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Old 04-22-2015, 08:07 PM   #57
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:55 AM   #58
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We have a 2000 34’ National Seabreeze, Ford chassis, had 48,000 miles when we purchased in August 2013. Has 51,000 miles on it now. Tires read 2008. Usually get 9.5 mpg but on occasion got 11 mpg. Sixty two MPH seems the “sweet spot”. No issues so far. Use Mobile 1 and always add Lucas upper cylinder lubricant to the gas. I think the gas treatment helps the gas mileage and helps the engine run smoother.
This coach runs true and is great even in heavy wind. I plan on putting new Bilstein’s on soon. Very happy with this unit (although I am going to look at another newer National).

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Old 04-26-2015, 04:34 PM   #59
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See that Kevin if you'd dumped that money on a diesel you'd be dollars behind. Your proving gasses can run the miles just like the diesels do

Very nicely done!!
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:04 AM   #60
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2003 Winnebago Adventurer on W22 Chassis - Original Owner - 125,000 miles. I have replaced 2 serpentine belts, spark plug wires/spark plugs, exhaust manifold studs, and engine driven fan clutch. On my third set of Michelins now and I think it's time to replace the Koni FSDs. Plenty of other small repairs over the years but all things considered - no complaints.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:05 PM   #61
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2005 Fleetwood Fiesta 32S, Ford F53 V10. Purchased 4 years ago with 38K on it, now have 65K, 42 trips later. I have replaced the coach batteries twice, had the drag link bent to get the steering wheel true, and replaced the coolant recovery tank. Other than that, all trouble free motoring! Having read all the horror stories on this site, I guess my turn is coming.

I did have to replace one of the 4 year old Cooper tires on it for a split in the sidewall. Will likely replace the other 3 Coopers, as well as the other 2 older tires on the inside rear before I hit the road this summer.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:29 PM   #62
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03 Dolphin LX since new 53,700 miles, 7.38 mpg up hill down hill flat etc, ran 10 years on my Michelin XRV's and have 3 years on my new set no tire problems ever. I just installed a new serpentine belt as preventative maintenance.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:54 PM   #63
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how many miles do you have on your GAS coach,what year is it, which chassis do you have and what engine and/or driveline problems have you experienced? Which engine? Not interested in diesel input, thanks.

'97 MACA FORD F53 chassis 460cid v8 w/46k mo.

On our initial drive home after we purchased her, the bearing assy and housing just behind the E-Brake broke down after only 150mi. It holds approx 2-3oz of tranny fluid and ours was dry, also fried the speedo cable.
Repair shop stated that very few people know to check this assy so we now keep an eye on it.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:42 PM   #64
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See that Kevin if you'd dumped that money on a diesel you'd be dollars behind. Your proving gasses can run the miles just like the diesels do
Thank you Richard, I do like the lower purchase price and low cost maintenance of the gas chassis. The ride and drive of the old Flounder satisfies me. If a person learns to do their own maintenance they are relatively inexpensive to own.
The only time that we have been completely but briefly disabled, was when the coolant sensor failed. Driving in heavy slow moving traffic, trying to get out of town for the weekend, I noticed the engine began to stumble. I immediately pulled to the shoulder and the engine died. Engine would not restart, but I noticed black smoke coming from the tail pipe. I opened the dog house and checked the coolant sensor with a volt/ohm meter and the sensor proved to be the culprit. With a failed cs, on the OBDI system, the ecm assumes default temp of 0 degrees and it floods the engine with gas.
So with the connector pulled I inserted a paper clip into the plug completing the circuit. The engine started right up and we drove to the nearest auto store for a new sensor and the weekend was saved. I now carry an appropiate sized resistor to replace the paper clip for emergency repairs.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:40 PM   #65
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I've got 101,000 and some change on a 7.4---454 Chevy in a 2000 Allegro M28, I bought it with 97,000 miles on it 2 years ago from the original owner who bought it when he retired. Still going strong!
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95000 on 8.1 workhorse 2005. Low voltage o2 sensor #1. No other issues
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:26 PM   #67
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When we bought our '02 Georgetown at 8 years old it had just under 12K and 48 hours on the generator. When we sold it at 12 years old it had 18,000 miles and 78 hours on the genny.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:06 PM   #68
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'02 Adventurer Ford V10 purchased 2008 with 38,000 miles, now has 72,214 with no powertrain issue history. Ave 6.5 mpg towing CJ7. Thinking about changing plugs.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:07 PM   #69
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'97 Pace Arrow Vision 36', F53 chassis, 460 with Banks Power Pack, 63800 miles, routine maintenance on drivetrain.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:09 AM   #70
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2004 29’ BigFoot-C with E450-V10 bought new in 2005.
Just turned over 96,000 miles this month!
As the reigning #3 poster here in terms of miles logged WHAT DO I WIN??
Replaced the #9 coil in 2011 (don’t recall the mileage)
Replaced all remaining ones + plugs recently for the 1st time.
Also, replaced both O2 sensors.
Transmission serviced, + Fuel & Air & filter changes “by the book”.
ADVICE... ...This next one is HUGE! – So don’t cheat:
Oil + filter changes every 4000 – 6000 miles using
Castrol 5W-20 with the aid of Fumoto Qwik Valve permanently mounted.
Smog Inspections passed every 2 years with NO problems.

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