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RE: who's looking

Yes, with a classic coach you need a support group. GMC’s have that as do FMC’s. Next month we have a rally in Oregon with 19 coaches registered to attend. There is also an active Facebook group and an FMC owners club website. With any classic you need to be able to do mechanical work to some degree. FMC’s were built from 1973-76 and had Chrysler 440 engines coupled to a loadflite tranny. They are rear engined. I converted mine to an 2006 Duramax diesel with a 6 speed Allison tranny. Good combination of old and new!
BigRabbitMan 09/07/20 12:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rodents coming in through engine compartment.....

Just had to have the wiring in our Nissan Exttera repaired today. Asked mechanic how to prevent. He said to spay a dilute mix of water and tobasco hot sauce inside the engine compartment. Mice and rats lick their feet and it will send them away. Don’t b know if it will do anything for the chipmunks.
BigRabbitMan 07/30/20 09:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: More water needed....

No food scraps in my Grey water. The kitchen sink is plumbed into the black tank. It depends on how a coach is plumbed.
BigRabbitMan 07/30/20 09:29pm General RVing Issues
FMC coach Owners Club Rally Oct 2020

The FMC Owners Club is having a rally October 2–4, 2020 at Casey’s Riverside RV Park in Oakfir, Oregon. We currently have 18 coaches signed up for the rally. Some are coming the previous Thursday and some are staying through Tuesday. It is a great location alongside the Willamette River. If you have an FMC come join us or if you want see some classic coaches, come and stop by for a visit and coach tour. For info go to the rally section of our website at: www.fmcowners.com or email me at: Stephen at heinrichs dot com .
BigRabbitMan 07/29/20 03:21pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

As to the stove, that is a drop in that doesn’t need side shielding. Because the actual burners generate heat at or above the counter no side shielding is needed.
BigRabbitMan 06/23/20 03:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will Your Next Tow Vehicle be Electric?

Friend of mine got a quote of $50,000 to change his 29’ FMC from gas to electric with a 200 mile range. The coach weighs 14,500 lbs. it is a rear engine coach.
BigRabbitMan 05/25/20 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Any chance you could get the specs of that camshaft for me? That would be fantastic info to have. I’ll give it a try.
BigRabbitMan 02/19/20 10:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Header calculators don't seem to work real well at low RPMs as they are mostly intended for high output situations, not daily drivability or max torque at partial throttle. Don't think they work very well with the lower exhaust velocity and lower pulse frequency. I think the factory manifolds would work satisfactorily for what you are trying to accomplish. Almost all header tests I have seen, usually start on the dyno at about 2500 to 3000 rpm and go up. In my case, totally worthless. Bummer. You would think in this day and age, with all the technology we have available to us, that it would be easy for a computer to spit out the numbers, and accurately, of what would be a great combination for us low speed guys. I have used a program called Dyno 2000, that allows me to play with a lot of different combinations, with compression, bore, stroke, valve size, cam settings, cam timing, and so forth. If I took the the settings I found that "should" work for a low speed engine to a cam grinder, they would probably tell me I an nuts, and tell me to get lost, because I have lost my mind. Could be. However, changing a cam and lifters would be reasonably cheap, if it didn't work. FMC coach’s had 440’s in them when built. A friend has added an overdrive unit to his coach and is changing his cam to give him peak torque in the low 2000 rpm area. He has also gone to a smaller carb. More in the 600cfm area rather than smaller. He will also always run under 3000 rpm.
BigRabbitMan 01/31/20 10:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Zoning Law

He lives in a city. No septic system!
BigRabbitMan 01/25/20 11:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: The Verdic is in, New Ford 7.3 V-8 Gas mpg not so Great

For the best fuel economy per ton/mile you need a high compression long stroke turbo supercharged engine that has in cylinder multi-injection of a high power density fuel... like big trucks use... Adding more overdrive trans ratios in front of salt flats axle ratios doesn’t do much for tow performance but works great for no load driving. My coach is about 15,000 lbs. With the original carbed 440 it got 7+- mpg. Changed the 440 to an Edelbrock Multi-point fuel injection system and mpg went up to 7.5 mpg. Those were the numbers for about 60,000 miles. Changed my engine to one as described in the first paragraph above (a 2006 Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel) and my mileage has been a cumulative 13.4 mpg over 53,400 miles. Same coach, same weight, similar speeds, same driver. It’s the difference that comes from doing what is described above.
BigRabbitMan 01/24/20 08:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: You don't need it.

