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Old 07-13-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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New to us 97 Pace Arrow

Well after a whole lot of research and a whole lot of lurking here and on other forums, we picked up a 97 Pace Arrow Vision 37 footer. Its an M-37A Ford chassis with the Banks Power kit. It was in overall good shape and within our budget for our first RV. Our first trip was over the 4th of July, which is another story in and of itself.


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Old 07-13-2016, 02:11 PM   #2
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NICE! Congratulations and Welcome to the Forum.
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Very nice how does it run ?
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Runs well so far, but blew a trans seal on our first trip. The drive was very hilly and we had a toad, so I expect the seal was weak or grooved already and it just pushed it over the edge. The 460 runs strong, albeit a bit noisy, but I'm ok with that. The way home after the trans rebuild was fine. The biggest thing I have had to work on so far other than cleaning was the generator (Onan Marquis 5000 F series) as it sat for too long (only 620 hours on it) with bad gas. After much messing about, I ended up just replacing the carb. Everything else, fridge, hot water, etc has run well. As of this week, I have removed the furniture to get reupholstered and will be redoing the floors, window treatments and a lot of the interior trim with solid oak vs. the blue fabric padded stuff.
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I'm going to assume the blown seal was the front input seal. Common on that tranny when under high heat and high load conditions. Replacement seals are typically an improved design to handle the heat. Adding a second trans cooler to keep the heat down is also recommended.

Sounds like the interior redo will be nice. Post up some pics when you finish.
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Congrats on your rig. Sounds like a fun project turning it into your "own".

Agree, please post some pics as you go or when completed.
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Renovations are under way, I will start a new thread for that as there is a whole lot of info to dump with the pics.

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