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Old 02-07-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Smile 1998 35' Diesel Pusher Land Yacht

We are considering buying a 1998 in good cosmetic and mechanical condition with low mileage. If there are any owners of a similar vehicle out there......wondering what I can expect in the way of major repairs coming up just given the age of the unit?????
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Air Forums Patsy. Some information on your specific unit is here on the forums and most equipment, other than the chassis, is common to many other motorhome and trailers. eg. fridge, stove etc.

Have you got a Freightliner dealer in Cranbrook? The chassis is all Freightliner. These are commercial establishments that maintain charge rates so that they can stay in business.

Is this unit in Canada now, and where has it been serviced? Has it got the service records with it for you to keep?

If the unit has not been maintained or unknown maintenance, you should have it looked at at your Freightliner dealer and make sure it is updated and all chassis systems are up to specs.

On the Airstream body, every Brand of RV is liable to have water damage from leaking seams etc. Check it very close for signs of leaks, and make it a regular practice to continue to inspect for water invasion. Most everything can be replaced, but water damage will make a real mess if left to continue to spread.

Canal Flats is on my list to visit but we have never got there yet. We are usually heading to the other coast when we go thru that area.

Post some pictures when you get everything organized.

Looks like you have a Freightliner dealer there.
Call the service manager with the chassis VIN and talk to him/her about what you might watch for, and what updating might be needed.

This unit will have a CAT engine that, if low milage should last a long time. But it needs proper, regular maintenace to do that.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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I purchased a 1998, 35' last year and love it. We took it from AZ to AK and back plus numerous shorter trips. Before buying we took it to a Freightliner Service Center, no major problems but still spent 5K getting the AC working, new air hoses, damper arms, etc. The unit had 50K miles on it. Does yours have the optional larger engine, that is a real plus. We just redid the interior and plan on many more trips. If you have any specific questions just ask.

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
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Potential 1997 Land Yacht purchase

Hello all,

I am considering a 1997 Land Yacht diesel pusher motorhome. It is equipped with a Cummins engine. I am trying to identify the chassis-engine combination, find the specs and to learn of any recalls, etc. Any tips out there? Want to be more knowledgable before I proceed to have it inspected, etc.

It is a new adventure to move from so many years pulling a trailer to driving a motorhome!

Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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Are you talking about a Cutter, with flat face, or just a Land Yacht, with the greater windshield slope?

The Land Yacht will probably be the Cummins 5.9????

You will have to determine which chassis and model before we can specifically help you.

Have fun shopping for a Class A, look at as many as you can to determine your wants and desires, and take your time. If and when you find the right one you will know it.

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Hello all,

I am considering a 1997 Land Yacht diesel pusher motorhome. It is equipped with a Cummins engine. I am trying to identify the chassis-engine combination, find the specs and to learn of any recalls, etc. Any tips out there? Want to be more knowledgeable before I proceed to have it inspected, etc.

It is a new adventure to move from so many years pulling a trailer to driving a motorhome!

Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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It is a Land Yacht with the sloped windshield. Owner states it is a Cummins engine but thinks it is an Oshkosh chassis despite the center of the steering column and the dash gauges stating Freightliner. I need to understand what I am looking at, would a VIN or chassis number state the chassis manufacturer? Also where could I find the specs for this unit? If this checks out I will buy it, but the 2,000 mile distance is a little obstacle to overcome.

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Old 04-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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If you can get the chassis VIN you can do a search on CarFax for the history of the unit. Freightliner took over the Oshkosh chassis Jan 96 but it may be old stock they are working with?

The Airstream body number is different.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:29 AM   #8
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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!
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:26 AM   #9
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Check for any signs of roof leaks. Water is the destroyer!
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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I have a 1998 Land Yacht 36. That was the first year a higher HP Cummins was available, a plus if it has it. Before purchasing mine I had Freightliner do an inspection. Nothing major turned up but air lines were replaced, cab AC fixed, new belts and hoses radiator flushed etc. The bill came to 5K which I split with the seller.

Check for water leaks, I had one on the passenger window. Delamination is also a concern. Take a good look at the exterior walls.

We have taken it from AZ to AK and have had no trouble with power or overheating. I do have the higher HP engine and do not tow. On that trip I got 10.5 mpg.

The only issue I have had is the Kiwkee step was acting erratic. Since they no longer make that controller you have to replace the motor and controller. That was a little over $200. I also had to replace one of the jacks so check for signs of oil on the top of the jack pad. Their is a rebuild kit for them but I bought a used one for $300.

If you have any specific questions let me know. It is a great coach.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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Is this coach thats listed in the classified out in California? If not, that another one you can look at.
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Yes, it is in LA
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I spoke with the same owner also, nice fellow and it sounds like its a well taken care of MH. Hope it works out for you. Let us know.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:47 PM   #14
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5.9 Cummins 35 Foot Diesel Pusher

Ours a is 5.9 Cummins 35 Foot Diesel Pusher Land Yacht on a Sparton chassis.
Power? Plenty to hit merge speed on most on ramps, even pulling a car or a car trailer. We love it and it's 11 MPG not matter what we're pulling or not. Ours is a keeper.
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