Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-30-2006, 11:43 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 18
Looking to upgrade to a diesel pusher. Getting close on a 2001 Caribbean by National. Any feed back on the pro's and con's for this unit? I know that it is not being manufactured any longer. Thanks for any info.
__________________

__________________
Steve and Karen, 2001 Caribbean by National,Spartan Summit 2000 Honda CRV toad
highwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-30-2006, 11:43 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 18
Looking to upgrade to a diesel pusher. Getting close on a 2001 Caribbean by National. Any feed back on the pro's and con's for this unit? I know that it is not being manufactured any longer. Thanks for any info.
__________________

__________________
Steve and Karen, 2001 Caribbean by National,Spartan Summit 2000 Honda CRV toad
highwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 12:42 AM   #3
Community Moderator
 
RV Wizard's Avatar


 
Country Coach Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tn.
Posts: 12,062
highwing, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading our your adventures and experiences. Sorry to say I don't know much about this coach but National does pretty well overall. Do you know what chassis it is on? The only this that I can recommend is to do what you are already doing; take your time and you will find the info you are looking for. You can do a search on our forum by ckicking on the "Find" button and unchecking the box for more results. Good luck, enjoy and stay safe.
__________________
Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
Amy, Dr. Assistant - Roxie & Mei Ling, four legs each
2000 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 450 hp & 1330# torque
06 Saturn Vue, 06 Chevy Z71 4x4 & 2014 Corvette Z51 M7
RV Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 06:42 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Camarillo, CA
Posts: 601
We also looked at the Caribbean. Drove it and found it was a real slug. Believe the engine is too small. Hence not being offered anymore.
We are on our second National motorhome, they build 'em good. Just not the Caribbean.
__________________
Bill Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 08:22 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 18
Mike; BIll: Thanks for the replies. This Caribbean is on the Spartan chasis and has the horse power ugraded to 275. May be still to low of HP. I assume thats all the 5 speed allison can handle? Thanks again,Steve
__________________
Steve and Karen, 2001 Caribbean by National,Spartan Summit 2000 Honda CRV toad
highwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 04:49 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
chasfm11's Avatar
 
Texas Boomers Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: DFW Area, TX
Posts: 2,027
Steve, the actual performance should be a combination of weight and horsepower. The ISBs that some makers put into 28,000-30,000 pound coaches a few years back gave the engine a bad reputation. To diverge a bit, I think that Michelin got a bit of a bad rap when makers put too much weight on the XRVs but that is another whole thread or two.

You might want to look at the GVW of the Carrribean. If you know the engine's horsepower, matching that against the weight on about 100lbs per HP. That should give you an idea. On one of the other Forums, Brett Wolfe actually published a chart of how much HP was needed to push different weights up a 6% grade at various speeds. It isn't just the HP/torque by itself.
__________________
2000 Georgie Boy Landau 36' DP
2005 Saturn Vue toad
KF5-NJY
chasfm11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2006, 01:19 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 18
Chasfm11: Your right! Big HP doesn't always mean big performance. I belive the caribbean's weight with the 275 HP should be enough. I'll check out Brett Wolfe's HP chart you mentioned. Thanks for the info.
__________________
Steve and Karen, 2001 Caribbean by National,Spartan Summit 2000 Honda CRV toad
highwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2006, 04:23 PM   #8
Member
 
gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: paris, tn
Posts: 83
i believe they only built the caribbean for one year.be carefull
__________________
2002 Monaco Windsor w/350 Cummins. 2000 Saturn LS2 toad. Paris,Tn
gizmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2006, 04:58 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Ragman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Big D, Texas, ya\'ll
Posts: 271
Highwing, We have owned a 2000 Sea View by National for over four years. We have enjoyed it,but also also are looking for a diesel pusher. In our search we have put Newmar, Monaco and Alfa See Ya before National.

Our Sea view has a stress crack on the passenger side windshield. I called RV Glass Solutions (1-888-777-6778) a large windshield manufacturer, for replacement and found out it was $1150 installed. While talking to their representative, he checked their records and told me that all National MHs 1999-2001 windshields have a terrible record for stress cracks. He told me on one 2000 Tradewinds, they replaced the windshield seven times. A very good friend of ours has a 1999 Sea View, and his passenger windshied not only cracked top to bottom, but is also falling out at the bottom. We were camping with him recently and he has the bottom all taped with duct tape to hold it in. Anyway, if we bought another National product, it would be a 2002 or newer.
Good luck!
__________________
Larry & Norma, Dallas, Texas
2001 39 ft. National Tradewinds LTC
2003 Suzuki GV ] PressurePro TPMS
Ragman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2006, 09:36 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Camarillo, CA
Posts: 601
We had a cracked windshield on our previous motorhome, a '98 Seabreeze. National replaced it free, although it was out of warrenty. Said it was obviously a stress crack. No problems so far with our 2005 Seabreeze.
__________________
Bill Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 02:17 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
CharlieW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Buckhannon, WV 26201 USA
Posts: 17
I have a 2000 35' Sea View which I have had for 3 years, and just had the driver's side windshield replaced due to a rock, but not the RV's fault. We love our Sea VIew, and are looking at the 2006 Sea Breeze, which seems to have the same shell, but many upgrades.
__________________

__________________
2000 34' National Sea View
CharlieW is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2001 38fdds jcfisher Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 8 01-06-2009 07:17 PM
Switch marked Diagnostic Caribbean in 2001 Marlin Bill Kolb National RV Owner's Forum 4 12-02-2008 05:08 PM
New GulfStream "Caribbean" Retird2Golf Gulf Stream Owner's Forum 3 08-02-2008 03:54 AM
GulfStream's New "Caribbean" Fred and Bonnie National RV Owner's Forum 1 06-09-2008 02:35 PM
2001 Marlins Rahauser National RV Owner's Forum 8 04-10-2008 06:32 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.