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Old 08-04-2018
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Default NeWaBe looking for comments and opinions - FC35, 87,88,89 VS BMC37

Homework I have done so far is leaving a few gaps, im hoping some with real life experiences might help to fill them in.
Coach will be used for 2 to full time in eventually, primary focus is livability, maneuverability and practicality. We are not M380 / LXi people ;-).
FC 35,
GVWR 34000.
Sexy, narrower for maneuverability?
Living space, livable.
Generator, 8Kw Onan, adequate, but stuffed in the basement harder to service.
3208,ZF5sp trans retarder, works well gets hot fast. Who could repair a ZF
Holding tanks, 102,62,62
Turning radius?
Ground clearance ?
Departure angle ?


BMC 37’
GVWR 33000
Practical, Wider, huge living space, easier to find service, 10 years newer.
Living space, glorious.
8.3, Allison6sp, Exhaust brake, works ok, many Allison shops, many Cummins shops
Storage, easier access, doors go up higher, larger basement.
Generator 10Kw PowerTech,Slide out, easier service.
Holding Tanks 100,50,50
Turning radius - 237"wheelbase, Wall to Wall 38.5' Curb to Curb 33.8’
ground clearance ?
departure angle ?
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We are very happy with our BMC . We carry just about everything you could need. We can cut and split firewood , do laundry , cook for a group , do some mechanical work, sleep a couple extras if needed and trail ride in the Jeep. It will make a great Full-time coach.
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We love our BMC.
No drama, just drives.
Kinda like a Honda.
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How tall are you Jim? We love our 87 FC but the low ceilings would be a negative if you are tall. Surprising amount of storage in our generation of FC too
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Thanks for the responses.
Im 5'11" I don't think ceiling height will be an issue in either one?
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Another consideration is a place for a washer-dryer, especially for full timing. Looking at and reading comments about the Splendide combo unit had me thinking that it is just a toy, but for us, it REALLY is a plus. We aren't typically full hookup people, but with 100 gallons fresh and 50 each waste, we can go for several days and do at least one load of laundry. On our 1994 BMC, the kitchen sink drains into the black tank which works well for us.

I ran our Splendide while it was sitting on our driveway, just to make sure it wouldn't flood the bus and measured the discharge water from each cycle:

Regular: 17 gal
Delicate: 14 gal
Perm Press: 9 gal. This is the setting we use. It's not a water hog and the clothes come out clean.
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I like FC's. The ZF requires little service, once every 2 years. 300 CAT is awesome
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are you considering a SP?
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SP 36 would not be out of the question. I understand they are taller, larger storage space on the underside, no drive shaft. I also understand they may have a tendency to run a bit warmer when ambient temp is 90 deg F. or above. Let me know if I have my thoughts wrong, I have no personal knowledge, only opinions of others.
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snipp.. kitchen sink drains into the black.

I thought only the toilet drains into the Black? Maby this is that just on some SOB's. My Rexhall and all TC's I have had the only thing that went to Black was the toilet.

Speaking of black tanks, and this may make some squeamish, my apologizes.

"Disclaimer" only class A i have ever had experience with was a Rexhall.

We had trouble clearing out the Black tank from the PO because of,,er,,,um sludge build up. from that point on we only went #1 not #2 in it. It's for sure a personal question but do most use the on board comfort stations for just #1, our did this sludge build up only apply to just some SOB's. Maybe the BlueBird have a better rinse option.

Yes we use chemicals to brake down the sludge. We like Odorlos, it takes a bit to train the tank but once underway it woks well in our opinion.

I have probably put a quick ending to this post but how is a fellow suppose to learn with out askin?
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