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Old 05-25-2023, 01:24 PM   #1
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New owner 2022 Adventurer 29M re potential issues

Assuming all goes according to plans I will be picking up a "gently used" 2022 model 29M with 7400 miles. I have been researching for months and have finally pulled the trigger on what I think is the best gas coach for our particular needs. My question is what are the coaches weaknesses that I should be aware of as I take ownership and begin long drive to our residence? Currently I am only aware of the possible AC connection issue that plagued the 2021 model.

Thanks for any thoughts (hopefully most other owners are happy with their coach).
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Assuming all goes according to plans I will be picking up a "gently used" 2022 model 29M with 7400 miles. I have been researching for months and have finally pulled the trigger on what I think is the best gas coach for our particular needs. My question is what are the coaches weaknesses that I should be aware of as I take ownership and begin long drive to our residence? Currently I am only aware of the possible AC connection issue that plagued the 2021 model.

Thanks for any thoughts (hopefully most other owners are happy with their coach).
29M? Did you mean 29B? The 30' long model with full driver side wall slide?

If so, here are the issues we've found with our 2021 model over the past 22,000 miles and two years. Not necessarily in order.
  • Tire alignment and rotation right after our first trip. Made a huge difference in tracking and handling.
  • Thanks to the iRV forum, I caught the low rear-differential oil issue when the MH only had about 1,800 miles on it. Topped it up myself and went 10,000 miles before being able to get it into Ford dealer for the warranty fix.
  • The dash AC lines were crossed and we had no dash AC for a while. Easy fix once discovered (thanks again to this forum).
  • We had the original ‘old style’ problematic spark plug wires. These were replaced recently while on the road when the engine began misfiring.
  • I’ve experienced a few of the ‘Service Advance Trak’ messages accompanied by cruise control and ABS going out. These happened during our first long trip out west and seemed to be mostly associated with strong side-winds or wind buffeting. Engine restart cleared the problem. Haven’t had a problem over the past year or so and 12,000 miles.
  • One of the Coleman Mach AC's lost a fan blade and had to be replaced.
  • Leak in the shower skylight. Fixed.
  • Right turn video camera quit working due to poor lead connection – easy fix.
  • Leveling jacks were not properly calibrated.
  • Top of main cabin TV frame separated. After a year, I replaced the POS ATYME stock TV's with Vizio smart TV's.
  • A few trim pieces were loose. Fixed.
  • Front engine cover and grill almost came off when the glue failed -- used JB Weld epoxy and so far it's holding. Will also continue checking other glued-on items.
  • Had a PEX water line spring a leak under the sink due to an improperly installed bracket pinching the line.
  • The step motor failed and had to be replaced after 15,000 miles and 1-1/2 years.
  • A loose ground connection that cut 12 volt power to the coach drove me nuts for a while until I tracked it down.
  • Rear sway bar brackets were replaced by the dealer on warranty recall.
  • Installed Safe-T-Steer front steering stabilizer. It helps a lot with centering the steering wheel, reducing "fidgiting" or wandering when driving and wind influence. Second chassis addition was Sumo Springs to the rear suspension. That reduced sway and wind influence but slightly harshened the ride quality.
  • The biggest weakness is that the CCC is only 1,350 lbs. on the 18,000 lb. chassis. So, even with just a few gallons of water in the fresh tank and a minimal load of gear and three passengers, we are at or over the GVWR! I've increased tire pressures all around to 87 psi to give us a better load safety margin. The increased tire psi also seems to improve handling and does not have a significant impact on ride quality.
  • Needs more sound proofing in the front.
  • Added supplemental catch wires to keep the basement compartment doors from flying open if the latches failed. Happened once.
  • The step motor failed and had to be replaced after 15,000 miles and 1-1/2 years.

There's more "custom" stuff we've done, but the above covers just the "issues" we've had. Overall, we really like it as the floorplan works very well for us.
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29M? Did you mean 29B? The 30' long model with full driver side wall slide?

If so, here are the issues we've found with our 2021 model over the past 22,000 miles and two years. Not necessarily in order.
  • Tire alignment and rotation right after our first trip. Made a huge difference in tracking and handling.
  • Thanks to the iRV forum, I caught the low rear-differential oil issue when the MH only had about 1,800 miles on it. Topped it up myself and went 10,000 miles before being able to get it into Ford dealer for the warranty fix.
  • The dash AC lines were crossed and we had no dash AC for a while. Easy fix once discovered (thanks again to this forum).
  • We had the original Ďold styleí problematic spark plug wires. These were replaced recently while on the road when the engine began misfiring.
  • Iíve experienced a few of the ĎService Advance Trakí messages accompanied by cruise control and ABS going out. These happened during our first long trip out west and seemed to be mostly associated with strong side-winds or wind buffeting. Engine restart cleared the problem. Havenít had a problem over the past year or so and 12,000 miles.
  • One of the Coleman Mach AC's lost a fan blade and had to be replaced.
  • Leak in the shower skylight. Fixed.
  • Right turn video camera quit working due to poor lead connection Ė easy fix.
  • Leveling jacks were not properly calibrated.
  • Top of main cabin TV frame separated. After a year, I replaced the POS ATYME stock TV's with Vizio smart TV's.
  • A few trim pieces were loose. Fixed.
  • Front engine cover and grill almost came off when the glue failed -- used JB Weld epoxy and so far it's holding. Will also continue checking other glued-on items.
  • Had a PEX water line spring a leak under the sink due to an improperly installed bracket pinching the line.
  • The step motor failed and had to be replaced after 15,000 miles and 1-1/2 years.
  • A loose ground connection that cut 12 volt power to the coach drove me nuts for a while until I tracked it down.
  • Rear sway bar brackets were replaced by the dealer on warranty recall.
  • Installed Safe-T-Steer front steering stabilizer. It helps a lot with centering the steering wheel, reducing "fidgiting" or wandering when driving and wind influence. Second chassis addition was Sumo Springs to the rear suspension. That reduced sway and wind influence but slightly harshened the ride quality.
  • The biggest weakness is that the CCC is only 1,350 lbs. on the 18,000 lb. chassis. So, even with just a few gallons of water in the fresh tank and a minimal load of gear and three passengers, we are at or over the GVWR! I've increased tire pressures all around to 87 psi to give us a better load safety margin. The increased tire psi also seems to improve handling and does not have a significant impact on ride quality.
  • Needs more sound proofing in the front.
  • Added supplemental catch wires to keep the basement compartment doors from flying open if the latches failed. Happened once.
  • The step motor failed and had to be replaced after 15,000 miles and 1-1/2 years.

There's more "custom" stuff we've done, but the above covers just the "issues" we've had. Overall, we really like it as the floorplan works very well for us.
Wow. It frankly sounds like a can of worms, and btw the can is the 29B as you pointed out. Thanks for all the very useful information--I hope ours has fewer issues, but my understanding is that is just the way of RVs these days.
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Well, the 29B is a truck/house on a then "new" chassis/engine combo . Teething problems aside, our 29B has been a good choice for us.
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