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Old 03-17-2019, 08:54 PM   #1
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1996 - P30 Chassis with 454 Engine

RV we're purchasing is a 1996, 36K mile, 25' Tiffin Allegro; P30 Chassis with 454 Engine.

Wondering if others having the same year chassis and engine would like to describe experiences.

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You may want to clarify which engine you have, 1996 was a transition year between the 230HP 7.4L/454 TBI engine that was produced from 1986-1996 and the 290HP 7.4L/454 MFI "Vortec" engine produced from 1996-mid 2001.
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One thing to watch is the idler arm assembly on the right side for play. They wear out and the steering gets sloppy.
We had a 1994 P30. Headers really wake up the 454.
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You may want to clarify which engine you have, 1996 was a transition year between the 230HP 7.4L/454 TBI engine that was produced from 1986-1996 and the 290HP 7.4L/454 MFI "Vortec" engine produced from 1996-mid 2001.
TY... Will do when we get the RV home... hopefully next weekend. I'm pretty sure, but not completely sure, it's the 230HP 7.4/454 TBI???
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I had a 1996 Holiday Rambler Vacationer on the P-30 Chevy chassis! It had the tuned port injection, and ran very good! Headers are a good upgrade, and the cast exhaust manifolds have a tendency to crack, and the bolts break off, from getting hot and cooling off quickly! So check for exhaust leaks when looking at it! I drove ours all over the west, from Illinois to Mt Rushmore, thru SLC, down thru Vegas, Grand Canyon, and had no problems, no toad, it did just fine! Rail!
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At: RM Art,

We have a 1996 P30 Fleetwood Flair measuring in at 30 feet. The rig tips the weight scale at 13,190 pounds. The engine is a 7.4L with TBI injection, coupled to the 4L80E transmission, and a 4.56:1 ratio rear differential.

Can state the 454 with TBI has plenty of power in our rig, and pulls most mountain grades easily. (I drive the coach by the transmission temperature gauge. I never let the trans temps go over 160 degrees.)

Stock the handling is decent with few squeaks and rattles. I attribute that to the independent front suspension. My parents purchased her brand new, and I bought the rig after my dad passed away.

In the last year we had done a few upgrades. I recommend removing the original GM factory shocks and replace with Bilstein units. Really softened the ride over expansion joints. We also replaced the front coil springs with SuperSteer units. The last upgrade was a rear track bar from SuperSteer, that made cross-wind driving much easier.

Let us know what yours feels like, and how it drives like when you get her home.
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Steering bellcranks are common wear item. Makes for sloppy steering, sea sawing back and forth the steering wheel. Originals had bushing. Replacement from Henderson Lineup have a roller bearing. Tight and last a long time.

Air bags in the front coul springs, if you have them. Go bad. Replace with new bags or heavier rate springs.
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Replaced Suspension Stabilizer Bar Bushing Front and back, front air bags, steering booster box and master break cylinder (booster was leaking so I changed both) Replaced clutch fan, air conditioner compressor. 454 TBI runs great. I have 38k on a 26 foot Damon daybreak with P30 chassis.


Had to put spacers on rear wheels. The tires it calls for a very difficult to find. The replacement tires are wider and I had tire kiss.
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