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PatJ

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valhalla360 wrote:


It's other things failing and then it's not worth fixing...if you have a 20yr old car that needs $2k in suspension work, you are usually better to put that $2k towards a newer used car...same thing with RVs.

It is very much the oddity to "wear out" an engine, so it really isn't a consideration.


Agree 100%, its been at least 25 years since I "wore out" an engine, any engine, including air cooled rototiller/pressure washer/mower etc., let alone a vehicle. What a glorious time we live in.

I've wondered if it is really premium production tolerances, premium construction materials, premium lubricants, or a combination?? Either way I'm not going to complain!


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bobndot wrote:

ron.dittmer wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

RUST is the enemy.
I agree 100%.

It is very concerning if you see rusted brake lines. Another indicator is if you hit the main frame just forward of the rear tires, with a hammer, and it showers down rust, I would stop right there and kindly leave.

We live near Chicago where salt is used on winter roads. Our rig is stored in our heated garage during that time. I bring it out well after the spring rains have washed the salt off the roads.

It would be different if we were snow birds or winter campers. I would not let that get in the way of enjoying our rig. But we use it seasonally anyway, so it is easy to apply best practices. If we ever sell our rig, it will be a "Hot Buy" for the like-new condition it is preserved in.


Ditto, we camped on the Canadian border while we snowmobiled from our 4x4 TC that lasted 12 yrs at 70k due to rust despite trying to rinse the undercarriage using an oscillating sprinkler hooked up to a hot water line.
I too installed SS brake lines once I began to notice rust.

I thought we were the only nuts camping in an rv in -25F temps. We just got back from our first 2020 'cabin' winter vacation where we saw some out of state people in a new class 'A', winter camping while riding, I wonder if they realize what that road salt is doing to their rig ? It's an expensive lesson and it seems we always had to make the 12 hr trip in blizzard conditions !



Change from a c class to a A class Georgetown 07 triple slide

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Look most motor homes are not on the roads during the weather you are talking about. First not good in snow not good stopping, Most people who take out a mortgage payment take care or the second home. My 20 year old class C was in great shape I needed a A class with my slides because my family grew a little. Yep 2 large husky's and us need more room LOL.

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Any thoughts when you compare the Ford F53 found in most class A compared to the class C E450? Both engines have been around a long time.


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I have rust on my unit's frame from just visiting a few days most Winters Up North. I don't know when it becomes a problem though. Same with my Mercedes-Benz autos. A couple weeks most every Winter up North, and bits of rust show wherever bare metal is. It's part of the North Country Winters.

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Skid Row Joe wrote:

I have rust on my unit's frame from just visiting a few days most Winters Up North. I don't know when it becomes a problem though. Same with my Mercedes-Benz autos. A couple weeks most every Winter up North, and bits of rust show wherever bare metal is. It's part of the North Country Winters.


Surface rust is going to happen. Having lived in upstate New York I have seen firsthand what salted roads can and will

do to your vehicles.

I like to take a creeper and go underneath my rig and i do it on a regular basis. You may want to try that and poke

around at the rust and see what is going on.

As you describe your adventures, my guess is you have just some surface rust. As was said, take a hammer and tap on

some metal, if the rust falls off you may have some issues.

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Skid Row Joe wrote:

I have rust on my unit's frame from just visiting a few days most Winters Up North. I don't know when it becomes a problem though. Same with my Mercedes-Benz autos. A couple weeks most every Winter up North, and bits of rust show wherever bare metal is. It's part of the North Country Winters.


Never experienced life north of the mason Dixon line, eh?

Short answer, find something else to worry about. And if you can’t, a couple rattle cans of gloss black will make your perceived potential issue disappear from your purview.
Otherwise, it’ll be fine either way. the frame and structure will outlast you.


"Yes Sir, Oct 10 1888, Those poor school children froze to death in their tracks. They did not even find them until Spring. Especially hard hit were the ones who had to trek uphill to school both ways, with no shoes." -Bert A.

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I’m one of those who bought a former rental class C - a 2004 in 2008 wth 70 000 km. Everything worked then and its still working. In 2019 I got thinking it is probably at the half way point in our use so I took it to a garage for the first time and got the serpentine belt replaced. This year I took it to the same local garage for coolant, transmission and rear end fluids changes. Also, the dreaded spark plugs. It’s at 120,000 km. I asked around for a mechanic that had experience with Triton engine spark plugs. I said we won’t need it until spring so the work is proceeding slowly as it is the busiest garage in town and it has been a tough winter here near where the Alaska Highway begins. The spark plugs are replaced with no problems.

* This post was edited 02/29/20 10:13am by Harvey51 *


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