I suppose it would look awkward to quote the entire thread to this point to answer everyone, so I'll just cycle through.
BCDave, Yes it's the Avco in Emmett. We settled on $3000 as a fair price. We have the title
and a bill of sale. It has some significant problems, but the bones are good. The hull is in excellent shape and the interior is mostly intact and in good repair.
We would have driven it home tonight (about 40 miles) but the front brakes
are metal-to-metal. the PO drove it (handily) up a mountain road with a significant grade, but the descent torched the brakes
. Luckily they held out until the last block on their way home.
I'll be calling around Emmett tomorrow to see if anyone can turn bus rotors - it's (apparently) an Dodge D50 school bus frame and it has front disk brakes
. Very nice.
DonnaD: I'm a gearhead at heart and a Mopar fan to boot, so I'm not much worried about the chassis. My main concern is making sure the gas, electrical
, and plumbing systems are servicable and safe to start. We have an issue right off the bat with hot water.
It seems that this coach was equipped with engine-heated water. A PO cut a water heater hole (if I understand things correctly) and was going to fit a standard water heater. The gentleman we bought it from was going to install an on-demand water heater, but it's not the right type for the install he wants to do (it seems to be a bulkhead mount). Either way, I have some work to do.
Frederick; My understanding from reading up on Avco for the last few days is that the only thing they shared with Travco was the Dodge chassis and a burning desire to build a quality coach.
One of the peculiarities I'm curious about is that the coach has two roof mounted Coleman Mach 3s. The PO says that the front one is genset powered and the rear one is shore power. Thats a strange way to wire the system if you ask me, but I'm curious to know why it's wired that way. THe only thing I can think of is that it has two AC units and originally had a microwave
too, but that shouldn't be too much for a 6.2kw Onan genset.
Thank you for the warm welcome. It's good to meet you, everyone. I'm off to bed - tomorrow is going to be a busy day.
I'll get some pictures posted.