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Old 05-22-2014, 05:57 AM   #1
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Pre trip vehicle inspection

Wondering what u all do for a pre-trip on your tow vehicles?

On my cummins Ram i do the basic fluids, tire check.

First time out for the season i check u joints, steering, suspension parts, belts...

Anyone have a specific list they work off of?
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:47 AM   #2
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At the beginning of the camping season I do all the recommended maintenance at the mileage intervals specified in the owners manual. Plus:
-change belt
-change differential fluids
-change fuel filter
-change air filter
-change wipers
-check brakes
-change tranny fluid/flush tranny fluid (I do one every year)
-grease all greaseable fittings
-check all steering and suspension parts.
Think I got everything. Some items I wouldn't have to do but I consider it cheap insurance. Rather spend a little extra and have peace of mind that be stuck on the side of the road with a big service call bill.
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That sounds like one heck of a list there becken6. I agree it is cheap insurance compared to a service bill, but wow thats a big annual maintenance bill. Good for you staying on top of things, very few people do.

For me, this is my first year with our new camper, my list included:

Change oil
Change coolant filter
Change fuel filter
Change differential fluids (every 60,000 miles for me)
Topped off other fluids
Checked tire pressure
Checked brakes
Greased u-joints and ball joints
Installed OEM tow mirrors (why they make a 3/4 ton with out them is beyond me)
Installed OEM finned rear diff cover to help with cooling while towing
General inspection of the engine and key components, which resulted in me finding a blown turbo thrust bearing. Didn't want to find that the hard way, so it does pay to be thorough.
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Goneracin.....A little over the top but it's my annual "preflight". It really isn't too bad. I do just about all of it myself so that helps keep the cost down. For what we ask these trucks to do, a little preventative maintenance can go along way. Last big trip was over 4000 miles. Ran great (knock on wood).
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Oh I agree with you, I'm actually impressed, most people just buy it then drive it till it stops. It might cost you more right now, but in a few years when the truck is still running strong and the others are getting a new transmission, you will have the last laugh.
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Little of topic (sorry chertz) but do you notice a difference towing with the OEM rear diff cover?
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I haven't towed the TT with the new cover yet, (today will be the first time). I wasn't having any issues with the stock one, but mine was starting to rot through, its a known problem on the superdutys, and the stock aluminum finned cover on 2008 and up superdutys fits. So for $75 bucks I figured I couldn't go wrong. Now I need to find a matching one for the front, its making my OCD go insane.
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