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Old 08-01-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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Motorhome Owners; Where are you

I HAVE VISITED THIS SITE ON NUMEROUS OCCASTIONS and have not found any threads whatsoever. I know there are people that own XL's and XC's because I see them at rallies and at the factory when I'm getting service on mine.
We are fairly new (2) years owning a motorhome and would like to know what I can expect to replace or go wrong the next couple of years.
Thank you

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Old 08-02-2006, 06:08 AM   #2
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Most of us own "Classics". In our case a 1986 345. I know that there are many XL & XC units out there, but maby they are still too new to be generating much information.
Much of the information concerning appliances, heat, A/C, plumbing, etc. should be of use on your unit.
Anyway, welcome to the forum.

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Old 08-02-2006, 06:29 AM   #3
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A few weeks ago I started a thread poll on what year motor home do you own. The tread quickly died. Seem most of us on the forum have the old classics and as Rob said need the advice of fellow owners to keep them running. Maybe you should be happy that yours is not in that category yet. You can enjoy the other threads, (non-repair) while we plod through the techy stuff. We will talk to you in twenty or twenty five years for now just enjoy your wonderful motor home.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #4
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I would bet ( imhop) that many of the owners of that type motorhome do not really think of themselves as "Airstreamers". Not that they should that is, but they disassociate from the aluminitus crowd.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:36 PM   #5
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Truly an Airstreamer

Welcome to the Forum.

We have a 1998 Diesel Cutter MH and have been very active members of WBCCI for 11 years. We are "Airstreamers" in the truest sense. LOVE to travel, camp, caravan and just plain fraternize. I also bought a 1967 Caravel to restore because I love the "silver", but won't give up the MH and all the comforts.

Hang in there on the motorhome quest for information. Maybe there just aren't so many problems yet! Ha!

I just drive and don't do the maintenance, so my husband is really the expert on anything mechanical/electrical. He has replaced poor quality batteries, has had to trouble shoot many electrical problems, has upgraded the inverter, installed a central vacuum system, fixed a broken slide out, installed fantastic fans, and is just now replacing marker lights and side view mirrors that are impossible to see out with front mounted versions, there are problems with the location of the fuse box and corrosion, which he hasn't found the perfect solution for yet....There's probably a million other things, but I don't remember them all....We have had tires blow out and windshields smashed in snowstorms while driving the Interstate....

We aren't on the forum much and maybe that's the case with other mh owners. Hang in there, I am sure information will be forthcoming.
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Old 08-02-2006, 01:25 PM   #6
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I have a 1999 Cutter Diesel. I have over 106,000 miles on it. I have modified the trailer hitch to tow a trailer that weighs 10,000 lbs. I have installed a satelite system.

Problems encountered:

Electrical at first. Check ALL connections for tightness including the grounds under the coach.

Overheating. Freightliner and CAT problems with blow bye tube not being long enough. Figured it out before the recall.

Too much oil in CAT. Recall on dipstick.

Starting sensor went bad at 90,000 miles.

Both rear leveling jacks had to be rebuilt.

Gen set has 6,500 hours...still going strong. Serviced every 150-200 hours.

Got a leak in the front...haven't found that one yet. The leak caused the driver side upper ceiling to fall.

The steps will not retract sometimes. I think the motor may need to be replaced. Can tap it with a screw driver and it will work.

The automatic power switch malfunctioned. Found replacement on internet.

Don't get water on the front fuse panel...death to the fuse panel due to corrosion.

Other than the above, no problems.

I think the coach is of high value to me. I will keep it for the next ten years at least.

Need help...let me know.
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Old 08-02-2006, 01:44 PM   #7
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Great list

John, great list. I forwarded to my husband. I think he's also done most of the items you listed. Did you come up with a way to keep the fuse box dry? It is in the front behind the pop out hood and seemed like the worst location.

We recently noticed our windows slipping down and a small 1/4" gap at the top. While the windshields were being replaced we asked them to reseat the windows. They ended up taking them apart and reinstalling. Great job, no more spaces! We did the two bedroom windows and the front passenger window.

Windshields; Our best source was Duncan Systems at They are in Elkhart, Inc. I just got a mailing from them after they sent the new glass and noticed that they do all sorts of RV repair.
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Old 08-02-2006, 07:58 PM   #8
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Another glass source to check if you're in the south would be Coach Glass in Jacksonville, FL. They also have classic rubber....
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:02 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody for the encouragement and advice. I printed out the list. Ours is a 2004 and so far the problems have been minor. I have taken battery terminal protectant and sprayed on most ground and starter terminals to try and prevent corrision.
Drive safe and we will see you down the road. WBCCI#7653
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:13 PM   #10
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bfred I have a 2000 39XL apx 140,000 miles not much trouble just replaced jack coil, rving has been great family time

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