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Old 01-10-2019, 05:43 AM   #1
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2013 Sightseer 33C

We are looking at 2013 sightseer 33c to purchase. Looking for reviews of said coach. read alot of reviews about the transmission. i know the newer models have a 6 speed tranny. also confused as to the upgrades owners talk about to the handling of the unit.

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We have a 2006 Sightseer 29R on the Ford F-53 18K chassis.
It has the V-10 and the five speed transmission. It performs well enough for our needs, but it is not a fuel miser by any stretch of the imagination. On our best days we get 7 mpg.

As far as the chassis modifications go, I found that the best return for the cost was the rear track bar. Next was doing the CHF (used Hellwig adjustable end links) and front SumSprings to top it all off. Total spent was under $1K. It is stull under that amount if you count changing out the stiffer stock Bilstein shocks for Monroe RV Gas Magnums.
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If at all possible I would take it for an extended test drive. The overall length is 34' 7" and has a wheelbase of 220". The wheelbase calculates out to a little over 53% of the overall length.

The rule of thumb says the wheelbase should exceed 50% of the overall length for good handling. We have a 2013 Adventurer 32V on the same chassis our overall length is 33' 3". We have not had to make any modifications (including the CHF) to get a good ride and good handling.

As for mileage we generally travel at about 65 mph on the interstate highways to keep from being run over. We tow a 2004 Jeep Wrangler that weighs a little less than 3,800 lbs. Our mileage averages between 7 mpg and 8 mpg on fairly level terrain. Obviously it's less going through the mountains.
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We have a 2014 Itasca Sunova 33C. Same thing just different name. Chassis is fine, just do CHF and I did add a rear trac bar myself. Cost ~ $500. Well worth it. Tranny and engine fine, just learn how to use the tow haul feature. It is great.

If the one you are looking at has the original Schwintek slide mechanism on the full wall slide and not the new improved slim rail modification, steer clear! Many threads on this issue. Ours was rebuilt 4 times. The last rebuild by the factory installed the newly designed Powergear slim rack system and it works fine.

You can tell if yours has the new or old system on the full wall slide easily. If the two rails on the full wall slide have slots and look like the bedroom slide, that is the old system you do not want. If the rail has teeth on it like a rack does, that is the new system.

The old slot system works fine for small slides like the bedroom, but were never designed for slides as big as the full wall slide.

Also look at the floor where the cabinet protrudes into the isle for marks on the vinyl. The improved Powergear slide system has a roller added in that area to keep the protruding cabinet from touching the floor. Good luck!
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