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Old 05-13-2013, 04:16 AM
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Buying a used RV with a 1995 E350 Powerstroke Diesel engine - Been Sitting for 3 yrs

My brother wants to sell me his 1995 Thor Chateau 30ft RV. The RV has the Ford E-350 Powerstroke diesel engine. The engine has only 42,300 miles. The RV has been sitting for over 3 years and used as a storage unit. I know I probably should not have done this without changing the fluids, gas, rubber hoses, belts, etc., but I started it over the weekend. It started immediately and runs very smooth. I noticed a couple things when the starting the RV. The ABS light stays on and the gas indicator does not seem to be working (stuck at full). Can someone provide a list of things that needs to be checked or replaced before I start the engine ahead. Once again, the RV has been sitting for over 3 years.
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Change fluids and filters, run some type of diesel treatment in it and you should be good to go
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Tires have a date age too. Might be time for tires before you plan a trip.

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yes.. The back tires definitely needs replacing...
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:43 PM
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Change fluids and filters, run some type of diesel treatment in it and you should be good to go
What about rubber hoses and belts? Do they need to be replaced? Based on your comments, this seem to be a very good diesel engine by Ford.
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cause it's not a Ford

It's an International Harvester (now Chase IH) built for heavy tractors and mid duty OTR trucks. Penske had tones of these in 22-24 box and stake trucks.
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These are great motors, both mine are over 300k, and if the hoses and belt look worn or dry rotted swap em, if not carry spares, I carry a belt Kause hoses usually break at the ends, I could cut them down and inch or 2 to get me to a parts house
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Thanks for the replies so far... Any idea on why the ABS light stays on and how to a fix a stuck fuel gauge indicator? Additionally, is this engine powerful enough to haul 6 adult people in the RV? I read on another forum that the engine have performance issues when carrying a heavy load in the RV. Please advise..

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:45 AM
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ive hauled atleast 15k, several here have hauled over 25k, the engine should have no issues hauling 6 people and a hollow shell, they would not have put it in there if it wasn't up to the task
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Get an EGT gauge at the least and carry on. I have a friend with a 7.3 bus that he converted to a RV. Hauls crap all over the state with 10 -15 of his friends. Gearing and gas pedals are the biggest damper to our/any motor. Keep the EGTs under 1300* and downshift when needed she'll serve you for a long time. I haul a 12,000#+ 3 horse trailer that has living quarters. Kris, hauls trucks and cargo across the US. Not counting when he goes through New Mexico we don't have many issue with the motor. All that said do realize that these are 15 year old vehicles at best. And don't listen to the Loyalists to other manufacturers, all our different engine have roughly the same reliability. But when you sell more of these engines then the other two combined every year, sure it looks like Fords are getting serviced more than the others. Get friendly with Cary at CT Performance here on the ORG. Buy something from him now and then and he will always answer the phone for you to walk you through something. Also get friendly with these websites:

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