Hi I am glad to be a part of this group. I just bought a:
Type: Class A
Chassis: not sure but I know its GMC so maybe a p30/32
Engine: Chevy 454
Transmission: Turbo Hydro-Matic 400, 3 speed auto
Legngth: the guy who had it before me said it was 30 foot but im not sure how he measured it nor am i sure how to measure it properly.
Layout: Full bed in the back, door on passenger side, pull down spring loaded bunk over the driver and passenger seat. Kitchen on passenger side and bathroom directly accross from kitchen on drivers side. It has two fuel tanks I believe, one main and one auxilery, though i dont know if the switch works to change them and use both (would be cool if they did)
Generator: Oman (needs carb rebuild)
I will be posting here as often as possible as I was not really able to find much info on midas class a motorhomes on the net via google. I do however notice that the southwind motor homes from this same era are almost identical body styles to this one so
question 1) were they the same company or whats the story there.
#2) WHat chassis is my motorhome on? it has a chevy 454 motor with a th400 transmission. It is a class a not a mini motorhome (class c)?
#3) when calling a parts store (autozone, o reily/schucks), what do i tell them to be able to get the correct parts? they usually ask for make and model and year but im finding that motorhomes are a completely different beast and the major issues with my motorhome are mechanical having to do with the chassis more so than the motorhome portion itself.
I plan to gut the entire inside as it has been leaked on and the framing members (wood) have gotten wet to the point some are rotted. I am an expert at all things building and pretty good at bulding projects of any type from scratch, however I always find it very wise to seek the help and input of others whom have done something similar in the past.
#4) Does anyhone know where to call to get oman generator parts? I need to rebuild the carb on mine as the previous guy said it would not run without continuous carb cleaner sprayed into it.
#5) Tires on it are cracked in the sidewall and pretty old im sure they are size 8r 19.5. It is a dually in the rear. I know its ideal to replace them and be safe but I am thinking of starting with the steer tires and, when i finish renovation heading to north dakota for work and getting the duallys replace as I get money from that. the trip is around 1000 miles. My question is will that work, meaning is there someone out there who has been driving on cracked sidewall tires
and been ok. I know it would be better and safer to replace and if i had the cash I would but the renovation will likeley suck up all my cash and I need the rv to very cold weather ready.
I am planning on removing everything interior and repairing frame as necessary. perhaps adding some steel re-enforcement as I go. Then I will do electrical and then put up 2" of blue xps foam board insulation and make sure the interior (floor, ceiling, walls) are pretty well airtight and completely insulated. Then I am adding insulation boxes with wood exteriors to the various waste and grey water tanks, as the fresh water tank is inside. then covering it all with maple melamine panels and making the interior bright and pleasing with the windows covered (more insulation) I will be adding outlets as I go for lamps and etc.
#5) Im thinking the electrical on an rv is same as house right? so I can run it like a house?
#6) does anyone know of a parts catalog for building rvs or remodeling rvs where I can find materials specific to rvs?
The roof has leaks in several spots. previous owners tried to repair it by rolling the white roofing in a can but it appears that didnt work too well. so im thinking of hitting the whole roof with a wire wheel on a grinder and getting rid or everything on the seams and starting again. but I have never done this so I need input on rv roof and seam sealing. Also the windows have silicone around a lot of them
(another diy who doesnt know what they're doing repair.) so any input on this?
ok sorry for the long post, ill stop there for now, but man am i excited to transform this beast in a beauty. and I will provide pics and info as I go.