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Old 06-13-2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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About To Bite The Silver Bullet

Well, after 18 years of tent camping it looks like I'm about to join the ranks of the motorhomes...If going though, I'm going my way. Below is a link to the C325 I'm contemplating. I'd rather pay a little more for a rig that's been cared for. I'm hoping that my wife and I will have it for a long time after the kids are gone. It looks like I'll need to have the hitch redone to be able to tow my boat. I doubt I'll be setting any records uphill towing a boat with the carb 454. What kind of gas mileage should I expect towing and not? Any other insights for this ASMOHO newbie would be welcomed.

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Old 06-13-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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And what a nice silver bullet it is! Congratulations and welcome to the'll find lots of excitement over your new motor home here as well as information and advice from other owners...

Welcome aboard! Glad you could join us...

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Old 06-15-2008, 09:20 AM   #3
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Nice looking motorhome. In this market it might be a little over priced but you do get what you pay for and it looks good.

In our 31' 1984 airstream motorhome with the 454 we've been getting about 8 mpg while towing a 3500 lb trailer. Ours has a new engine (also not rebuilt) that has about 10,000 miles on it.

If the previous owners took as good a care of it as advertised then you should be in good shape to start using the motorhome right away.
We had a LOT of refurbishment to do especially in the front steering, front suspension and rear suspension. Nothing that a few thousand dollars didn't solve however .

Let us know if/when you get the motorhome.

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Old 06-15-2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. That's a really nice looking outfit.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:03 AM   #5
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Age, time, takes it's toll. A twenty year old vehicle is a prime candidate for suspension, brake and steering refurbishment. Not at all an off-putting proposition as it is a matter of safety, and far easier to fix than bad cosmetics on the exterior/interior major pieces, etc. Plus one can specify upgrades that make it "better" from several standpoints.

So long as one is wiling to live with electrical gremlins that may take time to work through, a vehicle this age (and especially this good looking) ought to be a lot of fun.

I don't see these motorhomes very often, and, like some of the others with a unique look, (GMC, Travco) or, (unlike Airstream) that were technologically superior (FMC, Cortez, etc), but when I do I salute the owner mentally, or introduce myself at campgrounds to express that admiration in keeping them on the road.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:25 AM   #6
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We got our '86 345 almost 3 years ago and LOVE it! We have spent some money on repairs and upgrades, but like you, we expect to have this thing a long time. We do weekend trips and go to Florida for 6 weeks in the winter. I use the 345 to tow my 7000# race trailer when going racing.
We get about 7 to 7.5 mpg normal, and about 6 pulling the trailer.
This past winter we towed our Porsche 912E to Florida and back. It had NO affect to the gas milage. (7 to 7.5 mpg)
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:56 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forums...we have an '89 345 LE, carbed, that we bought 2 1/2 yrs ago...gave up our '68 Overlander(26'), and have really enjoyed the creature comfort upgrades...have been on the road more than home, and have had our share of repairs, but still worth it...we tow a 95 GEO Tracker, and were getting 4-5.5 mpg...had full filter changes, put Mobil 1 in, learned to use the Gear-Vendor's overdrive, set the speed at 50-55mph, and are back to 7 mpg...we have 125K + miles on her. While the selling price was $28K+, we did get a '96 Nissan Maxima in the deal. We have put about $10K into it, but that includes 2 Kyocera 130 solar panels, a Blue Sky controller, and 2 big AGM batteries...having trouble with the fridge not cooling, but will keep addressing it until we go broke or find a solution...
The forum is a great place to find LOTS of information, and the comfort of knowing that SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE has probably already learned what you need to know(after the fact)...
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:09 PM   #8
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Well, we took delivery of the 325 Friday after leaving it at C&G to strip and clear coat. I'm happy to report the 70 mile drive home was completely uneventfull. Spent the weekend testing out all the systems. Front leveling jacks don't go vertical, so I'll be searching the forum for help on that. My wife is already at work on bringing the interior in line with our families taste. Next Friday she goes to Eckharts to get the hitch beefed up.

The eagle has landed.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:11 PM   #9
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I just saw the thread and the ad photos are no longer available.
Please post photos when able.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:14 PM   #10
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Will do...C & G did a great job. I had them paint the stripe black rather than the wood vinyl.

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