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Old 04-30-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Service and Tire Recommendations Needed Now -- RV is at Service Center

I have had a new-to-me 2010 Winnebago Adventurer 35Z for about a month now. My family will be taking it on a year+ trip starting in June. I took it to an RV service center to have safety inspection performed and routine maintenance. It has about 18K miles on it. Service manager recommends:

- oil and filter -- planning on that
- fuel filter replaced
- transmission fluid replaced
- brake fluid replaced
- coolant replaced
- differential fluid replaced

The F53 service book does not show transmission, brake, coolant, or differential are needed for many more miles, but I know some people do them sooner.

Is this overkill -- doing more than needed or is it prudent before driving around the US for a year. The most we will stay in one spot is 2 weeks, so we will be driving frequently, pulling a Toad.

Also, Michelin tires are almost 5 years old according to the DOT codes. No signs of cracking. Do I leave them on or replace them before the trip?

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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I'd follow the Ford recommendations.
Some will say to replace the tires before the trip but not even Michelin recommends it at only 5 years. I replaced our Michelins at about 8 years and that was early but the tires came in sooner than everyone expected. None left in the US at the time I ordered but they arrived in less than a month anyway.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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Follow the Ford recommendations. All that stuff is not needed to be done yet.

The tires are good for another few years. Michelin says starting at five years have them inspected annually (by a authorized Michelin truck tire dealer), replace as needed or at ten years regardless.

Enjoy the trip!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:52 AM   #4
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Get the lube, oil and filter change done and all fluids topped off. That's all.
Visit auto parts store and get a fuel filter for if it is needed in the future along with fluids, oil, coolant, ATF, brake, wiper fluid, lock eze, etc. for if it is needed while traveling.
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Tires are fine for 3 or 4 more years. The oil change would be appropriate, both for engine and generator if it has one.

Top off the other fluids. They definitely DO NOT need replacing yet.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for the Advice!

Wow -- many thanks to everyone who quickly replied! You added great confidence and I'll follow the Ford recommended schedule of service and keep rolling on the tires.

On a side note, I just registered for the RV Safety conference coming to Colorado Springs in a couple weeks (RV Lifestyle, Education & Safety Courses | RV Safety.com). What a great opportunity to learn about maintaining and driving my motorhome.
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I suggest you replace the tires. I know too many people who had blowouts with tires 6 - 7 years old.
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I have had a new-to-me 2010 Winnebago Adventurer 35Z for about a month now. My family will be taking it on a year+ trip starting in June. I took it to an RV service center to have safety inspection performed and routine maintenance. It has about 18K miles on it. Service manager recommends:

- oil and filter -- planning on that
- fuel filter replaced
- transmission fluid replaced
- brake fluid replaced
- coolant replaced
- differential fluid replaced

The F53 service book does not show transmission, brake, coolant, or differential are needed for many more miles, but I know some people do them sooner.

Is this overkill -- doing more than needed or is it prudent before driving around the US for a year. The most we will stay in one spot is 2 weeks, so we will be driving frequently, pulling a Toad.

Also, Michelin tires are almost 5 years old according to the DOT codes. No signs of cracking. Do I leave them on or replace them before the trip?

Thanks for the advice!
Being that it is New to you and you plan to spend the next year on the road I would follow the recommendations put in front of you.

This will also give the tech the opportunity to determine if there are any underlying problems before you leave.

If the tires pass a safety inspection Run them, and Keep up on the tire pressures, and weigh your coach so you know what your dealing with and use the tire pressure charts posted for your tire size.
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Beware working on things that don't need it. Recently I thought I would be proactive and have the fluid changed in my Allison 6 speed transmission at the only authorized Allison dealer in this area, it was working fine, did not leak at all and only had 5000 miles on it since the last change but it had been 5 years ago.
It cost me $392 to change the fluid and both filters which I thought was reasonable. The problems started after they changed the fluid; it leaked 2 quarts of fluid in my driveway in one day when I got it back and the shifting was completely different, every time it downshifted it slammed hard into the lower gear and it would not go into 6th gear until 62 mph whereas before it would shift to 6th at 57 mph.
I took it back to the dealer and they told me the transmission dipstick seal was the wrong one and they called Allison's tech service for the shifting problem. I explained to them it did not have any of these problems before the worked on it but they charged me an additional $319 to fix it. Of course I will not return to there shop for service again.

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5 year old tires and only 18K on the rig means that it SITS most of the time. Worst thing you can do to tires is having them sit. If it were me and I was taking children along, I'd replace the tires now and have piece of mind going down the road. Other items, look at the manual and pay attention to the mileage OR number of months before changes. If the # of months is pass the Ford recommendation, change it out no matter what the mileage says.

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5 year old tires and only 18K on the rig means that it SITS most of the time. Worst thing you can do to tires is having them sit. If it were me and I was taking children along, I'd replace the tires now and have piece of mind going down the road. Other items, look at the manual and pay attention to the mileage OR number of months before changes. If the # of months is pass the Ford recommendation, change it out no matter what the mileage says.

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I appreciate the sentiment of your answer.. But, personally I would invest in a good pressure monitoring system and keep and eye open for actual damage to the tires.. 5 Years is way premature.. Just my Opinion!
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Am I missing something here. I believe the OP stated the MH was a 2010, which is 3 years old, not 5. Replacing 3 year old tires that show no signs of wear or problems is very premature and wasteful.
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I know people are going crazy about the DOT date on the tires but if you check with manufacturers they say it is "in service" date that is important, assuming they were stored in a cool place and out of the sun. So really these have 3 or 4 years at the most which is way too early to change unless there is physical damage. But if money is no problem change them if you want peace of mind.
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OP stated date code on tires almost 5 years old. I would replace because that rubber is all that is between my family and disaster and you don't know how they've been cared for. Also, if traveling for the next the time lost due to repairs from a blowout would be quite a hardship. That's just MHO.
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