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« on: October 04, 2009, 07:32:32 PM »

Hi Guy's,

A friend of mine purchaced a 2002' Prevost H3-45 entertainer coach back in April and recently contacted me to inatall a

Webasto DBW2020 coolant heater because he will be attending a Green Bay game in December so he needs better heat

then what his 5 Penguins with heat strips have. So he arrives Saturday morning and we start installing the system. We finished

up Sunday afternoon and [of course] he wants more bling bling then he has now... Ok, he loves my neon awning lights and

wants me to install a set on his gierard awning. I tell him that I'm leaving on Tuesday for Va Beach for a week and I wouldn't have time.

He then tells me he will leave the coach with me for a couple weeks till he is ready to head to Talladega.  I said sure.. He then says

to my wife, why don't you guy's tahe my Prevo to VA Beach.. Well, thats all my wife had to hear... I guess my bus is now the old POS!

Now I have to suffer and take my family on vacation in a H3-45.... Cheesy   I'm sorry, it's just too rare of an offer to pass up!  Shocked


The coach was first built by Marathon Coach for Lenny Kravits and when he was done with it, Hemphill Coach out of Nashville, installed

a new interior in it then leased it to a Christian band for a year before my friend purchaced it. The coach has 10 flat screens, 2 Bose systems,

2 large slide outs, 5 Penguins on the roof,  1 queen state room with full bath, 6 bunks with 1/2 bath and 6 flat screens and stereo's,

3 refrigerators, 1 ice machine, 3 wet bars, washer/dryer, dishwasher, video phones, 5 outside camra's, and a very powerful outside

entertainment system with a 50" flat screen.

I feel very lucky to have such generious friends Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 07:52:25 PM »

Some pics
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 08:23:36 PM »

Well Nick, after this trip, it sounds to me like the days are numbered for the 102C3.  Buy why not!  Life is short.  Enjoy while you can.

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 09:33:52 PM »

Ooooooo Swanky! LOL! Grin

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2009, 03:55:13 AM »

What did your friend pay for it?

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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009, 06:20:47 AM »

When you're ready to give your 102 away, I'll take it!  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2009, 06:49:30 AM »

If Hemphill Bros sold the bus I would make sure my towing insurance is good they are rode hard and put up wet.
I know a guy in BullHead that has a 2001 H-45 he bought from Hemphill and I would not touch one at any price they only sell when the unit starts to cost them money.BTW I have one of the brass plates with Hemphill on if he wants its



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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009, 07:44:53 AM »

Nice. We looked at one very similair. The problem was that the h3 that we were looking at wasn't built like we wanted. That is why we ended up with this. I have thought that the h3 would have been better, not as much work. However, with ours we are building it the way that we need it to be.

Thanks for the pics, and the story. Have fun with the bus. Please post pics of your new coach.  Grin Or should I say your wife's new bus.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2009, 10:14:57 AM »

Nick,  Thanks for the pics and thread.   It's nice to see another H3-45..

One thing is 100% certain..   Death and taxes and Clifford jumping on every Prevost H3 thread and dogging it!!  Right Clifford..
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2009, 11:52:58 AM »

Come on, Zero. Clifford was just pointing something out. We know what he is talking about with the H bros. We could have gotten one, but opted for the MCI. Easier mechanics, worse looks. It is all a trade off.

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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2009, 06:41:07 AM »

Thanks Guy's!

Hay, this Prevo cleans up pretty nice... It's a bear to wash! Shocked

We are headding out to VA Beach this morning. This should be intresting to say the least!
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2009, 06:52:16 AM »

No need to to defend me John I have owned 2 of the H series I know what they are one I bought new.
 I am not bashing Prevost in general they are good buses but the ones Hemphill Bros sell off are a problem.
To me the XL is the better of the Prevost for driving H series are the pits in the wind
Most recalls of any bus on the market is the H series it seem to me like they had mine more than I did


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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2009, 07:01:58 AM »

Hey Nick,

Have fun on your trip!

I think it would be neat to "try" out another coach.

I don't think many of us have the chance to compare ours to another brand or model.

And to actually drive it and use it over a weekend will let you know how yours stacks up.

Safe travels,

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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2009, 06:32:19 PM »

Hi Cliff,

We just arrived in VA Beach and here is the report on the H3-45.

The Cape May/Lewes Ferry hight sign read 13.6 clearance. I scraped one corner of the front penguin and the cb antenna

clangged the whole way under. Embarrassed  In the Chesapeke Bay Bridge Tunnels, I drug the cb antenna the whole way.... Embarrassed

Power, there is no comparrison. The 60 series pulled away from stops with the H2 Hummer on the back like a car....

