Originally Posted by Omar
After initial summer trip, which included an transmission breakdown (twice), second time cost me an on the road rebuild, $3000. I can't take anymore!
Does anyone have experience like this? Installed a trans temp gauge and on return trip still getting to hot.....am told to install new, larger cooler for trans. Will that solve problem? I can't spend more money and not be assured trans will not break down.
Also, after owning a 23' Winnebago, this coach handles and performs like a beast or dinosaur. Can't go up hills over 35 mph, maybe 40 at lower elevations, but @ 5 pr 6 thousand feet, it's a slow go and then the tranny heats up too. Accelerates like a slug.
Is this normal for a 16000 lb, 454 Ford coach?
Did I make a mistake buying this?
Hi - Post a little bit more about the year. And please confirm if it is a GM P series chassis (454 engine in the older models) or Ford F53 Chassis, which would have the 460 engine.)
On cooling of transmissions. A change to Transyn would help protect the transmission on higher temp running. And nothing wrong with adding a larger transmission cooling radiator. (I've seen some with added electric fans, when space constraint did not allow an adequate size cooling radiator with adequate air flow.)
On handling. Do the basics first if you have not done so yet, from easiest and lowest costs up:
-Four corner weight, and set tire PSI per MFG Tire Charts
-Inspect all bushings, they do loosen up as they get older. Replacement with urethane is a good thing to consider.
-Front end alignment. And if a F53, some years do a bit better with a bit more toe in on the front end for straighter tracking. (Once you have the actual chassis, visit the IRV2 forum for that chassis and post a question on how to improve handling.)
-Inspect and replace shocks if not in good shape. If F53, many have found the Koni FSD's help on a less jarring front end ride. Rears I'd use Koni Adjustables, as it gives you the option to change the firmness if needed.
(But at 16K lbs chassis, good shocks should be able handle the load.)
-I like front steering stabilizers as a safety edge in case of a front tire blow out. The bonus, is they help in tracking too. Safety-T-Plus worked well for us on our F53. But others exists.)
When looking, or having your chassis looked over, confirm that you have front and rear sway bars. Some F53's came without both of them at the request of the coach builder.
Do maintenance items all at one time, like replacing bad shocks, bushings, setting tire PSI. If they don't make a difference, then do other changes one at a time (helps spread the costs out too
!), so that you can 'stop' when you get to where you like the handling.
Henderson's Lineup has a good selection of products, and if you are in the area, they'll go do a test drive and give you a report card and options to improve handling. If not in that area, once you have finished any maintenance of warn parts, a call to them might be worth doing to get ideas of products available for your specific chassis. Never hurts to talk
Best of luck,