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Old 12-09-2012, 06:34 PM   #155
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We've had a 280 and it was bouncy and hard to control. If we had kept it long enough, I might have found out that the suspension was shot from day one. After $$$, Bess tracks like I can take a nap, now that that the front and rear suspension have been upgraded. It was a stupid design flaw in thinking a bread truck chassis could support the prolly 16 thousand pound weight ( + the rock collection the wife collected).
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:01 AM   #156
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I've never driven a tag axle motor home but I have driven some P30s that waddled down the road like a duck. After 2000 miles in Alaska I never could get comfortable driving them. Both spring and airbag models. My 360 on the Spartan EC2000 is far superior in handling and ride even though its on leaf springs. Lots of weight in the rear due to the engine location. Its very stable and comfortable to drive. I would like to convert it to air ride but haven't had much luck finding the components. It came with either leafs or Reyco Granning air ride as an option.

I did drive a new Sun Cruiser 32H and have to say that there is no comparison between and it and anything else I've driven including my 360.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #157
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Wheelbase, weight, a tag axle, and overhang all have an effect on ride and handling. I'm just saying the additional hardware, complexity and cost of a tag axle is something I would avoid if I could. The reason in the first place, for a tag axle or any additional axle is to carry additional weight. If you exceed the weight capacity of the axles, you either use higher capacity axles or add more axles. I prefer heavy duty equipment rather than additional light duty stuff. But that is just my opinion and as they say it's worth what you paid for it.

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I understand the benefits of a tag axle, stability and all but I agree with Dan; the extra 11/2 ft of the 325 versus the 310 is not worth the extra 2000+lbs of weight the 200 hp turbo diesel would have to drag around, let alone the extra cost in mpg and tires/maintenance.
I do like the rear convertible lounge in our 310 as we have a young family and it increases the everyday living space, so I passed on the 325.
I would've liked to take a look at it, but was reluctant to call and waste the sellers time. Maybe if it's still for sale over the holidays I will call.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:39 PM   #158
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Still wondering how many 310s AS made from, what, '79 to '84?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:13 PM   #159
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I've never driven a tag axle motor home but I have driven some P30s that waddled down the road like a duck. After 2000 miles in Alaska I never could get comfortable driving them. Both spring and airbag models. My 360 on the Spartan EC2000 is far superior in handling and ride even though its on leaf springs. Lots of weight in the rear due to the engine location. Its very stable and comfortable to drive. I would like to convert it to air ride but haven't had much luck finding the components. It came with either leafs or Reyco Granning air ride as an option.

I did drive a new Sun Cruiser 32H and have to say that there is no comparison between and it and anything else I've driven including my 360.
I think one of the things overlooked here is 30 years of technology. The P-30 was probably state of the art 30 plus years ago. It was designed as a truck to carry cargo. Then some RV companies came along and built this traveling home on this "truck." I don't expect my P-30 to drive like a new Porsche, but it has safely and reasonably comfortably taken me and it's previous owners down more than 160,000 miles of highway. It is not real hard to upgrade the ride and handling of a 30 year old vehicle but there is not enough volume to develop and manufacture components for such an upgrade and make any money. Maybe I've just spent too much time around old vehicles but I enjoy them and I enjoy my vintage Airstream Moho.

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #160
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I don't expect my P-30 to drive like a new Porsche, but it has safely and reasonably comfortably taken me and it's previous owners down more than 160,000 miles of highway.

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Not to mention, super cheap and plentifull parts with mechanics in every town who know how to work on the P30. I'd hate to get stranded in an AS Merc diesel B class. The driveshaft is over $2,000.00 for that buggy alone, let alone PCM's, ABS and sensors.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #161
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Not to mention, super cheap and plentifull parts with mechanics in every town who know how to work on the P30. I'd hate to get stranded in an AS Merc diesel B class. The driveshaft is over $2,000.00 for that buggy alone, let alone PCM's, ABS and sensors.
That idea of frugality does keep rearing it's ugly head. It is one of my favorites.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:36 PM   #162
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1984 Classic 310 - definitely a project

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/rvs/3469150266.html


1985 Motorhome (as does not have photos...)

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/rvs/3439833057.html


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Old 12-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #163
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That idea of frugality does keep rearing it's ugly head. It is one of my favorites.

Cheers, Dan
Yup the parts you can't see are cheap which allows us to blow the budget on stuff we can see.

I just picked up a set of 100 watt each 8" diameter vintage IPF amber lens driving lamp and a fog lamp. I want to see what I'm going to hit, long before I hit it, (a little dig at the lack of braking performance on my 310).
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:16 PM   #164
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OK, I know it's not an Airstream, but you've got to love it. Caution: Viewing could be hazardous to your wallet and remaining sanity.



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Old 12-18-2012, 11:23 PM   #165
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:47 AM   #166
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This one has been on CL for about a week. Only $5,000 for a project you can't pass up!

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It's hard to imagine the surprises waiting to be discovered in that Tampa moho. Hey Derek, isn't that close to your neighborhood??
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