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Old 11-16-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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Steering component life

Hi Folks, I'm doing my homework before I buy used class A, trying to decide where to draw the line on odometer miles.

On a typical 34 foot class A gasser, normal driving, proper maintenance and lubrication, at what mileage would you expect to see issues with tie rod ends, king pin bushings, etc? Are these components that will get loose first?

Drivetrain, I'm thinking 40k miles or less. In order of preference, 8.1/Allison, 454/whatever, 460/whatever, 2-valve V-10 last due to its complexity and weak spark plug threads.

I can rebuild the older V-8s - because I'm old too, and I used to race.

Mahalo for your input and knowledge.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:16 PM   #2
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40k and my steering is still tight.
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I had 150k on my 8.1 with allison and no troubles whatsoever. Suspension was still tight but certainly could have used shocks. This was on a Kodiak chassis. Our ford has 20k on it and I push it hard. No problems at all and still rides like the day I bought it. I would not worry about power train on these units. I fully expect to get 150k out of the Ford as well.
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Hi Folks, I'm doing my homework before I buy used class A, trying to decide where to draw the line on odometer miles.

On a typical 34 foot class A gasser, normal driving, proper maintenance and lubrication, at what mileage would you expect to see issues with tie rod ends, king pin bushings, etc? Are these components that will get loose first?

Drivetrain, I'm thinking 40k miles or less. In order of preference, 8.1/Allison, 454/whatever, 460/whatever, 2-valve V-10 last due to its complexity and weak spark plug threads.

I can rebuild the older V-8s - because I'm old too, and I used to race.

Mahalo for your input and knowledge.
I did my own PM on a 2003 Workhorse W-22, changing oil and greasing the chassis every 3 to 5,000 miles. NONE of the suspension parts were replaced and it had 98,600 miles on it when sold. The only chassis parts ever replaced were shocks (twice), tires (once), plugs and wires (once), and AC compressor (once). The Newmar coach was even more dependable.
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