Recreational Vehicle Buyers Guide

Written by Jason Odom


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Mechanical Leaks - Look for ANY signs of leaks, particularly from Automatic Transmissions. Some Allison transmissions used in diesel motor homes have wimpy front seals and leak constantly whenrepparttar transmission gets too hot. Don't buy an RV with a leaky transmission. A replacement Allison can cost $3,000 parts and labor to replace. Leaking brake components or hydraulic systems can be expensive to repair also.

Leaky radiators can be expensive to repair or replace on larger coaches especially ifrepparttar 102742 labor to pull them involves pulling a lot of other items. Same goes for leaky dash air-conditioning systems.

Body Style - Check outrepparttar 102743 visibility differences. The entrance door positions vary as well. The rear pusher buses offer a quieter ride. Fifth Wheels usually do not have flat foors inside and almost universally offerrepparttar 102744 "split level".

Transmissions - Get an automatic unless you really likerepparttar 102745 absolute control of a standard and never intend to resell it. Standard shifts are MUCH harder to sell as conversions because retirees arerepparttar 102746 most common motor home buyers and they don't like to shift. Allison makesrepparttar 102747 best transmission systems inrepparttar 102748 world. Many older gas RV's were mated to inferior transmissions that just cannot handlerepparttar 102749 extra weight and pull issue.

Some RV's have engine/transmission setups that are so underpowered you will never be able to afford to use them. These transmissions are forever blowing seals, leaking, overheating, and breaking down. Buy a replacement transmission and guess what? Your only option may be a rebuilt version ofrepparttar 102750 problematic transmission you already own.

Engine - If you are going to be traveling through mountainous areas regularly getrepparttar 102751 biggest engine you can afford. There is NO substitute for size (raw cubic inches) I don't care whatrepparttar 102752 ads say. My car has a 440 in it. Why would you buy a 34' RV with a 318 in it? Check carefully how many miles onrepparttar 102753 engine or sincerepparttar 102754 engine rebuild. Gas engines last about 60 -100,000 miles, depending on whether they are driven stop and go inrepparttar 102755 mountains or over long stretches of flat highway. Diesels can often approach 200,000 miles before needing much of anything with proper maintenance.

If economy is a major concern, look for a good affordable coach with a great miserly engine/transmission combination. I bought such a coach with a Cummins 190 HP 6 cylinder diesel engine mated to an Allison 4 speed automatic transmission. Overrepparttar 102756 course of our 31 day, 7,980 mile trip, in mixed traffic, tough mountain and city driving, we averaged 10.6 MPG in our 34 foot fully loaded class A liveaboard coach with 4 people and 2 kayaks.

NOTE: After evaluatingrepparttar 102757 information above on SPECIFIC issues related to this particular platform you may findrepparttar 102758 prepurchase checklist found at http://busforsaleguide.com/bus_prepurchase_checklist.htm helpful. It covers GENERAL issues you should be aware of for ALL platforms. It will serve as a very valuable resource to assist you in evaluating a bus, motor home, or RV for purchase. Take a copy of it with you when shopping.



Jason Odom wrote http://busforsaleguide.com as a complete website full of bus and Rv buying information including the advantages and disadvantages of each type, make and model. Jason Odom has 14 Years in the business of assisting people in finding the Bus or RV that meets their needs.


Hybrid Vehicles Makes a Turn for the More Powerful Vehicles in the Auto Industry:

Written by Jenny McLane


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How exactly do Hybrids get such Fantastic Mileage? HVís (Hybrid Vehicles) are principally powered by an internal combustion engine, much like any ordinary vehicles. However, they also transformrepparttar energy that is normally wasted during stop and go operations into electricity, which is stored in a battery untilrepparttar 102741 moment it is needed byrepparttar 102742 electric motor. The electric motor is utilized to supportrepparttar 102743 engine when accelerating or doing some uphill driving and in low-speed driving operations where internal combustion engines are least efficient. Some Hybrid Vehicles also automatically shut offrepparttar 102744 engine whenrepparttar 102745 vehicle is idling and restartsrepparttar 102746 internal combustion engine whenrepparttar 102747 accelerator is depressed. This avoids exhausted fuel whenrepparttar 102748 vehicle is not in motion. Unlike all-electric vehicles, HVís that are being produced today do not need to be plugged into an external source of electricity to be recharged,repparttar 102749 energy provided byrepparttar 102750 engine andrepparttar 102751 braking force chargesrepparttar 102752 batteries.

Is it worthrepparttar 102753 fuss andrepparttar 102754 costs? It all boils down to one thing, Large Hybrid Vehicles cost more than their non-hybrid counterparts. Deciding onrepparttar 102755 advantages though is not that hard. You get better mileage, companies save on fuel consumption, electric motors are allrepparttar 102756 rage plus you get to helprepparttar 102757 environment. Also,repparttar 102758 hybrid SUVís pay for themselves inrepparttar 102759 long run, costs may be cut through tax incentives and decreased fuel consumption help to offsetrepparttar 102760 price difference. Determiningrepparttar 102761 cost-savings ratio would be one factor many car manufacturers will keep in mind while keeping close scrutiny in their products. Nevertheless a large hybrid vehicle may just berepparttar 102762 thingrepparttar 102763 future needs.

Parts Train has been a leader inrepparttar 102764 online parts supplying industry for many years now. They have over 25 years of experience in dealing with cars and have been regarded as experts in their field. Available in their wide array of stocks are a variety of products that can help maintain, enhance, replace and repair any make and model of vehicle available inrepparttar 102765 market today.

Call their toll-free hotline, 1-888-251-1214 for all your inquiries and comments. At www.partstrain.com they guarantee perfect fit and excellent quality.



Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.


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