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Old 11-14-2015, 11:29 PM   #1
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Smile Hello all! First time buyer, 1985 Pace Arrow 31'

Hello everyone! I'm glad to join your community, my name is Spyros (It's Greek) and I'm 25. Tomorrow I am purchasing a 1985 Fleetwood Pace Arrow. The owner says it's a 33' RV, however based on the brochure and the floorplan, I believe this is the 31' model.

It has about 60k miles on it, but seems to be in great condition inside and out. I'm buying it for $3,200. Took it for a test drive today, which turned into a scary offroad adventure through sand hills in the Mojave desert. That sort of woke me up to how thrilling owning this RV might be.

I will be a full-timer with no experience, a girlfriend, and two pets in California. I would LOVE to hear any thoughts or reviews on this motorhome, along with advice or pointers. I did a little research, and read that the 454 engine in this RV is prone to overheating with age. After today's expedition, driving up steep sandy dirt roads in the desert, I'm pretty confident that this one has no heating issue. Please share your knowledge with me!

Thanks, and nice to meet you all.
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If you need all the appliance manuals and chassis let me know I have a 85 southwind I have no overheating issues pulling 5500 lbs
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Look closely for water damage.

Get up on the roof and check it.

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The roof is crowned so look along walls and at the ends for stains.

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The front and rear caps were problems in those years
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Hello everyone! I'm glad to join your community, my name is Spyros (It's Greek) and I'm 25. Tomorrow I am purchasing a 1985 Fleetwood Pace Arrow. The owner says it's a 33' RV, however based on the brochure and the floorplan, I believe this is the 31' model.

It has about 60k miles on it, but seems to be in great condition inside and out. I'm buying it for $3,200. Took it for a test drive today, which turned into a scary offroad adventure through sand hills in the Mojave desert. That sort of woke me up to how thrilling owning this RV might be.

I will be a full-timer with no experience, a girlfriend, and two pets in California. I would LOVE to hear any thoughts or reviews on this motorhome, along with advice or pointers. I did a little research, and read that the 454 engine in this RV is prone to overheating with age. After today's expedition, driving up steep sandy dirt roads in the desert, I'm pretty confident that this one has no heating issue. Please share your knowledge with me!

Thanks, and nice to meet you all.
Spyros,

Good choice,
I have a 82 PA had 44,000 miles and 200 + hours on the Genny.
when I bought her 5 years ago. The only trouble I have had was the fuel filters being clogged all 3 of them. 2 are located under the front passenger seat and under the MH behind a cover plate. The other one is @ the rear of the carb. I don't think it took us 15 minutes too change the 3.
I haven't had the temp go above the 1/2 way mark on the temp gauge for the 454 for 5 years and most of the time I have the caddie on a KarKattySS pushing us along.
I'm sure I also have all the manual's for everything on her.
Hope you take some picture's for us to see.
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So I got the RV, I love it! I'm having a ton of questions now, though..

1. I've gathered that LP is Propane, but the tank seems to be attached to the Pace Arrow. How and where (gas station?) do I fill this up?

2. On the gear shifter, there is a black device that says "DNE2" on it, modes "Off, Low, High" and a little tab I can pull. I read that this is a Doug Nash Overdrive. What is that, how do I use it, and what's the benefit to using it?

3. I've figured out how to get the leveling jacks to turn on. What do the lights mean and/or how do I use the jacks? When I pull a lever to extend, I hear a loud whirring/grinding noise like something's happening, but as far as I can tell, I didn't lower a jack.

4. I hooked water up this morning, and it started leaking heavily out of the bottom of the RV, right below the bathroom. No water seems to have leaked inside the RV. Any ideas what might be broken?

5. There are two long tab-like unlabeled switches, one near the ignition, and a red one behind the steering wheel. Anybody know what these do?

6. I tried to run two electric heaters last night, and on high they continually trip the breaker. Any advice on modifying or improving how much the electrical system can handle?


It might sound negative with all these questions, but I am really so happy and the RV is in amazing condition for it's age!! I'll try to post a couple of pictures here, more to come. Thanks so much for all the well wishes and help!!


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I'm sure I also have all the manual's for everything on her.
Hope you take some picture's for us to see.
Again welcome,
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Hey Tim!
You have a beautiful RV, I hope I can clean mine up a little and get it to shine like that. I've found the sales brochure and owners manual for mine, but I can't find anything that describes what all of the knobs and buttons and switches around the dashboard do. Do you know where I could find documentation on that?

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Hey Tim!
You have a beautiful RV, I hope I can clean mine up a little and get it to shine like that. I've found the sales brochure and owners manual for mine, but I can't find anything that describes what all of the knobs and buttons and switches around thowe dashboard dear window wish mine had that.o. Do you know where I could find documentation on thaook a lot of elbt?

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Thanks man,
It took a lot of elbow grease all done by hand and my buffer. I love the huge rear window on yours. Yea let me run out and look thru all my brochures. Let e mlook I remember a place on here that is suppose to have all manual's and FREE too
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