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Old 06-18-2005, 11:14 AM   #1
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360 Classic Diesel - Need Thoughts!

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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, 03:14 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 $$. In the long run they are quite a bit less to maintain, and although ultimately the 454 will not do the long term mileage the diesel might, the overall cost is a definite consideration. Just a friendly IMHOP.
For example this 350 is a bit more than half th price of the diesel;
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Old 06-18-2005, 04:02 PM   #3
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I am no expert on those models, but wondered, are you sold on the diesel idea as opposed to a gas model? Seems like there are some very nice 345 models out there which would save you quite a lot of $$. 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, 07:20 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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Old 07-02-2006, 07:42 PM   #5
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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, 08:46 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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Old 07-22-2006, 07:27 AM   #8
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If I had an extra $60,000 laying around this would really interest me.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #9
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Resurrecting an old thread to correct misinformation. The Spartan DPs did have a design flaw that if left unchecked would lead to overheating. The issue was misting oil collecting on the radiator fins and building grime over time. It was fixed with an oil catch. Another cause for overheating was if an oil leak is left unattended. Because of the nature of the air flow back there it would cause the same result. Had little issue in 40k miles and four years of ownership as long as I attended to oil leaks.
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The 390 and 396 suffered the same problem from the oil by-pass tube on the Cat (pig that it was) the correction was to lengthen the tube, Regards, Bob
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Talk about dusting off the cobwebs on this thread.

I wonder if Kevin ever found a 360 DP to his liking.....seems like a AS fanboy judging by his stable of aluminum.

Kota had that same problem with his DP IIRC. His intercooler/rad, whatever they call it, didn't look pretty when he pulled it and washed it out.

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We pull a Jeep Wrangler behind our 95 and you dont even know it there. It will run down the interstate at the speed limit and climbs mountains without issues. Gets about 10 mph towing like you stole it and 12-13 cruising with just the bikes on the back.
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Diesel vs faster

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Just my two cents worth. Diesels are noisier,cost more to fix, are smellier, but they do get better milage, if you got overdrive, can run at higher speeds, and will go a half a million miles. Towing, your gasser will tow just as much as any diesel, just slower and use more fuel. My 345 towed my excursion w/ 7.3 diesel, to North Dakota, and I got 7 mpg. And fuel doesn't cost less anymore. Diesel used to be way cheaper. That used to be the big draw . I am quite capable of exchanging my 454 to a cummins, but I don't see the advantage of it. Buy a gasser and if you want towing capacity, have a kick butt hitch made, and put an Allison 6 speed in it. You'll get 10-12 mpg
Be been driving semis for twenty years, they are loud , no matter where the engine is. Don't get me wrong, I love the smoke smell, love the diesal noise, my excursion has 300k miles on it . Bull it proof motor. My AS has a 454 with four welded mufflers and headers and 3 inch exhaust. A nice deep rumble. Top cruising speed for us will be 65 mph. DJ
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Just my two cents worth. Diesels are noisier,cost more to fix, are smellier, DJ
The Isuzu turbo diesel is nowhere as loud as a first gen Cummins; cost more to fix, yes, but how many times do you fix an industrial diesel? How many 454 replacements will occur to my one diesel replacement? I swear there is no smell to modern diesel (heck I thought it was brake fluid).

I agree wholeheartedly about warning anybody buying a modern diesel, with all the EGR system failures, DEF sensors failing and a host of other nanny state electronics; but I love my three wire diesel (ground, positive and relay to starter).

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