Going to check out a 29'1993 Firan Telstar motorhome...ford 460 Is has 50,000 miles not kilometers on it...they r asking 15,000. They've just come down 1,000 dollars on the asking price. Most of the ones I saw online were 1989s and the asking price was around 8,000. Looking for any kind of advice on these motorhomes. Thankyou

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Comment by Christine on May 21, 2017 at 8:19pm

Hello. I know your post is 2 + years but I was wondering if you did get the Telstar. I got one last year. 1994 / 95. I love her bigger then a van more movability then a bigger class C / A. 

Comment by Bonnie Geddes on October 5, 2014 at 7:42pm
Sure appreciate all this experience and advice Even your lab pup likes to look under the hood. Cute lol
Comment by Pat Daly on October 4, 2014 at 9:50am

Well, you're exactly right. Just about anytime we went up in the high lonlies (mountain) I'd wind up down some valley later on wrenching on the headers standing on my head with my legs trying to get a grip on the dashboard.  Usually had to pull one or both of the heads due to exhaust header bolt broken off and not enough room in the engine box to get a purchase or tool to get it out. We once spend 2 weeks in the back of a wrecking yard going through the "usual procedure". Met some nice folks and a good old dog there too.   "May" have solved the problem by having custom radiator built, strapping on hot rod racing water pump with 30% more capacity, adding "Kool" ... old racing product that reduces water temps by about 10 degrees, and cutting 4 10 inch holes in front of the engine compartment, attaching 3 feet of steel flx hose and terminating them about a foot in front of the headers.   Seemed to solve the problem, BUT never went over the Rockies. Headed to Florida and someone handed me a wad of cash so there she is... doin fine as far as I know.         You mentioned LEAVING THE ENGINE RUNNING when cooling down after a long pull.  I'm gonna post this as a topic. 

Comment by John "T" Nordhoff on October 4, 2014 at 9:30am

  Pat,  I've heard plenty of those stories about  454 Chevy manifold problems in motorhomes. I HOPE its more prevalent in Class A then Class C like I have ?????????? Seems like I read that once. After pulling heads and having the manifolds planed down smooth or replacing them on several 460 Fords my days of doing that are OVER I will hire it next time as its such a hard and miserable job GRRRRRRRRRRRR 

 Its my opinion those manifolds are prone to crack if you have pulled a long hard hill in the summer and they get nearly red hot and then you instantly take off down the hill and they cool too quickly????????? I think if I climb a mountain I will stop at the top a while (leave engine running) before starting down. ANY OPINIONS ON THAT???????????

 On my Class C with Chevy 454 I recently replaced 7 of the 8 plug wires. One side has plenty of clearance while the other side is so darn close to the floor its hard to get to AND THE FRONT PLUG AND WIRE IS LIKE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET AT so I left the old wire and if and when I ever need new plugs Im taking it to my mechanic, NO WAY IM CHANGING PLUGS 

 John T   Kinda bored now since I cant head to Florida until after Christmas yet all the RV upgrades are completed and its all serviced and ready to go

Comment by Pat Daly on October 3, 2014 at 10:05pm

off topic but every Chevy P30 chassis with 454 I've had has or had exhaust leaks and bolts snapped in the heads. got kinda good at pulling the heads off at some campground at the back end of nowhere... met some nice helpful people along the way...

Comment by Jimco_W001 on October 3, 2014 at 10:00pm

And a motorhome weighs a lot more and the engine has to work much harder.Thanks John.Good advice as usual.

Comment by John "T" Nordhoff on October 3, 2014 at 5:45pm

Jimco, the trucks didn't have near the exhaust problems as when the 460 was mounted and hidden tucked away in an RV. Those are the ones I had so many exhaust problems with.

 John T

Comment by Jimco_W001 on October 3, 2014 at 5:09pm

I have a 1994 F250 with the 460 engine.It has 140,000 miles on it and no exhaust leaks so far.

Comment by John "T" Nordhoff on October 3, 2014 at 3:34pm

 It also sound high to me HOWEVER if its in excellent condition it may well be worth a premium price, its only your call none of ours. I owned a ton of 460 Fords, many have trouble with exhaust manifold leaks because the rear manifold bolt breaks then they burn out the manifold gasket. The crossover in the rear between the 2 exhaust sides can burn out and leak and the EGR valves are bad to burn out and leak exhaust there. The engine part is pretty well bulletproof and I never had trouble with the C6 auto trannys but recommend an auxiliary cooler. Hope you never need to change a water pump because that will drive you to drink lol

 HOWEVER don't  let me scare you, if it checks out fine (but be wary of exhaust noises/leaks) and you like it that's all that matters. I agree with Pat, 7 to 8 MPG

 John T NOT a Ford fan lol but what do I know

Comment by Bonnie Geddes on October 2, 2014 at 10:14pm
Yes it has dash air and roof air and a genny It is in almost new condition on the inside. Just have to drag hubby over to look at it for a test drive. Thankyou so much for your reply. I love this website!



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