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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:12 am 
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I think I posted this elsewhere, but the day I sold the coach, I finally had a chance to hit triple digits. IF you look close, you can see the speedo readout on my transmission control module. The other thing to notice is the bozo in the pickup truck decided to pull right in front of me, dramatically shortening the distance I was gaining on the other traffic. I didn't lock the wheels, but came close. Very thankful I had converted the rear axle brakes to disc.

Your post about a deer reminded me of the time I was traveling at night in the state of Wyoming. Probably doing about 75, towing my jeep on a two lane road. There was construction along the berms, so not place to swerve. Came upon a deer laying dead in the middle of the street. Nothing to do but run over him. Lots of blood and guts all over the bottom of the coach. The impact spider cracked the grey tank. But worse was the crack in the gas tank. I had gas running out the bottom of the tank. I had some JB Weld gas tank repair putty that I put over the crack. It didn't really stick, but I was able to hold it up tight against the tank with duct tape. It slowed the leak to a drip about every 10 seconds. I found a gravel parking lot to spend the night in. The next morning I ran to a local hardware store and bought some hose. Connected it to my electric fuel pump and ran the line back to the other tank. After the tank dried, I was able to get some Seal All and get it to hold well enough for the drive home. I think that's probably the craziest thing I've had happen in the Revcon.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:58 pm 
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Dave, what can I say...These pictures made my day!!! 8-)

I have sent them to my U.S. car friends and they are absolutely amazed :shock:
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What a story...love it! Great pics!

I have also got a problem with the gas tank at the moment: When I fill the Revcon up, it starts dripping. I have noticed that just before I drove the coach to its winter quarter by the end of September, so my mechanic hasn' t checked the cause yet. The leaking of gas stops when 25 liters (6,6 gallons) have run out of the tank. It' s very annoying, it smells and it can be dangerous too. I hope that the tank is not corroded on the top. Have you ever heard about that kind of problem concerning Revcon Motorhomes? The coach was never used in winter.

Where could I get a new gas tank? A tank which fits.
That' s the big question. The other tanks are pretty new.

Talking about a 1966 Olds 98...my friend bought a 1968 Buick Riviera in 1995 near Chicago and imported it to Austria. Two years ago we made a little “Music Video“ just for fun in Lower Austria and we used the Buick as a prop, a Dodge Minnie Winnie Motorhome appears also in the clip:

https://youtu.be/FCFXKL7nCTo

:lol:

Fun fact: In 1995 I visited him in the U.S. and we made a video there with the same (unrestored) Buick Riviera too... ;)

https://youtu.be/JRShdCjOCqM

Time passes so quickly... :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:54 am 
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Just some other fun facts, prior to that, I had actually seen 98 mph 3 times, but ran out of space in traffic before hitting triple digits. TWO of those time I was towing my Jeep Grand Cherokee. (we tow 4 wheels down). It easily had the power, just ran out of space. The 502 was running somewhere between 420 and 440 HP, so plenty enough to do it. From a 20 mph roll, I could punch it and light up the front wheels. At 50 mph, it would chirp the front wheels going into second.
Incidentally if you look closely at the second photo of the Trans controller, look below for the reflection in the dash. You can see both of my hands where in the camera. I was steering with my knee. Didn't think about it at the time, the coach was just that stable.

Funny you mention the Buick Riv. Back in 1990, I got a chance to drive 1965 version. I was installing a recording console in a Studio in Florida. The owner had just picked the car up and knowing I was a car guy, let me drive it. It wasn't quite the car the Olds 98 was, but still had some of the same feel. It had the similar torque build up, but not to the same extent, as it was a much lighter car.

Now because of your post, I went back a searched the model number for the recording console that I was installing as it was super rare. Turns out I stumbled on a forum thread where someone was restoring that actual console. So I had to email the guy before I could finish my post here and fill in some blanks he had as to its history. Funny where the internet will take you.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:18 pm 
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The internet will take you everywhere... :lol:

Nice story, I love vinyl and I love my old 1966 Rock-Ola Jukebox with my hand-picked 7 inch singles. ;)

So, what is the purpose of having an old U.S. Motorhome here in Austria, where owning such a huge vehicle and keeping it on the road is so expensive?

