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Old 08-22-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I've been RV'ing for a number of years and have recently come to this site to research issues and problems others might have been having with their Class A, National RV Seabreeze LX Coach. Specifically the W-22 Chassis.

I live just outside of Seattle, WA, have 3 kids, (2 grown) and one 13 year old. A large 130 pound German Sheppard and a 5 pound Chihauhau. I love to travel, salmon fish and spend time with neighbors.

I inherited this coach, as it is a 2004 and a step up from my CLASS C which I had previously. I know you all will agree that getting a quality motor home for technically nothing is a good thing, and to top it off, when I first received the motorhome, it only had a little over 1,643 miles on it. YES, the mileage is correct. A 2004 NRV SeaBreeze LX barely used. AND so this is where the problems began.. And as such, I have gained extensive knowledge on the operation, repair and interesting little probles that surface between the W22 chassis and the application of the NRV House to the chassis.

I have finally reached 6,860 miles on the coach, after a summer trip to Idaho (Silverwood) and then over and around Glacier National Park. I had absolutely no problems

I will chime in if I can help, but mostly I like to read about the fun other people are having.

My coach is built on the Workhorse W-22 Chassis and duraframe construction. It sat in one place for over 4 years, untouched, not-winterized, not-"summerized," and for at least two years, not even a cracked door seal... However, the family did keep it plugged in... and so now you can already figure out one of the first problems. I have some experience with heavy duty truck work, so I wasn't too worried about some issues I figured I would have.

In my past life I was a certified Diesel Engine mechanic, working as a lead tech, troubleshooting and retrofit specialist for a school district, converting our old International straight sixes to the DT466's, Cat 3258's and maintaining the other's in our fleet such as the Cummins 220. I also have been trained (but did not finish my certification) on Alison Transmissions as they related to the School Bus Industry. (15 years) At the same time, I carried an ASE Certification on all things automotive for over 20 years.

So, fortunately for me, I have some knowledge so when things started to go wrong, and in some cases, terribly wrong with this technically "New" coach, I was able to work my way through them safely.

I had to learn about the Workhorse Brake recall on my own, on my first short outing, as the rear brakes locked up solid in STOP AND GO RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC on a local freeway... And later, after a second failure on the front brakes nearly caused a brake fire after boiling all front hub oil and popping the filler plugs out of the hub. Thankfully my brother is still an active ASE mechanic, and was able to do some research on the W22 chassis, he mentioned the brake recall. You see, the original owners simply filed that paperwork away when it came in the mail as they never used the coach.

I have had to repair the plumbing - water pump, filtration system and such because of freeze-bursting, un-clog/clump the holding tank because there was no water in the black water tank and it was used periodically for visitors who simply believed it was OK to use the RV toilet. Sanitze and clean the holding tanks and hot water heater, repair some lights, clean all the caulking and reseal the Dicor roof.

And if you have ever started blowing fuses controlling your fuel injectors..... I can tell you where to look for the problem between the chassis and coach manufacturers pinching the wiring.

SO, enough about me! I enjoy reading the posts and gaining more knowledge. I know there have been some posts that have helped and I sure hope I can help other from what I have learned about mine.

Take care and Happy Travels!
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Hey, welcome.. sounds like you have your work cut out for you.. but, fortunately, sounds like you have the technical expertise to do much of it yourself.. that's great. I think the coach you got is a good foundation.. a good company/reputation.
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