I have no plans of ever getting rid of this truck. I will drive it until it will not drive anymore, or parts are not available. I love this truck, everything about it is exactly what I want. Just because something has high miles, does not mean it should be thrown in the crusher.
What I need to do is contact fox and see what they charge to rebuild a shock. I did not know bilstein's had a lifetime warranty. I guess it all depends on how much the rebuild costs. If it costs as much to rebuild as it does to replace, it's a 50/50 shot on which one to choose. I just added a set of fox shocks to the rear of my sandrail and I can't believe how much better they are than the KYB's they replaced.
Thanks for all the replies. I think after hearing all this, i'm just gonna keep running the stock shocks until I see it start bouncing. It does not bounce now, pretty much rides the way it did when I bought it new.
Thanks for your reply. I have sorta heard the same thing. "stock shocks are worn out after 10k miles, etc". I pulled one of them off for grins about 8 months ago. I pushed it down, and it still came right back up. The truck still rides about the same as when I bought it. My brother has the same truck as mine, only it's a 2004. He just replaced his with the cheapest thing on the shelf. He told me that it barely made a difference.
I have a 2007 chevy 2500HD classic CCSB 4x4. I am the original owner, and it is now at 112k on the original shocks. The truck still rides ok, but i'm sure new shocks would not be a bad move. I have it narrowed down to either the bilstein 5100's or FOX IFP shocks. Here's what I know about both of them. The bilstein's are not rebuildable, but they are good shocks from what i've heard online and from friends who have them. They are $360 shipped to my door for the set of 4. The FOX shocks are fully rebuildable, but more expensive and would probably give a better ride. The FOX's are $115 each. But, when it would come time to replace the bilstein's, the FOX's could be rebuilt. I welcome any opinions, as well as experience from folks that have tried one or the other. I hear the reputation for both companies is outstanding.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You can spend lots of un-needed dollars on things just trying to "make them new"...As long as you keep up regular maintenance, the thing will give you years and years of trouble free service. I just went through mine and spent a lot of money on it, but only because I plan on keeping it for a while, and the things I replaced didn't work. The roof and dash a/c were two of those items, the carpet was another. It smelled bad and was filthy. I tore it all out and gave the old girl new carpet and vinyl flooring. Looks and smells great inside, and only cost me a few hundred bucks and a few weeks of my time. I love this motorhome...
I would leave it alone and drive it. Save your money for fuel. My '94 GBM pursuit gets about 8.85 MPG with a tail wind, 65mph. I would only replace the exhaust manifolds if they start to leak or get cracked. Mine are still original manifolds, and 20 years later they still are quiet and get the job done. I have thought about adding a free flowing muffler, but that will cost hundreds. Be sure to check the airbags that are inside of the coil springs up front. They usually only last about 3 years before they need to be replaced. You have a P30 chassis. If the airbags need replaced, skip that and put in something called a "super spring". It is a heavier coil spring designed for more weight. I'm saving my money for the fuel tank! Enjoy your new rig!
I had a '94 K1500 with the 350 & 4L60E, ECSB 4x4. I LOVED that truck. About 13-14mpg on the highway, good low end power, the throttle body worked great for me. It had 200k on it when I sold it, still running strong. Great truck, you'll love it.
I drilled a 5/8 hole about 1 inch from the open end of the receiver and ran a tap through it and then screwed a bolt into the hole. This puts pressure on the inserting receiver and removed any wiggle or noise. This was for my bike rack. When I needed to tow something heavier on another hitch, I welded a nut to the threaded hole so I had a bigger bite for the bolt and that was easy to do. A couple of tack welds and it was done. I carried a small crescent wrench to tighten or loosen the bold. No noise or wiggle when the bolt was tight.
This is exactly what I did, only with a 3/8" bolt. Worked perfect.
I have an onboard kohler 4kw on my class A. We usually boondock only, so a good running generator is essential. The kohler runs good and is fairly quiet, and will run the a/c and microwave at the same time. However, I also have a 2000 watt honeywell suitcase generator that I use 90% of the time. It runs 10-12 hours on a few gallons of fuel, and keeps my batteries charged, along with powering everthing but the a/c. And to top it of, it's 20' away from the motorhome where I can't hear it, while still powering the coach and charging my batteries. Great setup. Unless you are needing the a/c unit, just leave the second honda at home and use the first one to keep your batteries charged and run your tv's.
I have a 1994 P30 georgie boy. It's a pretty good motorhome, rides just fine and we like it. It's no diesel pusher, but it does the job and it's paid for. The airbags inside the coil springs are a joke, and can be replaced with a spring all by itself without the airbag. Even with new bags, mine still go flat after about 2 days. I have checked for air leaks and can't find any, so I just keep airing them up when I need to. Airing them up makes it handle and ride a lot better than no airbags.
AAPAK in phoenix, AZ has all the oddball A/C parts that are impossible to find. They also make new hoses to order while you wait(2 hours). This place is awesome, next time I need anything A/C I will be using them. I wonder if they sell 12v vacuum pumps, my '94 P-30 still has the vacuum loss on even smaller hills, resulting in the air dumping to the defroster. No good.
I just went through this exact problem on my '94 georgie boy pursuit. My inverter/charger was only pushing about 11.8V to the batteries, and when measured with a volt meter right on the charger, measured the same voltage. Also, at times the 12 volt accessories would only work when the generator was running. As soon as you unplugged it or shut down the generator, no 12 volts to anything, period. So I started with replacing the inverter/charger with a new one for about $150 on ebay. That did solve the charging problem, now it charges at over 13 volts. But it would still have the problem of not switching over by itself after being unplugged. The problem was these little circuit breakers under the hood. The main power line coming from the inverter to these 3 circuit breakers had 13 volts, but maybe 9-10 volts coming out the other side, and at times 0 volts. These are manual reset, not automatic like all the new stuff is. So I replaced all 3 breakers with automatic ones. Bingo, the thing works perfect now. All my batteries get charged and all the 12V stuff works properly. The breakers were about $4 each and took about 10 minutes to install. These are automatic, so if they get hot, once they cool off they will reset without doing anything. Hope this helps.
My brother just replaced his tires with the 22.5 toyo's to the tune of $2500 for all six. Not a bad deal considering my dad just replaced his (with a slightly larger size) to the tune of $3300. Both went with toyo's, had them balanced and are very happy with their purchase.
BFG Rugged trail's is what i've been running on my truck for 75k miles. I am on my 2nd set, they wear very evenly, seem to last forever, are quiet and good in 90% of terrain. They leave a little to be desired offroad, but on the highway they are my first choice.
I bought my '07 classic chevy 2500HD 4x4 short bed in july of 2007. It has the 6 speed allison and LBZ duramax. Let me tell you, this truck has been trouble free 100%. Runs smooth, you don't even know you're driving a diesel. I would recommend this truck in a heartbeat. It's comfortable and reliable, everything I like. You will both like the independent front suspension, lots smoother than a solid front axle. The 5.9 cummins is a lot louder than the duramax, if you like quiet get the GM. If you don't care, the cummins is probably a lot cheaper.