Handeling, it's pretty tight and travels straight as an arrow. [no cross wind today]

Visability, Left, Right, & Straight ahead only.. Lot's of blind spots compaired to my "C".

Air Ride drivers seat, that belongs in a dumpster! I felt like I was on a carnival ride.. on big bumps, your feet come off the peddles. Embarrassed

One more complaint... I miss my large side isle bathroom. This thing has the smallest baths ever.. I need a back-up beeper to get to the commode. Grin

All in All, I loved driving it! People seem to think I'm important. Cheesy The strangest folks look in and ask questions Undecided

Thas's all for now
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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2009, 06:58:03 PM »

Nick, glad you are enjoying the ride that bus should have a Buoy System to lower it 4" when you  have a clearance problem I used mine in the wind made a difference.  good luck and be safe
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« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2009, 07:46:20 PM »

Hi Clifford,

Yea, I saw the button but, I'm not too sure how it works yet. Some practice will be good....

One more thing.. As my wife and I are laying here in bed and listening to the Roof Warts cycle,

it remined me why I installed basement [quiet air] units. We are playing TV volume game. When the

airs come on, the volume goes up. when they turn off, I get yelled at by my wife.. TURN THAT TV DOWN, IT'S TOO LOUD!! Angry

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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2009, 05:43:20 AM »

Nick,

You need to carry CD's, and give out business cards. Then you need to proceed to wear your sunglasses (cool dude glasses), all of the time (rain or shine), and not shave for a couple of days. Then you would have the look. Oh, yes. You also need to come up with a "name" for your group....Then you are set Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2009, 06:00:44 PM »

Hi John,

I really didn't need my sunglasses....

How much cooler can you get when you have an H2 Hummer trailing in the shaddows of an H3-45!

It was a GREAT week away in VA Beach. The Holiday Travel Park was so relaxing and spot on with their super sites..

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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2009, 06:06:14 PM »

Oh,

Both the Cape May Ferry and the Bay Bridge/Tunnels had signs that said 13'6"... So is the Prevost!

Yes, I scraped the top of the Penguins on both.. No big deal, just scrapes!

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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2009, 06:09:27 PM »

Too bad about the scrapes.

I agree, I can hear the gasps, and the exclamations. "Incredible, look at that bus, and WOW it is pulling a Hummer! Those people must have HAD some real money!" LOL I know what you mean.

Glad you had fun.

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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2009, 06:10:59 PM »

Here is a shot where you can see how much taller this H3 is compaired to my 102C3

A foot and a half taller to be exact..

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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2009, 07:05:29 PM »

A quick check of some Hummer specs lists the over all length at 189.8 inches.  So I guess that means the H3-45 was pulling an H2-16    Wink
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2009, 07:29:43 PM »

That is such a neat trip.  We did it on Christmas Day last year.  Got the bus out of Luke's shop at 6:00 on Christmas Eve, spent the night on a parking lot in Cape May and then ran down the coast on Christmas.  That bridge is amazing.  There must have been some farmboys on the construction crew cuz there's no way even a whole herd of engineers could have come up with that.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2009, 08:26:20 PM »

Hi Wayne,

Bus, H2, and tow bar=== 67.5 ft long.......

Bob,

I remember that last year..

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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2009, 08:34:57 PM »

Here is a shot where you can see how much taller this H3 is compaired to my 102C3

A foot and a half taller to be exact..

Easter Bus Sales was doing a roof raise on an H3 back when I bought my Dina.  I always thought an H3 was tall enough as it stood.
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« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2009, 06:56:17 AM »

Just think Nick now ya gotta trade up and get an H3 Hummer to go with yer H3-45!
Also the house and shed look afully small compared to those buses!;D
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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2009, 07:09:57 AM »

The higher the Hummer Number, the lower the Hummer, unfortunately!  Now a H1 Hummer is a cool beast!

http://www.autocult.com.au/Image.aspx?id=12635

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« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2009, 08:36:46 AM »

On the VIP Prevost motor home shell the floor is lower and has smaller baggage bays
I saw several H series with raised roofs not the way I would go but some do.
They are air sensitive even roof tops cause problems without the fairing around the top Some owners disagree but  Prevost recommends the fairing for a small amount of cash LOL   



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The higher the Hummer Number, the lower the Hummer, unfortunately!  Now a H1 Hummer is a cool beast!

http://www.autocult.com.au/Image.aspx?id=12635

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Unfortunately the vehicle shown in that link isn't an H1 but an H2. The H1 and H2 are two very, very different vehicles, built by different companies

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