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What Are The Most Common Problems On A 1987 Southwind Motor Home?

by Jenna
(Phoenix)

I'm about to buy a 87 Southwind and am wondering if there is any problems I should know about. Something that may be an inherited issue on that specific year and model.

ANSWER: Greetings Jenna thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

The first thing you need to know is that there has been 2 Recalls on 1987 Southwinds. Please click on the links below to get more details on the Recalls (the links will open up in a new window so please turn off your pop-up blocker).

STEERING:WHEEL AND HANDLE BAR RECALL

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES RECALL

You should check with the current owners of the motorhome to make sure that these recalls have been taken care of. As far as any other inherent problems, I am not aware of any.

Since you are looking at a used Motorhome; the best way to discover any current problems with the motorhome is to conduct a Used RV Inspection. Without a used RV inspection, your leisure time may be spent repairing problems on the RV that could have been discovered during a pre-purchase RV inspection. As the old saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" (you gotta love those old sayings).

Below are the links to the two sections of my Used RV Inspection Guidelines. You should use these guidelines while inspecting the RV. Feel free to print them out and take them with you.

RV Inspection Section 1, Documentation, Exterior and Interior

RV Inspection Section 2, Engine Inspection and Test Drive

I hope that this information is helpful to you.

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RVing Al

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by: Anonymous

I bought an 87 southwind from someone I concidered a friend and as such I didn't ask enough question about the condition of the vehical. My Bad!!
What I was most surprised at was being turned away from one RV park after another when I told them the age of RV. Seems there is a certain type of person that owns a rig this old and they are undesirable.
The front end suspension is almost non-existent. IF I was going to do this all over I would spend the money and buy a newer RV.
The one I am currently living in will go on sale as is where is for $5,000 March/April 2017

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