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Old 03-19-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Unhappy 1st time RV owner 1997 Pace Arrow

Hi Everyone,
Recently purchased a 1997 Pace Arrow 34 foot Class A model 34J with a Ford 460, 31k miles.

Needed the heads redone ($2,000), Air Bag suspension system installed ($2,000+/-) & just found out the circuit board mfg by RV Custom Products is shot. P/N CB-100REVF-1. It was in the engine compartment area. I started my search for this part, called a couple RV places in my area & waiting to hear back. Just curious what I can expect for a price. Something caused it to burn out. I have a friend going over this from bumper to bumper, but electrical can be a complete nightmare. He asked for schematics to help make it less of a nightmare.

Gas tank gauge doesn't work. Hopefully this new circuit board will fix that? (wishful thinking).

Brand new batteries don't last more than 2 days. Automatic stairs don't work (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't)

Refrigerator sometimes works, sometimes it doesn't. (hoping new circuit board will fix this too)

Tires are dry rotted pretty good & will be replaced before we do any traveling.

I'm heading over my friend's tomorrow to go through it with him & learn as much as I can about this Titanic. My wife & I plan on living in this & taking it to several events around Florida. Main concern is to make this 100% LIVABLE for now on land electric, but want it to be fully self sufficient on propane and the Onan gas generator. HELP!!!!!!!
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Welcome to IRV2. Sounds like you got your work cut out for you. Here's a copy if your manual in case you don't have one.
http://fleetwoodrv.com/partsandservice/manuals/1997_PACE_ARROW.pdf
Keep us informed of your progress and post specific questions in the areas of the forum that will get you the best answers.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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What was wrong with the heads with only 31,000 on it?
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rlyons,

I was told one cylinder had zero compression due to a bad valve. In order to replace the valve, the head needed to be redone & if you're rebuilding one head, it's best to do both of them. Not sure if that is a crock, but it was a trusted friend who told me that & did the work.
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Clifftall,

Thanks for the link. I have a 1996 Owner's Manual that came with my RV along with all the paperwork, etc. It's titled as a 1997. I will compare the different manuals page by page to see if there are any differences.
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Those manuals are fairly basic but its a start. FW has a great Cust service . Dept and may be able to help with some issues.
800-322-8216.
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To everyone else;

I noticed the main control circuit board had several burnt out components today. I ordered a new one from RV Custom Products 1-562-921-8353 for $192.42. The lady I spoke to also threw in the schematics at no charge. They don't accept credit cards & only ship C.O.D. via UPS. My board was P/N CB-100REVF-1. She told me the one they are shipping is a newer part with different numbers after the "CB-100" but is the EXACT replacement part for the obsolete one in my RV. Last one on shelf, part will ship tomorrow!

I supposed the next task is to trace down what caused the circuit board to get fried in the first place.

Thanks everyone for the feedback!
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It is most likely a 1997 Coach sitting on a 1996 Chassis. This happens often, as it did on my 1999 Winnebago Adventurer on a 1998 chassis.
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I was told one cylinder had zero compression due to a bad valve. In order to replace the valve, the head needed to be redone & if you're rebuilding one head, it's best to do both of them. Not sure if that is a crock, but it was a trusted friend who told me that & did the work.
That is true. Surprised it had a bad valve with that mileage unless it was run with cracked or leaking exhaust manifolds.
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Sounds like you don't have any options for the head (although you might be able to find it for cheaper - a buddy of mine had a complete engine / tranny swap in his Class C for $3500).

As far as the airbag, I'm not sure exactly what you're having done but I believe those chassis came with AirLift bags in the front. You can probably find the kit for under $100 (Air Lift Company Air Lift 1000; Coil Spring Leveling Kit - All Drive Types). It's not a trivial install but I've read it's really not that hard (just a matter of cutting out the old one so you can get it out and putting the new ones in boiling water so that they soften up and you can squish them between the coils (although I do think some garages will simply take the suspension apart to install them (easier for them if you're paying ...)). Some RVs do have an optional presure pump which is not cheap but you really don't need that (we had a 94 P30 with the pump and it was dead and I didn't bother trying to fix it - I think it was just the pressure switch that didn't work but even that wasn't worth fixing).
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I'm surprised an F53 having air bags on the front as that's a leaf single axle suspension, unlike a P30 that has coils and air bags. Sounds like they were added later.
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I also have a 1997 pacearrow 460. Did you get your fridge sorted? When mine isn't working it just takes some fiddling turning it on and off and if its running on propane, make sure the propane is flowing by testing with the stove also switching from auto to gas on the fridge helps too
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I hope you bought this for a song & a dance. Or you over looked a lotta stuff before buying.
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I have a 1997 pace arrow vision. Have had many issues yet mostly auto park brake problems, windshield popping out. Now I have moisture in passenger window. I do most of the stuff myself. If I can help. Give a shout. Of mine is on a P30 chassis and chevy 454 motor.

I have a feeling rodents was living in there. They can do a lot of damage to wires.
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