January 13, 2019

Top reason to have your engine fluids tested when purchasing a RV
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Top reason to have your engine fluids tested when purchasing a RV

My first RV was a 2003 Alpine coach by Western RV. The unit is an awesome piece of machinery. This unit is equipped with a 350 Cummins ISL engine. I had no clue of how to determine if the engine is sound, so I reached out to a friend who suggested having the fluids tested. I pulled fluid (oil and transmission) samples and sent them to the lab and I was shocked by what I found. The oil samples came back with traces of coolant in the oil which indicates a bad head gasket. The dealer replaced the head gasket at no cost to me. The unit had less than 20k miles on the engine so I was amazed that the samples showed possible failures. The moral to the story is whenever you by a used or new RV, It’s best to have all the fluids pulled by a qualified RV Inspector. You never know what you may uncover.

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