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Wanted 88-95 grand villa unihome
Hi,  new on here, but owned a foretravel back on the 90's,  been looking around some.  I'm on the look out for a 88-95, 36 or possibly 40' grand villa.    I thought this would be a good place to start, condition negotiable. 
Thanks steve

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My recommendation would be a U300, especially the 102" models. '93 and '94 have the nice headliner. All have the unbreakable 6V-92TA Detroit and the 102" models have the much desired Jake brake. If you are going to be in the Western States most...

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Thanks pierce, 
What the difference in the headliner?
 I have read some of your post and I am aware of your love if the 6v92.  I've had a fmc bus with a 671, and a flxible I put a 8.3 cumming into but never a 6v92.  How are the electronics on that...

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Thanks pierce, 
What the difference in the headliner?
 I have read some of your post and I am aware of your love if the 6v92.  I've had a fmc bus with a 671, and a flxible I put a 8.3...


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Where in Mexico for paint? What have guys paid to paint one? I'm a retired paint and body guy,  but honestly  don't know about  a job that big.  Maybe in stages I could paint one.   I meant to say gmc bus,  4104, with a 671 Detroit.   That thing...

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Consider the 95 vintage if you want the best access to the front and rear mechanics.  It has a large removable panel up front for working on stuff. Such as headlights, heater, wiper motors, air conditioning and under dash components on the front...

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OK, curiosity has gotten the best of me. Our coach is a 89 3600 GV, but not a Unihome. What is the largest difference between ours and the uni? Also, from what I have read, bulkhead issues don't apply to our coach. Yes, No?  Thanks in advance!

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My first Foretravel was the 1990 version of your coach.

It is on an Oskosh chassis which was absorbed by Freightliner.  It is 96 inches wide vs 102 inches for a Unihome.  It has half the height basement storage compartments that only go in to the...

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Love my Oshkosh. I've made many updates  to help it stay on the road .  I feel better towing with this chassis than the Uni chassis. I'm sure the Uni drives better when it's right tho .

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We had an ORED and it gave us almost no problems. 

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Thanks to all for the quick replies on my questions. I really have enjoyed all you folk,  and your enthusiastic want to help each other. You unfortunately don't see that much in today's world.  I will post pics of our coach as we travel through...

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 I can put together a list  of updates and other stuff that I have done to mine if anyone is interested.

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I too am in the hunt for a Foretravel, preferably the Grand Villa.  I read from Rudy's post that an Oshkosh chassis eliminates the problem with the bulkheads.  I need to know more about this issue. Is that comment true to all Oshkosh frames?  How...

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If inspected and determined that it does not have a bulkhead issue, a U280, U300 is a good purchase. Pretty easy to tell and with an experienced person with you, most bulkhead issues can be seen in about one minute. A quick look at the big angle...

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I too am in the hunt for a Foretravel, preferably the Grand Villa.  I read from Rudy's post that an Oshkosh chassis eliminates the problem with the bulkheads.  I need to know more about this...


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I would recommend that you compare a 95 (or newer) Unicoach, to a 95 (or older) Unihome before making your decision.
The Unihome has a locomotive nose while that Unicoach has a more modern bus front, however, the Unihome is slightly more...

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95 and 95 unihome had a narrower entry door and no entry door screen.