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Old 04-16-2013, 10:25 PM   #15
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Hey Musketeer! Glad to see so many folks interested in older Airstream pushers. Ours is powered by the 230hp Cummins on a Freightliner X-Line (spring suspension) chassis. It's no speed demon and the towing capacity is 5000 lbs... but we too enjoy ours just fine and it's plenty of power for us. The motor is very uncomplicated because there's no computers on it. You can always get a Banks upgrade (or one of the other companies making horsepower upgrades for this motor) as others on this forum have done. Good luck!
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:17 AM   #16
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Thanks, Adam! It is going to be weird to be in an Airstream that isn't round and shiny!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:20 PM   #17
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Bought it and drove it 2200 miles home

Well folks, I did buy the 1997 Land Yacht. I had only one problem on the 2200 mile trip, a tire blowout on the freeway in Los Angeles about 15 minutes after I started. Stupid on my part because I inspected the tires and knew they were old and weather checked, seller compromised on the price to cover replacement. Six hours and $$$$$ later I was back on the road with four new rear tires.

It was a fun trip with no other problems and I am getting used to driving a Moho vs pulling a trailer ( pulling a trailer is easier!). Drove up and down mountains, got blown around in the wind and had all of the fun a guy can have driving one of these babies. The Cummins ran well and delivered about 11.7 mpg driving about 62-65 mph. And now I have a new list of things to fix and improve!
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:42 PM   #18
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Glad you made it back with no other issue other than the tires. I was surprised to hear you say pulling a trailer is easier than driving the MH. I've never pulled a trailer so I have nothing to compare how my MH drives, but I think it quite easy to drive. Yes, now the fun begins with the improvements to make it your own. Looking forward to seeing the pic's. I'm sure your going to enjoy it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:37 PM   #19
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Congratulations Musketeer! Our ride improved dramatically after replacing the worn out shocks with some new Bilstein shocks. But, as you can see from Gloran's signature, there are many more improvements that can be done to improve your ride.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:07 AM   #20
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How do the steering modifications work

Thanks, folks! My comment regarding pulling a trailer vs driving a motorhome revolves around two things 1) the Moho is very noisy and 2) the Moho requires constant attention and corrections to the steering when driving in crosswinds. When I am pulling my trailer ( which I sold to a friend yesterday) my truck is quiet and pulls mostly straight. The noise of the Moho is squeaks and wind noise. I think that I have some of the squeaks fixed and will check the window gaskets, etc for winf noise.

The steering is easy and perfectly straight with no wind or a tail wind. With a crosswind it requires a lot of steering action to keep it going straight. Freightliner inspected the chassis for me and found everything good in regards to suspension parts. Is a steer safe or other mods helpful?

I can feel a lot of questions coming as I learn about Moho ownership, thanks in advance for your help. My wife and I are very comfy in the Moho and are planning many adventures in it!
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:03 AM   #21
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Thanks, folks! My comment regarding pulling a trailer vs driving a motorhome revolves around two things 1) the Moho is very noisy and 2) the Moho requires constant attention and corrections to the steering when driving in crosswind. 1) Ours was very noisy and had alot of squeeks, rattles.and wind noise also. Had the wife drive while I checked where they were coming from, after numerous trips, on a smooth road very quiet now even in windy condishions, so you can improve that problem with a little ingenuity and persistence. 2) I had alot of streering play, so I replaced the Bell Cranks, that doesn't sound like you have that problem. But for cross winds,and control the Safety Streer did make a difference. Blue Ox also make a couple products that are suppost to do the same thing. I took the Mh out last week for a little drive, beautiful day but very windy. On the express it handled amazingly well. I also installed a IPD front stablilizer that I think helps also. But you don't have to make all the changes at once. But the Streer safe might be a good thing to try first.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:33 PM   #22
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I think i have this figured out. What I am thinking about buying is the following:

1997 LY wide body diesel pusher with 230 hp 5.9 Cummins on a Freightliner chassis

What I'm thinking is that I will have Freightliner check out the engine and chassis. Assuming all is okay there I will fly to check out the coach myself.

Is this motorhome underpowered with the 5.9? Does it run hot? Are there any known likely points of failure?

Thanks to all for any advice!
I have one exactly like what you are considering, and it runs fantastic, and gets great fuel mileage. It has plenty of power even pulling a car. Freightliner has a very good chassis set up.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:43 PM   #23
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Where the heck have you been flash1? It's been 4 years since you posted. You must have a ton of stories and pictures to share with us.

We need some new material on this site. Give us what you got.

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I have one exactly like what you are considering, and it runs fantastic, and gets great fuel mileage. It has plenty of power even pulling a car. Freightliner has a very good chassis set up.
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April 2015 I purchased a beautiful 97 Land Yacht Wide Body, 35' with the 275HP Cummins engine. 45k original miles and garaged since new. Almost immediately I found driving on a straight smooth highway it required constant sterring motion that felt like play in the wheel. In May made my first long trip from Asheville, NC to Key West, FL, with new tires installed. By the time I got home from the 1800 mile round trip, my shoulder was hurting from the constant motion.

Took it to Freightliner in Asheville and they found the Bell Crank assembly badly worn. Turns out this part is recommended by Freightliner to be replaced at 10years on most of their trucks. A new assembly was installed and front shocks replaced at same time. It made a HUGE difference...much tighter, no play, and even the road feel was firm. Of course the new shocks helped eliminate the front bounce which was massive at times. Lots of play in those front wheels!

For anyone who owns a diesel pusher on the Freightliner chassis over 10 yrs old, I highly recommend this repair be considered. Labor and parts were $1050 and it will make driving a pleasure. In fact I just relocated to Montana and the 2500 mile cross country trip was fantastic with no problems. Can not wait to get it back on the road this spring traveling to Yellowstone and Glacier as well as using in my job traveling the high-line.
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