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RE: Cummins 8.3 330hp ?

The ISC 8.3 you can upgrade by a software change, however, the older mechanical 8.3 must be mechanically altered. There are fuel plates available from several manufacturers that increase the fueling of the mechanical 8.3c engines. Banks also has an upgrade kit I believe to squeeze some more power out of the 8.3 Cummins. I think it puts it up to something like 400 hp and 1150 ft/lbs of torque but don't quote me on the rating. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/06/14 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cummins 8.3 330hp ?

The Cummins 8.3 is a great engine. It is a sleeved engine and as long as the weight of the coach is within the 1HP/100LBS range it should perform well. I too would insist on seeing some maintenance records and checking the SCA levels as well as making sure they have been maintained over its life. Letting that go can create issues liner pitting and potentially end up with coolant getting into the liners over the course of its life. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/06/14 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Having a problem towing a car on a trailer?

They are called E-Track and are very common in the racing circles. Mac's Tie Downs carries them along with their own brand called the Versa-Track which is just a little lighter duty and more geared towards ATVs/UTV's and smaller motorsports. Here are a link to both. Mike. E-Track http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/ETrack Versa-Track http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/category/VersaTieTrackKits
zmotorsports 02/06/14 06:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tires: Michelin vs. Bridgestone

We had the Bridgestone R250's on our 38' Beaver and I really liked them. We had them for the seven years we owned the coach and they were still in excellent condition when we sold it. We had put 65k on the tires and they were wearing fantastic. No irregular wear patterns or issues at all. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/04/14 02:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Having a problem towing a car on a trailer?

Just to reiterate a few points, quality synthetic straps are a must, the nylon ones do stretch quite a bit. Make certain to have at least two full wraps around the mandrel when ratcheting, don't pull tight and start to ratchet as there won't be enough material wrapped back onto itself to tighten down on. Look closely at the stitching as well as the overall condition of the straps/tie downs on a regular basis. It is amazing how many I see with cuts, nicks or tears in the tie down. Lastly, most states require a 4-point attachment for trailering, two points in front and two in the rear. Wrapping a 20+ foot strap from one anchor point on the trailer around the axle housing and to a second point on the trailer does NOT constitute two attachment points, it is still only one. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/04/14 06:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Having a problem towing a car on a trailer?

I have never had an issue with straps coming loose in the 25+ years of towing Jeeps, street rods, race cars and motorcycles. I insist on using high quality tie downs, the cheap ones do stretch and gain you slack. I have had great success with Moroso, RJS and Mac's. Personally I like the Mac's the best, nothing against the others just personal preference. I do not cross my straps like many people do, if one breaks or comes loose this will pull the vehicle or allow the vehicle to walk to the side that is still attached/tight. I pull on the front axle straight ahead and from the rear axle straight rearward. Any angle you expect the straps to pull from diminish the effectiveness of the straps. I also do not tie to the bumpers or body and preload the suspension. This is hard on suspension components plus you will still have some bouncing going on unless you suck it down solid which is next to impossible to do nor is it good if you could. It is amazing how many Jeep events we pull into and see some of the piss poor jobs that people have done strapping their toys down. Scares the hell out of me to know we just came in on the same road. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/03/14 01:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

Very nice. You are really talented in body work and painting. You do a very good job. Thank you. I try. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/03/14 12:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

Thanks, I will check that out. I didn't see that the first time. Mike. Mike, the link in my signature is back to working if you want to take a look at my conversion project. I will definitely check it out. Thanks. Mike.
zmotorsports 02/03/14 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

