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Old 01-20-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Amazing 1989 Beaver video

I found this just recently and was simply stunned by the amount of work and capital must have gone into this totally hot-rodded 89 Beaver. Stainless steel is absolutely crazy and then the expense of getting a slide in there is mind boggling. I am a biased Beaver owner and all but I have to say if I were going to go to the trouble of really hot-rodding a coach I would have to say you can't really start with much better than an 88-92 Beaver...this goes a long way to proving that out...
Anyone ever seen this thing?

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Old 01-20-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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Someone spent a lot of time and $ on that rig. I'll bet they'd cringe if they seen that salesman wack the basment door off the bottom of the slide !!
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
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Truly an amazing coach. any idea of what they're asking for it ?
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:18 AM   #4
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I tried buying this like 4 months ago. One hell of a rig. If I recall the dealer was asking like $36k. Only thing I didn't like was the CAT engine. An old 3208, if I recall, which most say is a dog in power and gets crap for mileage. A rebuilt engine was $14k 😖 The 3126B were only $7k 😜👍
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:52 AM   #5
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Opinions are such a funny thing when it comes to engines...I have to believe that some of the source info on 3208's comes from die hard OTR truckers that see the nature of "throw-aways" like the 3208 as some taboo thing and they did find their way into some 30-40 ton vehicles it simply could not pull efficiently...the reality is the 3208 is a 10K "Hour" engine...300 HP in road trim but lets look a bit deeper here and as a New Englander you will be hard pressed to this day not to find the majority of diesels in the somewhat older coastal marine fleet that are not 3208's..they range in Marine trim from 325-475 hp and the 375hp-435hp versions are quite bullet proof when well cared for...certainly far better than a leaky, smoky, fuel guzzling 8-92...back to road engines at a maximum of 300hp they found their way into just about everything and thats not always a good thing...a 6 spd 30 ton dump truck is not the best place for one but I would counter that a 15 ton RV is not so bad at all...I have a good friend in the crane business that had upwards of 20 cranes and we always talk motors and he never has a bad thing to say about them as a lift motor...like I said 10K hours and throw them away maybe but he does always say they never let him down and he does not say that about some of the others...like say an M11.
I have a 92 Beaver with a 300hp 3208 cat and a M647 and they both like the same thing..gradual application up to maximum power and oil changes...I don't use any synthetics in either so its too cheap not to keep it fresh..I could easily throw in a 3406E(C-15) and have thought about it as I have several around here...I am a hot rodder by nature but...why...it's just not a bad engine...say like the aforementioned 3126B...the B is generally not considered 'Better'...just 'BAD'...the dirty word in truckers lingo is reliability..the one thing about a 3208 is they are runners...that alone says alot and to cap it off I get 7-9 mpg @ around 29Klbs depending on the hills...of course it can be 5 going up long grades but again...it has always gotten me to the top.

I have heard rumor of a 1989 Beaver with a 3408!!!!...now that would be an interesting one to see...3408 is a MONSTER!...I believe we are talking 1100 CI 500+HP and some 2K lbs of torque...marine versions are into the $40K range even today....if one made it into a coach like a 30K lb 89 Beaver it could pass anything on the road except a filling station...
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That was one nice Beaver. Thanks for sharing!
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This is probably a good comparison to a 3408 in a coach...just imagine..."Honey make sure everything is packed TIGHT and your seat belt is on!"
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Boy I want it. SWEET thanks for sharing
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Friend of ours back around 1970 had a large class A with the Dodge 440 in it but he still did not like how "slow" it went up "the grapevine" out of L.A. so he had dual turbos added to it. He was all smiles after that. Did anyone make a dual turbo set-up on the 454 in the mid/late 80's?
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3208 turbos are comparable power wise to a 3126. A 3208 non turbo is a dog. I have owned many in 1 1/2 ton trucks. They are a very reliable engine. I have a thing for old wanderlodge rv's. I've never owned one but would like to one day. I read the wanderlodge forums time to time and the owners of non turbo 3208's say they get down to 15mph up steep grades.
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The beaver is a nice coach! I've noticed that one online before.

As for the 3208, I'll second what jmm2020 said. I have a 1992 country coach with the same drivetrain (and chasis for that matter) and have been very pleased with performance. I also drive it through the mountains on a weekly basis in the winter months.

Anyone have any idea how many miles I can expect out of a 3208t In a 15 ton Motorhome?
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For the sake of clarification as well the 3208 cam in alot of flavors from around 210 - 300 HP with the T and AT being Turbo 250 and a few 275 HP verisons and AT being Aftercooled Turbo at 300HP...
Again there is another pretty nice thing about the 3208 is that its service life decline is rather abrupt and marked...it will loose power and smoke pretty heavily and you will know it...important thing is BLUE smoke...injectors or pumps can fail and you will see similar symptoms but the best rule of thumb I know from cranes, trucks and marine is a well-cared for motor should get you 10K hours and somewhere in the neighborhood of 300K miles...coaches never seem to get anywhere near that kind of usage interestingly enough but as Ron and I have Gilligs which are the definition of million mile frames there should be no reason they can't....I am looking out the plant window here at a 379 Pete with 2.1M miles and its almost a show truck...
Biggest thing with that drivetrain is keeping it full and fresh...the MT 647 as well...bullet proof beast of a thing that dosen't need any Transyn or anything like that...change the Dex3 out just like your oil..again we love the concept of 5 and 6 speeds with ECU's and all the horns and whistles but that running gear came out of city buses, Fire trucks and garbage trucks and it is reliable...simple and stout!
I have a very good friend and co-worker here with the very same coach as you Ron and it never got out of the SW corner of the US till a few years back when he acquired it and as a mechanical type I crawl underneath it and simply marvel at the cleanliness of the damn thing...all the cad plated bolts and such are still ultra bright and shiny and anytime anything needs doing it's like working on a new rig...of course with a mere 57K miles it really is...such a nice thing to see though...
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Wow if I didn't just purchase my CC four months ago I think I would have jumped on this and it's less than what I paid for mine.
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Thanks for the info jmm2020. I had 53k on my engine when I purchased about a year ago and just turned 60k last week. Sounds like I have plenty of road ahead of me with your 300k miles/10k hours figure. The way I see it, if I wear out my 3208AT, I should be proud of myself for using the rig that much and it will likely take around 20 years or more of consistent use.
When I was shopping, the Beavers were also very high on my list. It's interesting how similar the Beavers and Country coaches were between about 1988 and 1993. It's almost like one was copying the other. Same drivetrain/chassis, very similar exterior look, etc.
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