THOR HURRICANE ..Help

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sambaman

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Morning guys...hope you can help here...first post and first drive of a american RV...just bought a 1997 Thor Hurrricane 6.8 petrol auto..when i set of the RV seems real juddery or going up a hill again juddery....when above 50mph its perfect no problem ..hills do seem a massive problem though with this judder...its as if something electrical is breaking down ? injectors need cleaning ?? .....i was stating to the previous owner it seemed a bit juddery but he was sayign it was my foot on the gas pedal...bought the R.V. from EVE @ van bitz at taunton although it was not a vanbitz RV SALE BUT her son runs this site so im sure there knowledge they should have pointed out a POTENTIAL problem...but hey ho !! ...anyone know also it has LPG fitted but the previous owner did not tell me if the RV can run on LPG ..IF IT CANNOT how do i go about converting it over ?? is this a expensive thing to do ??im sure its a sensible option with the price of fuel etc these days

hope ya'll can help
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johnsandywhite

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:Cool: Hi sambaman. Welcome to MotorhomeFun. When you say it is juddering. I assume you mean the engine in is missing and not pulling smooth? This is usually down to the Electrics. ie. Distributor, plugs and leads. If it has an LPG conversion fitted? It should have a switch on the dash to switch between Petrol and LPG. If not? Then it will cost between £1500 and £5000 for a conversion depending on how many tanks and WHO does the conversion.
May your travels be many and your troubles be few. Happy Rv'ing. :winky:
 
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sambaman

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hi...appreciate the reply..yes it seems to be missing a little under load...going to try plugs them keep going through things...im sure it wont be much..i just want it right !!

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Jim

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Depending upon how many miles you are going to do in a year and how long you are going to keep the RV it may or may not be a god idea to go for an lpg conversion Some people can make a return on their investment in a year or so, others it might take as many as 5 years and they sell their vehicle before they get a return, but I would have thought that an LPG conversion should add a bit to the value in a resale.

Oh and welcome to the site, I hope you get the vehicle niggles sorted soonest.
 

Jim

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Duncan is in the States at the moment, I think he is back next week though. Tony is right though, he is the man to sort out your problems, he doesn't take the mickey with his charges either.
 

johnsandywhite

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:RollEyes: So it looks like we are back to the Official Expert as against the practical having been there and done that amateur then? :RollEyes:
 

johnsandywhite

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1 Inspect Wireset Damaged, worn, or deteriorating spark plug or coil wire(s).
2 Inspect Spark Plug Fouled, damaged or broken spark plug(s).
3 Inspect Fuel Filter Clogged or dirty fuel filter
4 Inspect Distributor Worn, loose or incorrectly adjusted distributor.
5 Inspect Distributor Cap Loose or cracked distributor cap
6 Inspect Distributor Cap And Rotor Kit Loose, cracked, or worn distributor cap and ignition rotor.
7 Inspect PCV Valve Plugged or damaged pcv valve.
8 Inspect Air Filter Restricted or clogged air filter.
9 Inspect Catalytic Converter Clogged, damaged, defective or faulty catalytic converter.
10 Inspect Automatic Transmission Improperly adjusted kickdown cable adjustment or internal transmission problems.
11 Inspect Fuel Pump Improperly functioning fuel pump or circuits.
12 Inspect MAP Sensor Improperly connected or faulty m.a.p. sensor.
13 Inspect Mass Air Flow Sensor Improperly connected or faulty mass air flow sensor.
14 Inspect Throttle Position Sensor Faulty throttle position sensor or throttle position sensor circuit.
15 Inspect Timing Specification Incorrectly adjusted engine timing.
16 Inspect Fuel System Pressure Incorrect fuel pressure being delivered to carburetor or fuel injection system.
 
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Lindy-C

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Hi,
V10 engines do not have a conventional distributor set up - they use a coil pack on each plug, before ripping things apart I would fault code read the ECU as these engines have a sensor on both the crank and camshaft which if faulty will affect the initial ignition advance and do cause juddering under load. I've changed quite a few over the years, they're not that expensive.
If you're stuck I have a scanner for the ford V10.
James Calvert
Stateside Tuning
 

Tony Santara

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:RollEyes: So it looks like we are back to the Official Expert as against the practical having been there and done that amateur then? :RollEyes:
Hey don't be so touchy John (JSW) ::bigsmile:
Nobody doubting your knowledge or abilility, however are you assuming Sambaman knows something about RV engines ?
Aren't two heads better than one :thumb:
 

johnsandywhite

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Hey don't be so touchy John (JSW) ::bigsmile:
Nobody doubting your knowledge or abilility, however are you assuming Sambaman knows something about RV engines ?
Aren't two heads better than one :thumb:
:Cool: Me touchy? :RollEyes:

All knowledge freely available on the Internet.