We enjoyed listening to my aunt/uncles stories about traveling in their motorhome (1976 FMC) and thought maybe someday. Mike. Mike, the 1976 FMC's are still rollin'! See my signature as it is my first and only RV. Currently upgrading it from the 440 to an '06 Duramax with 6 spd Allison. Good thread! That will be AWESOME!!!!! Please start a thread and post up a LOT of pictures of that transplant. I would love to see that. My aunt/uncles' was a 1974 and it underwent many transformations in the 10-ish years they owned it. My uncle rebuilt the Chrysler 440 engine and transmission and installed an air research fuel injection system on it as well as heated tanks and a complete paint job along with a 22' enclosed snowmobile trailer all painted to match. They purchased it around 1985 and sold it around 1995/96. It made several trips to Alaska and two to Mexico with their motorhome club. My wife and I really wanted to buy it when we were looking but simply couldn't afford it. About a year after we bought our Travelcraft they ended up selling it for just a little over what we paid for our Travelcraft. Not that I didn't love our Travelcraft but I really would have loved to have that FMC. Mike. Mike, click on the link in my signature that says "Gas to diesel conversion". That is a 15 page photo story with explainations of the photos of the conversion which is still happening. At the moment, the website is down as it is being moved to another server, but it should be back up in a day or so. Thanks, I will check that out. I didn't see that the first time. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/31/14 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

Thanks for posting. You do great work. Thank you. I appreciate that. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/31/14 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

Thanks guys. I appreciate the compliments. Fixing up the older stuff is one thing but I am anxiously awaiting seeing your new coach Mark.:) Mike.
zmotorsports 01/31/14 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

We enjoyed listening to my aunt/uncles stories about traveling in their motorhome (1976 FMC) and thought maybe someday. Mike. Mike, the 1976 FMC's are still rollin'! See my signature as it is my first and only RV. Currently upgrading it from the 440 to an '06 Duramax with 6 spd Allison. Good thread! That will be AWESOME!!!!! Please start a thread and post up a LOT of pictures of that transplant. I would love to see that. My aunt/uncles' was a 1974 and it underwent many transformations in the 10-ish years they owned it. My uncle rebuilt the Chrysler 440 engine and transmission and installed an air research fuel injection system on it as well as heated tanks and a complete paint job along with a 22' enclosed snowmobile trailer all painted to match. They purchased it around 1985 and sold it around 1995/96. It made several trips to Alaska and two to Mexico with their motorhome club. My wife and I really wanted to buy it when we were looking but simply couldn't afford it. About a year after we bought our Travelcraft they ended up selling it for just a little over what we paid for our Travelcraft. Not that I didn't love our Travelcraft but I really would have loved to have that FMC. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/30/14 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

You sure have a talent for refurbing these things. They look great. Thanks, I appreciate that. I really wish I had a place to paint our Dynasty. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/30/14 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

Thanks everyone. I too think the older coaches have character. I love the newer ones too but the budget doesn't.:( I hope our 03 Dynasty will still last quite a while yet as it is just getting broken in at 95k miles. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/30/14 02:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

Excellent work. Several people have asked on here about having their motor homes painted. The cost is always too high and I have suggested doing it themselves, if they are physically able. I was not a painter by trade but I self taught myself enough to paint several show winning Classic cars, a couple of airplanes, a motor home, and a couple of boats. I see nothing on your profile to suggest that you were a painter by trade so I have to assume that you just bought the equipment and paint and did it. If that is the case, please explain the pitfalls/rewards of doing it yourself as well as the financial advantages. Thanks guys for your compliments. I appreciate it. rgatijnet, I like you am self taught because I had a need at the time and couldn't afford to have someone else do the paint body work on my personal vehicles. Mechanically, I felt very confident from an early age and was/is how I make my living. To be honest, aside from cost was the fact that many of the paint jobs that I saw being done were "rush" jobs that shops just wanted in and our. The quality of work that I wanted done by using the proper supplies was definitely something I couldn't afford so I learned to do it myself. I figured that the only way I was going to be happy with the quality of the job done was to do it myself. And as my wife puts it, if I am still not happy there is noone else to blame but myself.:) I to have built some street rods and customs and have been fortunate to have several of them published/featured in magazines such as Street Rodder, Popular Hot Rodding and Sand Sports. In all I have been very blessed with the skills and abilities that I have acquired and fine tuned. When my wife and I were dating she knew I was heavy into racing, cars, trucks, motorcycles and pretty much any thing with an engine. I told her one of my pet peeves was seeing a similar vehicle in a parking lot. I told her I wanted our stuff to stand out from the crowd. As far as pitfalls with painting it is having a place to do the work. It is very dirty work and I hate doing it in my yard but don't really have a choice. It also seems like with paint supplies the cost keeps rising faster and faster making it to where the home hobbiest is almost priced out of doing it. It is still worth it in the long run cost wise but the size of the project makes it hard to find a place to perform the work. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/30/14 12:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our Past RV's

