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Old 10-06-2022, 02:59 PM   #1
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Hello, This is the first of many informative posts regarding my general overhaul of our 1996 Itasca Suncruiser 37RW. This will also be my first thread on this site, forgive me if my etiquette is not up to standards.

We purchased this MH from a couple that had it setup at a permeant campsite in northern PA. Needless to say its been sitting at a lot for the last 5-8 years with no travel on the roadways. It needs some love and component replacement to get it up to my standards to be a enjoyable and safe machine.

I have already started on some major replacement of components such as the air supply/reservoir system , complete replacement of all air bags on the drive and tag axle, engine drive accessories, tires, wheel balancing systems , new roof application, and much more. I will update this thread and I go in hopes of giving information to anyone in need.
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Looking forward to hearing/seeing your progress.
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how to determine

Just curious are you replacing those things based on inspected condition or just being proactive (except the old tires).
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Welcome to the forum. More than a few here have brought some older coaches "back to life". If you haven't noticed already, there's a Winnebago/Itasca specific section with some pretty knowledgeable folks in it. Here- https://www.irv2.com/forums/f101/
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You're off to a good start. I'll be looking forward to your progress reports as well. You didn't mention the chassis that sits under her, but if Ford, we also have a Ford forum within these pages that will be an excellent reference. Best of luck. BTW, I have the 97 model year of the 37RW.
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I am replacing multiple components just based on visual and technical inspection. The air system all appeared to work okay once I gave it 12vdc power. However upon inspection the main air tank reservoir has corrosion from the inside out, and has a few small pin holes, the electric air pump is undersized IMO and does not have a quick fill time and is not a 100% rated duty pump, the air bags all hold air but are showing clear signs of case rubber failure (old age and degradation from UV). I had no issues finding the main air springs for the drive axle, however the tag axle is another story. I am replacing the alternator and drive belts for peace of mind, they look and operate okay but are prone to failure due to age.

I'll have much more to update on!
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You're off to a good start. I'll be looking forward to your progress reports as well. You didn't mention the chassis that sits under her, but if Ford, we also have a Ford forum within these pages that will be an excellent reference. Best of luck. BTW, I have the 97 model year of the 37RW.


It is in fact a F53 Chassis. The literature with the MH indicates its a 1996 F53, however my VIN and title indicates it is a late model 1995 year. The 460 runs great at the moment, I have a few exhaust leaks downstream of the manifolds that i need to address but nothing affecting performance
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I replaced my tag axle bags with Firestone WO1 358-9310 bags.
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Re. Air compressor and tank. A friend with our same motorhome contacted JetCo. for a replacement compressor for our tag axle system. They sent him a PacBrake model 325 series compressor. They charged him almost double of what he could have bought directly from PacBrake. Their web site also shows they have tanks. Good luck.
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