Two heads better than one? MMMmmm. YES. :ROFLMAO:

BUT. Do NOT always assume that the Expert knows best. It once took an expert 3 days to find out that our problem was the Plug leads. It took me 30 minutes of surfing the net to find the same answer.
 

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:Cool: Me touchy? :RollEyes:

All knowledge freely available on the Internet.

Two heads better than one? MMMmmm. YES. :ROFLMAO:

BUT. Do NOT always assume that the Expert knows best. It once took an expert 3 days to find out that our problem was the Plug leads. It took me 30 minutes of surfing the net to find the same answer.
IMHO the plug leads and Dizzie cap / rotor sorted mine.

Plus a set of plugs.

But mine is a conventional V8
 

eddievanbitz

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Sorry Sambaman you have got it wrong. Eve, has no connection to Van Bitz at all. She is my Mother in law.

We didn't know that she had sold her van, until this morning. We certainly didn't carry out any maintenance on it as she used a local commercial garage. The work that Van Bitz specialise in is electrical, but not vehicle servicing and fault finding. Our workshops are just not geared up for that type of work. We even send our own vehicles out for servicing as we don't want the mess. I think the closest that it got to us, was she paid a couple of our guys to fit an alarm for her when she bought it!

In essence I just got lumbered with it parked at Van Bitz. She should never have bought it in the first place, My wife and I told her not to as it was totally unsuitable for her, and a million miles away from what we suggested that she bought. A vehicle of that size and age for a lady in her seventies was daft in our opinion, she bought it on a whim. Consequently she used it for one trip and hated it.

She paid £36,500 Summer 05 from Travelworld. She gave it to Dudleys to sell March 06 Dudleys had it for sale, with no success until Feb 07 until, she decided to try and sell it her self. From what I can gather she sold it to you, sold as seen for £15,000


That being the case, the price you paid should give you loads of scope to pay someone to sort out any electrical problems that you may have, and still have a cracking van worth loads more than you paid for it.

The only other thing that I can tell you Sambaman, is that it was driven up to Dudleys, came back on a transporter as she wouldn't drive it. It sat at Cornish Farm from the February until it was taken to MJ Auto's the commercial garage that MOT'd it and did any remedial work required to pass the test, I believe last month.
 

American Dream

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Sorry Sambaman you have got it wrong. Eve, has no connection to Van Bitz at all. She is my Mother in law.

We didn't know that she had sold her van, until this morning. We certainly didn't carry out any maintenance on it as she used a local commercial garage. The work that Van Bitz specialise in is electrical, but not vehicle servicing and fault finding. Our workshops are just not geared up for that type of work. We even send our own vehicles out for servicing as we don't want the mess. I think the closest that it got to us, was she paid a couple of our guys to fit an alarm for her when she bought it!

In essence I just got lumbered with it parked at Van Bitz. She should never have bought it in the first place, My wife and I told her not to as it was totally unsuitable for her, and a million miles away from what we suggested that she bought. A vehicle of that size and age for a lady in her seventies was daft in our opinion, she bought it on a whim. Consequently she used it for one trip and hated it.

She paid £36,500 Summer 05 from Travelworld. She gave it to Dudleys to sell March 06 Dudleys had it for sale, with no success until Feb 07 until, she decided to try and sell it her self. From what I can gather she sold it to you, sold as seen for £15,000


That being the case, the price you paid should give you loads of scope to pay someone to sort out any electrical problems that you may have, and still have a cracking van worth loads more than you paid for it.

The only other thing that I can tell you Sambaman, is that it was driven up to Dudleys, came back on a transporter as she wouldn't drive it. It sat at Cornish Farm from the February until it was taken to MJ Auto's the commercial garage that MOT'd it and did any remedial work required to pass the test, I believe last month.
Hi ambaman,

Sounds like You got a bargain There.:thumb:

Just needs Service/sorting.
 
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