In 2000 my wife and I decided it was time to upgrade. Some friends whom we traveled with somewhat had just bought a 1998 model gas motorhome and thought we were nuts when we told them we were looking at an older diesel pusher. I tried to explain that I was looking more at the chassis, engine and coach that would be better suited to towing the weight we were towing in our enclosed trailer as well as the overall ride quality and braking that the larger diesel chassis provide. They didn't understand but in the end it was our money not theirs. My local dealer called us one day as he had taken in a 38' Beaver Contessa that was in need of some attention and knew we were looking and was very impressed with the work we had done on our previous coach. My wife and I struck a deal on a new to us 1991 Beaver Contessa with the 3208 CAT/four-speed Allison with 64k on the odometer. We got it home and commenced tearing into this coach. We again started with the mechanical integrity and seeing as though we got no records in the deal completely went through it bumper to bumper bringing all of the service and repairs current. I then couldn't stand the peeling clearcoat on the rear end cap and the rock chips on the front endcap. I also didn't like the textured, dull paint that Beaver used on the bumpers so I decided to remedy that as well. Multiple compartment doors were scratched/dinged and the water heater door had almost all of the paint peeling off of it from improper prepwork. While I worked on the exterior and mechanics, my wife tackled the interior, scrubbing, shampooing the carpet, oiling the beautiful Beaver woodwork and basically bringing it up to our standards. Our previous coach I was able to paint at my parents farm but this coach was too large to get under power lines and into the driveway so I decided to tackle this in small sections at home in the backyard outside our shop. Here is the coach backed up to the shop door and getting prepped for paint work. If you look closely you can see the large spots where the clearcoat is peeling off. http://i62.tinypic.com/11t5yxd.jpg Fixing the section under the rear bumper that was damaged. http://i57.tinypic.com/2qtbdxs.jpg Masked and ready to go. http://i57.tinypic.com/jh3g3d.jpg Painted and cleared. Ready to unmask. http://i60.tinypic.com/260rhcj.jpg Rear bumper smoothed and texture removed prior to paint/clearcoat. Looks much better. http://i60.tinypic.com/wrcch3.jpg Water heater access door beadblasted, epoxy primed, painted and clearcoated. http://i61.tinypic.com/o02qtd.jpg The 7500 watt Onan generator was an absolute mess. Oil was leaking from everywhere and the foil insulation was torn to hell and very little remained. I thought it would be easier to remove the generator completely from the coach to work on as well as scrape all of the old foil insulation off the generator compartment. While it was out, I pressure washed, replaced many seals and repainted the generator prior to reinstallation. http://i58.tinypic.com/dq3mmh.jpg Completed and parked in the driveway ready for use. The first half of the first season was spend bringing her back to life, then we could start enjoying her. http://i62.tinypic.com/25zpd7d.jpg I also spent quite a lot of time bringing the polished stainless steel radiator grille back to life. http://i58.tinypic.com/f818o.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/1zxtzls.jpg Rest area on one of our many trips up to Montana over the years flat towing our 1996 Grand Cherokee. http://i62.tinypic.com/t8wvbk.jpg One of our many snowmobiling trips over the years. http://i60.tinypic.com/2d6jpsj.jpg Parked at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort on one of our NHRA drag racing trips. We actually had to send the campground pictures of our coach before they would reserve us a spot due to its age. http://i62.tinypic.com/11i1y61.jpg We absolutely loved this coach. We owned it for approx. seven years and put just over 65k miles on her. When we sold the coach in early 2007 it had 129k on the odometer and looked like it just rolled out of the factory. We got a lot of comments on the coach when we camped as people couldn't believe the year and mileage on her. I hope our current coach ages as well as that Beaver coach did. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/30/14 12:28pm Class A Motorhomes
Our Past RV's

