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RealtyRoy

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Hello there,

I'm looking at a '87 Monaco 454 gas pusher, now the concept of a diesel pusher I know about and like very much, but did not know anybody built a gas pusher unit.

Is there any reason I should stay away from this Coach? Is there anything nice you can say about it? I think the lack of engine noise and heat up front while driving would be very nice. I can't afford a Diesel pusher, is this the next best thing??

Thanks very much!

Roy


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Posted: 07/12/12 06:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

years ago there used to be a lot of gas pusher buses
i used to know some one with a converted one
he was very happy with it

i have no reason to think you couldn't be happy with this RV

* This post was edited 07/12/12 07:58pm by MrWizard *


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Posted: 07/12/12 07:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This one?


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looks pretty
and well cared for

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I'd want to road test it on a very hot day to make sure the engine stays cool. It would be best if you could pull a good sized hill to confirm. It will be also interesting to see how well a 454 can handle the weight. Look for leaking exhaust manifolds. 454s were known for that. If they leak, that would be a sign of excessive heat.


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tderonne wrote:

This one?
Man, look at the rear over hang. Wonder what percentage that is? But then you have all the weight of the engine back there too. Maybe the ride and handling would be okay.


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MrWizard wrote:

years ago there used to be a lot of gas pusher buses...


And they don't make them any more is because...?


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because diesel is more rugged ?
because front engine school buses became more popular ?
because WWII killed almost all domestic vehicle production
and after ward diesel was more popular for over the road ?

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Yes the one line above is the one I'm talking about. Looks very clean and I'm going to go for a drive today. I know nothing about a gas pusher, I know Monaco is good but if pushing with a gas engine was a good setup, why would they stop making them. Why didn't anyone pick up on this concept?

I'll see how it drives and let you know, I'm hoping it feels nice and quiet up front for a gasser.
Roy

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Actually, Workhorse produced a rear-engine gas chassis called the UFO with the Chevy engine in recent years, but it was an expensive upgrade that few people chose. Then the economy tanked and GM quit making the big-block gas engine so the whole thing died.
Let us know how you liked that Monaco. Looks like nice unit.


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