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Old 04-14-2014, 10:21 PM   #1
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I thought I was an experienced RV'er!

I've taken my new to me HR 34 wds out 2 times since I bought it 2 weeks ago. In the past I've owned a 1978 Champion Class A, a Tioga Class C for about a minute, a 1989 34' Pace Arrow complete with delamination in all it's glory.

I found my HR creampuff after a year search. 58k miles, one owner with records documenting every gas fill up and even the time he left the driveway along with gas mileage then it expands from there. I feel like I know this coach better than my wife after reading all the files.
So, the tires are new, so are the 4 six volts, it has a 2k watt inverter. Lesson number one........you can't leave the inverter on all day and night, lol, yep, dead batteries. I couldn't believe the batteries were so low after just a day in the desert!

Lesson 2......do not tap or smack those little red caps on the front axle just to make sure they're secure. I tapped on in a campground and it cracked faster than Joan Rivers face at a comedy show! I had oil dripping and no replacement or JB Quick. I was able to make it home in an hour and still had plenty of oil in the reservior. My shop says those see thru covers are now metal.......brilliant idea!

Lesson 3.......I love love love the diesel and going thru my checklist. Working with fire apparatus has prepared me for the zen dance of diesel maintenance. I love the warm up, the jake brake and the deafening sound of silence as we motor down the road. This thing is whisper quiet.

Odds and ends..........I think 60k is long enough for the original Bilsteins, I went with them due to mixed reviews from other owners, I can change to Koni's if I'm not happy, they're not that expensive. The coach does wander a bit, not like a P-30 under the Pace Arrow but enough I want to correct it. I had my mech tighten the gearbox a tad, not alot of help, he's gonna drive it and see if it's me or the coach. I'm changing both tv's to LED's even the switchbox was outdated. The DW and I are fighting , more like bantering about me wanting to replace the table with a dinette, I have to concede, I'm not winning this one, but it's fun teasing her.

It came with a real Tempure-pedic and we added the 3 inch topper on sale at Sams Club for $59.00 last week. Heavenly!
I really want to update the dated wall light fixtures with scones and spot lights. I want to put led rope lights on a dimmer down the walls. Overall, very happy with the rig. My brother that sold Motorhomes at Mike Thompsons back in the 90's said he saw nothing be be afraid of on this coach, he said it was a great find, I agree. I poured 30 yards of 6' thick concrete with rebar at my house for storage, gonna wait 30 days to park this on it, two more weeks!
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Congrats on the new to you coach. Happy trails.
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6' thick concrete? What are you gonna park on it...the Queen Mary??LOL
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Keith, it sounds like you found the crown jewel! Congrats!
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6' thick concrete? What are you gonna park on it...the Queen Mary??LOL
Overkill is a GOOD thing when it comes to concrete pads...
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Overkill is a GOOD thing when it comes to concrete pads...
X-2! Just bought a new lot and pad in central FL. All pads in this complex are poured six inch with re bar! Some are tens years of age and do show signs of cracking. FWIW, I continue to have very good luck with pavers installed correctly.
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X-2! Just bought a new lot and pad in central FL. All pads in this complex are poured six inch with re bar! Some are tens years of age and do show signs of cracking. FWIW, I continue to have very good luck with pavers installed correctly.
The joke is that he said 6 FEET, not 6 inches.
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I've taken my new to me HR 34 wds out 2 times since I bought it 2 weeks ago. In the past I've owned a 1978 Champion Class A, a Tioga Class C for about a minute, a 1989 34' Pace Arrow complete with delamination in all it's glory.

I found my HR creampuff after a year search. 58k miles, one owner with records documenting every gas fill up and even the time he left the driveway along with gas mileage then it expands from there. I feel like I know this coach better than my wife after reading all the files.
So, the tires are new, so are the 4 six volts, it has a 2k watt inverter. Lesson number one........you can't leave the inverter on all day and night, lol, yep, dead batteries. I couldn't believe the batteries were so low after just a day in the desert!

Lesson 2......do not tap or smack those little red caps on the front axle just to make sure they're secure. I tapped on in a campground and it cracked faster than Joan Rivers face at a comedy show! I had oil dripping and no replacement or JB Quick. I was able to make it home in an hour and still had plenty of oil in the reservior. My shop says those see thru covers are now metal.......brilliant idea!

Lesson 3.......I love love love the diesel and going thru my checklist. Working with fire apparatus has prepared me for the zen dance of diesel maintenance. I love the warm up, the jake brake and the deafening sound of silence as we motor down the road. This thing is whisper quiet.

Odds and ends..........I think 60k is long enough for the original Bilsteins, I went with them due to mixed reviews from other owners, I can change to Koni's if I'm not happy, they're not that expensive. The coach does wander a bit, not like a P-30 under the Pace Arrow but enough I want to correct it. I had my mech tighten the gearbox a tad, not alot of help, he's gonna drive it and see if it's me or the coach. I'm changing both tv's to LED's even the switchbox was outdated. The DW and I are fighting , more like bantering about me wanting to replace the table with a dinette, I have to concede, I'm not winning this one, but it's fun teasing her.

It came with a real Tempure-pedic and we added the 3 inch topper on sale at Sams Club for $59.00 last week. Heavenly!
I really want to update the dated wall light fixtures with scones and spot lights. I want to put led rope lights on a dimmer down the walls. Overall, very happy with the rig. My brother that sold Motorhomes at Mike Thompsons back in the 90's said he saw nothing be be afraid of on this coach, he said it was a great find, I agree. I poured 30 yards of 6' thick concrete with rebar at my house for storage, gonna wait 30 days to park this on it, two more weeks!
Congrats!! Now where are the pics???
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Congrats your new to you MH. Sounds great and hope you have many years of wonderful travels.

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The joke is that he said 6 FEET, not 6 inches.
Yikes! That is one heck of a pad.
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I put some pics up someplace, here are a couple more. and yes, it was 6"'s not feet. You retired guys have too much time on your hands.
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, Nice find, Love the exterior colors, Wow a really nice looking MH, any interior shots?
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I'll take some interior when it comes home next week. I'm getting new tv's, horn fixed the shocks I bought installed and some other honey do's.
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