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Old 05-20-2017, 10:41 AM   #29
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I would love to do side cameras but not a big must.
My present rig came with the side view camera's. I never use them as I much prefer the view a quick glance in the mirror gives me.
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I couldn't stand the side cameras, installed a switch to turn them off. The switch allows me to turn them on if I want to.
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I couldn't stand the side cameras, installed a switch to turn them off. The switch allows me to turn them on if I want to.
I would not be too pushed about the ones that cycle back and forth from the both sides to the back. I would either like a separate monitor or a split screen one. I really like my rear view camera, I use it like the rear view mirror in my suv.
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:17 AM   #32
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drive ability, is all about what suspension mods one makes and which chassis one has. Ford chassis tend to ride like a bus, big and floaty. the p30 has a bit more spring and more responsive but springy. I've modified my suspension so it rides like a sports car, harder ride, but solid in the wind. Not much bounce, and stiff in the corners not leaning at all. vehicles can be modified exactly the same way. the real question is do you want to mess with it?
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:35 AM   #33
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So I just learned yesterday that the Ithasca batman was formed so Winnie could use a different engine, cannot remember was to use Ford or Chevy.


Also on another note, what are the advantages of an older white gel coat coach vs a painted one? I must presume that the white one will not heat up as fast as darker one. Maybe that all.
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So I just learned yesterday that the Ithasca batman was formed so Winnie could use a different engine, cannot remember was to use Ford or Chevy.


Also on another note, what are the advantages of an older white gel coat coach vs a painted one? I must presume that the white one will not heat up as fast as darker one. Maybe that all.
Gel coat generally takes more maintenance. Ever see an older boat with the chalky finish. That's gel coat that hasn't been maintained. Honestly, a lot of old motorhomes have that too.
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Thanks Dan,

I have or down maintanenace on my coach's gel coat, I need to check this out.
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Gel coat is just preinstalled clear coat. For some reason folks get in their mind that they don't have to maintenance it by cleaning and waxing. It is exactly the same as paint. If you put proper gel coat in the sun next to auto motive clear coat/base coat, it will last exactly the same amount of time. But, the paint option is easier to repair and hide any damage. Old boats look bad because folks get lazy and don't want to wax them.

Even acrylic enamel will oxidize if you don't take care of it.

It comes down to MAINTENANCE!!!!!
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Every coach I've ever driven has driven differently, even coaches of the same make and model that's the reason you need to drive one prior to purchase. Even a new order can turn out to have serious alignment problems that you will need to deal with and yes they will be repaired under warranty but it is a terrible inconvenience.
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Gel coat is just preinstalled clear coat. For some reason folks get in their mind that they don't have to maintenance it by cleaning and waxing. It is exactly the same as paint. If you put proper gel coat in the sun next to auto motive clear coat/base coat, it will last exactly the same amount of time. But, the paint option is easier to repair and hide any damage. Old boats look bad because folks get lazy and don't want to wax them.

Even acrylic enamel will oxidize if you don't take care of it.

It comes down to MAINTENANCE!!!!!
I must definitely wash and wax mine, just have not got around to it yet.

I got a ruck wash place to wash it last year but will not go back as afraid they will damage the decals and seams.
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I would think by age a coach would pretty much drive the same IF that's what u want. But for me I would get serious about $$$ the cost new vs used! New 20 years of paying out over a grand plus each month or a very much smaller payment for fewer years! That's a BIG brick to carry for 20 years!
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