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Old 11-07-2022, 04:43 AM   #1
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Onboard spares

Hi all,
We are moving from an Airstream trailer to our 2nd motorhome (7th RV) and are getting ready to pickup our gently used 2020 Phaeton 37BH next month.

We kept a number of spare parts in the trailer “just in case” and are wondering what “model specific” parts people carry in their coaches? For example, in the AS, we carried a spare water heater control board, water pump, fuses specific to our solar/Lithium battery setup, a waste tank valve, etc… this is in addition to the general repair type items. Things that could ruin a trip and may be hard to source on short notice.

Thanks in advance for the inputs.
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Im sure you will get the full range of responses from those that basically carry everything imaginable to thos that carry nothing. As for spares, I carry nothing. Do carry a small assortment of nuts, bolts, screws, zip ties, along with some tools. On my third rv and knock on wood, nothing ever broke or went bad that I could have fixed on a trip. Best wishes on your new coach and safe travels
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I carry a spare surflo water pump and a spare AC blower wheel plus tools, screws, zip ties, etc…

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Old 11-08-2022, 12:39 PM   #4
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Hi all,

We kept a number of spare parts in the trailer “just in case” and are wondering what “model specific” parts people carry in their coaches?
Since you are looking for model specific - I might suggest some Spyder items but I don't have a specific one. Maybe someone that has had Spyder issues will chime in. I carry a spare water pump but have not needed it. What did fail recently was the city water inlet valve (a common sourced part with a lot of brands). It failed closed so I did not have any shore water just fresh water from the tank which I could not refill because of the failed valve.

I agree with carrying a spare black and grey water blade valve. Also a spare plastic squirrel fan for the rooftop ACs. These are not Tiffin specific but rooftop AC brand/model specific. I also carry a spare AC FAN capacitor as i have had to replace all three of mine. I know this is a lot of air conditioner related items but in the south - no AC, no RVing .
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Im sure you will get the full range of responses from those that basically carry everything imaginable to thos that carry nothing. As for spares, I carry nothing. Do carry a small assortment of nuts, bolts, screws, zip ties, along with some tools. On my third rv and knock on wood, nothing ever broke or went bad that I could have fixed on a trip. Best wishes on your new coach and safe travels
What? No duct tape??
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Thanks for the info. I would not have thought of the AC parts.

How about slide or leveling jacks spares? I used to carry a spare solenoid for previous 5er for auto level system. Had it fail once with nose pointed down, too low to re-hitch the truck.

Doesn’t anyone carry any chassis parts? On boats I always carried spare fuel filters and seawater pump impeller to avoid being stranded. Does anyone carry a spare serpentine belt, fuel filters or anything else that is a likely failure item?
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Replaced the serpentine belt when I got the coach, old one is now the spare. Fuel filters and a bunch of zip ties, spare nuts, bolts and screws. Not much else. Predicting what might go wrong is pretty tough and most of the things you might think to keep as spares are readily available on the road.
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Thanks for the info. I would not have thought of the AC parts.

How about slide or leveling jacks spares? I used to carry a spare solenoid for previous 5er for auto level system. Had it fail once with nose pointed down, too low to re-hitch the truck.

Doesn’t anyone carry any chassis parts? On boats I always carried spare fuel filters and seawater pump impeller to avoid being stranded. Does anyone carry a spare serpentine belt, fuel filters or anything else that is a likely failure item?
I might add a spare solenoid valve for the levelers. The two power solenoids are new. I have a few in a box and I'm sure a couple of them are fine. But it's not like they fail a lot. I have a spare shuttle valve (it's small and wasn't that expensive).

But spare fuel filters, serpentine belt, and an idler for the belt are all in the spares box and tools to change them are on board. Much beyond that I'd need an unreasonable number of spares for things that provide warning or seem like low probabilities from a chassis/engine standpoint.

I've needed the fuel filters. Thank goodness, they didn't get clogged on the way up to the Johnson Tunnel but waited for Kansas.
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........As for spares, I carry nothing. Do carry a small assortment of nuts, bolts, screws, zip ties, along with some tools........
Ditto......on our 3rd fifth wheel trailer in 18 years and 2nd motorhome in a year.........knock on wood nothing ever broke. One of my rver friends and long time boater like me, carries a spare water pump....something many boaters do.
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Tools, voltmeter, Ty wraps, funnels for adding distilled water to batteries, adding coolant to radiator, adding engine oil, 1 - 5 qt. Container of engine oil, Extended coolant, Transmission fluid, tire plug kit, Spare fuses, 3 various DC solenoid relays for engine starting, ect, for my RV, , spare fresh water pump, serpentine belt, WW blades, hot water heater element and thermostat, pneumatic Jack and lug breaker, flash lights, batt. Charger and extension cord, jumper cable, 12' telescoping TASC ladder, ladder, dry silicon spray , some aerosol lubricants,, rv cleaning wash, extension brush, gallon of distilled water.
Common sense, quality cell phone and service, list of Cummins, Freightliner service centers in area of travel, a good Sams Tow policy.
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