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Have previously owned 34' 1993 Gulfstream SunVoyager gasser but had to sell when work relocated us.

Now in a position to relocate and own again :-)

Looking at a '98 Sun Voyager DP 29' on a Spartan EC 2242 chassis with 210hp Cummins / Allison 4speed. The Cummins has been 'chipped up' but don't know how high just yet.

Comments on this model year or engine/tranny combo? I seem to recall reading where some want more power or had towing issues w/ the 4 speed, but can't seen to locate any threads on the topic.

No 'need for speed' here, and the acceleration/handling of the gasser (Ford 460 / F53) were more than acceptable for our towing/driving needs.

Any input/suggestions/assistance is greatly appreciated!

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We have a 99 Gulfstream SunVoyager DP. I'll have DH post about the engine/tranny kind of stuff when he has a chance. He also has contact info for Spartan (PM us if you'd like some names & numbers we've found and used). I do know that we replaced tires (due to age) and upgraded our converter (Wizard so we can leave the coach plugged in while we are at our house). We've added vent covers on the three power vents, new shocks on the front, pressure pro tire monitors, SMI brake system (we toad a 06 Jeep Unlimited with no problems, but wouldn't want to go without the brake system), new weatherstripping on entry door, changed out the VCR for a DVD and lots of redeco inside. For a 99 coach I don't feel like we've had to do an extreme amount of work. Mostly safety (old tires) and comfort (new curtains, etc).


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Thanks so much for the feedback.

It sounds like the biggest issues concern performance (for lack of a better term) with acceleration and max speeed.
If those are the only significant issues, we should be fine.

Thanks again!

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No complaints about the Cummins/Allison combo - its probably at the low end of HP & torque on our 32' with toad. We've only put 3-4,000 on ours, and its my first MH and first DP. So that's all I know (kind of).

A Banks kit sounds fun, but marginal return on a MH that won't accept a lot of investment and show any return, other than blowing other DP's off...........LOL

Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.

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