nwgs motorhome addiction and therapy thread

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

  1. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    I have an old Winny Brave sitting in the brush you can have it if you want , Its been there for 25 years or so , needs a little clean up , Bring your chain saw , some trees will have to be trimmed to get it out . The tan and brown bird looks like the one we sold a couple years ago , 82 model 3 built in AC units , full length aluminum deck on top , The name on the front was different and I put LED turnsignals on . It was nice but I did spend a few hours on maintaince . SEYA
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  2. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    but I REALLY like these.

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  3. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Banned

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    This is ours. 1976 Executive that my Grandfather bought new. 102k on the odo. The photo was taken less than a month ago in Moab. Traveled down from Idaho with a crew from Happy Trails for a nice getaway. Averaged 7.25 mpg running 65mph the whole way. Dodge M500 chassis with the 440-3 motor. Headers, intake, carb, ignition, cam and some mild headwork.

    I must disagree with the common thought that buying a newer coach is somehow more reliable than an older one. Until January I worked in the high end RV industry and my father has a 2004 Monaco Executive 43' rig. He has as many, if not more, component failures than I do. We both have the laundry list of small repairs to do on our rigs year to year. The key is to find an older one that was owned by someone who cared about it.

    Ours is perfect. Nothing like dry camping out in the boonies for a week. Getting back from a day of riding, kicking on the generator with a press of the button from inside, cranking the AC to cool her off while I jump in the shower to wash off the days dust. Get out and pull clean clothes from the closet while sipping on a cold beer from the fridge. Screw tent camping.

    I have done many things to this coach from year to year. Just part of owning an older coach, but also part of the enjoyment. Just added Firestone air bags all around on the suspension with Bilstein shocks and wow, did that make a huge difference.

    A couple of years ago I replaced the older type of water pump for the house with a new Shur-Flo unit and I have water pressure in the shower almost like home. Updated the battery pack to handle extended dry camping and have plans to add a couple of large solar panels to the roof.

    This coach does not leak, rattle, shake, smoke, or leave parts on the side of the road. It does require care and upkeep, but if you think a newer coach does not, your kidding yourself. Each time I address some system on the coach, I do what I can to bring it up to modern standards and technology. Hell, I even have a Vorad collision avoidance front and side radar system on it. The same systems they are (were :cry ) putting on the high end Monaco's as of late.

    It is due for a new coat of paint, and that is on the list. I have a friend that is a painter and he and I do a lot of trade out so it will not cost me much. We re-did all the upholstery last year and added new captains chairs as well.

    If you think that it is an awful lot of money to spend on an old coach I would willingly compare my expenses on a PAID OFF coach with that of one who is making payments on theirs. In the 13 years my wife and I have enjoyed this coach, it has only had one failure that kept it from moving, and that was a starter failed in Seattle. Took me a couple of hours to round up a starter from a local shop and get it installed and be on my way again. When you only use a coach a few weeks a year, why buy one that you have payments on?

    I love this rig, and we use it a lot. Packing it up for this weekend as we speak.:deal
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  4. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    Will do in a few days. Have it apart a bit as I integrate a new 12v wiring fuse block I got at West Marine. Am adding a few new 12v lights and new vinyl flooring to replace the PO's "leopard print" flooring. The fiberglass RV's (Burro (out of business now), Casita, and Scamp can all be found on www.fiberglassrv.com) have what is basically a boat "hull". That means there is an inner and outer fiberglass surface with insulation in between. The interior of my Burro is white, gel-coat shiny fiberglass. Very warm and light.

    Again, my 13' Burro weighs about 1000 lbs empty. I have a 12 gallon fresh water tank. No bathroom so no grey or black water tanks. Water from the sink goes out the side into a hose or bucket in a campground. I plan to only dry camp in the wild. Got a new Honda EU2000i generator for making 110v power. 12V power is now a single Blue-Top Optima battery. Going to add a 2nd one of these soon to extend camping for cold weather when the furnace pulls 12v.

    Pics soon. Don't want to mess up the OP's thread.

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    Tom
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  5. Hodag

    Hodag native

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    i'm a travel trailer junkie...
    anything vintage and under 25' gets me lookin and thinkin


    headin out tommorrow in our 13' canned ham
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  6. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    Here's my 1978 Boler 13' trailer - just over 900 lbs - bought it off Ebay for around $2K

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  7. Mr Kawasaki

    Mr Kawasaki Sardonios Irritatus

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    Nice Defender. :drif
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  8. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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  9. Mediocrates

    Mediocrates Been here awhile

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  10. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Everytime I see one of those going down the road in the summer the person driving it looks miserable. They look hot because you couldn't afford to run A/C or maybe they don't have them, they look like they have the gas pedal mashed to the floor and going about 54 mph and they are usually a little loud. They just look too slow and cumbersome for my taste.
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  11. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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    :dunno

    Just a larger luxury version of this..