There was a thread started by another forum member a few weeks ago discussing older coach remodels/modifications and I didn't have any digital pictures of our past rigs. Last night I had my son scan some pictures of our past RVs and decided to start a new thread rather than dilute the other thread. My wife and I were blessed and started camping and then RVing early in our married life. When our son came along he just accepted it as normal because he didn't know any different right from birth. He has always traveled by way of some form of RV and all of our family activities have revolved around enjoying the outdoors and some form of motorsports. My wife and I didn't come from families that did this but we learned quick.:laugh: We perform and have performed ALL of our own repairs, modifications and upgrades which I find almost as fun as using our RV's. I know technically not a motorhome but this was our first RV. We bought the 1988 Ford F250 after my wife and I were married. The truck was totaled and I rebuilt it in 1991 just after purchasing our new home. In 1992 we bought our first RV, a 10 1/2' Northland camper with the lengthwise queen bed over the cab. It was a 1990 model and I did some work for a guy who owned a car lot who took it in on trade and didn't want to deal with a camper. I traded some work on various cars on his lot for the camper. We agreed on a $3500.00 price so I worked off that much in parts and labor for him. Turned out to be a great deal and a great friendship emerged. The camper was in immaculate condition with very little use. However, the brown/beige two tone stripes on the exterior had to go. I had some leftover paint from when I rebuilt the truck so I color matched to camper to the truck. Here is a picture of just after painting the camper and loading it for its' maiden voyage. http://i57.tinypic.com/6fp17n.jpg First trip out with the new setup, wife's family reunion. Needless to say although a small RV, we were hooked. http://i57.tinypic.com/dlt6qx.jpg By the following year I had also purchased a wrecked 24' enclosed trailer to haul our toys to the sand dunes. I needed some extra carrying capacity so I converted the F250 to a dually and painted to match. I also had to fabricate an extended hitch to tie into the frame of the truck in which could handle the tongue weight of an enclosed trailer full of sand toys. Washed up in the driveway before heading out. Sorry, I don't have any pictures of the trailer hooked up to the truck/camper in my photo album. Stupid me, it was quite a sight. http://i61.tinypic.com/34462yv.jpg We owned the truck camper for several years and thoroughly enjoyed it, although it was small, even for a family of three. We didn't travel long distance with it as we mainly used it for weekend getaways and sand duning but it fit our budget at the time. We enjoyed listening to my aunt/uncles stories about traveling in their motorhome (1976 FMC) and thought maybe someday. We went snowmobiling with them one weekend and the motorhome bug bit us and bit us hard. We immediately went into save mode to acquire a motorhome. In 1995 we fell into a great deal on a 1984 30' Travelcraft on the GM P30 chassis. The gentleman we bought it from belonged to my aunt/uncles' motorhome club and he had lost his wife about three years prior and the Travelcraft had just sat. It had been neglected and was in desperate need of some TLC. Friends thought we were nuts due to its age but it had character and was extremely well built despite its' age. It was really ahead of its' time, it had the larger 6500 watt Onan genset, one piece fiberglass roof, water tank up inside the closet (heated), blender built into the counter and a very luxurious looking wine cabinet, not that the wife and I drank but it looked cool and high tech. He made us a good deal and we commenced on remodeling/modifying the coach to suit us and off we went on our journey. I went through the coach bumper to bumper and got it current on all maintenance related issues such as all fluids, filters, replaced tires and fixed the many little things that needed attention. I also did some transmission upgrades, Doug Thorley Tri-Y headers, full tune-up including re-curving the distributor and rebuilding and fine tuning the carburetor. We drove the coach for a full season and fell in love with it, prior to the second RV season starting I promised the wife I would do some cosmetic upgrades to brighten it up and bring it more current. The sidewalls were holding up very well as they were aluminum skinned and painted with automotive paint. The endcaps however, were gelcoat and no matter how much I buffed them, they would die back and loose their gloss. The bottom section also had some bumps and bruises that needed attention. I painted both endcaps and the bottom section with PPG basecoat/clearcoat urethane and it turned out great. Much easier to keep looking good. I also installed a Gear Vendors Overdrive unit for the second season and after driving it I realized that should have been one of the first modifications done. It made highway driving so much more enjoyable. We met some people who we started taking extended road trips with and this was the start of our long distance RVing. We traveled around most of the western U.S. and parts of Canada with this coach and either towing our 24' enclosed trailer or flat towing our Jeep Cherokee until 2000 when we sold it and upgraded to our first DP. Here are some pictures of our Travelcraft undergoing its' external remodel/refresh. Sanded and getting ready for paint. http://i57.tinypic.com/2dhchfr.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/2egfxxs.jpg http://i62.tinypic.com/2up2zhc.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/5x1zyw.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/hvrred.jpg I was able to match the maroon color pretty good but I couldn't match the gold strip so I ended up repainting the gold all the way around as well as the bottom section which was faded to more of a "pinkish" than a maroon by now. http://i58.tinypic.com/11mdidf.jpg http://i62.tinypic.com/250iiq8.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/28tu9hv.jpg Bottom section. I even painted the generator door to tie it all in with the bottom. http://i60.tinypic.com/n1s7pc.jpg Buffed/polished and reassembled. Almost ready to hit the road. http://i59.tinypic.com/mmzibc.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/9lfz7s.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/2ce6yag.jpg The wife and I then decided to tackle the interior. Out with the dark maroon and woven wood shades. http://i59.tinypic.com/2dka2vd.jpg In with the newly upholstered interior and vertical 3" blinds. I had an upholsterer who had done several street rods/customs for us over the years and he was very adamant that he does not work on RV's but he agreed to recover the furniture if I were to remove it and bring it to him and not tell anyone. He also covered the valances over the blind tracks that I fabricated from wood. http://i58.tinypic.com/6f1t81.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/t8ltmt.jpg Continued into our next coach, 1991 Beaver Contessa, immediately following. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/30/14 11:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Turned Away

