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Old 10-13-2020, 11:21 AM   #1
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1995 Gulfstream Scenic Cruiser - Rebuild

Hello - My name is Angus and I'm new to the RV world. I just purchased a 1995 Gulftstream Scenic Cruiser on a Spartan EC-2000 chassis. The RV is an old-fixer-upper with 78K miles and 230 Hp Cummins 5.9 w/ an Allison 3060. The RV sat for several years and didn't run before purchasing (well I added batteries and jumped the engine before I purchased, it runs perfect). It has absolutely NO running brakes, which I found out the hard way!! The parking brakes work, so I was able to stop...

I was told this is the best place to start a new Gulstream thread. Over the next few months I'll post and document my restoration and rebuild project. I will mostly focus on interior and exterior, but I will also include some Spartan chassis work as well i.e. how I started the engine after sitting for several years and how I repaired the air brakes.
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:30 AM   #2
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More Pictures!

I know what you're thinking...How did I find such a beauty!!
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Old 10-25-2020, 09:38 AM   #3
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Getting Ready for an Update!

I had some trouble with the brakes...but final get them repaired. I'm taking a video walk through this afternoon. It's been a very busy couple of weeks!!

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/air...em-511414.html
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Old 10-25-2020, 02:37 PM   #4
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She's alive and moved into storage!

I knew the motorhome did not run before purchasing but I thought, "no big deal, I'll get it towed”. So, I called a few transport companies to receive quotes to move the RV about 30 miles to a storage yard. All the quotes were about $500 - 700 dollars, which was very doable. Then, no one returned my calls after they realized it was a class A diesel pusher. The price went from $600.00 to 450 an hour, way outside of my working budget. I spoke with the owner and to my surprise, he gave me two months to have the RV towed or driven off his property.

The motorhome has been sitting for years and it has extensive water damage, major soft spots in the floor, a couple of delamination spots, rot around the shower vents, it didn't run, no chassis power, the list goes on-and-on and I haven’t even mentioned the electrical issues.
Well, I packed all my tools and spent the day working on the chassis. Number one, get the engine running first. I have never worked on a diesel engine, but I watched YouTube for several days and figured it would be that hard. I disconnected the fuel lines, changed the fuel filter, and then ran lines to an external tank in the floor broad. All the videos on-line started and ran a Cummins the same way. Next, I changed the oil and filter for good measures. I had to purchase two batteries for the chassis, but after they were installed, I didn’t have chassis power. Lucky, I called Spartan a few days before and they emailed the wiring schematic, which was a life saver.
When I crawled under the motorhome, I found the “J Block” broken not allowing the positive current to flow to all the main components. My only option was to disconnect all the wires and bolt them together. I still didn’t have chassis power but the positive cable tested good with my DVOM, so I inspected the ground circuit next and found no connectivity from the negative post to chassis ground; I disconnected the ground strap, cleaned the corrosion, and the circuit came alive! I had chassis power but no power at the ignition switch. In the diagram, everything seems to flow through one “Master Relay”, so once again, I bolted all the wires together to achieve a “quick fix” and I was able to start the engine using the key. With the new fuel, the engine started up and I had power to the transmission! The air suspension started to raise, and it was looking more and more like a motorhome!!

I placed the RV in drive to get it out of the ruts and she moved with ease, but I pressed the brake pedal and it wouldn’t stop…Oh crap…I pressed the neutral button and pulled the air brake and fast as I could. Moving forward, the RV was parked parallel with a house; so, I had to maneuver the RV through this guy’s back yard without hitting his house, around a tree, thorough his front yard, and into his driveway all using neutral and the air parking brake.
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Old 10-26-2020, 09:57 AM   #5
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1995 Gulfstream Scenic Cruiser - Sales Flyer

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Old 10-26-2020, 10:03 AM   #6
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Spartan EC 2000 Chassis

Find attached, the EC2000 chassis wiring diagram (5.9 6BT w/ MD3060)
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