I bought a little 17' TH to boondock and kept the 5er TH. I wish I had never sold my XR 600.
I hear that a lot, people sad they sold that xr , sorry about that! :Sthis one's plated and a keeper!
I sold my modern te510 husky and used the money to buy 3 XR's ...250, 400 and 600. So far worked out really well. The van and the xr600 make a pretty good combo.
My usual rig is a 40 ft diesel funmover.. some of my trips are short, meet a couple friends and ride Kennedy, Panguitch, Death Valley, etc. A place where not much for the family to do.
Have already taken the van to Doheny Beach with the 4 yr old, overhead bunk works well, full bed, bathroom, kitchen, generator and ac. Drives almost like a car, I was surprised. Never thought the funmover was that bad before. Even drives well in wind. The van had 30k on the clock, I couldn't pass it up. Perfect for one toy..
Having spent a lot of time this summer on mountain roads or way out places, and frequent trips without the family, I bought this at a fair price...
Came on the idea at Kennedy Meadows, sleeping in my Jeep because I was too lazy to fit my 40 footer in :D
So far works real well for short trips or tough roads, with friends or not. Keeping the big rv for now also, anyone else do this? Sorting out what I should and shouldn't carry with the van..carry too much in the rv, but never know what may be useful. So far impressed..
I checked it out, no xr stuff. Crf, or cr. like to try one out some day and see if it makes a difference. I have three older xr's so kinda pick one for the area I think I will ride, but could see how this makes a bike nearly unstoppable.
Ok, I'll play,
CA desert dirt biking with a couple of friends in their rigs as well. The van is a really handy size and the gmc suspension handles the bad roads very comfortably. Very handy size!
the new setup works well for its intened purpose, one bike, one person. Family can sleep (four yr old and wife) for a night or so, but that's about it. We have the funmover for longer trips.
The Chevy van handles real well, not diggin' the outside shower, have some bids out to install an inside, but might prove cost ineffective.Might be liking that outside shower tho' if the inside springs a leak, which they sometimes do! FWIW I had to take an outside shower at 42 deg.
Van is a great way to put a rider in the field for a night or two or over some tough roads. The photo was taken North West of Barstow down a long dirt road.
Yes we do! I suggest you keep the Harley, esp. that carb'd version. I'm hoping the van proves convenient for long distance rides and isolated campgrounds. Have had great success with the xr platform, once I put on xr400 forks!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uXvzoZKayts/UmloIhM5mAI/AAAAAAAAB84/-OCWkN2MNkg/s640/image.jpgThanks for the tip,
The one I am eyeballing has 125k on it. Also recently found out the Allison 754 5 sapped was rebuilt.....by the same servicer that forgot to refill the fluid on a servicing. Not looking so hot unless a real discount. Like the solid nature of it, only 36 ft which is nice so has 6v92..10k generator and hydronic heat.
This one seems to be ok, the toilet is center mounted, not rear, like some. My shower options are to cut a hole in the floor in front of the toilet closet and mount a recessed shower pan about 4-5 inches deep, so hang down 3 inches or so. Or I could build up the wood decking in that area and mount a pan without cutting the van. (Harder) or.. I could tear out a sidewall of the toilet, turn the toilet 90 deg to the right, and put in a 32 or 36 by 24 all in one toilet and shower combo and redo the cabinet.
What I am looking at is a country coach concept, looks very bus like, not sure of the demarcation. I want something. Without wood bonded to fiberglass walls, on a solid bus chassis or similar, such as a gillig. Prefer to avoid water leaks as much as possible.
First off thanks for any advice. I am interested in an older motorhome with this combo. The engine has over 125k on the clock, the transmission supposedly rebuilt. Any info from forum memb who have had or have this powertrain? I worked on detroits very briefly in the Seabees back in the '80's. (Navy). What I remember was they were rather simple to maintain, drank more fuel than the four strokes out at the time but comparable weight for weight. Been too long to remember much else.
Will this engine be tough to find mechanics for? The ones I see have the silver version with the DDEC electronix. I have no knowledge of what that does or if it can be maintained with common equipment, but I assume it is a simpler system than what's on my HUEI pumped C7. (Which after I replaced the HUEI pump at 42 k has been trouble free, now at 73k)
If I do buy the 6v92, are smog laws closing it down? What kind of costs am I looking at for a rebuild, and how long do they last given factory maintenance followed?
Any troubles with the Allison? Normal to fail around 100k? Assuming non transysnd transmission, thanks.
Looking at this coach as something to keep a loonngg time. We're riders, off road and street, but also use the coach to tour around.
Thanks for the tips, I have an eye on a Couple of country coaches, really interested in how the engine combo does. My current motorhome is inside what we call paper mâché . . .the shell is tough enough but the inside stuff is not. Sits our current purpose but I wonder about leaks and such, hoping this bus style motorhome with no slide will be pretty solid, able to take us and a few towed toys out riding and to other sights with a minimum of fuss, more luxury for the wife.
The only problems I heard about the Gillig chassis is the right angle fan mechanism which I understand in some cases was not "wet" or oil bathed and sometimes people forgot to grease ... Which caused failure of the power steering as well.
The 6v92 engine is probably reliable if not overheated but I have no idea the mpg or the mile limit of it and if the thing can get serviced easily. A coach I am eyeballing has a DDEC 6 v92 silver in it and I dunno how to work on a partly electric engine. Either all mechanical and I can do some work, or all electric and it's all brain surgery for me!
Interested in a bus chassis older, pref. mechanical motorhome, so prev1998, thinking country coach or maybe Monaco if they made one?
Can you tell me th pluses and minuses of such a coach, knowing its an orphan? I see a couple around here with 120k plus on them with the Detroit 6v92 and an Allison 754 five speed. How are those numbers for longevity? I used to work on detroits mannnnnyyy years ago in the service. Are they still cheap to overhaul if needed, ESP. In a bus chassis? Know nothing about the Allison. I currently have a funmover 39c, cat c7 had it for 8 yrs. Momma is looking for a little more luxury and if momma isn't happy....
Any tips on what to look for would be great, suggestions on th engine, fuel mpg, etc would be great. I can do most minor repairs and sort of enjoy it, but don't want to pump $$ into it to find it needs a new engine, parts are not there, or the two stroke is being legislated out of existence. Some real nice older stuff out there, thanks, especially interested in 6v92 info.