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Old 10-16-2019
methrasher methrasher is offline
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First let me say HI to everyone. This is the first time for me to post anything. I am a newowner of a 1981 FC35SB, I wasn’t looking for one when I found mine sitting infront of an auto salvage yard. It is in pretty good condition, probably a 7 outof 10. I was surprised when after installing new batteries it started right up. Air pressure came up and I was able to get it to its new home. It is an odd old girl with some headaches but I’ll tackle them one at a time. A couple of the oddities are, it has aluminum rims needing some polish with 11r24.5 tires. Yes,I said 24.5. It also has a 400-gallon fuel tank. Will someone let me borrow their credit card so I can fill it? It’s got a quarter of a tank in it. It is missing the oven over the range and the ice maker. The generator had some issues. It wouldn’t start (had air in the lines, Fixed) and the water pump was leaking (replaced) oil and were filters also replaced. I the process of repairing the rear cruise air. It had a leak in the condenser high pressure line at the radiator. I was able to fix it and will reinstall it this weekend, I hope. The other two are working but may need a little servicing. So, the saga begins.
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Welcome Mark.
This is a GREAT group of people with a wealth of knowledge.
A 400 gallon tank I thought 300 gallons was hard on the CC.
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Welcome to the zoo!!
Post some pics of the new to you bird!
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It doesn’t matter how big the fuel tank is. No matter how much I put in mine it always seems like it keeps on drinking it up. At least you aren’t paying California fuel prices $4.19 is the low price in my area as of today
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Old 10-16-2019
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Here's a couple of pictures of my bird
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Goat rails recreated in stainless. Coach looks pretty straight, not that unusual to come across 24.5s, have them on my 35rb, a good upgrade, improves ride. Never heard of a 400 gallon tank, have my doubts there's room.
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Mike I would have thought that also until I got under the bus. the tank goes from the floor between the frame from the trailer hitch to the rear axel then continues under the frame about 12 inches deep the same distance hitch to the rear axel. Here's a quick pix.
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That's a big one.
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What a save. From the jaws of the crusher. Well done! Some call them sagas, some call them love affairs. My SO and I love our coach. We are at the WOG rally with her right now. This is her first out of state trip. It is our retirement hobby. It takes (I wont say constant) attention to keep her going. Being prepared and knowing how use the best resources, will go a long way to provide a safe and comfortable trip. Some motor clubs (like AAA) do one thing well and others do other (very) necessary things well. We found out about clubs I had never heard of before we owned a coach of this caliber. We have three plans and God forbid, we break down we will get home one way or another. I do a lot of my own wrenching to be sure. We hope you can make it next year and see her brothers and sisters. You will find lots of help here (though I like your Fixed, Fixed, Fixed comments). If you can, please let us see her insides. Be sure to use the information here and ask away for help and advice. It don't sound like you need a lot. Awesome!
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400 gallons in a FC? Cross country on 1 tank?
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