Originally Posted by FreddieMac
So basically from what I can tell, the issue is not with the engine. Given you do not get an engine with a history of problems, I am more than likely to experience issues with the appliances, generator, etc...
From what I gather from this conversation a lot depends on the care and maintenance anything has had. I'm sure the driving habits of the previous owner(s) would also play a role in this also. But how do you really know?
I feel very fortunate about the deal I made when I bought my MH. I have known the fellow I bought it from since the late sixties and have worked on and maintained every vehicle he has owned since and still do today. I know how he drives and how careful he is with periodic maintenance. If anything he is over protective. I don't do repairs on anything he owns because he has abused something.
I am the same way. This MH will be lucky to see 1000 miles with the same oil in it. That would be a season's travel for us.
My driving habits should not create any abuse either. I am one of those folks which respect all things mechanical and know their limits. I will pick up a bit of speed going down a grade to get a run for an upgrade and gently let off the throttle to keep the RPM down and maybe not even shift down a gear. In hilly terrain I never use the cruise control. Even on an interstate I will disengage the cruise if I see a grade coming, pick up a little speed and gently climb the grade. I flow with traffic but don't exceed speed limits just to keep up either.
Just listening to the engine can give you a good indication of how you are treating it. If you hear it screaming too much back out of it and let it breath happily. You don't need to lug it either. Every engine has it's happy spot and in a short while you can detect it. Keep it happy and all will be good.
None of these units are hot rods. While some may have tremendous horse power the units themselves are heavy. You don't have to use every HP to keep it alive. Treat it like you are going to own it forever.