- Seasoned Traveler
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- Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:12 pm
- B190 Year: 1992
- WBCCI: 0
- Location: Los Osos, CA
Welcome to the wonderful world of B190. There's a ton of good info on this site.
We became the proud owners of a 1989 B190 several years ago because my wife was not comfortable with the 80 Vanagon camper. Some comment about lack of dependability and a lower level of comfort. I have always been interested in seeing the country at ground level. Before the first trip we had the mechanicals tuned up. The fuel gages did not work, but the fix seems more expensive than necessary. We had to replace the refrigerator but every thing else worked well. The first expedition was over the cascades and a northern route to Glacier National park then down central Montana into Yellowstone across to Mt Rushmore and down to the Platte and west on the wagon trails though Colorado and the Rockies down to Moab then up to Crater Lake before making a bee line home. The vehicle strained up steep grades occassionally sputtering to a stop. We originally thought overheating but could not confirm. We generally traveled the roads less traveled. The gas mileage was terrible, between 8 -10 MPG. Overdrive would have been nice. It will generally run well at 60-70MPH, but we found that the better mileage came at 50-55 MPH. It was fun adjusting to the operating routine. I had to figure out the plumbing when the line off of the hot water tank broke and flooded the cabin early in the trip. Shut of water to the tank and we did not miss it. There was an interesting switch added to the outside of electrical distribution system whose function we never understood. There was a buzzing sound that bothered us, but also did not appear to be associated with any essential function.
We decided to have the electrical system reviewed on our return and the switch was removed. We had the hot water system repaired and the van winterized. This summer we took another trek across the Olympic Peninsula down the Washington Coast checking out all of the river mouths and old growth forests. We continued down to Astoria across the Columbia admiring the river mouth and the history of the area. The travel was not rapid, one day we only made about 80 miles. We generally followed Highway 1 down the coast occasionally taking a turn on Highway 101. We had problems with the DC system when the vehicle was not running or off of the ac power. In the middle of the Oregon coast a terrible noise like a bearing disintegrating in the engine compartment got our attention. At the nearest town we had to go to 3 shops before we could identify a problem as either belt or alternator and were directed to a 4th who managed to adjust the serpentine belt and noted that the belt was new, but the wrong size, and was only able to operate effectively at maximum adjustment. We continued on without incident down the coast through the dunes and into the redwoods in California along the eel river into wine country then across the golden gate and back along highway 1 down to LA and across to the Big Bear Area in over into the Mohave and up the Owens Valley along the Eastern Sierras to Tahoe and up through the northern Sierras and the Feather River areas, Lassen Volcanic area and into the Klamath Valley and along the Deschutes down to Columbia and on to the Yakima River before crossing back across the Cascades to home Territory. The oddity on this trip was the sputtering of the engine which was often cured by switching gas tanks. Because this happened some time when there was gas remaining in the tank.
We are still working out some of the kinks. At home in a recent rainstorm the vent cover over the bed was so brittle that it blew off and disintegrated. I had to jury rig a replacement because I could not identify the original make. I will likely replace the whole unit when I have time and inclination.
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- B190 Year: 1994
- WBCCI: 0
- Location: Vail Valley Colorado
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- B190 Year: 1991
- WBCCI: 13270
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That's great. I want to adopt it as a tagline for the site!jb1rd73 wrote:Like they say, "It's not a slow car, it's a fast house"
1995 Airstream Excella 30' trailer
WBCCI #13270, Washington, DC Unit
Well, just read a post about how to determine what size engine I have- 8th digit in is a G on the Vin number, so i have the bigger engine after all! No wonder it feels like a rocket ship!.. gets 11- 12 mpg at 65mph, 8.5 towing. BTW- for info purposes. I paid $7500 for it sans fridge and curtains- and very faded paint due to outside southern storage exposure for 15 years in San Diego. Seems market price to me.
Abie i do know in that model with twin tanks it has three fuel pumps two lift pumps one in each tank and a third high pressure pump on the frame but the way you explained the problem it could just be a bad tank selector switch. Anyway that's my two cents.
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Just found your site within the last week and it is pretty informative. I have my mind set on purchasing a B190 when a legit ad comes up within my price range. There have been multiple posts around the country on Craigslist with fake ads showing a B190 for around $3000 or $1500. I googled the number and the reviews showed scams for both. Don't know why they chose such a neat looking class b van to swindle people with.
We can all do our part by clicking "prohibited" in the fake ads checkbox at the top to remove the ad. Hopefully they will get discouraged and move on.
Thanks for allowing me to join. I look forward to the wealth of knowledge all of you have and hopefully will be able to join the "van life" someday soon.
I bought a great 1996 B190 a few month ago, after restoring 3 classic Airstream Motorhomes and countless Airstream trailers.
Having lots of fun with the B190, bringing her back to her full Glory. Forum already has been very helpful with a few issues I have been working on. Will revive an old threat about the solenoids by the chassis battery.