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Old 06-18-2005, 12:14 PM   #1
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360 Classic Diesel - Need Thoughts!

Hi Folks

Ok, I've been looking at getting a MH for some time now, however, did not want to get away from aluminum or rivets. So, what I have now decided to consider is a 94 or a 95 Classic 360 Diesel, and redo the interior...

However, I have only experience in trailers and Gas (tow vehicle) engines and systems. a used 360 with spartan chassis/diesel motor / propane generator and related sytems scares me.

I'm looking at 2 units, both asking way too much, one completely way too high, but looking regardless, perhaps as comparison.

The one in Georgia looks to be best in condition (based on photos and conversation with owner), while the other on the dealer lot seems to be a bit more "worn" but a better asking price to start.

I've thought about looking for a member on the list of vounteer inspectors, but none are in AR...(anyone happen to be in the area?)

Does anyone who has 360 or MH experinece/knowledge advise me what to ask and/or look for? Any thoughts on the difference between a 94 to a 95? Standard features and options for that year? I can't seem to find any archive product infomration on the web...

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Old 06-18-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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I am no expert on those models, but wondered, are you sold on the diesel idea as opposed to a gas model? Seems like there are some very nice 345 models out there which would save you quite a lot of $$. In the long run they are quite a bit less to maintain, and although ultimately the 454 will not do the long term mileage the diesel might, the overall cost is a definite consideration. Just a friendly IMHOP.
For example this 350 is a bit more than half th price of the diesel;
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Old 06-18-2005, 05:02 PM   #3
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I am no expert on those models, but wondered, are you sold on the diesel idea as opposed to a gas model? Seems like there are some very nice 345 models out there which would save you quite a lot of $$. In the long run they are quite a bit less to maintain, and although ultimately the 454 will not do the long term mileage the diesel might, the overall cost is a definite consideration. Just a friendly IMHOP.
For example this 350 is a bit more than half th price of the diesel;
http://rvtrader.com/rvdetail.php?id=40977
ALANSD,

My wife and I love the look of the 93-96 classic MH, and from my understanding, the DP can pull up to 4K, whereas I am told the Gas one only pulls up to 2K. I havent found a resource to confirm this but I need at least 4K for a future toad.
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:20 PM   #4
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You can do a search here in the site by typing "diesel pusher". There are a few threads that talk about those...there's a good one about towing capacity that touches on I think a '95 model. However, if you can't find anything here, go to Fred's Airstream Archives and that site will have some info on it.

When I retire, I think the '96 diesel pusher is for me!
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Thumbs down Diesel pusher classics

The diesel pushers were few in number mostly because AS used a Spartan chassis, not the standard P30 nor the Freightliner that they used on the fiberglass boxes. There were multiple serious problems immediately, not the least of which was the tendancy to overheat the engine because of poor airflow. You should pursue conversation with some of the current owners before doing this!
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Old 07-02-2006, 09:46 PM   #6
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Wow, this thread's about a year old! Just curious if you ever got the DP? Towing capacity can be fixed by taking the rig to a fabrication shop and having them weld an upgraded receiver to the frame, like I did. Now I can tow 5K vs 2K, although I can really feel the toad in back. Nonetheless, I like DP's but didn't know about the problem witth the Spartan chassis.
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I have just posted a 360 DP to eBay if you search for it. I've been very happy with it and the torque is wonderful after comparing to Gas models.

The added advantage of course is biodiesel which becomes more of an attractive possibility as foreign oil continues to rise in price.

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If I had an extra $60,000 laying around this would really interest me.
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