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RE: 2003 Southwind engine cover

It has the Ford chassis.
Ro646a 08/22/16 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C vs Class A gas driving comfort

When we had our class C years ago I once drive 700 miles in a day. Driving our class A wears me out after about 300 miles. I'm 70 years old now. Perhaps it's my age and not the type of motorhome I'm driving that wears me out? Someone mentioned tire noise. The tire noise in ours on concrete is loud enough to be really annoying. I have 2 year old Goodyear G670s on it, inflated to 85 pounds, based on it's measured weight. Thanks for the input so far. I'd still like to hear more opinions of the driving comfort in Class C vs Class A. The engine noise is a little obtrusive when climbing grades, but otherwise not a factor.
Ro646a 08/07/16 10:56am General RVing Issues
Class C vs Class A gas driving comfort

We are contemplating moving from our 2003 Southwind Class A gas to a new 2016 Forest River Forester 3011 on the Ford Chassis We had a 2004 Four Winds 5000 28A before buying our first Class A. It seems to me that the Class C was quieter and more comfortable on the highway than the four Class A motorhomes we have had since. We had a Newmar Kountry Star diesel for awhile. It was very nice and quiet on the road, but the handling was no better than the gas units we have had. Can anyone offer and insight as the handling, driving comfort, and road noise in a new Class C vs a class A gas unit? Thanks
Ro646a 08/07/16 08:07am General RVing Issues
2003 Southwind engine cover

My 2003 Southwind has a 2 piece engine cover. The small center portion is easily removable with three visible fasteners, but I do not see any fasteners for the larger portion of the housing. I'm guessing that it may be necessary to lift a portion of the carpet to find them, but I thought I'd post here first. I'm hoping that someone who has a Southwind like mine has already been through and could offer some advice. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
Ro646a 08/04/16 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel engine failure?

I was the OP on this thread. I don't have an agenda. I was just sharing an observation. It's simply that after looking at ads over the past 9 months or so I have noticed several (4 or 5?) diesels around the 03 to 06 model years that mentioned that the engine had been rebuilt, but I have never seen an ad that indicated that a given motorhome had a rebuilt Ford V10. That being said, I still have my eye out for a diesel to buy.
Ro646a 08/01/16 07:47pm Class A Motorhomes
Diesel engine failure?

I'm considering purchasing a used diesel pusher. I miss the quiet ride with the engine in the rear. I have had three class A motor homes with the 310 HP V10 and they all performed flawlessly. I have never read about anyone having any problems with the V10 other than the spark plug issues on the early models and some trouble with exhaust manifold bolts. I have never had those problems with mine. One thing that I have noticed concerns me. In looking at ads for used diesel pushers over the past several months I have noticed several with a lot less than 100,000 miles advertising the fact that they have had the engine rebuilt. I just saw an ad for one today with 55,000 miles and a rebuilt engine.I thought these engines were supposed to last a long time. I have never seen an ad for a motorhome with a rebuilt V10. Considering the costs associated with owning a diesel this is kind of scary. The used models I have looked at have all been 2003 or newer.
Ro646a 07/31/16 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wind noise

Thank you guys for all of your suggestions. I'm going to try taping as soon as the weather warms up a little more. I'll report back. Best regards
Ro646a 03/26/16 04:22pm Class A Motorhomes
Wind noise

Our 2003 Southwind has a lot of wind noise when driving around 65 mph. It sounds like it is coming from over the windshield area, rather than the side windows. We had a 2001 Southwind that was extremely quiet at highways speeds, other than motor noise when climbing steep grades. Does anyone have any ideas that I might try to reduce some of the noise. I already shot 12 cans of expanding foam above and behind the cabinets over the windshield, but it had little effect.
Ro646a 03/25/16 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: NOW is the BEST TIME TO RV.

