I’ve written a couple of posts about my Winnebago View. When I first acquired it in 2014, I wrote about the motorhome in this post – Living Large in a Small Motorhome. Then I wrote a Two Year Summary about my experience over the first two years.
I’ve now owned my View for three years. In that time, I’ve put over 50,000 miles on the unit. I just brought it to the RV dealer for the annual routine service. While having this work done, I thought that it may be helpful to some if I shared my Winnebago View repair record.
I bought my unit new in 2014. I paid a lot of money for this RV and spend about half my time living in it as a second home. As such, I’m attentive to the having all the necessary scheduled maintenance done on the unit.
On the chassis part of the RV, I’ve done all the recommended maintenance per the Mercedes-Benz schedule. The DEF tank is refilled every 500-1000 miles. I don’t wait for the low-level alarm to come on. I also check the tire pressure is each month.
The routine maintenance for the unit is pretty simple – oil changes, fuel filter replacement, and air filter replacement on a regular schedule. I do most of the routine stuff myself. The MB dealer replaced the brake fluid at 45,000 miles per the schedule and I’m due to have the transmission fluid changed at 60,000.
On the Winnebago coach parts, I check the battery fluid levels each month. I flush the water heater and sanitize the water system twice each year. Each year when I go to Florida, I have all the appliances checked and serviced at the RV dealer where I purchased the unit. They check and clean all the propane burn chambers.
I also have them check the AC unit and replace the filter in the unit. The propane system is tested each year for leaks. I service the generator each year by changing the oil, spark plug, and air filter. I also clean out the spark arrestor.
One of the universal truths with owning an RV is accepting the fact that things are going to break. I feel that my RV has been relatively reliable, but I’ve had stuff break that needed service. In the next two sections, I summarize the things I’ve experienced on the Mercedes-Benz chassis and on the Winnebago coach.
- Between 11,600 and 12,300 miles I had several intermittent CEL alarms that were due to a tank of bad fuel.
- At 12,500 miles, I had to have the DEF tank recalibrated with the on board computer. I got a false reading about the tank being empty when it was actually full. It caused a CEL light and low DEF alarm to come on. I brought it to a MB dealer in Albuquerque and they did the work under warranty.
- At 17,900 miles, I had the downstream NOX sensor generate false readings to the SCR system. This failure caused a CEL, low DEF alarm, and a ten restart alarm. I had my local MB dealer replace the part under warranty.
- At 35,500 miles, I replaced the original OEM tires with Michelin LTX M/S 2 tires at a cost of $1,340.
- At 47,800 miles, I had the crankshaft position sensor replaced. The problem showed itself when the RV would unexpectedly jump out of gear and lose power. I was able to drive it to a MB dealer in Maine and they found a faulty crankshaft position sensor. The part was replaced under warranty.
- At 49,200 miles, I had the restraint system malfunction alarm come on. This didn’t cause any problem with the operation of the RV. My local MB dealer found a fault driver side seat belt clasp and replaced it. This was not covered under warranty and cost $388 to replace.
- At delivery of the unit, the Norcold 3-way refrigerator would not cool. The unit was replaced under warranty before we left the RV dealers lot.
- At one year, the Coleman Mach 8 Rooftop AC unit would not cool. I brought it to the dealer and the problem was a faulty pressure sensor. The dealer replaced the complete AC unit under warranty.
- After two years, I replaced the original 2 NAPA dual purpose 12V coach batteries with two new 12V deep cycle batteries at a cost of $160.
- At two years, the roof top AC unit would not cool again. This problem turned out to be a defective cooling fan that broke inside the unit and tripped the overload switch. I had a mobile RV repair tech replace the fan at a cost of $230.
- At two years, WInnebago issued a recall for the high pressure propane hose off the propane tank. I had this recall work done at the RV dealer. There was no charge.
- At two years, while having the annual propane system tested, the dealer found a faulty propane regulator on the propane tank, This was replaced at a cost of $228.
Overall, I’m satisfied with the repair experience of my unit. On the chassis problems, most have been warning lights. None have been severe enough to impair the operation of the unit.
I’ve learned that it’s important to use name brand diesel fuel and to stay away from biodiesel. The exhaust after treatment system is complex and can be the source of failures that doesn’t exist on a gas engines. However, the diesel engine repair interval is long (15,000 between oil changes) so routine maintenance is easy to do once per year.
On the coach, having the two major appliance failures was somewhat concerning but luckily they both happened under warranty.
I’ve been pleased with the unit and have no regrets with my purchase. I consider most of my repairs to be consistent with what I’ve heard from other owners.
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