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SirPorkalot

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I have just purchased a used Class C, here are the particulars.

1990 24' Fleetwood Jamboree Rallye on a Chevy chassis with a (rebuilt) 454.

I am somewhat handy and expect to have to do regular maintenance along with some irregular maintenance/repairs due to the age.

While the beast seems to be in decent shape overall, and all systems seem to be (currently) in working order, I am looking for advice from the folks on here about what to look for going forward.

1. What are the typical issues/concerns with these models I need to stay in front of?
2. Any tips for upgrades to make the beast more efficient/productive?
3. What upgrades do I want to consider for dry camping? (solar panels/inverters, etc)

Thanks in advance for any help.

John

* This post was edited 03/10/14 11:03am by SirPorkalot *

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Water leaks and or water damage are your biggest concern by far. You might start with a seal test to see how many water leaks it currently has. Once you have those under control, then start searching for previous water damage.
Next on the line IMHO would be to have the gas system pressure tested.
Everything else will come.


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SirPorkalot wrote:

What are the typical issues/concerns with these models I need to stay in front of?


Welcome to the forum and congrats on yer new to you RV.

Typical issues and concerns for your type of RV is:

1. Water leaks.
2. Roof & window leaks, especially the front forward facing overhead window.
3. Water leaks.
4. Water leak damage behind walls and in sub-flooring.
5. Did I mention, water leaks?
6. Roof damage from lack of annual maintenance.
7. Water leaks.

Good luck.

Happy camping!!! See y'all down the road!!!


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Welcome to the forum.
As mentioned, water leaks are probably your biggest enemy. Use Eternabond and Dicor Self Leveling Caulk for your roof repairs and maintenance.

Also, check the age of your tires. RV tires usually age out before they wear out.

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Aside from checking for water leaks, were there any maintenance records with the coach ? Do you know when the anti freeze and transmission fluids were flushed/changed? How old are the tires - tread depth isn't as important as age ? Best of luck with your MH.


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Suggest you take at least one of the tires to a qualified shop to have them remove the tire from the rim and check the inside as well as the outside. If bad one can assume the others are also. Anything more than about 7 years old should probably be replaced.


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donn0128 wrote:

Water leaks and or water damage are your biggest concern by far. You might start with a seal test to see how many water leaks it currently has. Once you have those under control, then start searching for previous water damage.
Next on the line IMHO would be to have the gas system pressure tested.
Everything else will come.


Yes during my search I came to realize most all of these older MHs have issues with leaks.
I drove several hundred miles looking at RVs while it was raining and shortly after heavy rains and inspected/drove about a dozen older Class Cs, most with active (wet) leaks and/or active mold.
We quickly learned to look under any new contact paper, under beds, in hard to access corners, etc..

The one I ended up purchasing did have some water damage in the section above the cab, but it had been fixed by the previous owner who also resealed the roof, windows etc.

While there is not any evidence that I could find of active leaks or mold, I am sure these will crop up.

When you say Gas system pressure test, I assume you are referring to the LP system.
Is this just a simple leak down test or is it more involved?

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Dick_B wrote:

Suggest you take at least one of the tires to a qualified shop to have them remove the tire from the rim and check the inside as well as the outside. If bad one can assume the others are also. Anything more than about 7 years old should probably be replaced.


That seems to be good advice.
I have read about blow outs on these monsters and going down a mountain is not when I want to find out I have a bad tire.



I will take it to the tire shop and have them inspect all 6 tires and the spare.

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crickeydog wrote:

SirPorkalot wrote:

What are the typical issues/concerns with these models I need to stay in front of?


Welcome to the forum and congrats on yer new to you RV.

Typical issues and concerns for your type of RV is:

1. Water leaks.
2. Roof & window leaks, especially the front forward facing overhead window.
3. Water leaks.
4. Water leak damage behind walls and in sub-flooring.
5. Did I mention, water leaks?
6. Roof damage from lack of annual maintenance.
7. Water leaks.

Good luck.

Happy camping!!! See y'all down the road!!!


So......

You are saying there may be leaks??



I'll keep my good eye open for any new ones

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SirPorkalot wrote:



When you say Gas system pressure test, I assume you are referring to the LP system.
Is this just a simple leak down test or is it more involved?

John

Most any dealer can do a pressure test for you for a reasonable charge. You might also call local propane dealers and see if they can do it too. Takes about an hour, they turn everything off and pressureize the system with compressed air and let it sit for about 30 minutes. If the Gage does not go down, no leaks. You really do not want a gas system leaking.

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