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Old 02-01-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Annual Maintenance Items Before Each Season?

So, I know that this topic has probably been asked before but wanted to get everyone's input on their personal pre-season checklist. Some info about my rig:

2005 Coachmen CrossCountry 354MBS
5.9 Cummins
Propane Generator
55K miles

My personal checklist:

Oil Change
Coolant Refill/Flush (flush every other year)
Generator service (oil/filter change)
Filters (fuel/air/cabin)
De-winterize and check for leaks
Check tires
Check roof
Check awning/slides
Propane tank/lines for leaks

Am I missing anything? I plan on having the chassis serviced this year but other than that, I'm not sure of what else is needed and how often. Hydraulic system? Air suspension? Thanks in advance for your replies!

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Check and tighten, if needed, the electrical power terminals @ transfer switch, junction boxes at generator output and power cord, main terminals at the distribution box and terminals if you have a hard wired in Surge Guard. I recommend you have some sort of electrical monitoring/measuring device that can check the wiring at pedestals and only allow good properly wired voltage into the coach.
There are many other things to check on like brakes, bearings, belts, hoses, wipers, batteries, step operation, etc. You need to literally put your hands on everything and see if it is operating, looks, feels, smells and sounds like it is operating or functioning properly.
When we were living in our coach and traveling around, I could do some kind of PM every day if I wanted to. Even cleaning and polishing is maintenance and is important. Good luck, stay safe and keep us posted.

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Ya forgot about the most important one. Putting on the road and Driving it like you stole it.
I am assuming that is a FRED, so how do you like it? How's the engine noise up front? How's your fuel mileage is the big one?
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Battery service is one of the top inspection points. Not just electrolyte, but terminals cables and the battery trays. Air brake tanks and the air dryer. Your chasis manufacturer should have a comprehensive list. I have seen spread sheets posted on this site and they are pretty useful. As mentioned above, spend some time examining the power train for leaks, seeps and drips.
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If you and your coach are around lots of little, rural critters, a quick scoot around/under the chassis for chewed-away insulation is always an anxious Spring endeavor. \ken
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Thanks for the responses!

Originally Posted by SuperGewl View Post
Ya forgot about the most important one. Putting on the road and Driving it like you stole it.
I am assuming that is a FRED, so how do you like it? How's the engine noise up front? How's your fuel mileage is the big one?
Actually, it's a rear engine diesel. I'm getting a little over 12 @ 65 MPH. This will be my 3rd season with the RV, still haven't towed anything.

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