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1997 Foretravel Motorcoach Foretravel

Sale price: $US 39,950.00
Last update: 23.12.2019
For sale by: Private Seller

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Sleeping Capacity:5
Leveling Jacks Included:Yes
Air Conditioners:2
Vehicle Title:Clear
Fuel Type:Diesel
Exterior Color:White & Brown
Water Capacity (Gallons):Over 100
Type:Motorized Class A
Manufacturer:Foretravel motorcoach
Length (feet):34
:“Over $30,000 was spent in the last three years for upgrades and maintenance. I am a retired electrical engineer, pilot, project manager and avionics technician and love this 34 foot small bus. Took it on a 2,000 mile trip this summer so it is ready to roll, any season, any time. It has never let us down during our USA travels with my wife and son. I am selling it to raise funds for my next project. It has about 141,290 accident-free miles.”
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Update as of November 4, 2019This is the rare “Shorty” 34 ft version of the U270. It has all the features of the larger motor homes but is more maneuverable and lighter so it gets gets better gas mileage (up to 10MPG). It fits into many state and national parks where the large rigs can’t.
With winter coming comes the need for winterization. OR NOT. With the advanced Foretravel insulation design, dual-pane windows and heaters in the basement compartments, winterization is unnecessary; true four-season camper. We camp with this rig all winter while enjoying hot water showers. 
Update as of October 31, 2019: Passed PA State Inspection with the following checks: Wipers, Mirrors, Horn, Windows, Seatbelt, Windshield, Headlights, taillights, turn signal, and all other exterior lights, Engine Mounts, Engine Lights, Exhaust, Tires, Brakes, Brake lines, Steering and Suspension, Struts and Shocks, Axles, Car Body, Frame.  
Over $30,000 was spent in the last four years for upgrades and maintenance. am retired electrical engineer, pilot, project manager and avionics technician and love this 34 foot small bus. Took it on 2,000 mile trip this summer so it is ready to roll, any season, any time. It has never let us down during our USA travels with my wife and son. am selling it to raise funds for my next project. It has about 141,290 accident-free miles. Here are the features:
FEATURES- Drives and shifts as it should. Quiet and comfortable ride.- Reliable, simple Cummins 8.3 liter 325HP mechanical fuel injection. Runs great. Uses minimal oil. Gets 7-10MPG when driving 55MPH.- Smooth-shifting Allison 3090R six-speed transmission with retarder.- Eight air bags with HWH automatic leveler. LOVE this feature because it can handle most un-level ground situations.- Boondocker's delight: Lithium house batteries, 48 Volt, 9.5KWh.- Lithium engine battery, 12 Volt, 5.3KWh.- Solar panels, 1.92KW, fixed roof mounted.- Fridge, stove, microwave convection oven and ice maker work well.- Laptop PC Solar and lithium battery charge controller Home entertainment system PC computer with touch or pen input. WiFi, Bluetooth wireless mouse and keyboard. Built-in or removable.- Sliding Joey Bed for storage.- Sleeps up to six comfortably. Has queen bed, jack knife sofa and Murphy bed. Also have cot-bunk bed that sleeps two.- Built-in ice maker and central vacuum.- True Four-Season camping. Climate-controlled utility compartment and lithium batteries. Dual-pane windows. High-tech foam insulation (No fiberglass!).- No slide-outs mean low maintenance and no leaks.- 8KW diesel generator works great.- Tires replaced in 2016
OPTIONS can be purchased separately- Towed car, 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, 55MPG, with 122,922 miles, three SMI tow controllers and tow bar: $2,750.- Ham radio, Yaesu 857D with 80-10 Meter antenna and SGC237 auto-tuner: $695.- Projectors and screen, LG PF1500 LED, 1080P, two available (bedroom and cabin) with HDMI input and sound system. $749 each.- Air pump, 160PSI for inflating tires, Dewalt professional, $99.- TPMS, Pressure Pro (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) with ten sensors $695.- DVR (Digital Video Recorder) system with OTA (Over the Air) tuner and 2TB hard drive. Record and watch your favorite shows with OTA (Over the Air) TV $149.- Bike rack for four bikes. $249- Extra jack knife sofa. Sleeps two kids or one adult. Free for the asking.
MAINTENANCE and UPGRADES2019 Oil and filter change, for main engine and generator. New front right wheel bearing, race, seal and oil. Left bearing oil is OK. Greased all suspension and drive shaft grease points. New front right marker light receptacle and LED bulb installed. LED bulbs installed, replaced most fluorescent house bulbs. Black tank valve replaced. Greased all suspension and drive shaft grease points. Installed five-speaker/subwoofer sound system in bedroom. Replaced windshield wipers.2018 Two new air conditioners, Dometic Brisk II air heat pumps and digital controller. Lithium engine battery installed, 400AH. Can be charged with alternator, shore power, 48V house battery or solar. AGM 35 AH battery installed for alternator charge circuit. Inverter and charger installed for engine battery charging. 