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Old 08-25-2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2012 Southwind 32vs and was looking for help on what to what type of chassis maintenance should I have looked at. It has 17,650 miles on it. Any suggestions or ideas?

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What chassis is the coach on. Have you done anything at all yet? Do you know if anything has been done in the past? If you do not know and just want to feel safe of not have any mechanical breakdown, you could change all fluids and filters. Also replace belts, radiator and heater hoses. Lube the chassis have the wheels broken down and check braking system and bearings maintenance. Fluids would include lubricants, coolant, transmission and rear end. Filters would include oil, fuel, and transmission. Good luck and keep us posted.
Also, replace tires if they are original as they are probably 5 years old.
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Assuming Ford F53 with V10. Ensure all fluids are at proper levels. Ensure chassis lube is well done. Change engine oil and filter. Inspect all belts and hoses, including the serpentine belt. Change transmission fluid and fuel filter at 30,000 (double check your owners maintenance schedule for this to be sure).
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Assuming Ford F53 with V10. Ensure all fluids are at proper levels. Ensure chassis lube is well done. Change engine oil and filter. Inspect all belts and hoses, including the serpentine belt. Change transmission fluid and fuel filter at 30,000 (double check your owners maintenance schedule for this to be sure).
Yup I second that, not really much to do other than oil changes. You may want to flush and replace brake fluid I believe Ford recommends it every 2 years on the F53 Chassis. If you have Hydraulic fluid in the leveling jacks change the fluid ? I would do a fuel filter as well. Good Luck and safe travels.
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Not strictly chassis, but don't forget the generator. It has oil, and air, oil and fuel filters too.
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Change the oil and filter, might as well do an air filter too. Do the same for the generator and lube the chassis. Not much to do on it other than what I mentioned at the mileage you have. Pretty much a rock solid unit. I would check your rear sway bar bushing mounts, some have a tendency to have the bolts loosen up or fall out completely. At the mileage you state, anything else is overkill.
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Ah yes, the engine air filter. Knew there was something I was forgetting when I posted earlier.
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Thank you for all of your suggestions and comments. It has really helped me out. Look forward to further discussions. Now to get started!
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HI - I'm looking at the same unit with 19k miles. Run into anything to pass on yet?
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A few of the things I passed on we're the transmission fluid and fuel filter. I did do a font end alignment mine was pulling a little bit to the left so I had them repack barings and check brakes (had a friend do those at no cost). I would make sure you do the generator oil change. Hope that helps. Happy trails and enjoy!
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