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List of Upgrades

By Previous Owner 

   

The previous owner had basically a new coach when he purchased it back in 1980.  Therefore he didn't really need to upgrade.  As the coach aged he started upgrading.  Here's a list of the more significant upgrades from 1980 to 1998 that I am aware of:   

 

bulletAutomatic Retracting Step 10/18/1982 (vacuum operated) step brochure
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bulletIlluminated water pump switch in bath
bulletReplaced OEM stove with a new cook top and a Litton microwave
bulletNew furnace 10/18/1990
bulletNew living area air conditioner 05/20/1992
bulletGoodyear G159 tires
bulletBilstein Shock Absorbers all around July 1986
bulletTwo new Fantastic fans in living area large OEM fan from living area moved to bathroom
bulletMoved the OEM Hammond vent to the bath which is also now a nice skylightl. In 2004 I replaced that with a Fantastic Fan
bulletAlex Birch Screen Door 09/15/1981
bulletRagusa engine air scoop
bulletCinnabar Air Ride Upgrade
bulletCheck valves in air system (Buskirk Mod?)
bulletAmber Marker Light as Porch Light
bulletFender Skirts
bulletexterior snap on windshield cover
bulletReplaced the Delco OEM radio/8-track player with a Delco radio/CB.  I have since replaced that radio twice.
bulletLP Gas Alarm

 

Even though the coach was in great shape when I bought it in 1998, I decided to make changes and modifications to suite me.  This is sort of like buying an older house (which is what a GMC motorhome is) and redecorating and making upgrades after you move in.  This is what I've done so far: 

Kitchen Upgrades:

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New Sharp microwave/convection oven click here to see some pictures of the installation

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Separate AC Power Circuit for Microwave by adding 2 double circuit breakers

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New gas cook top

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New Norcold 641-3 3-Way Refrigerator

 

Bath Upgrades:

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New holding black water and drain plumbing

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Longer shower sprayer hose

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New Thetford Auora ceramic toilet

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Macerator and how it was installed

 

Audio/Visual System:

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Built in 10 disk CD changer

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Built in VCR

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Built in DVD Player

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Speakers were installed in the headliner

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New External TV Antenna with Preamp including aux TV and 12 volt outlets

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Phone and cable TV jack in power cord compartment

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Cable TV outlet under dash and in driverís side bedroom locker

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100BaseT cable (Cat 5) installed throughout

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New CB ported to OEM cab speakers

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"Big" 21" Color TV

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switch to select house or starting battery for radio DC

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New AM/FM stereo radio

 

Miscellaneous Upgrades:

bulletElectric Windshield Wipers
bullet Modern Tinted Windows
bulletBackup Camera
bulletReplaced all the Clearance/Marker Lights see Gene's Site for details
bulletEntrance Door Latch
bulletNew Custom Instrument Panel
bulletAlcoa Wheels and Michelin RIB tires
bulletStainless steel battery tray with 2 Samís Club golf cart batteries
bulletCinnabar 3.42 Final Drive
bulletCheap replacement switch for under hood light
bulletCleaned & Insulated LP Gas Compartment
bulletPainted LP Gas Tank
bulletAir Bag Valve Kit from Byron Maxwell
bulletInstalled gas strut lifts for LP gas and Onan/Battery compartment doors
bulletRamco electric mirrors with built in turn signals March 2004

 

Interior:

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Day/Night Shades 

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Painted all plastic interior parts

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Pleated Divider Curtain

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Pleated Windshield Curtain

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Padded Valance for Shades

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Installed shelves in lockers

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New headliner

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Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm

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Made vacuum cabinet into a pantry. Vac stuff now stored under the couch.

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Front window screens and Wind Wings Blaine Merrell

 

Installed three fire extinguishers in the coach:

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fire extinguisher in closet that saved the day during the fire of 2001

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smaller unit in locker over dinette 

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unit between wall and driver seat.

 

ONAN Upgrades:

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Carburetor Heat unit for Onan

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Carburetor Primer Button

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Cooling air deflector for Onan

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Electronic Ignition Upgrade

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Replaced Onan starter bracket with Ragusa bracket

 

Fresh Water System:

bulletWater Filter
bulletAccumulator Tank
bulletNew Tank Drain System
bulletWater Heater by pass for Winterizing
bulletAntifreeze by pass for winterizing
bulletRebuilt water heater that includes a stainless steel tank

 

Coach Electrical System Upgrades:

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Built-in PortaWattz 800 inverter Ė wired to all AC outlets and energized with a relay.

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Statpower TC40

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Remote panel for inverter

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Remote panel for TC40

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Automatic generator transfer switch

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AC outlets in each locker

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AC outlet under dash

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Ragusa 3 battery tray in engine compartment.

 

Engine Upgrades:

bulletAluminum Radiator
bulletFuel Injection
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Springfield Ignition Wires

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Rostra Electronic Cruise Control

 

Home Base Upgrades:

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50 Amp Service by parking near garage

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had dedicated GMC parking pad installed with additional 50 Amp Service

 

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