It is fortunate that I had done a lot of reading before we picked up our 2013 Four Winds. I already knew that much of the 'fit and finish' at the factory was of poor quality, and had mentally prepared to just fix what needed fixing. I also read the horror stories from new owners dealing with factory warranty repairs. So a used model seemed to be a nice middle ground between a new unit we would feel compelled to repair via warranty and a really old model that would need major work.
As it turns out, owning an RV, especially living in one full-time, is a great way to become a semi-expert in many different fields! So far I've done the following:
- Replaced tail lights on the right side, which failed due to corrosion caused by a water leak at the top of the lens. Wood rot below does not seem extensive. I just sealed it back up w/ butyl tape.
- Repaired, replaced and/or adjusted several drawer and door catches, latches and guides.
- Replaced the air vent hose on the fresh water tank. It was blocked with what appeared to be insect nests, maybe mud dobber or something similar?
- Sanitized the water system/lines.
- Crimped a couple of DC fuse holders
- Fixed a couple of small holes in the fiberglass curve right behind the rear roof joint
The small holes (which I covered with Dicor non-leveling) might have been caused when I attempted to snap a covering panel back into place. It coveres the wiring going to the rear lights. It is a fine example of Thor factory workmanship. Super-thin nails with no heads jammed in at many angles, many not finding purchase in anything solid. I am re-attaching the top trim piece to the main styrofoam board w/ finish nails. No more nails into the roof (not enough roof edge left there). I re-glued the bottom trim piece. I will hold it all in place w/ 5 screws into the foam core walls. It won't fall out again.
Many parts are on order to repair the rear view camera (broken antenna) and replace dead batteries (cab remote, radio remote) and convert all lighting to LED. Then install a basic solar system.
- fix a couple of window blinds
- replace missing valve extenders on right rear
- remove hitch tongue when I figure out how to remove the receiver hitch w/out a key
- replace spare tire holder
- bypass air vent diverter vacuum canister