In short, we don´t have the plan to use it a lot in my country. My life companion is from Germany and the border is just 40 minutes away. Operating a car or RV in Germany is much cheaper than here in Austria because there is no toll for Motorhomes. The same in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. I have been a couple of times to Sweden during the last twenty years, the country always reminded me on the US and the Swedish American car culture is an attitude towards life, especially in the summer months where meetings take place all across the country. We filmed some clips there just for fun:

Power Big Meet 2012 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgRmZwNO-rk
2013 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZORfx_9p8w
2014 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc950uL1ZeI
Hot Rod Reunion Malmby 2019 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVqyEtI-J98

So our plan is to visit all the mentioned northern European countries with our Revcon in the next 10 years. The former owner was also in Finland and Sweden several times, in Spain, in Russia and in Cornwall - GB. The Revcon never let him down. Sweden will always stay our primary target for multiple visits because I have a lot of friends there. In 1996, when I was working in the US, I met a lot of great Swedish people around Boston and our friendship stayed alive over the years...Another advantage of the North is called "freedom to roam". You can park your RV without any problems, near a great lake for example and nobody will bother you. In Austria it´s only allowed on (expensive) campgrounds. Camping somewhere in e.g. Lower Austria can be fined with up to 2.500 Euros (corresponds roughly to 2.990,-- USD).

Why is that so?

A hotel room in Austria near a lake for a family with 2 children starts from 1.800,-- Euros (2.150,-- USD) a week - half board. Any questions?
The added value has to stay in the hands of the (Austrian) hotel owners, nobody should be able to go on vacation in his own RV for free... :roll:

In 2019 we drove up with our GMC Safari, we rented a big farmhouse for 2 weeks (700,-- Euros per week - 837,-- USD), we visited Stockholm etc.
(footage boat tour and farmhouse appears at the end of the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6KzxUpE-Xs)

We paid 2.800,-- Euros (3.350,-- USD) for 2 weeks in Sweden.

Now, the Revcon allows us to extend our stay with the same budget like in 2019, we don´t have to spend money on a rent or a campground.

I calculate a trip with the Revcon to Sweden with all the costs (gas, ferry, food, beer etc.) also with 2.800,-- Euros (3.350,-- USD) for 4 weeks.

Yes, gas is expensive (1.90 USD per liter), but we still save a lot of money. ;)

So, these were our preliminary considerations before buying an U.S. Motorhome.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:52 pm 
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The one thing about American muscle cars is that back in the late 70s/early 80s, you could buy an old 60s 2 door for a few hundred bucks, drop a junkyard big block in it and be faster than almost any other car on the road, including the super expensive European exotics. NO, they didn't handle as well, but in a straight line you could leave them. My first car was a '71 Cutlass. I only paid 300 bucks for it. After owning it for two years, I came dropped a 425 in it that my dad got from his work. (He worked for an oil additive company). The car was crazy fast. Basic 3 speed automatic with a shift kit. If you held in second till 100 mph, it would break the rear wheels loose when it went into 3rd. Just cruising at 120 mph, it was still only on the primaries on the Rochester spread bore. This meant you had the full kick of the secondaries when you floored it at 120 mph. When you consider I was paying my way through college at the time, to be able to own and afford a car like that was really a once in a life time experience. Now to get anything competitive, you need to spend your full retirement savings and then still someone can buy a brand new car off the showroom floor and beat you.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:25 pm 
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May I take you for a ride in my Revcon? :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JUryJR8IK8

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:57 pm 
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Update - What have we done so far?

Summer 2020

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Arrival in Saxony - Germany. We bought the Revcon in Koeln. Distance was about 320 miles.
The ride was very exciting because the alternator was not working properly - but we made it.

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We found out later that the cable was the wrong way round plugged in. You can see the burned contact.
So the engine took all the electricity directly from the AGM battery. Red battery charge indicator was on all the time.
Once the Revcon was very close to break down and started to stall, but when I turned off the headlights it recovered.

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There was a water spot on the ceiling in the bathroom so we took care of this.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:04 pm 
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We replaced the Fuzzy Seals of the Sliding windows...

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...and started to paint the roof.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:15 pm 
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The Result:

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New headlights - they also fit for an Astro Van (before facelift). The fog lamps (Hella) under the bumber are new too.

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A rear fog lamp is mandatory in Europe. And we also installed new back up lights.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:52 pm 
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Converting the garden shed into a Revcon docking station. :lol:

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Temporary over the fence. I am working on a better solution.

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The parking space in front of our house is a little bit too tight for our coach. :roll:

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