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Old 01-26-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Help! 1st DP purchase

Found a great deal on an 01 Rexhall 36' DP. 35k miles. Cummins with Allison. Looks to be in excellent condition. Any opinions are welcome. Pros and Cons. Anything I should be aware of? Besides tires, batteries, etc. Thanks in advance. John
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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It is a Vision with 1 slide. Propane Gen. with 60 hours. Thanks. John
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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Uh.......there is only about 1000 things YOU should be aware of! Rook
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Haven't had a Rexhall, but they were on my short list when I was looking. Many models, both gas and diesel, had features and floorplans I liked. Fiberglass roof was a "must have" for me, and all the Rexhalls I looked at (online) had them. I believe they are a solid, well-built coach. But... that's just an opinion. I don't have first-hand experience.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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Our 1st DP was a 2003 Rexhall American clipper w/ 1 slide. Which cummings engine and which allison transmission. Mine had the 5.9 Cummings rated at 260 HP and only a 4 speed aLLISON. Amd it had a propane genny. We had problems with that snap crakling and popping. cured it by placing a metal damper in from of the air cleaner to deflect air around the air cleaner and stopped that problem. The FMCA has a REXHALL user group that is active mainly in the WEST. We loved the interior, quality was Ok, but ..... when driving it was all over the road. Get the serial numbers and call cummings and find out exactley what enging trans combination you got. We were told 300 HP and in reality it was only 260HP. if you are going to pull a toad 260 hp isn't going to be satisfactory going up the side of Mountians. Because of the handling we traded it after spending a lot on tires, shocks, sway bars and steering damper from blue ox. when we had an electrical problem we called REXHALL and got NO assistance. in fact we were told the guy in charge of electrical was out parking MH in the back lot. when I finally got some one he spokepanish and I speak ENGLIH.... oops! Anyway they were not helpful... we were considering going to CA to look at a NEW one but decided to buy from THOR. Good Luck.... ed
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Can't really answer any questions about the Rexhall but I'm sure someone will be along to help with some information. Welcome to the forum though and hope you enjoy your time here.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:19 PM   #7
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Propane generators use up cooking, water heating and furnace gas. So you have to watch your propane usage. They usually install a larger propane tank with a propane generator but not always. A diesel generator usually uses about a quart per hour of diesel fuel. A full 100 gallon fuel tank will last a long time. Our first DP had a propane generator and a few times when dry camping we found ourselfs going for propane.
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We had a propane gen in our first DSDP, never again. In 5 days we went through 2 10 gallon tanks and most of our onboard 32 gallons of propane. And it wasn't that hot, only in the low 90's
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I had a 92 32' Airex, F53 chassis with tag. Had some electrical questions, Rexall was slow in responing, but I did get some prints and fixed the problem. It was a good gaser.

"we were considering going to CA to look at a NEW one but decided to buy from THOR"
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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We have thoroughly enjoyed our Rexhall DP. When we have needed help, they have been very good. We have gotten Rexhall specific parts in a timely manner, and schematics of the electrical and air systems to assist with upgrades or repairs from them. It is a good, high quality coach with fine workmanship. They are nice people and help you when needed. If you get it and need help, feel free to contact me here. Good Luck with it!
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It is a Vision with 1 slide. Propane Gen. with 60 hours. Thanks. John
John, single slide units are very hard to re-sell,as most people looking want multi-slide class A's, but if the price is right and the floor plan works for you, it's your choice. 60 hours on a 12 year old gen set may be an issue, as the manufacturers usually say 2 hours of exercise a month to keep the unit in good shape. Personally a propane gen set is an issue due to the access to re-fueling the propane system: hard to cook or run the furnace if the gen set has run you out of propane. A diesel gen set will quit with about a 1/4 tank of fuel left to run the engine. I don't think that the propane system is set up that way.
A lot of the other issues with an older coach will come down to how handy you are , when it comes to fixing the systems and coach your self.
And as , Ed said in his reply, you want power and gears to move the coach. MHO. 8.1L Cummins and 3060 Allison in that weight of coach.
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Found a great deal on an 01 Rexhall 36' DP. 35k miles. Cummins with Allison. Looks to be in excellent condition. Any opinions are welcome. Pros and Cons. Anything I should be aware of? Besides tires, batteries, etc. Thanks in advance. John
Hi John we have a 2001 Rexhall Aerbus we like every thing about it Rexhall has good floor plans and are built great. Mine drives great even in 35 mph cross wind. No regrets here.
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We had a propane gen in our first DSDP, never again. In 5 days we went through 2 10 gallon tanks and most of our onboard 32 gallons of propane. And it wasn't that hot, only in the low 90's
The propane generator would be a big Red flag for me!
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260 hp not enough power?

I have a 94 Safari. It has a b series Cummins with 230hp. I pack a 3,000lb car on an 18' car trailer. I pull a 6 or 7% grade at about 45 mph. Rule of thumb don't go up a hill any faster than you go down the other side. I never understood why you had to be the fastest one to the top. By the way my old coach does not have electronic ignition and I get 10 mpg pulling the trailer and car with it or without it. Not many newer coaches can claim that. I do however believe 4 speed Allison trannys are weak if you are going to tow anything. I would use nothing less than a world 6 speed.
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