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SeilerBird

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Re: From NY to the Grand Canyon!
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2017, 07:44:49 AM »
Your best bet would be to take it to an independent mechanic and pay him to inspect everything before you haul it across the country. Dealers will lie to their own mother to make a sale. Salesmen have no morals. They don't care if you break down on the road, they just want to get you on the road. RV mechanics charge $100 per hour and they can be hard to find in some areas of the country.
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Re: From NY to the Grand Canyon!
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2017, 11:14:23 AM »
Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? If not would you like some suggestions on things to do while you are there. I used to work as a photographer there and I know the park really well.

SeilerBird, I don't think I ever thanked you after our trip.... a long long time ago, I remember you posting about boondocking near the park....specifically Long Jim Loop Rd.   We ended up there one of our nights at the canyon.  Nice option!
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SeilerBird

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Re: From NY to the Grand Canyon!
« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2017, 11:28:02 AM »
SeilerBird, I don't think I ever thanked you after our trip.... a long long time ago, I remember you posting about boondocking near the park....specifically Long Jim Loop Rd.   We ended up there one of our nights at the canyon.  Nice option!
I thought you did thank me, anyway it is not necessary. You have answered many of my questions. I have so many fond memories of Long Jim Loop Road. I spent many nights there and saw a lot of wildlife there. Really cool spot.
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Arch Hoagland

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Re: From NY to the Grand Canyon!
« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2017, 04:59:17 PM »
Look at them and have a mechanic look too. 

It's a lot easier and cheaper to replace them all now instead of out in the middle of nowhere where they will inevitable break. Somehow these things know when you are 40 miles from nowhere and that's when they give way.   

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AStravelers

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Re: From NY to the Grand Canyon!
« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2017, 07:35:23 PM »
The place where I bought the rig told me they did a thorough inspection and everything was up to code. I am not a mechanic, I was told the tires were "new" the breaks were "new" it certainly rides nice for a large rig. With 27,000 Miles on it I thought it would be in good shape for a trip. I requested and made sure that they serviced the transmission. This information all of you are sharing with me is certainly eye opening.

Question, how do I go about determining whether or not the hoses and belts need changing?
The place where I bought the rig told me they did a thorough inspection and everything was up to code. I am not a mechanic, I was told the tires were "new" the breaks were "new" it certainly rides nice for a large rig. With 27,000 Miles on it I thought it would be in good shape for a trip. I requested and made sure that they serviced the transmission. This information all of you are sharing with me is certainly eye opening.

Question, how do I go about determining whether or not the hoses and belts need changing?
Look online for "tire date codes", then find out how to find the date of mfg of the tires and go look at the date codes on all 6 tires.  If they were made later than week 45 of 2016 then I would think the dealer is being forthright with you about new tires.  If the date codes are any week in 2015 or earlier, the dealer is lying about "new" tires.

What does "service the transmission" mean, and how do you determine it was "serviced"?

"Service the transmission" to me, means, dropping the transmission pan, cleaning the gunk out of it, installing a new filter and filling with new fluid.  It is highly unlikely the dealer did this, in my opinion.  Labor and parts, probably $200-$300.  I did this service on my transmission myself.  The parts are not expensive, other than the Ford transmission fluid is about $8 a quart.  Labor to do the job is probably 1.5-2 hours. 

Not trying to scare you.  A 2003 Ford transmission with 27,000 miles should not be an area of concern.  It would be good to replace the fluid and filter though.  Nor should the engine be a concern.  With proper maintenance the engine will go 200,000 miles. 

As others said, it would be good to replace hoses and belts that are most likely 14-15 years old. Ask the independent shop you get to do the work to give you an estimate on how new the brakes are. 

By the way.  Brakes these days, with only 27,000 miles (forgive me if have the exact mile wrong, going from memory) are almost new.  The brakes should last 80,000-100,000 miles before you need new brake pads. 

If the brakes were indeed replaced within 27,000 miles, something went wrong and it would be good to know what caused the brakes to need to be replaced.  Keep this in mind in relying on the dealer being forthright with you. 
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AStravelers

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Re: From NY to the Grand Canyon!
« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2017, 07:39:49 PM »
Make sure you take your "new to you" RV on several trips when you can before you leave.  Try to make at least one of the trips a week and 500-800 miles if you can.  These trips will give you a good shake down and experience with the RV before you take off on a long trip.
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