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Old 04-15-2009, 02:23 AM   #1
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Our 1984 Tioga / Chevy

We bought our Tioga last fall. We were literally about to leave on a month long trip to the southwest with our truck and travel trailer when my brother called. He had found this class "C", and he stopped just shy of demanding that we look at it! Well, we ended up staying home. We used our gas money to buy this old rascal, and are glad of it! Thought I'd share a few pic's of it.







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A previous owner removed the over the cab windows, filled and painted the openings. We like it that way too!
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Looks like you found a winner. If it has the 350 CID or 5.7L engine, don't push it too hard. Iti s a good engine, but will come apart if pushed too hard.

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Old 11-28-2010, 03:43 PM   #4
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Hi Juggler - we recently purchased a 1984 Tioga as well. We were wondering if you happen to have an owner's manual or know where we can order one? We've done some online searching, but no results.
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Wow, that rig looks incredibly clean. I'd drop some moderate money into a beauty like that in a heartbeat, maybe even a mild 383 stroker and have a really cool RV that will pull any hill with ease. Nice find!

Though I agree, don't push it too hard in stock form. All the C RV's of that era were underpowered, all but overweight with even a moderate load, older tech and by now, tired mechanically. I cruise 55 at most in mine whenever possible and avoid routes with very long, steep grades (until I get my stroker built up, that is).

I really like a lot of the newer, smaller class C's and can buy one if I choose. But why spend 50K on something I can only use once a month at best? A gem like yours, with some TLC perhaps and a few upgrades is a good bet. Not many that nice left out there. The tinkering and customizing is half the fun, if you like such things. Thanks for posting those pics. Enjoy it!
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Looks like fun to me.
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Iceman, You are correct with the 383 stroker kit.....
A nice and small cam for low end torque (Dual energy) with "EDM" lifters for more oil to the cam is also in order.
S/R torquer heads should complete the engine mods along with a decent ignition setup..

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Jim,

Sometime soon i will start a new thread, asking perhaps, for your recipe for a 351 Windsor based stroker (non-roller 83' vintage). Everything i see offered on line are packages designed to run up to 6K rpm. We do not need all that for an RV as you well know. I hope to be headed down the stroker engine road real soon, now just to find the time to make it happen.

OK, sorry. I'm way too new here to tread jack, so back to the 84' TIOGA CHEVY thread...everyone thinks to check the engine and trans fluid, don't forget to go all the way down the line, so to speak. Take a hard look at, and lube those U-Joints, then change out the differential lube, as it gets overlooked frequently. If it's really black/sludge, change it, drive it a bit and change it again. Not expensive or hard if you know how. If that pumpkin lets go on you down the road...it will be big money though!

Then there are the brakes. Check along the whole system, look at the lines and plan to just replace all the rubber hoses right now(cheap to buy, not hard to install, requires system bleed though). They are bound to need some attention at this point. The only issue may be the rear brakes...you likely have a full floating axle common to one ton and up rigs, and such requires a bit more to unravel in order to get at the rear brake shoes/hardware. I'd go over everything nonetheless. Peice of mind and many trouble free miles will be your reward. Shop around if you are gonna pay to have the work done, some places might try and overcharge. It should not cost a mint to go over and freshen the brakes, do the fluids, etc.

How's the cooling system? A flush and fill with coolant/distilled water is in order I would think. Exhaust system tight?

We ain't even touched the house part yet!

For 25-50 bucks, you could take a sample of the motor oil, send it to a lab and have it checked. Frequently, you can get a real good idea of what is going on inside the engine, bearing wear, coolant leaks, etc. Well worth it. Check around on line, several places do the tests. Oil sample can be sent in via US Mail.

Seems like a lot to do but if that rig is as nice as it looks, you will still be money way ahead if you can keep and drive it for a few years.
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