Originally Posted by Ivylog
Look at the bottom corners of the slides for separation/rot.
The thread on the slide awnings probably need re-sewing.
Generator good fo 15-20K hours.
Need to check engine serial # for the wrist pin issue which can put a hole in the engine even though it has 50+K miles... #s in the Cummins section.
Welp...here's the end of the story...
Thanks to Ivylog, I was able to confirm that indeed THIS rig has the wrist pin issue. It wasn't an easy job and I will try and do a quick "how to" so that other folks who are looking for new (used) rigs can do this quickly.
To find out if a rig you are interested has any recalls go here:
Here you can look up a rig by VIN, or just the name and model. You can also look up tire recalls, it's a good place to bookmark.
Once you find out there IS a recall, you sometimes have to narrow it down using the serial number of the engine.
In my case, the folks at Motorhome of Texas were really busy (Memorial Day weekend) so they didn't have time to look for the serial number of the engine. I had to call Monaco (they make the Holiday Rambler) and wait on hold for almost an hour, once I got a real person I told him I needed the engine serial number and all I had to do was give him the VIN.
It was interesting he had never heard of the wrist pin campaign. (That's what they call these...strange: NHTSA Campaign Number: 07V-311)
So I went to the recall site and plugged in my VIN but for some reason it didn't like it, said there was some kind of error. To make sure it wasn't the web site I plugged in the VIN to my RV and it came back with zero recalls so I knew the site was okay.
The other way to do a look up is to choose the Vehicle tab across the top (almost to the top), which I did and typed in 2006 Holiday Rambler Scepter and it came back with 4 recalls and one called "Interesting'
I clicked on the 4 recalls and the one I was interested in was there, "Connecting Rod Failure".
It showed me there were 14 affected rigs:
It then lead me to a number of PDF's and when I clicked on the right one this is what is said:
Well I was going to post that but instead, just click here for the PDF
And here's where the serial number of the engine comes in handy:
".....with engine serial numbers ranging from 46543077 to 46603939"
And sure enough the serial number of the rig I was interested is right in the middle of it.
So it was a lot of work, but certainly worth doing when looking at these high priced rigs.
Here's some screenshots that might help.
Thanks. (Sorry can't seem to manage the pictures very well so that they make sense. If you click on them you'll see the 4 recalls and the one I was interested in was the Connecting Rod Failure.)