We are heading out on Saturday.
Ro646a 10/08/15 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to RVing...have a question

I stand corrected, Chuckftboy. I misunderstood the OP.
Ro646a 10/02/15 08:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to RVing...have a question

Don't do it. Shop carefully for a GENTLY used higher end model from a FUSSY OWNER. You can have a nicer RV while saving big money.
Ro646a 10/02/15 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brake Buddy won't stay put

Thanks again for all of your support on this topic. I came up with a solution. I duplicated Bumpy's solution and built a small device out of plywood that braces against the seat and covered it with carpeting to protect the interior trim. It works perfect now. Thanks one more time to all who offered assistance. Roland
Ro646a 09/16/15 12:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Brake Buddy won't stay put

Thank you all for your information. I see that the main problem I had was that I didn't move the seat forward to hold it in the right place. I'll try again tomorrow to get it right. Thanks again....
Ro646a 09/15/15 02:53pm Dinghy Towing
Brake Buddy won't stay put

I recently bought a Jeep Liberty to tow behind my motorhome. I used to tow a Chevy Tracker with a Ready brake system. This time I bought a used Brake Buddy to use in the Liberty. Today I tried to set it up for the first time. Whenever I hit the test button it jumps all over the place. It does not hit the seat squarely no matter how I position the back stop, and when it releases it jumps off the floor and goes toward the brake pedal(I mean it pulls itself to the brake pedal instead of pushing it). I followed the directions, but I must be doing something wrong. Any comments? Thanks in advance.
Ro646a 09/14/15 07:33pm Dinghy Towing
RE: I think I ruptured my fresh water tank

I'm the OP on this thread. Thank you all for your comments and advice. I ended up pulling out both tanks. I pressurized them both with air and found no leaks. What I did find was the drain pipe was just VERY loosely turned into the threaded port on the front tank. I was unable to see where it connected to the tank to see if that was where the leak was. Hard to explain, but apparently it was never tightened at the factory and only the pipe dope was keeping it from leaking until I accidentally overfilled the tanks and put an excessive amount of pressure on the system. Anyway.....I was able to fix it myself. Thankfully!! :) :)
Ro646a 09/10/15 08:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: I think I ruptured my fresh water tank

Thanks for all the comments. I have the rear tank out now and it is fine. I don't know how to post a picture.....but the leak is not from the top of either tank, nor is it from any of the hose connections. The water seems to be emanating from somewhere mid point along the driver's side of the front tank, where I can't see. It holds water up to about the 3/4 mark. Thank again.... Oh...and unfortunately, now that I have the rear tank out I can see that the front tank is about twice as long as the rear and is the full width between the frame rails.....so I will not be able to maneuver it out the small access hole where I removed the rear tank.......This does not look good.
Ro646a 09/05/15 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: I think I ruptured my fresh water tank

Thank you guys for your suggestions. This morning I got under the RV with both front slides out. I was able to locate a removable panel on the side of the water tank compartment. Inside I see a small tank about 30 to 36 inches long connected with a hose at the bottom to another tank to the front of it. The fresh water fill hose is connected at this end. I can't see enough to know whether there are two more tanks or one more tank. About 9 or 10 feet forward of this tank, through my front cargo bay door there is a small hole where I can see the front end of another fresh water tank, where the drain valve attaches. That 30 to 36 inch rear tank that is visible can easily be removed through the access panel that I have open without any problem, but I wonder whether the tank or tanks ahead of it will fit through the same hole??? Has anyone else with a 2003 Southwind 36B or something similar had any experience with this? I have taken a number of pictures by sliding my digital camera around the tank to see that all of the connections on top of the visible part of the tank are intact and dry. My next move is to drain the tanks and start trying to remove them.
Ro646a 09/05/15 08:59am General RVing Issues
I think I ruptured my fresh water tank

I think I really caused a big problem for myself today. This is my recently purchased 5th motor home, but I never had a problem like this before. Each of my other motor homes had an overflow on their fresh water tanks. This morning I connected my hose to the water tank fill port and waited to see water coming out of an overflow under the RV when the tank was full. Apparently this one (2003 Southwind 36B) is different. I doesn't have an overflow. When I checked to see if the tank was full I heard a slight popping noise followed by water coming out of seams around the tank enclosure under the RV. Now I don't know how I can access the tank to see what needs to be done to make a repair. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Ro646a 09/04/15 07:14pm General RVing Issues
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