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Old 10-06-2016, 01:48 PM   #1
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Glad to be here. New to Diesel pusher but like it!

Hello Folks!

We are glad to be a part of this community of traveling souls. We have had several gas Class A's, but this is our first DP.

Any thoughts on 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador with Roadmaster chassis, Cummins ISB 300 hp, Allison 3000MH 6 speed with Westport axle?

The rig seems well put together.

Any special precautions for Onan NHE 6.3 propane generator?

We looked around a lot when we were deciding which rig to get. This stood out for us, even though it has 232,000 miles.

We know that this website of folks cares from all of the attention to detail in the posts. We hope to further the knowledge base as we learn.

Our Abyssinians are rarin' to go motorhomin' so they can lay in the sun.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:53 PM   #2
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Just getting broken in for a diesel.

Congrats! You will never go back to gas.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:57 PM   #3
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That's a lot of miles.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:16 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard !! Wow 232,000 miles it is a proven traveler.. propane gen run it at least every month warm it up before loading power and carry a spare gen starter 99 dollars on ebay ..enjoy
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Old 10-06-2016, 06:05 PM   #5
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You do indeed have a well constructed unit, proven by the miles it has already ran. Take a very good look at all things rubber and do preventive replacement as time and $ allow. I would have an oil and fluids test done, so you will know if it will go another 100 K. I hope you have good service records. I suspect that the PO was adamant about service intervals, or it would not have made it this far. Get a fine toothed come and start crawling all over, under and on top of it. There are a lot of systems to check, so get the manuals if you don't have them.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:34 AM   #6
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Although there are a lot of miles, we plan on more to go. The rig runs great and seems to have plenty of power. We will be heading back to Washington state to help take care of my wife's folks. We can't wait to spend some time along the water, too.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:42 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice Pa Miller! Not used to a propane generator, so will need to get accustomed to it.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:48 AM   #8
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Got any pics? It's nice to see a rig that has been taken care of and really used the way it was really intended to be used! Were the sellers the original owners? Did it come with maintenance records?

Enjoy! We returned last month from a trip out to Washington State in our 2001 Dutch Star, it was a really nice drive! Well, except for the awning ripping off the coach eastbound on I-90 in Montana that is . . . but that's another story.
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:04 AM   #9
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Adamfolger, we are going through the systems as we can and as $ allow.

We replaced the carpet with vinyl plank. This necessitated taking out and reinstalling cabinets where it was feasible and have been cleaning and sealing those hidden gaps as we go.

We are refinishing the cabinet and drawer fronts and want to return the rig to it's former glory. Lots of tedious little tasks to replace hinges and latches and ac vents, etc.

We had the roof and windows resealed after we bought it. Overall we have been impressed with the quality of the components and fabrication.

We will be living in it full time at least for awhile.

Thanks for pointing out some other areas that may need attention.
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Hit the Rhod, We got the rig from the third owner.

The last owner had it only a few months but took good care of it. (He had some issues to take care of with his daughter which prompted the sale, although he wants to buy it back if we decide to sell in the future) The previous owner didn't appear to have owned it long either, but the original owner was USAF retired and proud of the rig.

It appears he took great care of it. I believe he and his wife traveled extensively and put all the miles on it.

We didn't get a lot of maintenance records, unfortunately, but I believe he was a fanatic on maintenance. We got a lot of manuals and I have gone through them (still digesting the contents). We went online to get what other information we can find and are open to suggestions for other resources (for example, I have several unlabeled switches on the console I have no idea what they do).

We can relate with the awning opening up. We were driving in eastern Washington several years ago with our Safari when a gust of wind caused our awning to deploy. It was quite unnerving. Fortunately, we didn't have any damage to it.

Thanks for the advice!!

Not sure how to post pics, yet. Will post as I understand the website better.
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Welcome and enjoy your travels. If you ever get to CA wave as you pass the central valley!
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! You're gonna love that DP! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Not sure this is the right forum or not. Does anyone know what might be the best way to send big bulky items cheaply?
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Has anyone stayed at Fort Casey on the water in Washington State? What is the best spot to select if you stay there? Are there other spots to stay on the water in Washington State?
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