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DaveanSonia wrote:

Were can I get a cross reference for oil filters and air filters. I have a FLEETWOOD PACE ARROW37C. For the oil filter it says W8800470 no store knows this numbers. For the Air Filter it says W8800464. How can help me?
Try this forum they have a Fleet wood owners forum. Link






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Here is results of google search, all kinds of data on it for filter. For air filter, just type in nr and hit google search, works for most part nrs
https://www.google.com/search?q=W8800470&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

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Thank you for this. Still digesting, as there is a great deal of info here, but it is very helpful. I currently own a 5th wheel and my wife and I are full time RV's, not retired just able to travel and work. Had the 5th wheel for a little less than a year and we're really starting to look at Motor Homes. Having to be very honest with myself on WHY I want to do this, so I'm just in the early stages of research. But I know this is not an easy choice and a Class A is a big investment, however we are considering not ever going back to a house in the near future. Anyway, a long winded way of saying, "Thank you" for your work on this.

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Life is full of compromises. Thanks much for this article. I am a new firs time MH owner. Thought I had found the right Class A, until I drove it. Local dealer service was a major factor for me since I can only fix simple things and have zero patience. Therefore I had to settle for a Class C. Don't get me wrong. It is a great coach, but my preference still leans toward Class A. On balance some mods seem to have been simpler on the class C. I guess one cannot have everything in life all at once. It really helps to write things down and prioritize. I found a few Class .A's at distant dealers, many of which have propane and water plumbing in the slide out. To me bad idea, but maybe I am missing something.

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BaldyD1 wrote:

Have not read all of the replies to this post, but those I have read did not touch on some important safety issues.

Do believe that this post offers more information to the first time buyer than anything I have seen/read before. The only area where I presume to offer additions is in the research area of drivability and highway control & safety.

I believe that any and all manufacturer's MHs being considered for purchase should be driven on a long test drive that includes quick to emergency lane changes and other quick maneuvers that are regularly required in todays traffic on highways. The quick maneuvers must be done in a safe area on clear roads/highways/large open parking lots.

The topic of driving is mentioned under research by the statement "test drove most of them." and as one of the checklist items under TAKING DELIVERY. I would say that driving the MH prior to ordering and/or purchase is paramount for determining how the MH will handle and if the buyer will be comfortable behind the steering wheel and should be expanded in the RESEARCH paragraph and the TAKING DELIVERY checklist.

As mentioned on this forum many times, people purchase a MH and find the drivability to be poor and the safety to be suspect and then set about correcting the problems that probably would have been found in a long test drive.

Drive the same model that is being ordered and the actual MH you are buying prior to signing the final sales contract!

If my suggestions and ideas are incorrect or detrimental to MH purchaser's, please inform me where I'm wrong/off base/fouled up.


100% essential point. Had mine all picked out. went to the dealer, ready to pay. After test drive, I explained how to fix the problem and how the dealer could significantly increase sales of this unit. They did not even offer the fix for me if I would purchase it. Obviously, I did not; nor did the person who test drove it the day before. ?Thanks to the forums, I was well acquainted with that coach.

Never, ever buy any vehicle without driving it first!!

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Excellent info for a first time buyer who is feeling a bit hysterical about making the final decision! Being a single female, I travelled with a friend in a Class C motor home and loved it so now shopping for my own. Have narrowed it down to the Class A Axis RUV (gas) vs a diesel Class C (Four Winds Siesta). My concern is that the Class C seemed so much easier to drive on the highways, the Class A seemed to be blown by every passing truck or gust of wind. Having never driven anything this size, I'm wondering if that's just something you get used to or is it really difficult to drive. I plan to make it across the U.S and into Alaska so want to be safe. Also, any advice on negotiating the price on a new RV - how much off the MSRP is reasonable for RV's? I appreciated the advice on researching your dealer as I can see that I may require much support in the orientation phase - will plan several small trips in my area before jumping off on the "big road trip". Thank you for any and all advice.

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We have been researching Class A Motorhomes for a while. We have a budget of about $80,000. We are trying to decide whether to go used or new. There are pros and cons to either. Is it better to get an new entry level GAS Class A with a warranty or get a used DIESEL RV of a little higher quality but no warranty? Here are some of the RV's we are looking at and would love some feedback on. If you were listing them in order of "value," in what order would you place these?

1. NEW GAS 2016 Coachman Pursuit 31BD at $81,995
2. NEW GAS 2016 Jayco Alante 31AV for $84,995.

3. USED DIESEL 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 3807 $79,995
4. USED DIESEL 2007 Alfa See Ya 1004 $84,995

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sylvanr wrote:

We have been researching Class A Motorhomes for a while. We have a budget of about $80,000. We are trying to decide whether to go used or new. There are pros and cons to either. Is it better to get an new entry level GAS Class A with a warranty or get a used DIESEL RV of a little higher quality but no warranty? Here are some of the RV's we are looking at and would love some feedback on. If you were listing them in order of "value," in what order would you place these?

1. NEW GAS 2016 Coachman Pursuit 31BD at $81,995
2. NEW GAS 2016 Jayco Alante 31AV for $84,995.

3. USED DIESEL 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 3807 $79,995
4. USED DIESEL 2007 Alfa See Ya 1004 $84,995


Newmar. I'm surprised by the lack of responses. This is usually one of the hottest topics! Let me go out on a limb here and draw some fire. A used, high end, DP in good shape is always, I say again, always better than a gas MH in the same price range. The reasons include, hydronic heating, air bags, higher build quality, power and longevity of diesel and just plain comfort. I should get some comments and discussion for you now. Good luck.


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I just purchased my first Motorcoach, a Tiffin Allegro Bus 39RP in Phoenix. I drove it back to my home on Long Island as the shakedown cruise, 3000+ miles small fuel leak, new front shocks and a hydro problem on the auto stabilizers but other than that all good. I'm selling out here in New York and moving back to my beloved Texas ASAP. Since my bus will be my primary residence for the at least near future, how do I go about the change from New York to Texas? I've heard you can get a mail box at a UPS Store or other mailbox site and that becomes your new address? Anyone who has done it I would really appreciate the help.....


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Be very careful when buying to consider what is use for RV, vacations, weekending, pad living on seasonal basis, perm residence, etc. Then look at where most driving will be, terrain, etc. Fuel and maintaining engines, tune ups, and how complicated is the entire unit to maintain.


We sold out 32 ft that was perfect for us and not into pad or long term living, handled well in traffic or even in towns, good one highway and was gas as really no savings for diesel, more so when maintaining as generator was also gas. Regardless of what seems "Just what we need", you must first draw up a list of us4es, mileage, budgets, and new vse used as far as potential operating costs, AKA costs more to repair diesel vse most gas. Remember what sounds great, might not be needed and more operating systems of all kinds, more potential for repairs and options are money makers for dealers. HOw ling will you keep unit, what is annual routine upkeep, what is weather protections for use and storage.

If used are there operation, parts etc manuals for ALL the systems. What is maintenance and failures records for ALL units. What is your operation budget? Take as much time preparing to define use as you do in looking... and try not to go "Oh I love it" around sales folks... We will replace our 32 with same size as easier to use, allowed in most Parks, and like a boat, smaller is less expensive to buy/use.

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