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Old 03-26-2011, 04:25 PM   #85
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I do most of my own work on my Southwind, I have changed the alternator, converter, I'm fixin to put on a new rubber roof this spring, I did have a mechanic put new brakes on during a trip where a rear caliper froze and smoked the brakes. I repaired the linkage on the windsheild wipers that was broken when I bought it. Built a new battery holder when the old one rusted out and dropped the battery! Plenty of things to do when you own one of these!
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #86
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If you do the front brakes yourself even if the rotors do not need to be machined or replaced you should still service the wheel bearings. This is an area on older motorhomes that is neglected. Old grease can be dried out and doesn't lube the bearings well. A real big problem if this happens on the road, easy to prevent by a little maintenance.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:24 PM   #87
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If you do the front brakes yourself even if the rotors do not need to be machined or replaced you should still service the wheel bearings. This is an area on older motorhomes that is neglected. Old grease can be dried out and doesn't lube the bearings well. A real big problem if this happens on the road, easy to prevent by a little maintenance.
I also had them change the rear axle lube while they had it apart, It's got 80,000 on it, so it couldn't hurt! Very heavy home, even though the 460 is souped up, still struggles on moderately steep grades.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:00 PM   #88
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I do all of my own maintenance. I am putting headers and exhaust on it right now. I enjoy it and am also so tight that I squeak!
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #89
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With your talent all you need to do is put a few zerk fittings in your tennis shoes to stop that squeaking.

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:35 PM   #90
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With your talent all you need to do is put a few Zerk fittings in your tennis shoes to stop that squeaking.
Hijack, And I say this hoping that the TSA doesn't show up at the door. I see that you have a penchant to take things down to the lowest common denominator!
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:50 PM   #91
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I have a 1994 Rexhall Aerbus. It had 13000 miles on it and had been sitting for many years.

It seem I must do everything myself because:

I break down on the highway and I can't afford gas and repair costs.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:01 PM   #92
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I have a 37' Harney Coach Works, Riata and do all the maintenance and every repair that I can possibly do myself. I know I will do the job right and of course I will save a ton of money. I have years of vehicle maintenance experience including years as an 18 wheeler mechanic so I have the knowledge but i am having some difficulty with the physical aspect of the heavy work.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:18 PM   #93
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I do as much as I can, I don't have a real place to work on it- so I have to sneak around in my storage lot to do stuff. Like most of them, they don't like you working on it there. I've been really lazy about replacing my bath roof vent with my new Fantastic Vent...waiting for a rainy day.
Since you have to remove the old vent entirely (including the frame) from the roof and replace it why do you want the rain pouring into the rig through the hole while you work?
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:49 AM   #94
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Hi kartvines,
I do almost all the work on my coach. There are a few general rules I follow.
I let a pro do the work if:
1. the tools needed are expensive
2. it is an emergency or I am on the road
3. after consulting this forum and I remain clueless
4. it is more than a one person job

Other than that, I will tackle just about anything that needs to be done.
I agree.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:22 AM   #95
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Over the last 43 years, I've watched Keith dive head-first into any job that needed done. The first 30 years were on our farm, back in the Day, when you could make a little $$ if you farmed with junk and could keep it going! Since then, I've seen him transform a moving van into a pretty classy looking RV hauler (if I do say so myself), put an electrical service in a 100 yr old house and pass the Code inspection the first time, pull and replace engines and transmissions--whatever needed done. And now he's taken on a beaten, banged, neglected 79 HR Class C and so far, taught himself to repair ABS, coaxed a 30 yr old AC unit into running like a new one, and torn into an old Ford 460. The only time I've seen him pay for someone to work on something was when he was too busy tearing down a combine head to fix his pickup tire or put in a new fuel pump! And every time he started on something he'd never done before--he loaded up on manuals (back in the Time Before the Internet)! So, yeah, count him among the owners who do their own mh work....
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Depends on a few things. Do I have the time, skills, tools, patience? Sometimes I justs dont feel like it. If its something that needs to get done, and I know the shop wont have it done for my trip, I go ahead and do it. Oil changes are just to damn simple for me to do, a shop can do it in alot faster than I can. Usually have the fuel filter done at an oil change. I hate smelling like gas all damn day!! I wont change a tire, to much work. Ill even do body work. Had to do that a couple of times. Watch those trailers!!
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Keith sounds like my kinda guy.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:29 PM   #98
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I do everything on mine. The most fun was changing all three belts on a 1972 Open Road motorhome. I was on I-95 in Boston on a sunday afternoon in July.
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