nwgs motorhome addiction and therapy thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, May 20, 2009.

  1. KSJEEPER

    KSJEEPER Long timer

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    Much thanks, I will start checking out the Foretravels. Not sure I've even seen one before. Due diligence begins.
  2. KSJEEPER

    KSJEEPER Long timer

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    Thanks! I will dig into the Foretravel thing, since both of you guys pointed me that way. I certainly prefer quality over newer / lesser quality.
  3. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Consider the Casita too if you're looking at these. Of course it depends on your needs and especially the size of your family.

    I've had a 17' Casita for 7 years and love it. But I treat it like a hotel room in Paris. Somewhere to retreat to for sleep or a sandwich. Shower and crapper are a bonus and minimal systems are the biggest plus. Amenities are good enough.

    Park 'em and go on about your business. I've mulled over the options for years but always come back to being pretty happy with my little Casita.

    Put it this way, if when you're at home, you hang out outside a lot, you'll like a small camper fine. If you sit inside and watch tv all the time, you'd get claustrophobic in the little camper. Me, I'd rather be at the picnic table or by the fire so the Casita works great.
  4. PirateJohn

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    I will repeat that when looking at Foretravels you need to read the details closely because they used essentially the same bodywork on a wide array of coaches, anything from diesel pushers to front engined gasoline versions. They also bought a variety of chassis from other manufacturers.

    You could get a variety of engines in the mid-sized diesel pusher versions including the same CAT that Bluebird was using. Personally I would prefer the CAT, and avoid the fuel-squeezer four-stroke Detroit that was offered - those are notorious for serious mechanical problems and the years of use by Foretravel would put you squarely into the range with the biggest issues. Foretravel also made a 40 ft. coach with a Detroit 6V-92 and that is an entirely different animal - the 92 series was a two-stroke and I really liked the one in my Wanderlodge but it's an archaic design and just really freaking thirsty.

    One thing that I like about Foretravels is that they usually seem to have really nice interiors with decent kitchen counter space, bright colors, and many have hardwood floors.
  5. 03rubicon

    03rubicon Been here awhile

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    Just bought a Coachman Mirada a couple of weeks ago now ( Thanks NWGS ) anyway all was working well until I changed the oil in the generator, now the generator won't start ( won't crank over ) WTF!! any thoughts?
  6. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    It likely has nothing to do with your oil change. Check connections. I had similar issues with my used Southwind at first.
  7. Da Bear

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    Well, we went out to take a look at the one we wanted last week, and it seems that it might be something of a bait and switch thing.:huh So we're going out to look at a 2003 Dutch star on Wednesday.:evil Nicer coach anyway and it has an oven, which the wife has wanted, I'll get some pics up if we bring it home. Odd little quirky thing about it: The paint job is the same as our wedding colours........:lol3
  8. PirateJohn

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    Generators almost always have low oil and overheat sensors. Some have low coolant sensors. Like the man said, check for a wire that got accidentally disconnected or - and here's a thought - that the crankcase is actually full of oil (never overlook the obvious, we all have stories there).

    However, if it won't crank, you probably have

    * weak battery
    * broken battery cable (those are tough to troubleshoot because they come and go)
    * loose ground
    * broken or misidentified/hidden switch
  9. 03rubicon

    03rubicon Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys for your response. It amazes me how something can work good one minute and 5 minutes later not work. I checked the batteries ( 2 ) and they are fully charged, the wires/cable are clean and tight, oil level is good. I sure hope its just something simple.
  10. Da Bear

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  11. 1greenmachine

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    Are you checking power to the genset because those sometimes have they're own batteries. I had once were the main engine would start but the gen wouldn'y even click, ended up putting the charger on the gen power lugs and started right up.
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  13. PirateJohn

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    I was thinking the same thing. Check for adequate starting power at the generator when you try to crank it. I have seen confusion over which batteries (house or chassis?) start generators as well as cables with internally broken strands that get twisted and can be good one time that you test and dead or near dead the next time.
  14. 03rubicon

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    Ok, I don't know much about generators here so your saying I can put a charger right where the lines come into the generator? I get plenty of buzz but no cranking over at all, the oil level is good. The generator is a Onan Micro Quiet 4000 by the way.
  15. 03rubicon

    03rubicon Been here awhile

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    Got it to work!!! Read online from a guy who runs a fleet of rental motor homes who has had this problem before. He said to remove the cover plate and on the left hand side reach in and give the fan blades a " real hard tug " as they for what ever reason get stuck sometimes. Mine were really tight and I really had to pull hard to free them up but when I did and hit the start button she fired right up. Just make sure no one hits the start button while your hand is in there. Thanks again guys for you replies, I hope some where down the line this info helps someone else out.

    Frank
  16. PirateJohn

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    You did good! :clap
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    TigerLilly Om Namah Shivaya

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    Thats what i did, right on the cable lugs. i had the generator on 12v low and it started after chargeing for a few minutes. I would also with the fan deal look in there and make sure there isnt mice nests getting in the way.
  19. TheOtherBart

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    So I'm about a year and a half from (fingers crossed) being in a position to take the family for a 6+ week road trip around the US. Plan A was to rent an RV. Then it was suggested that we could probably buy one, take the trip, sell it at the end of the summer, and end up with less out of pocket than a rental. That was briefly Plan B. Further contemplation made me realize that I'll most likely have the flexibility to take 3-4 weeks away every summer, plus the occasional spring break/winter break/thanksgiving break weeks away, and an RV would really be a great way to show the kids the country. So Plan C is to buy, and then keep. I have great memories of traveling around the US and Canada with my aunt and uncle in theirs back in the day, and I know my daughters would love it.

    But I'm not exactly rolling in the dough if you know what I mean. Financing will be involved, with all the restrictions that entails regarding the age of the vehicle, etc. So is it unrealistic to think that I could get a solid, reliable rig that could sleep four for around the $20,000 mark? I'm not interested in a trailer, I definitely want the basic comforts like AC, and I'd rather have something on the smaller side just for the sake of being maneuverable. Suggestions as to what specifically I should be looking for? Am I dreaming?
  20. sailwing2003

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    Most likely doable for $20K. Huge expense after purchase could be tires if date code is over 5-7 years. Then batteries, refer, AC are other expensive single items on the RV parts. Power train on the chassis, with engine, transmission, AC, and suspension. But start getting up to speed with better brands, and not the flash and mirrors. Some of the newer stuff have lots of wide open interiors, and not storage. Not a problem till you start to load to go.

    Would suggest watching this web site daily, and see the way prices are always moving down to your target. This one company reports selling about 150 units a month. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/

    Have fun.