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Old 12-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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2003 Southwind 32V comments

Had a new 2000 32V w/Ford V10 and loved it. No Issues. Now considering a 2003 Southwind 32V w V10, 12Kmiles and has been garaged. Comments please...

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Old 12-19-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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I had a 2003 v10 for a few years 2007 - 2010 and had no problems with the engine or transmission. Only issues at all were with the brake calipers sticking.

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Old 12-20-2012, 01:11 AM   #3
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Hello Billio and We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. I am sure you will enjoy the website and forums. Good luck, stay safe and keep us posted.
I think with good maintenance and no water intrusion into the coach, you should make sure everything works and go from there. Enjoy the hunt!
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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2003 Southwind

Thanks for the welcome and comments. The unit we are looking at has 12K miles and has been garaged. That's what caught my attention.. We have been wintering in Mazatlan the last 4 years. Two with a sailboat and the last two with a 5th wheel. We think the class A will fit our needs traveling south of the border better that the 5th wheel, but we had to try it. Biliio...
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:23 PM   #5
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Billio....Check the toilet holding tank on that model. I had an 04 Terra in a 32 footer. They put an odd tank on some of the 32's. The tank didn't fit directly under the toilet so they installed a tank that was offset. The drain from the toilet was positioned over an angled shelf and the debris was suppose to slide down the shelf into the main tank. The shelf portion was only about 10" tall. The toilet plugged everytime you used it for other than number one! This was one fo three reasons we sold the coach.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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We have a 2005 32v with the Chevy 8.1 and love it. It is for sale only because we found a bigger unit that will better fit our extended trip plans. I have heard very few complaints about Southwinds.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:41 PM   #7
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We're glad we chose our '03 S/W 32V. (Vortec/Allison) as our 1st MH. We've put a little over 5,000 mi on it since purchase in Aug '12, and have experienced no issues while both dry camping and using full hook-ups. Very careful recording shows an avg mpg of 7.6 overall (flat-towing Civic most of it), with essentially "flat" trips slightly higher. First owner kept it garaged, as we do, so this AZ vehicle suffered less sun/heat aging than it might otherwise have. Full-synth oil, other attention to preventitive maint, and not pushing it too agressivly over the road should help it to serve us well.

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