2003 Windsong 353DS
We have a 2003 Windsong 353DS on a Workhorse W22 chassis. We are quite satisfied overall but we did have some early teething pains.
We had a "reduced engine power" error three times during the first 1000 miles. The fourth time it was finally determined to be a loose fuse holder. The fuse holder was tightened and the error has not happened again. Once I had everything go dead, no response from anything, just like the battery had been disconnected. I found the fusible link from the battery to the fuse block was loose at the fuse block stud. Tightened the connection, no problem since. This week the instument panel will be replaced because it is getting difficult to read the message center display. All the above were fixed by Workhorse under warranty.
The roof had two water leaks. I put Eternabond tape on all the roof seams, right over the existing caulk. No leaks since. Some of the gas struts on the external compartment doors were ripping out. On the heavy doors I installed a gas strut on each side of the door. No further problems. I have had continuing problems with the seals around the two slides coming loose. I think I finally have a fix for this, will know soon.
We have installed several additional items in the motorhome. A power reel for the power cord, a 50-amp wired-in surge guard, and a autoformer. These have saved our bacon on a couple of occasions. Replaced about half the drawer slides as the ones from the factory are a joke if you place anything heavy in the drawers. Replaced the water pump with a ShurFlo 5.7. Now we get plenty of flow for taking showers. Added additional shelves in the pantry. Added speakers for the computer around the bedroom vanity. Added a in-motion satellite antenna. Removed the jackknife sofa and barrel chair and replaced with a hide-a-bed sofa and recliner.
We have almost 15,000 miles on the coach and it has been running fine. Very comfortable to live in with just the two us. We full time about seven months out of the year and the other five months we spend in Yuma, AZ. The warm weather in Yuma allows me to pamper what is left of me during the winter months.
Gary & Mary Hamblen
2003 Windsong 353DS on Workhorse W22
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