Travel Queen Updates?
I just purchased a 1984 Travel Queen 34' motorhome and I have some questions. I am a first time motorhome owner and need some advice.Please bear in mind that this is an extremely low budget project as I have very limited income. I have tools and my own labor to put into it.
This motorhome has an AC/DC/propane fridge that appears to not be working at all. I obviously can replace that old clunker with a more efficient and inexpensive AC fridge. Is there any benefit in today's world to keeping a gas option to operate the fridge?
The propane tank and system on this old motorhome looks pretty outdated. Reflecting on my first question above, should I keep a propane system, do I need it? Can I tear that old system out and just use two portable propane tanks instead?
This big beasty has a 454 chevy engine on a GM p-30 chassis with an air suspension tag axle. This being an older motorhome, it's built heavier than any modern motorhome. Given that, do you think installing a more modern GM 350 CI engine would move this thing around more efficiently (better gas mileage) or should I stick with the 454?
I've noticed that modern motor homes, even long ones, no longer use tag axles. Is the newer suspension design better/stronger or is it just because the overall construction is so much lighter? If I could do something to upgrade the rear drive axle suspension, could I compensate enough to where I could completely remove the tag axle and all it's inherent weight?
This motorhome came with a big 27 horsepower 7000 watt Kohler generator. If I do update appliances/air conditioning/electrical systems, water heater, etc., can I take out that heavy monster generator and retrofit something more modern that is 10 horsepower and puts out 6000 watts and have it meet our needs?
Thank you in advance for any responses and advice.
In the meantime... imagine this... After rolling around in the dirt for six hours rigging things up, three trips to an auto parts store... That old Travel Queen that had been parked for at least 4 years, set up with a jerry-rigged 5 gallon gas can behind the grill chugging almost 40 miles from it's old home to it's new home with us... the rain starts 1/3 in to the trip, had to swap the better passenger side wiper over to the driver side... laughing all the way. Yeehaw! The old girl drives like a Caddy, drinks gas like I drink beer(shhhh) and has all the power of a tank.
Let's go campin!