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RE: What Constitutes Vintage Class A

"Not necessarily true. I have a 1990 Bluebird with a 8v92 two cycle Detroit, 475 hp, 1450 torque. Coach is 48,000#, pulls it pretty darn good." Yes, you are right, but you left two things out? If I remember right , to get those to go smoking up a hard pull, in a semi anyway pulling 80,000 lbs., you had to add a external elect. fuel pump on a switch and turn it on about halfway up the hill, to keep fuel to the motor and keep it pulling like you want! Now, with half the weight, that might not be the case, but you also left out the fuel mi. you get? If I remember right, back then, 3 to 5 mpg was considered good! Again, in the trucking world! What kind of fuel mi. do you get? I did not mean to step on any toes, but since you brought it up, the Cummins and Cats back then would out pull a Detroit 2 to 1! JMHO! Rail! P.S. Glad you are happy with your B.B.! They are one of the best made out there, for sure!! Never heard of that fuel pump you are talking about. I had a 1980 Freightliner with a Silver 8V92 at maximum, which was, I believe, 435hp. Several times I ran with a couple guys, one had a CAT, and one a Cummins. Newer trucks, but I do not know exactly what engines they had. We were running western ID, MT, and up into Canada, with weights up to 80,000#. We all stuck pretty well together on all the grades, and all got between 5 and 6 mpg running that way. So, I did NOT see much difference in 1980. I get between 6 and 7 mpg on the Bluebird. It is not as good as a newer diesel engine, BUT, I do not have $500k invested either! Love the Bluebird. I could not even think about a newer one. This one was listed right at $500k when new in 1990. Have about 10% of that in it now. Real tile floors, real, solid, oak cabinets, etc! It is 25 years old, many things have changed on newer models. But, did I say we love it? LOL
mpierce 10/29/14 05:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: okay...we blew the tires. =-O

Hope you gave a nice tip to the man and his wife, who on his honeymoon was working to keep you and other motorists going!
mpierce 10/29/14 05:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seat Belts

Most laws allow vehicles that were not required to be equipped at original build time, to be grandfathered in. My 1990 Bluebird only has seat belts on the front two seats. Is it grandfathered in, in those states that require all in a MH to be buckled in? If I have a 1950 Buick, that did NOT have OEM belts, I believe it is legal without them, as not required at the time of build.
mpierce 10/29/14 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Constitutes Vintage Class A

Dave pete, the one disadvantage to the 20 year old bus chassis are the old school diesel motors, the old Detroit diesel motor's were dog's, to put it simple! Yes they would "run forever", but if going really slow uphill is your thing, then go for it! I would find a late 80's, early 90's, Holiday Rambler, Monaco, Beaver, Country Coach! They all make a retro style, with all the nice features you will really like! JMHO??!! Rail! Not necessarily true. I have a 1990 Bluebird with a 8v92 two cycle Detroit, 475 hp, 1450 torque. Coach is 48,000#, pulls it pretty darn good. Now, if you go back further to the 6v71 series, 318 hp, you are correct. However, if you got a Cummins or Cat from the same era, you would not be much better off. All engines back then were much less capable. If you want to go way back, you will have many compromises to make, from power train, to amenities in the coach. Had a 1964 Airstream, loved it, bunk beds, many miles and smiles with the kids growing up. However, did NOT have a grey water tank, only black, because back when made, you were allowed to dump grey water everywhere! Times change, expectations change.
mpierce 10/29/14 06:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Curious About Quartzsite?

Every one should visit Quartzsite once. Don't know why anyone would go twice. Friends? Set up in the desert, with a number of friends, and have a great time? That is why!
mpierce 10/10/14 06:46am Snowbirds
RE: 20% Bio Fuel at Flying J/Pilot

That is strong evidence. Thank you, that eases my mind considerably. Cummins suggested using special filters, do you do that in your trucks, or do you just use the regular fleetgard filters (or other "standard" fuel filters - you can tell I have a Cummins) Ed Headington Regular filters. I really do not know of specific bio fuel filters. When bio diesel first came out, there were some problems. The bio tends to "scrub" out systems. So, when put into vehicles, or storage tanks, that had used regular diesel for years, it tended to "clean out" the accumulated crud. And plugged filters. However, once the system had had a couple filter changes, all was well from then on. I never had this problem, but some did.
mpierce 10/08/14 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: 20% Bio Fuel at Flying J/Pilot

SO---- I share your concern about the bio-diesel. I do not understand why the truckers are not screaming up a storm over this. It seems to me it is a legitimate concern and I know that now I am concerned!!!!! I own and operate over the road trucks, and also farm and have LOTS of diesels. The reason truckers have NOT been "screaming up a storm", is because we have been getting it at pumps for YEARS, and it is not causing problems! I guarantee you that if it was, they WOULD be screaming. The fact that they are NOT, tells one that they accept it, and have few problems with it. A LOT of truckers like it, as it adds lubricity back into low sulfur diesel, which has little of its own.
mpierce 10/07/14 05:46am General RVing Issues
RE: What Constitutes Vintage Class A

I love the GMC's. Way ahead of their time. However, if you plan on spending a lot of time in one, and traveling, be sure you check out and make sure you can live with the storage they have, as it is quite limited in comparison to most.
mpierce 10/07/14 05:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone has taken their turbo apart to clean it? 2003 Cummins

Been a trucker most of my life. Have turbos on many engines. I have NEVER heard a mechanic say to "clean out the turbo". Leave it alone.
mpierce 10/07/14 05:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Staying at truck stops?????

