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Old 04-05-2017, 09:12 AM   #1
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Hi there,

My wife and I recently moved to California from Europe and decided to purchase an older motor home. We want to see more of this and neighboring states, as well as going to some events with a nice place to sleep

We originally were looking at Class C but did check out some vehicles in each class. We are both over 6ft tall and found the beds rather lacking in many - specifically corner beds are a no go.

We ended up purchasing a 2000 Tiffin Allegro M28 Chevy trade-in from a dealer at short notice, yes not the smartest thing to do but it seemed to tick all the boxes for the price.

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As well as to the states I hope it all goes well for you both.
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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Old 04-05-2017, 10:21 AM   #5
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This looks like a nice rig. At first, you will be on a steep learning curve, but many good times are in your future

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Hi there,

My wife and I recently moved to California from Europe and decided to purchase an older motor home. We want to see more of this and neighboring states, as well as going to some events with a nice place to sleep

We originally were looking at Class C but did check out some vehicles in each class. We are both over 6ft tall and found the beds rather lacking in many - specifically corner beds are a no go.

We ended up purchasing a 2000 Tiffin Allegro M28 Chevy trade-in from a dealer at short notice, yes not the smartest thing to do but it seemed to tick all the boxes for the price.
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Old 04-05-2017, 11:17 AM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome

As for the learning curve its definitely already started. My list so far:

1) HWH leveling system now working. It had multiple electronic failures which I have fixed, and adjusted all jacks for correct vertical/horizontal positioning.

2) Made a new bracket to support the cooker/oven, as it appears to have never been mounted correctly from the factory (hole cut too big)

3) Re-sealed rear seam, front left to do - rubber roof its self and other joints look good.

4) Removed dashboard, repainted, cleaned and re-installed all gauges and controls.

5) Fixed a few loose trim panels

6) Removed bedroom CRT TV cabinet, refitted window valance so not held in place by TV cabinet.

7) Removed dash CRT + CB radio

Lots more on my to-do list, but most things are pretty low cost bar time
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:54 PM   #7
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I assume that yours is on a P32 chassis with the 7.4L Chevy Vortec engine (I have a 2002 28 ft Safari Trek with the 8.1L on the wide track version of the same platform, the wide track 8.1 P32 was introduced in 2001). Mine has a number of suspension upgrades to help with handling, probably the best bang for the buck you can do to a P32 is to add a rear trac bar (cost about $600, and can be DIY with basic tools if you are handy), I would also suggest checking and replacing your sway bar bushing if they are original.

You might also consider taking it to a good RV shop that specializes in P32 motorhomes, there are a few in your region, Redlands east of Los Angeles, Henderson Line up in Grants Pass OR, or possibly Brazels in Centralia, WA depending on which way your travels take you, some of these shops have on site hook ups so you can stay in your RV while it is waiting to go into the shop.
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I assume that yours is on a P32 chassis with the 7.4L Chevy Vortec engine (I have a 2002 28 ft Safari Trek with the 8.1L on the wide track version of the same platform, the wide track 8.1 P32 was introduced in 2001). Mine has a number of suspension upgrades to help with handling, probably the best bang for the buck you can do to a P32 is to add a rear trac bar (cost about $600, and can be DIY with basic tools if you are handy), I would also suggest checking and replacing your sway bar bushing if they are original.
You are right its a P32 14,800lb chassis with the 454(7.4). Thank you for the suggestion, the rear trac bar sounds a great addition.

I know the shocks have all been replaced with Koni, and the supersteer bell cranks put in, but I cant remember seeing a rear trac bar (but I wasn't looking for it).

The previous owner has changed a few things for the better for sure, and its only got 44k miles and the engine seems to run very well.
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Welcome to the RV community.
One thing I can think of is on the Chevy engines, the exhaust manifolds tend to crack if you run it real hard on long uphill pulls. I just back off the throttle to about 3/4 and cruise up the hills nice and easy. (Saves a bit on gas too!)
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Welcome to the RV community.
One thing I can think of is on the Chevy engines, the exhaust manifolds tend to crack if you run it real hard on long uphill pulls. I just back off the throttle to about 3/4 and cruise up the hills nice and easy. (Saves a bit on gas too!)
What also causes the manifolds to crack & manifold bolts to break is pulling up a hill "balls to the wall" then when you get to the viewpoint immediately shutting the engine off without letting it idle for 5 minutes or so to let it cool down..It can also cause a headbolt or 3 to snap.....(real common on a Cummins 335 or a Iron Lung 2 six bits)
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Looks like a nice rig. You seem to have a good start on renovations. Best of luck.

Happy Trails!!!
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What also causes the manifolds to crack & manifold bolts to break is pulling up a hill "balls to the wall" then when you get to the viewpoint immediately shutting the engine off without letting it idle for 5 minutes or so to let it cool down..It can also cause a headbolt or 3 to snap.....(real common on a Cummins 335 or a Iron Lung 2 six bits)
Yep,and limited airflow to back cyls. Bilge pumps and dryer hose helps..
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