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  12. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Good point. I'd shoulder everything I just mentioned to have one of those, hot, slow... :drif
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  13. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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  14. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Banned

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    I never understood that. Sure, dash air in a coach is useless. I took mine off. But as soon as it gets warm, my gen set gets fired and the roof air keeps the interior nice and cool on the hottest days.

    My co-driver approves.

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  15. NomadRip

    NomadRip Always a n00b

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    Yay! Another RV thread! :clap

    One of the couples I follow lives in a Travel Trailer by Oliver full-time. They are there getting some work done on the custom trailer right now (Oliver let them stay in their 40 acre factory last night since they live in the thing).

    When PirateJohn sees those Wanderlodges, he'll be in here too. That's what he lives in.
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  16. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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    I bought a new Lance camper in 98. For jeep'n and motorcycle riding with kids it worked well. We payed around 12k for it and even lived in it for 5 mo's during a stretch we used the holy shit out of it.


    We sold in in 05 for 7k. Not bad for 7 years of enjoyment. Funny thing is you cannot find one of equal value today for under 7k.
    It is still worth what we sold it for 4 years ago.

    Campers and motorhomes interest me because although I love looking at trailers you cant pull anything in Washington behind them.
    Tent trailers are completely useless and I just don't fancy 5th wheels. Although we have friends that haul their Race Jeeps in them and like them fine.
    Just not a good use of space for me. But having a separatable pull rig would be nice every once in a while.

    I also like these.

    I've seen several in the $1500 to $2500 range, the damn things really hold their value. A new one goes from 12k to 16k.


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  17. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    RV's. I am getting mine back from the shop today. Had broken exhaust manifold studs. The stock manifolds warp and then snap them. A pattern failure on the 460. I installed re-manufactured heads and new Thorley headers. Did a few other things: AC, power steering pump, trans service.

    Will be good to go, now just pray gas prices stay low.

    Here is a picture form a few years back....

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  18. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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    I don't know a whole lot about the class C's. I've never driven one.
    From what I hear they drive awesome. My wife has driven her girlfriends and says she felt very comfortable behind the wheel.
    I don't like the fact that the cockpit space cannot be used as living space like the class A's. The ability to just turn around the drivers seat and the passenger seat to make them part of the living room.

    What are your thoughts on drive ability and the cockpit space?
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  19. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    We use the "Cab/Cockpit" as living space when it's parked. The passenger seat swivels around facing into the living area and becomes a functional seat for lounging. The driver seat swivels and faces the passenger seat. It can't go all the way around like the passenger seat because of the steering wheel. So it's usable but with limits.

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    The reason this works is because we do NOT have basement storage. Basements mean You have a RAISED floor (on class C's) compared to the cab. When you have raised floors on a C you can't swivel the chairs into the living are.

    Mind you we also have no slide. So the cab does offer a little expanded area.

    Regards to how they drive? Excellent. Better than many class A's. I would like a better rig but mine is paid for. I like the big picture window of the A's. But the C's sleep more and have the big over Cab bed..That is why we got it. KIDS.....

    Since I just dropped a few K into mine it should be good to go for years to come...
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  20. dentedvw

    dentedvw Where did I put that

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    We borrowed a Class C GMC unit from my wife's cousin, about 20 something feet to go to West Virginia. Haven't returned it yet. :roflWhen I picked it up, I asked "when do you want us to return it?" His exact words, and read this in a heavy scottish accent "Never. I do not want it back. We never use it. Buy it. Don't bring it back". Ha ha ha!
    We really enjoyed it, especially since it rained almost the entire trip. Being able to sleep anywhere we can park is pretty fantastic. Dog, daughter, wife and me. Can't do that in the VW Golf.
    He wants about $4000 for it, and it has a lot of troubles, but it runs well enough. I am considering it. I might need to live in it one of these days. :evil
    Nobody has shown me how to take care of it, so I haven't tried using the shower, toilet, etc. We did hook it up to city water at a campground once, and washed a few dishes, but since the greywater tank leaks, I am pretty sure it's emptied itself by now.
    What I hate the most is the seats. BY GOD, the seats are terrible. Ugly to the point of insult, they are also really uncomfortable. Following right behind them, literally and figuratively are the couch/bed the two dining table chairs and that godawful bed thing above the cockpit. If I buy this thing, those two front seats are the first to go. Leather seats from the scrapyard will be just right there. Criminy they are terrible. I can drive our golf across the state in one shot without budging an inch, but these seats, I can only stand half an hour at a time. :eek1
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