Keep in mind also that a Ford/Chevrolet/Dodge dealer are individually owned and operated, just a franchise and reserve the right to refuse service. I don't even think they need a reason other than they just don't want to do it. Personally, working on RV's sucks. You would think being so large that there would be more room to work on them. Just the opposite, a real pain to work on. Many shops around here simply will not work on motorhomes, period. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/29/14 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Calling all Newell owners!

Mark, I am excited to watch your search and purchase please keep us all updated as you progress through the process. As far as coaches, I have a few friends from my aunt/uncles' motorhome club that have some high end coaches. One bought a used Prevost/Marathon and they have really enjoyed it. I believe it is a 2008 model year and they bought it when it was a year old. Great looking coach and very well built from what I can tell by the little I have been in it. Another friend of ours is on their third Newell. Their first was a 1988 40' with the two-stroke Detroit. Their son now owns it and it has approx. 215k on the odometer. Could use a paint job but other than that everything works tops. When they sold the 1988 to their son, they purchased a used 2003 45' from the factory that was reconditioned, it had the Detroit Series 60 engine and ran fantastic even though the coach weighed over 50k pounds. They towed a 22' enclosed trailer to Alaska three times with a Buick Enclave and full size washer/dryer in the trailer. They went off of the road in a freak not paying attention to the turn incident several years ago and tweaked the coach something awful to where the galley slide wedged into the chassis. At first I thought maybe a weak chassis design until they told me about where this "hole" was that they hit. The next time the wife and I drove past it I was amazed as the hole was about 2' deep and probably 6' across. I was then surprised it didn't total the coach. They drove the coach back to Miami, OK to have it repaired. When I heard they were on their way back home within a few days I thought that was a fast repair, must not have been that bad. I then found out that they traded their 2003 45' in on a 2006 47' model and were on their way home with it. It is an absolutely amazing coach. We were camping with him one time and one the guys who had a Prevost asked him why if he was spending all of that money didn't he buy a Prevost chassised coach. He said "why would I go backwards". I know they joke with each other about the Newell vs. Prevost but this guy swears by the Newells and will have nothing but. Don't get me wrong, I am not downplaying Prevosts, just passing along a story/comment. Good luck in your search. Mike. On edit, have you given any thought to Foretravel? I think they are extremely well built as well.
zmotorsports 01/29/14 08:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help On Towing Jeep

Grinding is normal for almost all years. No syncros in transfer case so it will protest a little when shifted. Very normal. Thosethat do it without starting are lucky it goes._. I wouldn't necessarily call it "lucky", just give it a little push forward or backward and the TC slides right into 2Hi. You just have to move it enough for the splines to line up. All of my Jeeps have done that. Mike.
zmotorsports 01/28/14 12:48pm Dinghy Towing
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