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  1. Does anyone know what brand of rear view mirrors were used on 1996 Safari motorhomes? Thanks!
  2. We just had to replace the check valve/ pressure regulator located at the rear of our 3126 (rear of the engine equals toward the front of the coach). Our coach had been increasingly hard to start even on warm mornings - with the grey smoke mentioned by others. Replacing this check valve/pressure regulator not only fixed the fuel leaking problem (at the filter) but also seems to have fixed the hard starting problem. Wish I had known some time ago.
  3. We made this change a number of years ago - the peace of mind that comes from the increased tire capacity is wonderful! Chassis capacity is determined by a number of factors - tire capacity is only one of the factors. Brake capacity, spring capacity and many others must be considered in determining chassis capacity.
  4. Sure appreciate this posting - our 96 4040 has 146,000 mi and still has lots of pad left on originals - however it is soooo nice to have this info for when it is needed!!
  5. A number of years ago we had extensive cabinet work done on our Safari coach - had it done by Davis Cabinet in Oregon near the Monaco operation. Monaco had purchased Safari by that time. The old Safari plant was being used by Monaco to do warranty repairs and Safari parts were being sold there as well. In the course of purchasing a few parts for our Safari I had occasion to speak with a number of Monaco owners who had been there for up to a month having warranty items repaired. I don't write this to knock Monaco (I understand that company is long gone anyway) but rather to illustrate what some owners of new coaches have to go through in order to get the bugs out of their rigs. When you look at a used unit with excellent service records you will likely see that it was necessary for the original owner to have a number of items taken care of. Not having to go through all that hassle has to be a consideration in the new vs used decision.
  6. I notice that some large engine new coaches (2014) are being sold with rear radiators. We have a 40' Safari with rear radiator. We fixed the slobber tube issue when we first bought it (2001 I believe) but find that there is ongoing maintenance associated with the rear radiator location. Seems as though a lot of "stuff" is thrown up by the rear tires and the rear fan seems to grab some of it and shove it into the radiator. I find that to avoid overheating it is necessary to clean out the radiators each year!! On our coach (and I suspect on most rear radiator diesel pushers) there are three cores (engine coolant, transmission cooler and turbo intercooler). This is a very thick cooling system. These cooling systems are difficult to clean because of their thickness. The high pressure and flow that might be optimum for cleaning can bend the cooling fins. The fan shroud makes cleaning from the engine side nearly impossible. So, for what it is worth I would certainly avoid a rear radiator model were I to look for another motorhome. Yes, there is the possibility of a fan pump failure (a friend has experienced it) but what I hear from side radiator owners is that they do not have the need to clean their cooling systems often if at all - and their coaches run cool even when climbing long steep grades - I'll go for that if there is a next time!!
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