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Old 01-30-2016, 01:37 AM   #15
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B Dubya, those big 500 cc 2 stroke dirt bikes seem to me like they're just waiting for an opportunity to hurt someone. I didn't give them a chance. I'll stick to my CT 90s.:-))
I rode a tuned CR500 when I was 20 for a couple years-or rather- it rode me.
In the entire 2 years I think I there was 6 weeks in total time when I was without a cast,splint,something in a sling,or had a limp.
Sold it.

At any rate I appreciate the old mechanical stuff. If the engine quits and is no BOOM you know it's fuel.
If you can't smell diesel under the hood there's only a couple things it can be. And parts are dirt cheap.

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Old 01-30-2016, 08:16 AM   #16
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Not quite what you asked for, but my first coach (three years ago) was a '94 Dolphin 34D. It had the Cummins 5.9 330 hp engine and the 3060 transmission. No slides, which is why we traded it in, but otherwise fine. Also no airbags; it has steel springs.

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Old 01-31-2016, 07:08 AM   #17
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Be aware of 99-2003 possible cummins block problems on the 5.9
Cummins 53 Block Casting Information
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:01 AM   #18
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Be aware of 99-2003 possible cummins block problems on the 5.9
Cummins 53 Block Casting Information
Quite honestly, any 5.9 block that endured this long (+12 years) is most likely safe. Yes, I'd check for the cast '53' on the block and make sure there's no sign of a crack, but I'd do that on any engine.

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Old 01-31-2016, 12:03 PM   #19
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Thanks for the heads up on '99-'03 5.9. I would prefer pre '99 anyway while they were still mechanical, somewhere in the mid-90s. It seems like Cat was into some electronics with the 3126 even then, but I could be wrong about that, I'm still learning about them.

Yeah Dave, all that sounds familiar from watching my kids over the years, at least I didn't experience it directly. CT 90s will bite though, just not as hard.:-)) The two boys are now 47 and 54 and still at it, but they don't seem to get hurt as often now. Perhaps they've learned? Our daughter had one of those Yamaha 500cc 4 strokes at one point. She had to get one of the boys to start it for her, but she could ride it OK.

Tom, thanks for the post. I will keep looking.

In the meantime I have the Flair to continue working on and use, with the old TC in reserve.

Thanks again everyone!

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Old 01-31-2016, 02:18 PM   #20
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I have a 96 Monaco Windsor 32' with a 5.9B and a 6 speed Allison.
It runs great and is non computer. Just change oil and keep fuel in it and it will keep on running, it is darn near bullet proof,
I looked for a long time to find this one as the wife limited me to 32'.
If you look hard enough - you'll find one.
It has 174,000 miles on it now.

Nice to read that you are enjoying the MH and using it.
I hope you have many more good years with it.
I have friends with a MH 2 years old and only 3,000 miles on it.
We purchased our unit new and at just over 2 years has 24,000 miles.
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Old 01-31-2016, 02:48 PM   #21
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A bit longer than what you are looking for, but all of the American Eagles, Dreams and Traditions up until 1999 were the mechanical C8.3 engines married to the six speed Allison 3060 (at least the 98's came with the six speed).
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:24 PM   #22
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As Mr. Mel stated ,The Safaris were great coaches and used CATs most of the time. Great engines as was the or is the 3126B. It is more than adequate in most cases. I will say also that the Safari crowd that I know is a bit rowdy and must be part Lunatic. There are more 40 footers around than shorter and plenty of them in the 90s for reasonable money. I have had no issues with ours over 6 years and 20 thousand that I have put on it. There were on issues reported by the previous owners either. The 3000 Allison World 3000's are not 6 speeds as all refer to them as but 6 speeds and 2 overdrives which by my count is a 8 speed and wonderful.

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My 1998 Endeavor has the 5.9 and 6 speed Allison. At 34' I can go anywhere and feel like I'm stealthy , the only thing I give up is the extra 2 or 3 feet for a washer/dryer we wouldn't use.
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Our '95 Newmar has the C 8.3 and Allison 6 speed. 35' Air suspension. We enjoy it.

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Old 02-07-2016, 03:47 PM   #25
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I have a 96 Winnebago Vectra 5.9 Cummins 6 speed Alison. Love it!
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:15 AM   #26
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Thanks all!

You've certainly provided a lot of information for me to work with.

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Ours is a '96 Airsteam Cutter '32 with the Cummins 5.9 and Allison 6-speed on the Deere/Oshkosh/Freightliner X-Line chassis (no air ride). We do a lot of camping in county, state & national parks with tight clearances & no hookups. 10-14 mpg towing a Jeep.

1996 Airstream Cutter '32 Pusher on a Freightliner X-Line chassis, Cummins 12V 5.9 Turbo, Allison 6-speed. 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. toad.

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Old 02-22-2016, 05:32 AM   #28
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Dont rule out Foretravel Coaches either. 92 up had 6 speeds,and Cat or Cummins or Detroit 6V92TA engines in the Grand Villas,and then Cat and Cummins in the later Unicoaches. I have a 6V92TA in my 91 Grand Villa U-300 but I have a 4 speed trans.

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