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Old 03-17-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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Ford chassis and coach maintenance

Hello everyone. We recently bought a 2008 Forest River Lexington rv and we are trying to get acquainted with all of different systems. We are new to owning this complicated vehicle and would appreciate some guidance on who should do the maintenance on the Ford E-450 chassis and of course an RV dealer for the coach.

Would a Ford dealer accept working on an Class C RV?

What are your experiences and recommendations for maintenance?

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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First off, yes a Ford dealer will service the chassis/power-train on your MH. I would look at the service recommendations in your Ford owners manual for scheduled & preventive maintenance. If you didn't receive an owners manual when you bought your MH you can down load a copy off the Ford website. Unless you received a service history including invoices for service completed in the past I would assume that nothing has been done. Oil changes, replacing fuel filters, transmission flush and fluid changes, gear box fluid changes seem pretty expensive when you have to do them all at once but that is the cheapest insurance you can buy to keep your rig running right. I wouldn't necessarily get that work done at a Ford dealership. Try to find a dependable shop in your area. More than likely you'll get better service at a better price from an independent shop. Take a look at the manufacture date on your tires. If they are original equipment they are getting close to needing to be replaced. Normally 7 years is about max in spite of low mileage or how good they look.

Here's one resource for finding local service but having a recommendation from someone you know is better.

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Good luck, and again don't get frugal with the preventive maintenance. It's easy to end up tripping over dollars trying to save nickels.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:03 AM   #3
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Depending on the amount of miles (over 50k) and years (5) changing everything is good advice. Going to a dealer is expensive. "Read the owner/service manuals" Do it yourself or find a local shop.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:24 AM   #4
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Many Ford dealers will not work on motorhomes, but you usually can find one that will. Unless you have service records, my suggestion would be to replace all the fluids and filters. That way you know that it has been done. As has been said, check the tires for age and wear. If you can find a local garage or shop to do the work, it will probably be less expensive than a dealer. You also want to seek out a local service repair facility for your routine maintenance. Many local garages use the BG System of products, which are excellent products.
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Look around. You can probably find an independent shop that will service driveline and chassis portion of your RV. Advantage to a Ford is ready parts availability and service provider selection flex ability.
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