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Old 08-29-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Breaking in a new MH gasser engine

If we purchase a NEW MH gasser from another state is it recommended (or a good idea) to just jump on the freeway and drive several hundred, maybe up to 1,500 miles to get home? I know with cars & pickups they suggest variable driving conditions/speeds etc for usually around the 1st 1,000 miles or so and not go over a certain RPM. We live in Houston, TX so even if we bought our MH near Dallas or as far as Florida are there precautions we should take concerning this matter.

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I think "breaking in" is pretty much old school now. With all the electronics on the engines today, it probably isn't necessary..... at least I haven't with my autos and DP and they all have quite a few miles on them now.

I just checked both my mc's owner's manual and also our toad's owner's manual and there is nothing in either one of them referring to "breaking in".

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it was broke in right or wrong when the transport driver brought it from the factory. pulling whatever he toad with it.
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If we purchase a NEW MH gasser from another state is it recommended (or a good idea) to just jump on the freeway and drive several hundred, maybe up to 1,500 miles to get home? I know with cars & pickups they suggest variable driving conditions/speeds etc for usually around the 1st 1,000 miles or so and not go over a certain RPM. We live in Houston, TX so even if we bought our MH near Dallas or as far as Florida are there precautions we should take concerning this matter.

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Unless you live close to the manufacturer your new coach may already have significant miles on it. Ours had about 2500 miles which is about the distance from Thor to California and I bet the driver drove it pretty hard since time is money.
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Most of the break in on newer HD vehicles is 500 miles and that is to seat the ring and pinion in the rear axle. The engine is usually nit the issue.

I would still check the engine oil ever 500 miles until you get a couple of thousand miles on the engine. It will not hurt it to vary you speed a bit.

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If you buy any recent or new gasser it will have the Ford F53 motorhome chassis and directly from the manual...

Avoid driving too fast during the first 1000 miles (1600 kilometers). Vary your speed frequently and change up through the gears early. Do not labor the engine.

Do not tow during the first 1000 miles (1600 kilometers).

That's about it. Chances are unless you pick it up at the factory, the final sentence above was not adhered to.
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If you buy any recent or new gasser it will have the Ford F53 motorhome chassis and directly from the manual...

Avoid driving too fast during the first 1000 miles (1600 kilometers). Vary your speed frequently and change up through the gears early. Do not labor the engine.

Do not tow during the first 1000 miles (1600 kilometers).

That's about it. Chances are unless you pick it up at the factory, the final sentence above was not adhered to.
We followed these directions to the letter for the first 1,000 miles. Then it was off to Alaska. Another 12,000 miles in 3 1/2 months, all of it towing our Jeep. We now have over 26,000 miles on it and all is well. If it's like our last on we'll put another 100,000 miles on it and never have a problem with the chassis.
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We followed these directions to the letter for the first 1,000 miles. Then it was off to Alaska. Another 12,000 miles in 3 1/2 months, all of it towing our Jeep. We now have over 26,000 miles on it and all is well. If it's like our last on we'll put another 100,000 miles on it and never have a problem with the chassis.
I'm just wondering how you could of followed the directions to the letter? Did you pick it up at the factory?
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I think normal break in is a thing of the past. The way I did mine was get the 1000 miles to change oil and didn't tow till then to let brakes get wore in
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Drive it like you own it that way if something breaks you are under warranty.
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I'm just wondering how you could of followed the directions to the letter? Did you pick it up at the factory?
We picked it up at the dealer which is only 255 miles from the factory. It was supposed to be delivered the second week of April. Unfortunately (or fortunately which ever way you look at it) there was a blizzard that delayed deliveries. Rather than wait an additional 2 weeks the dealer sent our salesman and another employee to the factory to pick it up.

Our salesman drove the motorhome back and the other person drove the car. The motorhome didn't tow anything, and knowing our salesman I doubt he ever went the speed limit let alone over it. When we picked up the motorhome it had less than 300 miles on it.
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well if thats the case then just follow fords break in and dont tow for the first thousand miles. after that keep an eue on the oil level if shes running ok and little or no oil usage i change mine at 2500 mile then every 6 months or 5000 miles after that use only syntheic oil in my stuff.
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If it already has a couple hundred miles on it, I would give it a few romps to make sure the rings seat well and change the oil at 1000 miles. After that, drive it like you stole it. (with a five star tuner of course) Hard to hurt these things.
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