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Old 03-15-2010, 07:03 AM   #1
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Oh, the agony...

I'm very new at RV'ing and we just aquired a 2001 Trail-lite RV by R-vision on a 24' P32 chassis with an 8.1L from a "reputable" dealer. After a lot of online hunting, I'm finding that there's virtually no information for my 24 footer. Also, we were told it had a 5-speed Allison in it... it doesn't. I feel so duped for not crawling under there before we bought it. It has, in fact, a 4-speed 4L80-E GM tranny in there. Not being much of a "gear-head", doesn't this pose some issues that the Allison would not? Or is it all going to be just fine? Only plan on towing boats.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:51 AM   #2
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There is nothing wrong wit the 4L80E trans. its just not as strong as the allison.You should have no problem with your 24' motorhome pulling anythng you want to pull. I had a 32' motorhome with this trans and pulled a car behind me and after more than 40K miles I had no problems. It is an overdrive trans and you should get fairly good milage with it.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:44 AM   #3
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NatureCalls: If your P-32 was built by Workhorse (vin # begins with 5B4), then depending on GVWR your tranny might be a 4L80-E HD which was used for GVWR of 14, 800 pounds or more.

You can find more info about your chassis in the 2009 Chassis guide, available for free DL. See the top of this forum for a link.

Make sure your dealer notified Workhorse about your purchase, so you will be shown as the "owner of record" in their records. Otherwise, any notices that may be mailed will continue going to the original owner.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:35 AM   #4
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You can also go to the WH web site and enter yourself as the second/new owner I believe.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:58 PM   #5
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You can also go to the WH web site and enter yourself as the second/new owner I believe.
That is indeed the problem. You can't do that directly on-line. You have to write or call and provide a copy of a current insurance card or BOS listing the VIN#, name and address.
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Find out if you have the ignition protection kit installed. You need this so that you won't find yourself stranded with a rig that stalled or otherwise won't start. You see, the coach buiders had been allowed to overload the accessory portion of the switch and a number of these have failed. You should obtain and carry with you a spare ignition switch. You also have the dreaded AAPB. The automatically applied parking brake has several commonly failing parts; the most notorious of all is reverently known as the RGS, or ROTTEN GREEN SWITCH. OLD USED BEAR on our forum is the best source for service information on the AAPB. Welcome aboard and Good Luck!!
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:06 PM   #7
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Thanks for the words of wisdom. I'm feeling better already. It is a workhorse chassis and I doubt the previous owner did much of anything other than put fuel in it. Had the brakes & tires checked this morning & all is good. Might just get the brake system flushed soon, just because. I've read about the ignition switch issue and haven't checked it yet. I've also read some threads concerning the AAPB, but ours has the e-brake pedal and release handle. I thought that involved ones with the button?
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