48 Volt power supply installed for lithium charger. New headlight bulbs installed. Removed old TV boxes and reworked cabinets accordingly. Removed battery isolator and boost solenoid. Designed, built and installed automatic house battery backup system. Great for boondocking. Greased, inspected and adjusted all brake slack adjusters with correct Meritor grease. Inspected brakes and disk. OK. Greased all suspension and drive shaft grease points.2017 New heater, Suburban dual-speed with Ecobee Alexa-controlled, internet-connected thermostat Nice and quiet. Overhauled seven windows, at Suncoast Designers in Hudson, FL. Replaced engine coolant, both diesel fuel filters, air filter, oil, oil filter, transaxle oil and transmission oil at Bob’s Diesel in Yuma, AZ. Replaced both engine belts. Replaced two engine belt tensioners: alternator and hydraulic pump. Installed two projectors and screens (8 ft and ft diagonal) with HDMI inputs. Installed new microwave-convection oven. Replaced toilet flush valve. Installed new Winegard Sensar TV antenna with SensarPro signal finder and pre-amp. Changed engine oil and filter. Greased all suspension and drive shaft grease points. Water heater ignition overhaul: new Dinosaur electronics water heater electronic control module,  high-voltage wire and igniter. Water drain valve replaced. Built and installed murphy bed with inch foam mattress. Sleeps one adult.2016 New LED house bulbs installed. Insulated front cap. Air gauge and tachometer replaced. Replaced air dryer and air governor. Sixteen Voltronix lithium (LiFePo4) 180AH house batteries for 48 Volt system. Pure sine wave inverter charger, 2KW. Six 320 Watt solar panels installed. Installed new solar combiner/breaker/relay/surge suppressor box. New Orion BMS Jr. (Battery Management System). Installed new Morningstar solar charger, 48Volt. Installed wall-mounted house laptop computer to control the BMS and solar charging. Doubles as an entertainment center. New IOTA DLS-90 90Amp house power supply 115VAC to 12 VDC. Installed cold-weather package in basement: temperature controller and Frost-King heat tapes in utility bay. Installed three fans to push climate-controlled air from house to the basement to keep utility bay warm or cool. Installed cold-weather package. Designed, built and installed custom temperature controller, climate control vents, fans and temperature sensors. Changed engine oil and filter. Greased all suspension and drive shaft grease points. Replaced alternator and re-routed voltage sense wire. Replaced retractable entry step with Foretravel OEM assembly.Engine and generator oil and coolant changed and fuel and air filters replaced. Air dryer replaced.Tires replaced.
WHAT DOES NOT WORK, or needs awarenessAuxiliary air pump fuse pulled. Pump motor works but does not pressurize. never needed it since the main air system and HWH system holds pressure for weeks. Engine air conditioner pulley disconnected because it did not work. Prior owner charged the Freon, but it probably has slow Freon leak. It can be fix with the help of an AC expert. Some decals were removed and/or faded. Cabinetry, headliner and carpet cleanup. There are minor stains and dirt marks on the headliner from sweating and minor leaks that were quickly sealed. There is no rot on the ceiling structure or roof. This was confirmed when ACs were replaced. Basement rolocs fasteners were tested in 2016. Most were OK, some were rusty, so several holes were drilled and ACF-50, an expensive aircraft anti-corrosion treatment, was sprayed into roloc holes. There is some surface corrosion on the chassis, but no rot can be seen anywhere on this rig. am the 2nd owner. It spent 19 years in semi-arid climate: Escondido, CA. am the 2nd owner. Hydraulic cooling system fan weeps oil negligible amount due to minute gap in the rubber seal. This is common nuisance on Foretravel and other brands using hydraulic fans. Ladder has crease from the previous owner. Does not affect function or strength.Some minor scratches and small scrapes. Some minor cosmetic fiberglass repair needed on the rear air intake scoop. Gray tank sensor may not work or needs cleaning. Propane stove electric igniter works on three of four burners. The other burner can be lit with lighter. The piezoelectric igniter probably needs to be replaced. Eight air bags are in good condition. High setting on kitchen fan works but low setting does not.
OTHER COMMENTSThere are no leaks on my driveway. Air system operates normally. Engine starts and runs normally. Used OptiLube XPD lubricity  enhancer and StarTron algaecide for the last 16,000 miles. Electric engine pre-heater works normally. Glow plugs operate normally.Tires are bout five years old. They hold pressure and have plenty of tread. Tires are normally covered. ran the motor and generator once month religiously. Carpet is original, but it was of the highest quality and cleans up well. No pets or children were in the rig for it's first 19 years. Some of the original window treatments have been replaced with curtains made by my wife. Zip-Dee awnings are functional but is original. When Suncoast Designers overhauled the windows, some of the windows took too much force to slide. The window above the kitchen table slides very well because removed the plastic track. After removing the track, poured water over the window to check for leaks. No leaks were observed because there is drain hole which lets the water out.
The new owner will need to be tech-savvy and willing to learn because the lithium battery chargers, although automatic, will need human to manage them. For example, normally keep the SOC (State of Charge) between 30 and 80%. The only way to accurately determine SOC is under minimal load. Both the 12 and 48 lithium batteries have SOC displays. 
When boondocking, there are ways to save power by operating with the inverter off. An understanding of the 12 and 48 volt lithium system as well as solar and generator systems helps to keep you camping, even in the darkest, windiest, coldest nights. Ask me how know this.
See video of the solar and lithium battery installation, see: https://youtu.be/-s1Vx2z8x0M
Layout of this rig is 3400 WTFE as shown at: http://beamalarm.com/foretravel-links/models/1997_foretravel_u270_floorplans.html 
See specifications at:http://beamalarm.com/foretravel-links/models/1997-u270-specifications.pdf

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