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Old 06-04-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Most of the rigs I have been looking at have been 1993 or later so generally speaking, would I be nuts to get a rig of this era with a gas engine? I had a 1985 25' Barth Class A on a Chevy chassis with no engine modifications and it was fine on the flat land even towing a 4000lb toad. However, add just a little bit of uphill grade and it was wide open throttle in second or sometimes even first.

We won't really be driving much. I anticipate less than 3000 miles a year, maybe even half that -- it depends. At least part of the year however we will be in the Southwest where the speed limit is 70 on two lane roads and 75 on the interstate.

Regarding this rig, it's a Ford 460 gas pusher, on an Oshkosh chassis, on leaf springs I believe. The tranny should be a Ford C6 which is a three speed.

I'll see this rig tomorrow. If it is as described, it was taken care of and used every season. If that's true, it'll be the first one.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Foretravel built a GREAT coach. The OREGS are a bit finicky. They tend to run on the hot side. If you buy it, contact me privately and I will help you out. I won't post it here because it'll turn into a huge controversy. If you can get it for a good price, and its in good shape, run with it. I've had several Foretravels.
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Thank you. Will do.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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If you get it, please post pics. I love the styling of those older Foretravel MH's.

That should have the Allison 4 speed trans and Torsilastic (huge rubber band) suspension right?
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^ I do not know about the suspension, other than I've read it's not airbag. I will look at it and get back to you. For some reason I thought it had the C6 for a tranny. I'll look at that as well. And will do on the pics.
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I attached a pdf file from Motorhome magazine about the Foretravel U225 entry level MH that they offered back in the early nineties. Even though it was entry level, It was way ahead of it's time for the day.
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How was it?

I really liked the Foretravels we saw on dealer lots when we were looking. They had very impressive interiors. What did you think of this one? How did it drive? We never test drove one as the ones we looked at had strong smoke smells so were out of the question for us.
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I attached a pdf file...
Thanks, that's neat. I'd read about that suspension on the Foretravel UniHomes(sp). Engineered to last a million miles. The reviewers raved about it.

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I really liked the Foretravels we saw on dealer lots...
We are scheduled to look at it tonight. I will report back.
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John, this rig is leaf sprung. The trans was a three speed so I'd assume it was the Ford C6.

micd, this rig was in exceptional condition. The roof looked new. There was very little rust underneath and what rust I did see was surface rust. Some of the engine and trans seals were seeping, but there was no oil on the ground. The interior was rosewood -- absolutely beautiful. My wife loved it. It ran wonderfully. That 460 pushed it down the road very well. There had been some engine work done to it. On the highway, on low rolling hills, 65 was not a problem at all. I had to watch myself to keep from speeding a few times. The ride was very comfortable. It wasn't multiple air-bag smooth, but it wasn't rough or truck-like either. It did have a front end shake after hitting a rough spot in the road. It self-corrected immediately and it wasn't scary but I suspect something is worn or mis-aligned. It needs new tires, so that may have contributed.

I need to do some research on the front end and a possible brake issue, but this is the first rig I've been excited about. I can see us buying this rig.
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You may want to go to www.foreforums.com the Foretravel owners forum. It's free to Join there are some folks that own those coaches, as well as lots of knowledgeable tech folks. Sounds like a fun coach to own/restore.
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Thank you Bruce. I've been reading over there. I've also been reading through some of the information you've compiled and posted over the years. Thank you for you work -- it's well done and very helpful to new (older) dummies like me. Thank you!
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Update: We couldn't work the price out so it was a no-go. It was a very nice coach though, it just needed tires, some front end work, brake work, and very little else.
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Not sure where you are in Montana but this is in northern Wyoming.
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micd, good find! He's eight hours away. I just got off the phone with him. He's already got two people looking at it. It sounds like it may be sold.
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