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Old 04-28-2011, 10:37 PM   #1
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I own a 1988 Southwind Pace Arrow Class "A" Motorhome and need to have the front end and possibly the steering rebuilt. My good friend and master mechanic lives in Mexico and he will be doing the work. My job is to bring with me the RV and ALL OF THE NECESSARY PARTS to complete the job correctly. I have NO IDEA what parts to buy and isn't the front end just a Chevy truck front end? Anyone know? Yep, I am new here and yes, this is my first RV ownership. Other than the front end and steering problem, the 454 Chevy engine, trans and everything else is in real good shape. So, I sure could use some advice....uh....quickly?
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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Hi Ken and

I can't help with your question but hopefully some of our resident experts will chime is soon for you.

Best of luck...


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Old 04-29-2011, 04:00 AM   #3
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Ken, you are correct for the most part it is a truck front end, your coach is on a GM chassies If you look in your owners manual it should tell you the chassies is some thing like P30, the steering box will have casting #s on it and manuf. name. from the steering box to the steering wheel who knows. Also the axle should have some #s stamped on it of a tag attached to it usually in the center of the axle that is the info you really need, but given the age you may not be able to read the tag or see the #s you are looking for some thing like Rockwell, Dana, or spicer. Some where on your coach it will have a decal with the GVW and front and rear axle rateings on it that info will help the parts people as well NAPA is a good source for parts. Depending on what issues you are having be sure to look at springs and attaching hardware. If you havent done it yet, I would recomend taking your coach to a good truck front end shop and have them inspect the entire suspension front and rear. Older gas motorhomes are notorious of their poor handling an wandering all over the road, with that in mind make sure you actually have a problem before you start replacing parts.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:09 AM   #4
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I don't know where you live in relation to Mexico but if your problem is that bad, I would have it looked at and repaired at a reputable shop in you local vicinity. You don't want to be on the road with something that is not safe to drive. Chances are you may purchase some wrong parts and then what? All will be for naught. Sometimes saving a few $$$$ is just not worth the risk. JMHO

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Have you heard about whats happening in Mexico?

What are your plans should you break down in Mexico with a 23 year old motorhome?

I hope you have safe travels and make it safely back to the states.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:43 AM   #6
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Smile Thanks for the quick answer everyone!

Thanks so much everyone for the concern and traveling advice but I travel to Mexico a lot as I live only fifty miles from the border and I carry a "Sentri" card. Been traveling there for over 30 years now. The repairs will be done 12 miles from the San Diego border and my best friend lives in Buena Vista, Mexico which is two miles form T.J ... that is where the work is being done. We are stripping out the interior and replacing just about everything except for the kitchen and a few other items. Anyone have an idea for a GOOD roof sealer at a reasonable price? Looking for a sealer in white and something as close to "Pro Guard Liquid Roof" and or "Eternabond."...without the overpricing!...Any suggestions?
Thanks again everyone. I am new here so getting these answers so quickly is a real treat.
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With your year MH. You have a P32 chassis. Take your VIN number to a GOOD chevy dealer and he can easily order all your parts.
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:12 AM   #9
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Why not bring the mechanic to you? No security problems, no problem with getting the wrong parts, no problem with breaking down in Mexico, etc.

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