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Old 01-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #659
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An air dam first of all has the purpose of keeping air from flowing underneath the vehicle. The more air that gets under there, the more air resistance you'll have. On a high vehicle, like most motorhomes, it can be significant.
Did you notice any difference before and after the install of the air dam.
Cooling, MPG, handling etc?
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #660
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An air dam first of all has the purpose of keeping air from flowing underneath the vehicle. The more air that gets under there, the more air resistance you'll have. On a high vehicle, like most motorhomes, it can be significant.

A second benefit is that it will usually cause more air to enter the grille, increasing the airflow through the radiator and thus helping the cooling.

I suspect that most people damage them fairly quickly and don't replace them.
Thank you for the great explanation!!

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #661
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Did you notice any difference before and after the install of the air dam.
Cooling, MPG, handling etc?
As a matter of fact, I did. The gas mileage went up between 1/2 and 1 mpg. That's not much in absolute terms, but it's about a 8-10% improvement over what I had been getting. If you look at a Dodge Class C from the front, the lower part of the engine and all the lower front suspension hangs below the bumper. That looked like drag to me, so I sized the air dam to cover it.

I had never had any overheat problems, even towing the race car in Southern California, so I don't know if the cooling was improved.

In any event, I think my attempt to make a slipper out of a shoe box was marginally successful. As far as improved handling is concerned, the rig seems less affected by crosswinds than before.

Now about that barn door over the cab..........

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Old 02-03-2012, 12:15 AM   #663
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Full-time on a 1988 Amera Coach 23ft

Hi All, I just joined, but I wanted to share my new (to me) 23ft RV that I have been living on full-time. It's a 1988 Amera Coach with 43k miles, a 4kw Onan, a Dodge 360 and a A727 transmission.

I must say, I have lived for over a decade on a houseboat, so the RV thing is very similar, however without the "rocking"...

The RV is in good shape, yet needed a complete verification and tweaking from front to back (top to bottom) in order to be ready to spend 6 months in the warmer southern climate. I have learned a lot in the last 3 months

I am sometimes amazed and envious sometimes when a big 40 ft diesel pusher is next to me, yet I don't owe anything on mine, and I wouldn't want the expense or cost of repairing a big rig.

My 23 footer goes places that the big ones can't ... and either way, I sleep like a baby on it









I have travelled from Quebec Canada, into Ontario, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and will do Florida soon, than when things start to warm up north, work my way back up the eastern coast. I must say, the old girl has done 4,000 miles with no real problems

I am just glad that at 10 MPG, that the fuel is so much cheaper in the US

Thanks for letting me share my travelling baby,

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Way Cool!!! I have an Aero Cruiser, cousin to your Amera Coach. Have you "found: the club yet?

Online at Aero Cruiser Motorhome Club

Lots of good info there.

If I can help at all....a lot of the stuff is very similar, don't hesitate to ask.

Also, my blog follows my mods and stuff with pictures of my Aero Cruiser sprinkled around. The link is below my name.

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #665
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Wanderman, I am familiar with the Aero Cruiser, as you suggested I had joined the "club". I agree, lots of great info there, AND here too...

I have read your blog, and lots of great info in there also

I just love seeing all these vintage classics... It's great to see the evolution of the RV's to the modern day ones

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:49 AM   #666
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Saying Good-bye to our old Class C

We just purchased a '99 Winnebago Chieftain and now are saying good-bye to our old '86 Ford Glendale. We have always kept in top shape and it still drives and looks like new. I think what we will miss most is the fuel economy of the 6.9 L Turbo Diesel. Here are some pics as it sits waiting for the new owner to pick it up.
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Hi All, I just joined, but I wanted to share my new (to me) 23ft RV that I have been living on full-time.

I must say, I have lived for over a decade on a houseboat, so the RV thing is very similar, however without the "rocking"...

My 23 footer goes places that the big ones can't ... and either way, I sleep like a baby on it
I have travelled from Quebec Canada, into Ontario, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and will do Florida soon, than when things start to warm up north, work my way back up the eastern coast. I must say, the old girl has done 4,000 miles with no real problems

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At least you found out that you can go a lot more places in your Amera Coach than the Houseboat ever could.

I've been trying to convince the S.O. we could Full Time if she wanted to after she retires, but she's not going to give up her sticks and bricks. I'm not sure I could live with her that close for more than 3 weeks anyway. Since I'm retired and she's still at it for a little longer I should go ahead and get out there and find me some part time jobs to keep me emtertained. (Actually I have a big shop and enough Hobbys to keep me busy for three lifetimes!) But, I love to travel and see different parts of the Country.
Always thought about living in a houseboat and floating up and down the Mississippi for a few years. But, that's awfull limiting.

Nice little Coach. It's all you really need. And the best part is it's paid for.

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At least you found out that you can go a lot more places in your Amera Coach than the Houseboat ever could.

I've been trying to convince the S.O. we could Full Time if she wanted to after she retires, but she's not going to give up her sticks and bricks. I'm not sure I could live with her that close for more than 3 weeks anyway. Since I'm retired and she's still at it for a little longer I should go ahead and get out there and find me some part time jobs to keep me emtertained. (Actually I have a big shop and enough Hobbys to keep me busy for three lifetimes!) But, I love to travel and see different parts of the Country.
Always thought about living in a houseboat and floating up and down the Mississippi for a few years. But, that's awfull limiting.

Nice little Coach. It's all you really need. And the best part is it's paid for.

Curtis in Texas.
Curtis, I have to say that both lifestyles, Houseboats & RV's are a very enticing choice. Both have their advantages and small dis-advantages...

We are only here for a short time, so make the best of what time we have... since we don't know when we're leaving
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Took this photo this morning, here at the FMCA SEA rally, Brooksville FL.
Hey JAY can you or anyone watching tell us more about this classic?
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Hi just alittle note i just bought a 1985 ford sterling mh. Its in very good shape new the people that had it from new.No kids or pets no smoking so inside is just like new. When i figure how to put pictures on here i will.
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