It amazes me that people who don't own or like MH's rate them as an absurd waste of fuel and impact. Meanwhile they'll spend a lot of money on a car (the build process alone has a huge footprint), drive to the airport, take a plane (great mileage there), pay a lot for a little luggage, stand in long lines, security, get your bags, rent a car and stay in a hotel and eat out. Meanwhile, we can tow our cars for free, take virtually whatever clothes and belongings we want, sleep in our own beds and sheets, take food and make home cooked meals, save tons on lodging and the best part, use the bathroom, watch TV, eat, take a nap or whatever we feel like doing while traveling and see it from a far better vantage point and at much lower cost. But they are the economically and ecologically savvy ones.
I totally agree with this!!!
My dog hasn't been in a crate since she was 6 months old and I was potty training her. I don't believe in putting animals in a crate or even wearing a collar. Ofcourse, we live out in the country where this is not needed and she is on voice command. I have a very small coach(28'), and there would be no room for a crate anyways, lol.
Well, when you spend $40-50k on a truck, it's hard to do upgrades right away when the payment is $700/month. We're not all rich guys, we do what we can when we can do it. I have the truck paid off now, and the ability to do a few upgrades like shocks, so I was just asking as simple question. Maybe the monroe's would work just fine for me.
My shocks have 105k on them, and they are the OEM junk that came on the truck. I have already been shopping, looks like monroe's are the cheapest, rancho's are a little more and bilstein's are even more. I found the bilstein 5100's for about $62/each online. Has anyone tried the cheap monroe's from o'reilly? Opinions?
My 1994 georgie boy pursuit only costs about $80 per year to register. They base it on how much the coach cost new, and it does depreciate every year. My 2007 pickup truck cost $700 a year when new in 07, now only costs $200 per year.
I drove truck for years, and a few of them were heavy haul/oversize. I have plenty of experience and a ton of miles and fuel burnt under my belt. I had a kenworth with a cummins 400 and 13 speed for my last truck. I drove that particular truck for 2 years almost trouble free. One time, it started losing quite a bit of power, and when I stopped and got out it was smoking like a freight train from the 1800's. Made the truck completely un-driveable, it wouldn't boost at all. It ended up being the wastegate on the turbocharger seizing up, not allowing boost pressure to build and be forced into the intake. They replaced the wastegate and the truck ran perfect again. I seriously doubt it's an injector or anything else.
We had an '82 southwind that always had problems getting fuel from the rear tank to the engine, expecially climbing large grades. Ours had a 30 gallon up front that always worked perfect, and a 70 gallon in the rear that almost always had issues. We added a secondary electric fuel pump near the rear tank on the frame rail to help push fuel to the carburetor. Even then it still had problems getting fuel, that thing was thirsty.
I have a 1994 georgie boy on the P30 chassis, with the 454, it's a 28 ft. pursuit model. It is a well built coach, compared to fleetwood and forest river, which we have owned both. The coach has plenty of power to do the job, haven't had the exhaust manifolds crack on this one yet and it has 75k miles. It is throttle body injected, simple technology and works fine. I get about 8mpg also. I recently replaced the airbags inside of the coils springs. What a pain in the rear, never again. I will buy the super springs next time the airbags are dry rotted. We had exhaust manifolds crack badly on our 1982 fleetwood southwind with the 454/carbureted. They cracked so bad there was actually a gap in the manifolds, burning holes in the spark plug wires. That P30 was an ok rig, but it had it's problems. Look at the water capacity, mine only holds about 40 gallons which isn't very much. Mine drives good and holds the road just fine after a $1400 alignment job. Mine doesn't sit level either, even with 100 psi in the front airbags. It is nose-down, maybe the springs are just totally worn out. There are plenty of them on the road and will serve their purpouse. Is it the wide body or the 8' wide model? Mine is 8' wide with no slide, so it's a little tight in there but does the job fine for 2 people.
I would personally pass on it. $25k for a 7 year old government owned truck is way too much. I used to work for the gov't, and none of us babied the vehicles provided, more like just the opposite...see how much abuse it will take before it breaks. Keep looking.