Just got back from a 15 thousand mile trip from NY to Oregon South to California, Yellowstone Utah and Rt.66,ETC Not a hint of mechanical trouble either truck or trailer. I carried with me enough stuff to rebuild both. Didn't touch any of it. I did pull out the compressor to air up a neighbors tire. Before leaving I put a new serpentine belt on the Ram 1500 4 new 13" d rated tires and 4 new brake and a new house battery. We didn't need half the dishes the missus figured, I learned to love the sound of the truck running 3800 rpm pullin like a freight train. Tow Haul did an admirable job in controlling down hill speeds,used the service brakes very little. Didn't make a single reservation and never had a problem finding a place. Combination of Commercial RV parks State Parks forest and blm land. This ain't rocket science. Quit overthinking it, prepare your equipment and have a good time! I'm curious ... do you carry along such items as: 1. The special tool for easily changing the serpentine belt, in addition to a new spare belt? 2. A remote inspection scope so as to see in behind things? 3. A spare generator in addition to the main one? 4. A tire puncture repair kit? 5. A couple of tire inflation/sealer cans? 6. An extra refrigerator control board and igniter? 7. An extra water heater igniter? 8. A full power air compressor? 9. A full size shovel? 10. A 12-ton high reach hydraulic jack? 11. A spare water pump? 12. A spare toilet valve? 13. A heavy duty extension cord to extend the main RV power cable? 14. A complete spare sewage hose kit? 15. Three fresh water hoses? 16. A water hookup adjustable pressure regulator? 17. A bunch of interior fresh water system repair valves and tubing? 18. A satellite based rescue and communication device? The above is some of the just-in-case stuff we pack along in our 24 foot Class C motorhome ... mostly because we sometimes take our motorhome off highway into the boondocks. Only item 13. Never needed any of those other tings in 125,000 miles of travel.
BigRabbitMan 12/18/19 08:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

80 yrs here. I don’t know about towing, but my motor home and I have a lot of miles to travel! California next week, Nebraska next June and who knows where else after that.
BigRabbitMan 11/08/19 07:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

I added two 12v outlets and will add a third one. The water pump switch was/is on the dash. I added one on the edge of the cabinet over the sink and another one in the bathroom where it can be reached while sitting down.
BigRabbitMan 11/02/19 10:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

I have a 1976 FMC coach. The rear brakes started dragging after frequent use last summer and was diagnosed as the rear hydrovac not fully releasing pressure on the brake shoes. Since that unit was 20 plus years old, I had one on hand and had the new one installed. Brakes are fine now. Going to California for a few days in a couple of weeks.
BigRabbitMan 11/01/19 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor Coach Deliberately Crashed?

Pure speculation at this point!
BigRabbitMan 10/11/19 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Emergency roadside assistance

I was a big FMCA fan until they turned into a money grubbing duplication of Good Sam. Now it's $75/year? Now I am even happier. I liked the Motorhome only magazine and the cost was only $50/year (often a 5 year discount was available. I was a member for many years with a f192xxx number. Today, they don't do it for me as I have exactly zero interest in any other vehicle than a motorhome. I remain a LT Good Sam member (that's free!) and have been extremely happy with the GS roadside service. The 2 times I needed to be towed I was towed to the exact location where the manufacturer recommended service be preformed.You've got a problem. To me, it's not about what you show-up in. It's about having fun. I don't care if you've got tent, pop-up, travel trailer, class A, B, C or converted bus as long as you're good people. Numbers don't lie and the MH market isn't what it used to be. Change or died was the decision FMCA had to make and they made the right one. The repatriation insurance went way up and membership fees had to go up or drop the coverage. As I said, an individual could not buy a policy with the coverages FMCA Assist offers for anywhere near the cost of membership in FMCA. Add to that, FMCA is the only major non-profit camping club operated for the benefit of it's members. You're lucky to have bought the GS LT membership when you did. Part of the dues in GS pads the pocket of the owner who's only in it for the money. The benefit programs FMCA offers are only there to benefit the membership - not make a profit. To each his own and I'm glad you're happy. I didn't last long in an FMCA chapter with others that had your beliefs about opening up the membership and I'm happy now too. I don't have a problem. Just because I am not interested in reading about pop-ups and trailers does not mean I have any kind of distaste for those who own them. I joined Family MOTORCOACH Association because I owned a MOTORCOACH and was interested in topics related to MOTORCOACHES. There's nothing wrong with that. I am also a Good Sam member and already get a magazine related to all types of RV's. I don't need to pay $75/month for a duplicate subscription which only contains limited information on topics I might be interested in. I am a full timer so the FMCA Assist has no value to me as home is where ever I am located and I really don't need to be sent back to my mail forwarding service address should something happen to me. Some will certainly find that service an important option but if that's their only real value, they should change their name or become an insurance company. FMCA has no value TO ME. That is not in any way meant to indicate whether it has any value to anyone else. Just a fact check for others the FMCA dues are $75 per YEAR and not per month as stated above.
BigRabbitMan 10/08/19 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: new generator time

If it was me, I would look for one of the newer induction generators from Oman and other manufactures. Much quieter as only operate at the speed required for the load. Small or no load it just idles. Speeds up to handle proportionally heavier loads.
BigRabbitMan 09/21/19 02:36pm Class A Motorhomes
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