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Old 03-06-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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worried at 30,000 km

Not being mechanically inclined, I worry that there is some maintenance I should be doing on my 2013 Newmar Bay Star Sport that I purchased in May of 2013 brand new. Its 30,000 kilometres are all highway, long distance and it has been wonderful. The dealer has performed regular oil changes and done all winterizations and spring hookups, it is stored at an outdoor ( gravel) storage lot and I keep the batteries indoors on a trickle charge. The dealer does not do engine work, just coach work ( outside of oil changes) and their only comment is I might want to have the brakes checked, but purely cautionary as no symptoms of anything amiss are apparent ( on the brakes or anything else). The owners manual on the Ford v10 Triton engine doesn't really indicate any pressing need.

We are soon to embark on a 3500 kilometre trip and will have a guest with us and I wouldn't want any problems.

Any suggestions?

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Old 03-06-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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Basically what you are having done by the mechanic is the same type maintenance I do myself. I would assume that they change the oil filter, and lube the chassis when doing the oil change. Not much else to do, some say to change the brake fluid every two years but I was told that is not necessary unless you notice a significant change in braking or have issues with braking. If I did my math right you have a little over 19,000 miles on it, so there's nothing else needed. You might want to change the air filter and have the generator serviced which would include an oil change, new oil filter, and air filter if you haven't done so since purchase(no matter how many hours are on the generator). That's one of the benefits of a gas MH, the maintenance is fairly simple.

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Old 03-07-2016, 07:27 AM   #3
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If you have a Ford dealer near you that works on motorhomes, you might ask them if they would just do a checkover for warranty items. I have not done that exactly, but have taken them in with a complaint of one sort or another and they didn't charge me even if the complaint turned out to be nothing. Also when in for something real they seem to check over and find other stuff to fix under warranty that I didn't even know about. All this makes me think they would take your MH in to checkover without any specific issue.
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Old 03-07-2016, 07:30 AM   #4
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You should have a chassis manual in your package of owner documentation, and it should have the chassis manufacturers recommended maintenance intervals for each system. At 30,000 km, I think you are still good with oil changes and chassis lube, but you will be reaching higher plateaus that will call for some additional items. If you don't have the chassis manual (Ford F53 motorhome chassis?), ask a Ford dealer or look online for one.
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