Originally Posted by Rusbet
Thank you for the detailed response. The MH is five years old and has had no replacement of parts. I am thinking that new tires and batteries will need to be replaced. What other significant parts could I count on replacing year 6-10 on the Pleasureway?
What about the suspension? Are there any after market add on recommended?
With your two agm batteries, how do you manage the dry camping? IE is a couple hours generator per day sufficient to keep things going? Do you have the single 95 watt solar panel?
I replaced the tires this fall due to fronts wearing like underinflation and also age. I increased tire pressure with the new tires and they seem to be wearing evenly now.
Many recommend Sumo Springs and larger anti sway bars.
I feel it is a truck and drives like a truck and I have no issue with the sway they complain of when pulling onto the road from a parking lot.
Being careful with electrical use, we can easily go three days without driving or running the generator. That is with fall camping where the furnace was not used too much. We always sleep without the furnace on.
Colder weather where the furnace is used more will shorten battery time plus with cold weather the batteries are not as efficient.
Our style of traveling is stay at a campsite for two or more days and drive to see the sights/dinner/shopping every day. Driving will charge up the battery.
Dry camp a few weeks a year and battery capacity lasts long enough to not requiring to run the generator that much. Have less than 100 hours on the generator and most of that is the monthly exercising and a few times I needed generator power for our house power failure and a few times when we needed AC.
The generator is very easy to do an oil change on an XLMB. Lots of ground clearance and easy to get to.
We have the single 95 watt solar panel. It is essentially useless except for keeping a fully charged battery topped off in storage. I only tested in the fall with less direct sun and it does not seem to add that much charge to the battery in full sun. Cloudy or shade would be even worse.
Our chassis/starting battery still seems to be strong but may consider replacement next year. Will do a battery test first.
Shocks and brakes seem to be fine. 30,000 miles but most of those miles are freeway so not much wear and tear on the brakes. The last report from service is that still have 70% brakes left.
Service consultant recommended trans drain and fill next year. Sooner than specification but they think years of use would warrant changing out the trans fluid.
Other than oil and fuel filter changes not much needs to be done until 60,000 miles where cooling, transmission, rear axle and belts need service. I will possibly do sooner because of years rather than miles.
Sprinter service is expensive but oil changes only needed every 10,000-15,000 miles and fuel filter every other oil change.
Nothing else needs to be changed or replaced at this time.
Sprinter runs perfectly.
Pleasure Way build is great but there are always hinges/latches/screws and such that need to be checked for tightness.
I did replace the chrome plated screws in the shower/electric/water fill and furnace covers/doors with stainless steel as some of the old ones were starting to rust.
The finish is automotive paint and I wax it once a year and it still looks like new. Stored outside without a cover.
Some modifications I have done were the hot water recirculation system I mentioned before and I also added an inside water heater switch.
We have the outside TV option and noticed that when the 12VDC switch is cycled, the radio will come on to standby thus using power. I installed a switch to shut power to the radio. Also have two inverters to power outside and inside TV. I always turn the inverters off when TV's are not in use to conserve power.
The whole package is very solid and I feel will last a very long time.