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Old 08-17-2013, 02:38 AM   #1
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I just bought a 2004 HR Endeavor and I do not know what care/upkeep the previous owners took of it. I am living in it in Florida this winter but want to get everything checked before I go? What should my full list be?

Oil change & filter
Transmission fluid change & filter
Generator checked - what needs to be checked/changed here?
Air conditioners/freon checked & filters
Brake fluids checked or changed?
Electrical system - what gets checked here?
I do have brand new tires already.
Should I have an EMS Progressive HW50c put on?

Please add to my list so I that i will have an excellent starting point for my annual maintenance checks.

Thanks!
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How about fuel filters and air filter?
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Barb, I think you're on the right track. If you don't know when it was serviced last, you have to assume service is due now so you can start the meter running again for your own schedule. The previously mentioned air and fuel filters are a good plan - as well as a dryer filter.

For help on the chassis related stuff you need to see a truck service center. NOT an RV dealership (they're clueless, despite what they might tell you)! This place will be working on dump trucks, semi tractors, UPS/Fedx trucks, etc. Here in Mi. we have to have an annual "safety check" done on commercial trucks. This same check up can be performed on a Class A. Prices and what is included vary, but it's generally a pretty good going over and it's very reasonable. The guy I use only charges me 200. HIGHLY recommend you have this or something similar done.

From there have a look at your roof to make sure nothing is broken and the sealant around things like your TV antenna appear to be in good shape. No tape lifting, etc. Consider washing and waxing while you're up there? ;^)

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  • Engine: Filters fuel and oil, oil change, air filter - check differential gauge. Serpentine belt, hoses ETC for deterioration. ECM for firmware updates.
  • Generator set: Oil, oil filter, fuel filter and air filter. Check to ensure carries near load limit.
  • Transmission: Fluid & filters.
  • Differential: Service
  • Air conditioners: Clean house filters, vacuum/clean heat exchanger and check shrouds for cracks around mounting holes. Check temperature differential on air output, rule of thumb is 20 degrees delta from ambient, if not check Freon.
  • Brakes... doesn't the Endeavor have air brakes? Check air brake system for leaks.
  • Electrical: Batteries for proper servicing and open terminal voltage.
  • Refer: Proper operation in both LP and AC mode.
  • Windshield wipers: Replace
  • And lastly a THOROUGH, END-TO-END PRE-FLIGHT: If there is a switch operate it: levelers, lights, waste tank indicators and valves, exterior lights, interior lights, ETC!
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Air brakes- Air dryer may need service. (No fluids)
In your Spare time, some info on air brakes...http://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/PDFs/AirBrakeManual.pdf

Diesel Chassis maintenance: This may help: How to Service Your Diesel Pusher RV
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I just bought a 2004 HR Endeavor and I do not know what care/upkeep the previous owners took of it. I am living in it in Florida this winter but want to get everything checked before I go? What should my full list be?

Oil change & filter
Transmission fluid change & filter
Generator checked - what needs to be checked/changed here?
Air conditioners/freon checked & filters
Brake fluids checked or changed?
Electrical system - what gets checked here?
I do have brand new tires already.
Should I have an EMS Progressive HW50c put on?

Please add to my list so I that i will have an excellent starting point for my annual maintenance checks.

Thanks!
This list is somewhat generic but will give you a pretty complete baseline for the future:

Complete base line service for Cummins diesel motorhome:
Engine: filters to be Fleetguard
1. Oil/filter
2. Fuel filters (2)
3. Coolant filter if equipped and test/ adjust SCA level if standard coolant. Change coolant @ 5 years. Add extender at 3 years if OAT type coolant.
4. Air filter if over 3 years old. Inspect plumbing between filter and turbo inlet for evidence of dust. Inspect CAC plumbing.
5. Inspect hoses & belts.
Transmission: filters to be Allison high capacity.
1. Change filters @ 36 months & top up.
2. Change fluid @ 48 months or test sample.
Always use TES295 fluid as approved by Allison.
Chassis:
1. Complete lube including lifting front axle from ends to unload king pins.
2. Including 3 zerks on steering column and one zerk on steering box.
3. Change Hydraulic filter & top up.
4. Change air dryer cartridge @ 2-3 years.
5. Grease front wheel bearings 3-5 years or change to oil hubs & inspect.
6. Change differential gear oil @ 3-5 years.
7. Inspect brake surfaces.
8. Inspect oil level tag axle hubs.
Generator:
1. Oil/ filter
2. Fuel filter
3. Air filter
4. Perform valve lash, belt/ hose replacement and generator unit service before 2000 hours. Replace thermostat and coolant @ that time.
AquaHot:
1. Replace fuel filter
2. Replace burner nozzle
3. Exercise tempering valve.
4. Inspect coolant level at top of AquaHot unit and at expansion tak.
Inspect and clean all battery terminals.
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Wow, you guys are wonderful! That is exactly what I was looking for, thank you so much.
Hooligan, that is a great site you sent me to for doing stuff myself. I think I will watch someone do it the first time and try to change the filters, etc myself after that. I do think it will give me a better understanding of my coach.
And whoever said you care more about your coach than anyone, how true is that!
Thanks again!
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