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Old 01-21-2020, 11:47 PM   #1
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Just purchased 1983 30ft. Pace Arrow

Recently purchased this Pace for $1800. I was so happy to find a site for us vintage RV folks..She was a bit rough outside but mechanically great. Only 24K miles on the 454 Big Block..Runs like a scalded dog. Had to redo the exterior but after a good pressure washing & two coats primer & two of finish. & new graphics. Looks pretty good for an older Gal. Now I`m upgrading the wiring, Just bought a new power center / charger, invertor & new 12v/110v wiring stating on interior, and beefing up the suspension w/ air bags F & R, to help w/ the sway, and a Roadmaster steering stabilizer system to tighten up the steering wander some. Still have a ways to go, but should have her up & roadworthy in a few more months. Can`t beat these older vintage units for class & when you outfit them w/ all the new bell & whistles available these days, you can really have the best of both worlds. And for me,the biggest thing, I can actually work on it.. Thought I would post a before & a few after pics. Any of you fellow vintage RVers have any suggestions or advice for a newcomer, please don`t hesitate to speak up. I`m sure I`ll be back needing advice either way..
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Welcome to the forum.
I like what the blue accent did for the rig; the fresh coat with accents really made a difference. I really appreciate the vintage coaches as well. I have the same power plant and chassis, but with a tag axle in the rear. Still easy to find parts when needed.

How is the interior? I gutted mine to the framing because of water damage; we're now slowly putting the inside together with new materials. I am about to lay down some of the new LVP waterproof flooring. I'm adding a layer of foam board insulation inside for a little more comfort.

What are your plans going forward? Love to see what you do.
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You’re having entirely too much fun.

Enjoy.

She looks awesome.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:58 PM   #5
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Thanks foe the atta boy on the exterior. Actually, I sort of "borrowed the paint scheme from a another MH I saw online. Being a muscle car guy, ( I restored my 68 Cuda to totally stock).I thought about going w/ the stock colors & graphics etc. But we figured, since this won`t be a restored show queen, why not do it the way we want it? We like the lighter colors & colorful graphics, & it won`t look like every other Pace.I used a quality acrylic primer & finish on it..I could have gone w/ enamel, but these new acrylics are so good, and much more forgiving. & the aluminum siding is not much different than a mobile home when it comes down to it. The interior is pretty good. The previous owner just replaced both the roof & the floor, All I did was use Haigs roof coating two coats & sealed everything. No leaks anywhere. She did the floor in a wood parquet that looks great. I can shoot you some pics of it I you like. Once I get the Gal rewired, new LED lighting, & new window coverings, Redo the interior walls in a light tan grass cloth wallpaper. Build new overhead compartment over the drivers area, she will be ready to go. Exterior, I will be replacing the tires, all belts & hoses, new rubber brake lines, beef up the suspension & steering w/ the upgrades I mentioned,& service the 4KW Onan. That should about do it hopefully, I`ll be dropping a few bucks on the resto, but considering what we paid for her, we should be ok. Thanks for the interest. I will keep posting pics as things progress..
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Yes I am having a blast, It`s either a huge project, or a labor of love. Guess it`s all in how you look at it. I`m an experienced mechanic, & have done a few classic cars, so I`m pretty confident I can give the old gal the makeover she deserves..Thanks for the encouragement..
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Hi BillyT, We bought and still have our 88 Winebago. Just a suggestion for you , replace all the damn steel brake lines at once, you won't regret it! We bought a 2006 Itasca on a Workhorse chassis, 55000 mi well kept and on our first trip we drove to upstate NY then to Florida , no problems! Coming home from Florida , I lost the brakes in Jacksonville. Ended up filling it twice with brake fluid and babying it , downshifting and staying away from everyone! In South Carolina I couldn't take it anymore and found a old timey truckstop, the drove 25 miles each way to get the rotted brakeline, put it on and when I stepped hard on the brake the other line above it leaked! 50 miles later they got it done! Couldn't believe they only charged me $150 bucks, gave their son $50 for the parts run! Got home and had my mechanic under checking something else and 2 more lines blew stepping on the brakes! GM made brakelines out of crap steel, please be safe and change all of them , it's a pain but you need to stop! Bobby PS, We still have the 88 Winnebago, it is on the street in front of my house , I use it for my rolling toolbox since we closed our glass and metal shop, my one and a half car garage houses our 90 Dakota Convertible!
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Glass Man: Thanks for the heads up. I had already planned to replace the flexible hoses, but that's a good idea, think I`ll add that to the list. I am a stickler about brakes on big rigs..After a career in Fire Rescue as a driver/ engineer..I have seen what happens when you can`t stop a heavy vehicle..I`m w/ you on that one Thanks..
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Also going w/ ceramic brake pads. They stop as well as than semi metallics in my opinion, & I like the pedal feel w/ them I have them on all my vehicles..Not as much brake dust to clean either..
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I've got a 82 Pace Arrow 30 ft . Really enjoy her.
Also have a 64 caddie convert.
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I'm sure it's on your agenda, but be sure to replace ALL the rubber fuel lines as well. I used my coach last year for a comfortable place to sleep while on a month long gig out of town. I was still in the middle of the renovation and had her running decently On the way home it started running rough and I was having to feather the pedal at stops to keep it running. At one point I went to take off and BOOM! a backfire through the carburetor; that ignited the gasoline on the intake from the dry rotted fuel line that had begun leaking!

Luckily it had been pouring rain earlier in the day and I had a pile of soaking wet clothes. That's what put out the fire...
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Recently purchased this Pace for $1800. I was so happy to find a site for us vintage RV folks..She was a bit rough outside but mechanically great. Only 24K miles on the 454 Big Block..Runs like a scalded dog. Had to redo the exterior but after a good pressure washing & two coats primer & two of finish. & new graphics. Looks pretty good for an older Gal. Now I`m upgrading the wiring, Just bought a new power center / charger, invertor & new 12v/110v wiring stating on interior, and beefing up the suspension w/ air bags F & R, to help w/ the sway, and a Roadmaster steering stabilizer system to tighten up the steering wander some. Still have a ways to go, but should have her up & roadworthy in a few more months. Can`t beat these older vintage units for class & when you outfit them w/ all the new bell & whistles available these days, you can really have the best of both worlds. And for me,the biggest thing, I can actually work on it.. Thought I would post a before & a few after pics. Any of you fellow vintage RVers have any suggestions or advice for a newcomer, please don`t hesitate to speak up. I`m sure I`ll be back needing advice either way..


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Thanks, I`ll check & see what I need..
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Yup, I plan on replacing all the rubber lines, brakes, fuel, & heater hoses. I think my fuel lines are all metal, except a few feet before the carb,, but I need to follow them all the way back to be sure. Thanks for the heads up.
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