Truck stops are well known for the ladies of the night making money. Don't know if they would be knocking on a trailer door or not???? Roy Ken 2 million miles over the road here. A few truckstops have this problem Very few. I have had my door knocked on twice in all those miles. Just say no, and they move on. The truckstop "dangers" are way overblown. All in all, they are very safe. I have heard of murders, assaults, robberies, rape, prostitution, etc., in campgrounds. Should we all stay away from them too? There are potential problems everywhere. One could lock themselves in their home, and never leave. But, guess what, all of the above can happen there too!
mpierce 10/01/14 06:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Life lesson - In case you're not aware

We have traveled to FL last winter for two months. Texas the year before. And, other travel. I have not notified cc's any time, and I have NEVER had them stopped. This is with the RV. I also ride to a couple motorcycle events every summer. I live in ND, and over the last couple years, have gone to AR, WI, WV, MI, CO, IL. NEVER notified cc, and NEVER had an issue.
mpierce 10/01/14 06:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wrong Pump in AZ

Seems like the best would be if AZ would come out and say, one way or the other, if RV's are exempt or not. Of course, that would require a gov't employee to actually make a decision, and that is asking a LOT! It will probably stay muddled, until either the legislature steps in, or someone who gets fined takes them to court, and a judge decides what the law actually means. As we have discovered here, it can really be taken two ways. One part conflicts with the other.
mpierce 09/30/14 06:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wrong Pump in AZ

I do not think we will ever get a plain english answer. Gov't workers like to cover their but. The email said only those that are exempt do not pay it. RV's are NOT listed as exempt. Thus, if you are big enough, you pay the higher tax. At least that is the way I read the gobbligook!
mpierce 09/29/14 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing a Nissan Versa Note with an Acme Tow Dolly

On web site, there is a height stated, I believe it is 7".
mpierce 09/26/14 06:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: DEF Mileage

Cummins says 1 to 3% of fuel burned is normal. 2% is about average. So, if getting 10 mpg, should use about 1 gallon per 500 miles. This would be pulling a pretty good load to get down to 10mpg. At 1600 miles, you are really at the high end, good for you! But, still within specs.
mpierce 09/26/14 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: wheel bearings

If you think you remove the hub to get the bearings out to tighten them up, PLEASE get a professional to do the job for you!
mpierce 09/20/14 06:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

Follow Michelins advice. Not sure why so many figure they are so much brighter than the engineers that designed the tires. The tire makers are CONSERVATIVE in their recommendations. Have the tires checked by a Truck Tire Shop. If they say OK, I would run them to the 10 years old. If you are leery at all, replace the two front tires.
mpierce 09/16/14 05:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DEF in the winter

That DEF flat sucks...too high a freeze point so I guess the guys that live in ND are as they say SOL... I live in ND. Have a '14 Dodge with DEF. NO PROBLEMS at all. You do understand from reading the material posted that heaters are installed?
mpierce 09/15/14 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Snowbees

Ok... I'll bite. So you're saying bee keepers take their bees north in the summer (presumably, to escape the heat) and south in the winter? Please pardon my ignorance... I've not heard of such a thing and a quick Google brought no results. Yes, I'm gullible, I know. Please be gentle. :) Edit: Ok... I KNEW that "escape the heat" thing was a bunch of whooie as soon as I posted. I think I've been had. Oh, well. Maybe you're saying that bees are brought north to pollinate in the summer... not so much as escape the heat. Wouldn't moving the bees be more disorienting to the bees than just wintering in place? What did bees do before there were were flatbeds, one must ask? LOL I live in ND. Bees come up in the summer, and go south for the winter. They follow the crops as the crops flower, so they can make honey. Seen this all my life. I am 60.
mpierce 09/12/14 06:15am Snowbirds
RE: I Love My Manual Awning

I have had both. Electric is VERY NICE to operate! Push a button. However, it goes almost straight out, up high. The sun does not have to get very low in the sky, and it no longer functions for shade! The wind also affects it more than the manual shade. Take your pick. Ease of use vs more functionality. Not sure why people think this. My electric awning tilts as much as I want it to, on either side. I love my electric awning! :) I do not "think this". It is what actually happens. I can lower the arm setting some, but no where near as much as my manual awning.
mpierce 09/12/14 06:02am General RVing Issues
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