. I found a place that could get me in the next day and I was there when they opened the gate. The RV passed without a hitch. That Friday, without time for an extended road test, we loaded up with 75 gallons of fuel, 50 gallons of fresh water and headed west. One week and 2700 miles later we were back. The RV did a great job and the only problem I had was an exhaust leak at the right exhaust manifold that started on the return through the mountains that I fixed this weekend. I still have plenty of other things to fix within the coach but we had a blast and we're ready to do it again!
If anyone is interested I can provide more detail on the repairs. Otherwise, thanks for letting me share.