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Old 12-22-2012, 06:17 AM   #15
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If you look at it realistically, all systems are basically the same and all chassis are the same from any RV manufacturer. The difference is in the fit & finish during assembly. Unless you are buying a brand new RV, any issues with fit & finish will have been sorted out. Top of the line manufacturers have things that need fixed. An Atwood furnace in a $350k RV won't last any longer than one in a $125K RV.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:58 AM   #16
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I have a 2001 Georgie Boy that we bought used. It has around 40,000 miles on it. It has not had any handling mods done to it. To me it handles fine. It is on a Ford chassis and I have thought about doing "The Cheap Handling Fix" but it does handle fine without it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:00 AM   #17
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When did these two companies go under and why? Also will the steering and sway modifications that I keep reading about need to be done to these?
I don't know anything about GB except they were taken over by Coachman.

As far as NRV, they went under in 2008, right when the economy went out the window.

Just a guess on my part.... It certainly seems NRV always trived to build high quality coaches with the best materials at a reasonable cost. With many other larger companies out there trying to grab market share, they were building less expensive coachs which eventually ran them out of business when the economy turned.

As far as handling modifications, this is strictly on the chassis mfgs. Font and rear trac bars do improve over stock configuations, but certainly aren't necessary. Ford began adding them in 2005. As far as sway bars on Fords, they have always had them. However, there is a "cheap handling fix" which one can to in 45mins themselves which cost nothing. This greatly improves the anti-sway characteristics of the chassis.

I agree with everything born2travel said.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:01 AM   #18
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However, there is a "cheap handling fix" which one can to in 45mins themselves which cost nothing. This greatly improves the anti-sway characteristics of the chassis.
I'll probably feel silly after asking, but is the "cheap handling fix", checking tire pressure?
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I'll probably feel silly after asking, but is the "cheap handling fix", checking tire pressure?
A modification to Ford's sway bars -
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:13 PM   #20
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we had a 1997 33 ft. geargie boy pursuit for 15 years.............great motorhome. chev chassis.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:31 PM   #21
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we have a 2006 Georgie boy Landau on a ford chassis . 23,000 miles. love it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:22 AM   #22
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A modification to Ford's sway bars -
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Gotcha! Chassis on our Dolphin is Workhorse. Not sure that's an option, I'll be sure to check though. Thanks for the tip.
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I own a GB DP sitting on a Freightliner XC Chassis. Have had it for two years. Almost done with the interior. About 1/3 done with the exterior. It came off the line in 2001. Clearly not "top of the line in the industry" if it is then the industry needs a up-grade across the market. 1/2 of the problems have been related to people working on it and just patching it up. Lost the floor above the rear duals due to rocks from the tires damaging the vapor layer. Major repair problem, gutted the interior from the bedroom slide out to the Refer on the right side. and from the bedroom wall to the forward bathroom wall on the left side. It now has 10 guage sheet steel over the duals with treated plywood over that and everything is hand fitted back into place. The water pump sits in a pan with a drain so if it leaks the floor stays dry. The trap under the shower does not go through my new floor (it was rotted out around the floor for 8" from the spray from the duals. New carpets and lam floor. Generally detailed throughout. Bedroom and bath almost 100% complete, need about 5 feet of mop board. Front will be done by this spring. 2/3 of basement storage has been completed, with an eye to keep the furry creatures out. Drove it home from the east coast in February two years ago. Froze my feet off :>) from the holes that were cut in the floor forward of the dash and not sealed. It is cold in the rockies in February. Coach is OK, running gear is excellent. I do not think that the prior owner ever heard of oil changes. Three oil changes later and a lot of normal running gear service has corrected most if not all of the XC Chassis problems. Cat engines need clean oil. Changing fuel filters more than once each five years goes a long ways also. Generally happy with the GB. Not happy with the prior owner.
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One additional comment on the GB. The dash is so far forward from the driver that you can not reach dash switches without leaning on the steering wheel. Need the exhaust brake and the running lights on the wheel. Will do that with radio remotes. Only real safety issue found.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:36 PM   #25
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I just bought 96 Georgie Boy in July and made some local trips with and so far I'm happy with it. Trip to Florida in March will be the test
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