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Old 04-03-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
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My self maintenance experience since 2002

Many improvements and modifications were made, but they are not listed since they were not related to maintenance. Only been stranded twice from a bad ignition switch and a failed Autopark piston seal. Both were less than $10 to replace. Since I graduated from working, RV maintenance became an avocation.

If I had to pay someone for all this work, I would probably have paid twice for the motor home. No regrets, we have seen America The Beautiful including 72 national parks (National Parks On The Air), Alaska and many visits to family and friends all over the USA.
Charles Kuralt is one of my traveling heroes.

Here is a list of my maintenance items

Engine Chevy Vortec 8.1 liter, 167,000 miles:
Belt tension & idler wheel (worn bearing).
A/C compressor (leaking) & Dryer.
8 intake manifold bolts new and re-torqued (oil mist got into intake manifold and fouled plugs).
Ceramic boot spark plug wires (exhaust manifold heat disintegrated some originals).
Spark plugs (worn out).
Hydraulic Power Steering and Power Brake pump (leaking).
Exhaust manifold doughnuts on tail pipe transition (bad installation during catalytic converter recall).
Changed oil every 8-10,000 miles, 10W-30 Mobil 1, engine filter and after market Amsco 10% bypass filter (no issues)

Transmission (GM)
Replace fluid every 50,000 miles with synthetic transmission fluid & filter (no issues)
Replaced actuator cable and insulated it (slow melt heat damage from exhaust manifold proximity)

Chassis (2002) Workhorse P series, wide-track, independent front suspension
Replaced ignition switch (overheated contacts)
2 new fuel pumps, last one installed exterior by fuel filter (low pressure)
Autopark brake shoes (wore out during cylinder failure)
Autopark Hydraulic piston seal (severe leak around piston)
Autopark brown switch (inoperative and leaking)
Hydraulic power brake assist unit (leaking)
3 sets of air bags in front coil springs (leaking air)
Differential pinion oil seal (leaking)
1 set of disk brake pads all around (worn)
All new bolts with blue Threadlock to hold rear hubs to axles (became loose, lost rear end oil)
Long heat shield between propane tank and exhaust pipe re-attached (fell out on the road)
Right and left ball joints (worn)
1 set of rear tires (Michelin tires blew out)
2 sets of front tires (alignment & ball joint issues)
Idler attached to Pittman arm (worn prematurely by aftermarket steering stabilizer, it was removed)
Replaced all shock absorbers with KONI brand (rough ride)
Replaced two front leveling jacks (sinking & leaking)
3 fuel filters
Heater fan motor (worn out)
One rear hub/axle seal (leaking)
Greased every 3000 miles or so with synthetic moly-grease (no issues)

House 2003 model Winnebago Sightseer
Replaced all drawer slides with ball bearing slides (most rear plastic track holders broke)
Replaced sink with later model (could not get it clean)
Replaced all waste plumbing between black tank and toilet (1 inch factory misalignment caused tank connecting rubber boot to break, messy!)
Replaced plastic toilet with ceramic bowl using a ball valve (black tank odor, many minute gaps)
Replaced fresh water pump (internal rubber parts partially disintegrated)
Replaced conductive screw type fresh, gray and black tank level sensor system with new electronic capacitive system(inconsistent level readings)
Reconditioned both rusted windshield frames (one windshield got cracked on Alaska trip, the other from rusted steel window support bracket on bottom of window frame)
Cleaned and re-sealed fiberglass roof to mounting channel joint (visible joint separation, no leaks)
Replaced high speed fan relay in roof A/C control module (only low fan speed worked)
Replaced A/C fan motor (worn out bearing)
Replaced several pneumatic springs on external storage doors (became weak)
Replaced pneumatic spring on queen bed (became weak)
Modified external water fill hatch to prevent water from running into wall area(hatch MFR design flaw)

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Old 04-03-2018, 09:21 AM   #2
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Is that a resume for a mobile RV Tech?

Larry & Sheree & Bella the CAT
2009 Holiday Rambler, Admiral 30SFS
Lewis County, Wa.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:36 AM   #3
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Hi edge68474
No, but for a retired research engineer that build his own 3 story house (no contractors) and has trouble paying someone else what he can do himself.
Love to stay busy, especially for my own cause.
I am a legal immigrant (1954) from Germany living the American Dream!!!
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:03 PM   #4
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Excellent job! I like the feeling of accomplishment when I perform maintenance and repairs myself. And I know that it's done properly.
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:10 PM   #5
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That is an extensive list and lots of labor money was saved.

I would give you a pat on the back but you beat me to it

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Old 04-03-2018, 02:45 PM   #6
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I'm like the OP. 1st motorhome over 300 fixes and improvement projects plus servicing.
2nd motorhome I owned just over a year, only 150. 3rd is a DP, I'm up to 275. I'm doing all the maintenance and servicing on it too. Found everytime is just bigger.
Had 24 motorcycles, 30 cars, 16 RVs including an airplane. Save hundreds of thousands doing it myself and "right".
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:50 PM   #7
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Me Too - I like to document most of my work on a blog site. The blog site shows the work done and is a great help for others, AND when it come time to sell, show a potential buyer exactly what and how the MH was maintained.

My 2001 Mirada, I sold it a little over a year ago:

2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB – 2001 Ford F53 6.8L V10

And my 1999 Southwind. We bought this a little over a year ago:

1999 Southwind 35S – Southwind by Fleetwood – sporting its new paint job

Blog sites are reasonably easy to set up and maintain. If you can type up a document in Microsoft Word, the transition is easy.
1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10 4R100) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.

It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
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Old 04-03-2018, 03:43 PM   #8
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Gary. Very good. Proud of you. I am new to MHing, and I now consider it a hobby as well as an adventure. I learn something new every day from the good people like you and others. Thank You.

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2009 Holiday Rambler, Admiral 30SFS
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