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Old 03-27-2017, 06:17 AM   #1
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Hello all, Thank you for the warm welcome to the RVing community. We recently bought a 93 Fleetwood Southwind w/36k gas engine 454 and no doubt will have questions . I did have a KZ fifth wheel toy hauler w/ a 08 duramax and enjoyed it a great deal but an totally new to the class A motorhome. Does anybody have any advice on the rig for good maintenance practice, if so please feel free to share your thoughts. I do have my first question about the brakes, as I do not have any brochures about tank capacities and such but I have a question about the brakes , they seem a bit slow to react, is this normal for a rig this old?
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Welcome to the forum as well as to motorhomes.


As to the brakes no matter how old the rig the brakes should not be sluggish. You need to check this out. This can be anything from a clogged line to a bad master brake cylinder.


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Hi John & Cathy! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Sorry I can't help with your questions. Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:22 AM   #4
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I have a 98 and the brakes leave much to be desired. It took me awhile to work out all the issues with mine. Mine sat for almost 3 years and I had 2 breakdowns within 2 days of each other for brakes. I had a Chevy dealer go through everything and still had to fix some stuff later.

1st thing I'd do is flush and inspect the whole system. Check for excessive corrosion at the brake pedal linkage where it meets the master cylinder. Also inspect for corrosion where the brake calipers slide on the caliper brackets. Both of these can cause the brakes to hang and overheat. You might consider replacing all the rubber hoses in the brake system. They become hard and brittle, then clog easily.

Even after all the work that was done the brake pedal still seems to have more free play then I really like. I believe it's the nature of the P30 chassis.
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Welcome and congrats on the rig. We had a '94 Itaska and had the calipers stick and get hot/smoke. The brake pedal was sluggish before that, but once we had the brakes replaced they were more responsive. I'm no mechanic but since you don't know the history it might be worth it to just replace them. Hope all goes well for you. If you ever pass through CA send a wave out.
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Correct. The Chevrolet P-30/32 chassis is known for less than superior braking, but the brakes are functional if maintained. Like almost everything these days, it has sliding caliper brake calipers and these need to be periodically lubricated. Also, be sure to flush and replace the brake fluid. This absorbs water, and is then a poor hydraulic fluid (ask me how I know).

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Welcome and congrats on the rig. We had a '94 Itaska and had the calipers stick and get hot/smoke. The brake pedal was sluggish before that, but once we had the brakes replaced they were more responsive. I'm no mechanic but since you don't know the history it might be worth it to just replace them. Hope all goes well for you. If you ever pass through CA send a wave out.
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Hi John & Cathy



Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Happy Trails!!!
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I would like to thank all the folks for there warm welcome to the RVing community , it's such a fantastic place to find information on everything camping!!!
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