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Old 05-17-2019, 10:54 AM   #1
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1993 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel

Hello all! This is my first post and my first RV!!! I am looking to buy a 1993 Bounder that's being stored here at my yard. The model number is 33-1749 JD. Its on an Oshkosh chassis with a 5.9 cummins and 4 spd allison with a banks stinger package and a US Gear exhaust brake. The coach has been sitting for years. I replaced all the batteries and she fired right up. All AC units works and most everything else that we have tested works great. I have a few questions about the coach for you guys...

1.) Are there any specific issue with the motor / trans I should look at more carefully? I know that old mechanical cummins had a dowel pin issue in the dodge pickups. Anything else i should be looking at?

2.) The hydraulic landing gear doesn't work. I get a yellow light on the LF but thats it. I'm guessing its probably low on fluid. Where is the reservoir located and is there anything else I should look at regarding the gear?

3.) the fuel gauge is pinned all the way to the right past the full mark. Is this normal? My thoughts are to try and fill it up and see if it will take more fuel.

4.) The exterior is faded and some of the emblems are faded. Thats not a surprise. Is there any way to restore that gel coat?

5.) When I got the coach running I tired to drive it around the yard but the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. If i pump it a few times it will come back but then fades again. They arent air brakes so im guessing its a braking system like a passenger truck. Am i correct to assume this?

6.) I am not familiar with the US gear exhaust brake. I have tried to look them up on YouTube and google but haven't really found much. The box is located on the dash and then there are two red buttons located next to the transmission shift lever. How does this system work?

I appreciate any feedback i get. Looking forward to this new adventure!!!

Marty
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If it is the US Gear D-Cellerator brake, you can get the operating manual here:


D-Celerator Diesel Exhaust Brake


US Gear also made a toad (dinghy) auxiliary braking system called the Unified Tow Brake. It too mounted by the driver seat and had some buttons. Unified Tow Brake
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If it is the US Gear D-Cellerator brake, you can get the operating manual here:


D-Celerator Diesel Exhaust Brake


US Gear also made a toad (dinghy) auxiliary braking system called the Unified Tow Brake. It too mounted by the driver seat and had some buttons. Unified Tow Brake
Gary,

Thanks! I'll be sure to look it up!

Marty
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Hello all! This is my first post and my first RV!!! I am looking to buy a 1993 Bounder that's being stored here at my yard. The model number is 33-1749 JD. Its on an Oshkosh chassis with a 5.9 cummins and 4 spd allison with a banks stinger package and a US Gear exhaust brake. The coach has been sitting for years. I replaced all the batteries and she fired right up. All AC units works and most everything else that we have tested works great. I have a few questions about the coach for you guys...

1.) Are there any specific issue with the motor / trans I should look at more carefully? I know that old mechanical cummins had a dowel pin issue in the dodge pickups. Anything else i should be looking at?

2.) The hydraulic landing gear doesn't work. I get a yellow light on the LF but thats it. I'm guessing its probably low on fluid. Where is the reservoir located and is there anything else I should look at regarding the gear?

3.) the fuel gauge is pinned all the way to the right past the full mark. Is this normal? My thoughts are to try and fill it up and see if it will take more fuel.

4.) The exterior is faded and some of the emblems are faded. Thats not a surprise. Is there any way to restore that gel coat?

5.) When I got the coach running I tired to drive it around the yard but the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. If i pump it a few times it will come back but then fades again. They arent air brakes so im guessing its a braking system like a passenger truck. Am i correct to assume this?

6.) I am not familiar with the US gear exhaust brake. I have tried to look them up on YouTube and google but haven't really found much. The box is located on the dash and then there are two red buttons located next to the transmission shift lever. How does this system work?

I appreciate any feedback i get. Looking forward to this new adventure!!!

Marty
I'm not sure how to edit my OP but I found the manual for the landing gear and have that figured out. I'll edit my OP once I figure it out. Thanks!

Marty
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Some of us with older coaches have rubbed out the gel coat with a DA and scotch bright pad attached and then coated with Zep Wet Look floor coating. It's not a wax but is an acrylic polymer. Lasts 3-5 years with no maintenance except washing. Leaves a nice shinny coat that makes bugs easier to remove. Home Depot used to have Wet Look in a house brand called Red Max Pro. (RMP) The vinyl is another issue. Last year I removed the vinyl from my old Bounder and painted the stripes on. Looks like factory new.
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Some of us with older coaches have rubbed out the gel coat with a DA and scotch bright pad attached and then coated with Zep Wet Look floor coating. It's not a wax but is an acrylic polymer. Lasts 3-5 years with no maintenance except washing. Leaves a nice shinny coat that makes bugs easier to remove. Home Depot used to have Wet Look in a house brand called Red Max Pro. (RMP) The vinyl is another issue. Last year I removed the vinyl from my old Bounder and painted the stripes on. Looks like factory new.
https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...5.cfm#29658965
Awesome. I'll check that out!
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Hello all! This is my first post and my first RV!!! I am looking to buy a 1993 Bounder that's being stored here at my yard. The model number is 33-1749 JD. Its on an Oshkosh chassis with a 5.9 cummins and 4 spd allison with a banks stinger package and a US Gear exhaust brake. The coach has been sitting for years. I replaced all the batteries and she fired right up. All AC units works and most everything else that we have tested works great. I have a few questions about the coach for you guys...

1.) Are there any specific issue with the motor / trans I should look at more carefully? I know that old mechanical cummins had a dowel pin issue in the dodge pickups. Anything else i should be looking at?

2.) The hydraulic landing gear doesn't work. I get a yellow light on the LF but thats it. I'm guessing its probably low on fluid. Where is the reservoir located and is there anything else I should look at regarding the gear?

3.) the fuel gauge is pinned all the way to the right past the full mark. Is this normal? My thoughts are to try and fill it up and see if it will take more fuel.

4.) The exterior is faded and some of the emblems are faded. Thats not a surprise. Is there any way to restore that gel coat?

5.) When I got the coach running I tired to drive it around the yard but the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. If i pump it a few times it will come back but then fades again. They arent air brakes so im guessing its a braking system like a passenger truck. Am i correct to assume this?

6.) I am not familiar with the US gear exhaust brake. I have tried to look them up on YouTube and google but haven't really found much. The box is located on the dash and then there are two red buttons located next to the transmission shift lever. How does this system work?

I appreciate any feedback i get. Looking forward to this new adventure!!!

Marty
I had a mechanics shop come by today that services our semis and they mentioned a possible contamination of the fluid. How does the braking system work in this coach?
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