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Never thought I would be checking in again to this site again.
I have been thinking of buying another motorhome and every thing I look at is so cheaply made.(other brands)
Anyway I found a 1993 Barth Breakway 30' cummins B 5.9 turbo, Allison 4-speed AT542,Spartan chassis, Dana 80 rearaxel, Dana front axel,steering gear is a Saginaw 710 and it has air ride suspenion. It has 138,000 miles on it.
The generator is a Kohler 6500 propane 700KM22.
It has new brakes, new rear tires (Ironman Japan brand). The front tires are Goodyear with about 4-5000 mile on them.
Overall paint is very good with the exception of corrison blisters on the bay doors. The passengers slide window has lost it's seal (double pane) and looks frosted. GVW 18000.
Present owner says the roof airs probably should be replaced soon.Not sure why except the front one is the old big style.
I am open to any comments on what to look for or what problems you may know about the Breakaway.
Thanks to all,
Jim Former MCC 35ft. DD Barth Regency owner
We really love ours
There are several threads about the breakaways . A search of the site should bring up some of the issues that have repaired . We really haven't had any model specific problems that I can think of at the moment , however I'll give it some thought .
You can read the "Family Truckster" thread to see some of our repairs and upgrades .
Sam Miniature Schnauzer
3.8.2009 - 9.24.2021
93 30ft Breakaway
Jim good to see you are still around and looking. You know a lot about the Breakaway as you’ve been looking for a long time.
You know my thoughts on the subject. Not much has changed. I like the 6 speed Allison. The 5.9 is a rock solid power plant. I’m like Tim the tool man “More power” is better. The Koehler is a noisy propane sucking machine that parts are nearly non existent if memory serves me right.
But all those are personal bias.
I love my Monarch mostly for the headroom and the room. But I’m 6’5” and have a wide wing span. Had I been 6ft I’d have never sold DBArth. The fuel consumption was far less but I was pushing 20,000 instead of 30,000 and pulling a Chevy Colorado.
Good Luck with your journey wherever it takes you.
Dana & Lynn
1997 38ft Monarch front entry
Spartan Mountain Master Chassis
Cummins 8.3 325hp
Allison MD-3060 6 speed
Cummins Factory Exhaust Brake
8000 watt Quiet Diesel Generator
Christened Camp Barth
Another welcome back Jim:
You will like the 30' 5.9 engine. The combination is about as good as it gets.
I got 320,000 miles on mine before I replaced the engine which committed suicide, but that was mostly my fault. I do have the 6 speed Allison which I like. I am a fast driver but even then I have averaged 10.1 MPG And was pulling a 8X12 2 axle trailer
You have what I really want--full air suspension. Our California roads are very rough however I do spend most of my time out of here!
I do all mechanical, electrical, suspension and power system work. If I can be of assistance please feel free to let me know, I will try to help.
Hope to see you at a Barth GTG.
94 30' Breakaway #3864
30-BS-6B side entry
New Cummins 5.9L, 375+ HP
Allison 6 speed
Good to hear from you Jim! Is the Barth you are looking at local? I'd be glad to go with you and pretend I know what I'm talking about. The Hillsborough GTGs have waned in the last couple years but I bet we could get one up and running again. Tell Barb hi from Suzie and I and we hope to see you soon,
79 Barth Classic
The one you are looking at is almost a twin to the one I have. Had to look out to see if it was there. When I joined they told me that it couldn't be a breakaway because they didn't have air suspension, so I thought that mine was the only one. The only problems I have had were unique to me The rig tended to propose with the air-- so I installed double shocks all around using the same shocks, and caster shims were installed to reduce wander (both worked) Mine has a Ross steering gear and the paper work that came with it leads me to believe it was changed later. Have the same baggage door problem. I had considered upgrading the trans and adding hp, but the 4 speed is smooth and the power is adequate. I do let the level down when cruising in the highway and that helps a lot on the curves. the air system on mine is Granning (still available but some other co. took over. I do have all the blueprints on the air system if you buy it. john
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Good to see you back, Jim. Looks like you found a nice coach. Lack of air suspension is my only real complaint on Breakaway coaches. I think you will be glad you found one with air ride.
Good luck with your latest coach, hoping we will see you again soon.
"98" Monarch 37
Spartan MM, 6 spd Allison
Cummins 8.3 300 hp
My biggest complaint about our 30' Breakaway was the transmission. Replaced the 454 with an allison 2000. Prefect replacement. Documented a few years ago on this forum.
'92 Barth Breakaway - 30'
5.9 Cummins (6B) 300+ HP
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