I bought an 2004 Select 45' DS04 this spring. I was the second owner of the coach as the original owners children sold the motorhome due to health issues of their father. The salesman i purchased the coach from was the original selling salesman and knew how meticulous the original owner was during his ownership. The salesman told me he was cautious to who he would show the motorhome to as he fully expected the coach would be a constant tweaking and fixing as all larger coaches can become a labour of love at the ten year mark or become really expensive and spend a lot of time in the shop. Wow was he right on the labour of love.....
I am in my early 40s and have owned RVs for over 20 years with these last two Rvs being class A models. My friends and family would say i have an advanced background in mechanics, electronics and a general handy guy that can fix just about anything. One of the resources i have turned to more and more with the select 45 has been this forum and the excellent sharing that everyone is providing each other. it is because of this forum i have been able to learn from others experiences instead of learning the hard way on my own.
Mods I have performed so far,
1. Converting the rear closet to a bunkhouse for my girls.
2. Changing of the factory Shocks to Kona FSD and Kona Adjustable shocks on front (fronts set to maximum after much tinkering)
3. Changing satellite to HD direct with 4 satellite recievers ( 1 for each TV)
4. Complete upgrade of all TVs to LED Tvs, customized outdoor entertainment cabinet now contains a 46" LED with swivel and extension
6. Cross Bracing to frame
7. currently modifying front cabinetry and TV area.
8. New OEM headlights
Issues the forum provided help and solutions to by learning from others fixes.
1. Generator smoking at start up (fix was changing air cleaner, fuel filter and cleaning out entire intake system as i too had a nest inside of it)
2. suspension bottoming out hard ( the Koni shocks did not fix this but a ride height adjustment fixed this)
3. Popping windshields and the X bracing (second time I popped the windshields in less than two weeks I went to Bruce coach in Salmon Arm BC and discovered he had purchased the engineered plans for the fix from travel supreme while they were still in business.
Current update / Sharing:
After getting my X- Bracing completed, I could not believe i was driving the same motorhome, the difference was dramatic. The windshields stopped popping out at every little bump too. One of the things I read from others with windshield issues was they had the centre brace updated and increased its strength to avoid any further issues. SO these posts lead me to decide to perform my wanted front cabinet redesign for the LED front TV, and more importantly enabling me to also inspect the front windshield Brace. To my shock and surprise the windshield centre brace was not attached at the top to anything !!! ( see attached pics).I will now make a new customized front cabinet that will include a curved steel frame for attaching the windshield center brace to. As currently there is only the fibreglass front cap or a little wood to secure it to which is hardly adequate IMHO. Another note regarding the windshields, the last installers showed me how the windshields were not OEM glass and the curvature was slightly incorrect compared to the body curvature ( this was real easy to see prior to them setting them) They recommended that before I changed windshields in the future that i provide them with the VIN number from the coach so they can source the exact original glass manufacturer to ensure the curvature is correct. They told me that incorrect curvature is responsible for many of the repairs they perform on all makes and models of coaches. Apparently the glass installers have the means to be able to source this information through the glass manufacturers???
I hope my sharing can help some others to get their Travel Supremes to better than new condition as mine is now getting too.
PS -- next mod i have been working on is to do with the Mac Truck headlights installed in the 2004 and prior motorhomes. I have new complete OEM headlights recently installed with aftermarket bulbs for adequate lights. But I am looking for something better, so far from playing with the original headlight bezels it appears 2 headlights stacked on top of another from a late ninety suburban will fill the opening perfectly. which opens a world of possibilities when it comes to aftermarket customization... headlight alignment and adjustment may be a different issue though, (that makes the final solution so rewarding though when i finally get it figured).