My brother bought a mint condition 2004 chevy 8.1/A 4x4 CCSB about 3 years ago for $18k. It was a one owner truck with 55k. He towed a large 5th wheel with it and it had power to spare pulling around 13k in weight. Fuel mileage was around 4-5 towing, maybe he had a heavy foot. He still loves the truck after selling the fiver, but fuel mileage is his only complaint. He can only go about 200 miles on a topped off 26 gallon tank with the truck, no trailer.
I had a 1994 chevy K1500 4x4 with the 350 V8 and 4L60E 4 speed automatic. It was the best truck I ever owned until I bought my 07 classic LBZ duramax back in 2007 brand new. I bought the truck with about 95k on it, and it was in mint condition. I ran the miles up to 200k and it was still going strong with very few issues. I only sold it to get the duramax, as I was pulling a larger trailer. You won't have any transmission problems out of the 4L80E, it's a great transmission. I love the mid 90's gm body style too, very reliable, they ride good and are cheap to buy.
I have had zero issues out of my 2007 classic chevy LBZ. Mine is stock, can't speak to modded trucks, but I have always been a believer in just leaving something exactly the way it came from the factory. I have 104k on the clock and she has never, ever let me down.
My dad went RV shopping about 3 years ago, and bought a 2001 holiday rambler endeavor. It was in like new condition from an older gentleman that barely used it and took very good care of it. It is on a freightliner chassis with a CAT 330 and allison 6 speed. I have put a few thousand miles on it myself, let me tell you it is a pleasure to drive. His has the onan 7500 quiet diesel that you can't even hear run most of the time it's so quiet. I agree on the generac statement, I have owned one and would not own another one. Garbage compared to the onan. Tires and batteries over 6 or 7 years old are trash, and will cost you several thousand dollars. My dad just had 6 new toyo tires installed on his this week, and it was $3300 out the door. He LOVES the coach, very elegant and for the year is probably about as good as you're gonna do on an RV. I would consider one myself if I could afford one someday.
We had that same exact model, only a '79 instead of '85. It had plenty of power to pull anything you put behind it. Fuel mileage was about 6 loaded or empty. It won't ride as good as a newer truck, but there's something about that body style I just love. The 73-87 chevy/gmc is in my opinion the coolest GM body style. I love the bench seats front and rear too. Like other said, the steering and overall feel of the truck will reflect the year. LMC truck has tons of aftermarket parts available for that particular truck, so fixing stuff that is going to break shouldn't be that hard. I think it's worth pretty close to what he's asking, especially if it runs good. The TH400 is a good tranny but doesn't have overdrive, that's why your fuel mileage will suffer. Anything over about 70mph you'll see the RPM's a littler higher than you are probably used to. Those old school big blocks sound awesome with a true dual setup and a couple good mufflers. It's not a diesel by any means, but you would love this truck.
I just made the switch you are talking about doing. I found a set of the 225's on craigslist(6 tires) for $400, then another $200 to have them all mounted and the front two balanced. I bought a used spare that was like new for $150. Total of $750 for 7 tires installed. They are about 50% tread, no dry rot or problems, and the dot codes are 2007 or newer, which is fine for what I am doing. A lot better than $2k or more for brand new ones. You'll love the 225's.
Hello-I had a 1994 chevy K1500 for about 10 years. I LOVED that truck, had very few problems, and it rode like a cadillac. I used to get about 13mpg mixed city/hwy. I bought a very small truck camper for it(basically a bed and dinette, very light), and pulled a 6x10 trailer with a quad and two ATC's on it. The truck would squat heavily, so bad I bought a set of air lift airbags just to level it. Worked ok for a while, but left a lot to be desired. I would have it in drive screaming at 4500RPM's just to keep 55mph. Now, I sold that truck because I wanted a larger camping rig. I went down and bought an '07 LBZ classic in july of '07. Mine is a 2500HD, 4x4 crew cab. This is a towing monster. I have towed many flatbeds, boats, jet skiis, campers, 5th wheel, etc. with it. The power is unbelievable. Does it ride worse than a half ton? Ofcourse, but it has twice the suspension and brakes too. My truck rides perfect, I just turned 100k miles last week, purrs like the day I bought it. I get about 18mpg highway, and around 16 city with a lot of stop and go. I would buy this truck again in a heartbeat, hands down the best truck on the planet. GET THE LONG BED. You can haul more stuff and you get a 35 gallon tank instead of a 26 gallon. I can go about 400 miles on a full tank, freeway speeds of 80mph.