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Old 10-02-2015, 09:22 AM   #1
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What components to replace due to age other than tires ?

Hi everyone,

I have a 1999 four winds/thor hurricane with 25,000 miles and it is now 15 years old. It is a Ford gas F53 V10.

I changed all 6 tires and even the spare ( since I had two blow outs on the original 15 year old tires that were original to the coach this summer on a trip ) and I also changed all 10 coils since 3 were bad and causing issues.

I am having the belts and hoses changed this weekend to avoid and future problems and to avoid any breakdowns since I plan to drive cross country from NY to California new year in 2016 or in 2017

I did a transmission service also

Are there any other issues or items that I should think of replacing due to age/ deterioration over time that occurs ?

Any suggestions ?? Thanks for any input.

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Old 10-02-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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Radiator flush and definitely brake fluid change. Also a thorough brake system check including brake lines, pads and calipers. Suspect shocks and springs should be good to go with only 25K. I'm sure others will chime in as well.

It took me a while to be confident my older, but very low mileage, coach would reliably take me down the road. Safe travels.

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Old 10-02-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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I have had Older Coaches over the years. You seem to be covering everything. I am sure you have check Fluids (Trans etc.) and brakes. The only other items I had repairs on older coaches..... when they needed it, was the radiator and one exhaust manifolds on a Chevy and a dodge Chassis. Shocks when required, had a 2000 Ford chassis, front shock was shot at 26k.

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Check all the plastic parts on the roof. I replaced all the waste tank vents and the fridge vent cover.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:40 AM   #5
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Spark plugs.
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Belts, radiator hoses, and thermostats.
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Originally Posted by Markrving View Post
Hi everyone,

Are there any other issues or items that I should think of replacing due to age/ deterioration over time that occurs ?

Any suggestions ?? Thanks for any input.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:55 AM   #8
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Don't forget generator service....and although not a safety issue, how old are the house batteries and what condition are they in?
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One other item to check are the rubber bushings on the suspension (sway bar, etc). The old black rubber ones would disintegrate with time not mileage. The newer blue neoprene ones seem to last longer. Not sure which your rig might have.

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Old 10-02-2015, 01:53 PM   #10
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X2 on brake fluid flush/change. Also pull the brake calipers if you have disks up front and re-grease the pins. Those 2 items can save you a world of grief.

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I assume you did a tranny flush

Brake pads. The can get brittle with time.
Fuel filter
Check rear axle fluid level
full lube on all front end parts.
inspect the U-joints
Do the CHF if you haven't done it yet
inspect the torsion bar bushings and bolts, both front and rear.

I changed the tensioner that finally got rid of a chirp, chirp, chirp.

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I knew someone would say that LOL, Where are you sleeping these days?

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