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Old 04-20-2016, 12:35 PM   #1
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P30? Is this the body style

I have a 1988 rockwood. It is a class A I think...it's big! I wish I knew more about these things. Anyone out there with one like it and has a lot of knowledge please respond. Thank u Clueless in Ca

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Old 04-20-2016, 12:40 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome lauriesue64.

P30 (P-30, P-32) typically refers to a specific "model" of Chevy chassis on which many RV's and delivery vans have been built.

Yes, that is a Class A motorhome.

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Old 04-23-2016, 03:32 PM   #3
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I've got a 1995 Rockwood Bayport 23. It's very frustrating trying to find any info on these older coaches. But as I have been told by people smarter and more experienced than I. Just treat every system as individual. Chances are it's not very much original anymore. The p30 chassis is very common, and there are tons of parts and info available.
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Start making notes about everything you learn now.

If you are going to do this on a computer, open a Dropbox account and keep a copy there. Soon (sooner than you can imagine) everything will be a blur and you won't remember when you did what where....

It gets worse when you have an older coach (like a Cayo) and there is no information available.

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Old 04-26-2016, 07:46 PM   #5
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My 1991 Rockwood is a P30 chassis also I believe. beyond that I don't have a lot of info for you.

If you haven't had an RV before I would suggest scouring the net for general RV 101 stuff on how each system of the RV works: 12volt power, AC power, generator, Water (Fresh and City), Propane, RV fridge, hot water heater, furnace,Black and Grey water holding tanks, etc work and go through them all and see what works/doesn't and what the most important to you repairs are.

#1 thing I would recommend you look at with an old coach is be sure you don't have any leaks and get anything that looks even remotely sketchy with any seals on the windows or the body and most importantly anything that looks even slightly wrong on the roof repaired. If you can make sure it's under cover until you are sure water is not getting in anywhere because water damage is something you don't want.

Aside from that I would take time to look at any areas that are hidden from view such as under the drawers in the cabinets, under the bed, inside access panels and such and make sure things are clean and there's not anything like mouse droppings etc in there. This includes inside the furnace before you decide to use it for example. I had to do a lot of cleaning on mine to even feel remotely safe living inside of it. and I hope you don't have that particular problem with yours.

I did/do have water damage in several places and if I knew what I knew now I would have never bought the thing but I did get it livable and hope to improve it over time.

Just make a big TODO list once you have everything inspected and order it by the most important items (weatherproofing, road worthyness, and getting the coach clean and all the systems operational and then everything else) and you should eventually get to a state where you can use it comfortably.

One last thing I'm remembering is that we found that the airbags on the suspension were not holding air at all on my rockwood. might be something to test early on on the chassis side.
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:41 AM   #6
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:56 AM   #7
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P30? Is this the body style

Common P30 issues are bad air bags (some PO may have changed to springs that don't need airbags) and worn out steering bell cranks.

If the bell cranks are worn you will find it difficult to keep the coach in lane and requiring constant steering input correction. The stock bell cranks have a bushing, whereas there are aftermarket available with a bearing. Bushing can wear in 10-15k mikes, the bearing unit is a more permanent fix as they will last a very long time. A PO may have installed the bearing bell cranks as its s common thing to do.

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I had a Rockwood, and mine was big too, but mine was a class C on a chevy base, and I believe it was a G30.

First off, if you could post a picture it would help. Lots of folks here have an opinion on everything, and the more questions you have, the more responses you will get. Most everyone is happy to help, but you have to give more data to respond to...

An example is that if you have a P30 chassis, you are more likely to have a class A. If you have a Class C, you are more likely to have a G30, etc...

Simple thing for you to know is that a class C looks like a van, with a bed over the cab. A class A looks more like a bus, and while there may be a bed that lowers over the drivers seat, it will not be a permanent one like in a class C. (Most Class Cs have a section of the bed that removes to make more room in the cab, but the bed is still there)

Since my last camper (not the current one) was a Rockwood of a similar age, I may be able to help with some questions...

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I had a P30 based Pace Arrow a long time ago. Issues I remember were bad fan clutch on the engine (sounded like a jet taking off all the time) and a bad exhaust manifold gasket (constant tick tick tick sound) . Don't remember how it drove except for getting pushed around on the highway by trucks. Other than that, pretty solid machine.
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Always remember the saying "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Break the coach down into easier to manage systems. Power train, chassis, 120VAC, house 12 VDC, chassis 12VDC, potable water, waste water and such. Doesn't really matter to much who put the coach together since very few builders make much more than the cabinets in house. Information might still be available, even for an older coach, concerning the chassis, fridge, HVAC, water heater and such just don't get overwhelmed by looking at the coach as a whole.
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We had a '83 Winnebago Brave 22 that was P30-based. The thing that aged me was that the power brakes were hydro-boost (powered by the power steering pump), not vacuum powered. Good for stopping capacity but a bear to work on. Never did get around to replacing the pump, which leaked steadily.

Somewhere I may still have (or you can find it online) the Chevy shop manual for the chassis, you'll know it's the right one if it's ~1500 pages long. Let me know if you want me to look...

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