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Old 11-13-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Spare Alternator?

I'm curious if any of my fellow CC owners carry a spare engine alternator with them. I've read some threads where folks with DP's (7 -10 years of age) had alternator failures while traveling and were delayed getting repairs. Those who had a spare (sometimes their old alternator rebuilt and kept as spare), were back on the road in mere hours.

So, how many have had failures, how hard is it to find an exact replacement, etc.? I believe many of us have 200 and perhaps 270 amp units since many of our rigs came with residential fridges and larger inverters.
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I had a alternator failure about 70,000 miles ago. I noticed the voltage dropping so I just started the generator to charge up the batteries. When they got up sufficiently I would turn the generator off and then start it up again when needed. I went from St Paul back to WA this way and when I had some down time I removed the alternator and had it repaired. No big deal so I wouldn't carry a spare
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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Our 160 amp alternator went out a year or more ago. Only thing I noticed was that the house batteries were low when we stopped for the night. Went to buy a new alternator and found they were on sale and Pacific Diesel said they were the right ones. Cost was about $160 or so, got it home and found it wasn't the right one. Did some research on the internet and found the correct part number. A week or so later I had the right one but the cost as about $450.
Last month I took the old one and had it rebuilt, cost was $196. It will reside under the bed till I need it I guess. Had we been on the road I would have been delayed a week at least while finding the right unit and getting it shipped in.
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We had our alternator fail coming back from a short trip 3 years ago, so it lasted 17 years. The rebuilt alternator failed a couple of months later while I had the coach out for generator service, and it was replaced under warranty. It is a 160-Amp unit, and cost $355. Haven't had any issues since.
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I drove 2/3 the way around Australia in my MCI without an alternator. Just ran everything from the house battery which is charged by the solar panels. Never needed to run the generator, but of course only drove during daylight hours.

Million other things that will stop you dead so carrying an alternator around for no good reason doesn't make much sense.
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Do not have a Diesel but do have an alternator and used to have a van that liked to eat them.

What I carry in my motor home
Jumper cables capabile of jumpering AUX to MAIN battery (House to chassis)
Generator
Progressive Dynamics 9180 with charge wizard
(The above constitutes an alternate 12 volt source should the alternator fail)

Wrenches (For removal and replacement of alternator)
GOOGLE: Alternator Rebuild near zip code.
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Connect house bank positive to chassis bank positive with jumper cable.

Run generator.

Drive on.

No big need for spare alternator.
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Most Country Coaches have no need to connect battery banks via jumper cables. With engine running and adequate oil pressure a solenoid closes paralleling the house and chassis banks. Run generator and you're good to go.
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I'm curious if any of my fellow CC owners carry a spare engine alternator with them. I've read some threads where folks with DP's (7 -10 years of age) had alternator failures while traveling and were delayed getting repairs. Those who had a spare (sometimes their old alternator rebuilt and kept as spare), were back on the road in mere hours.

So, how many have had failures, how hard is it to find an exact replacement, etc.? I believe many of us have 200 and perhaps 270 amp units since many of our rigs came with residential fridges and larger inverters.
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I'm not a CC owner but I do carry a "known good" spare alternator as a "backup" for my "twice rebuilt" original alternator.
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The Leece Neville is not a very good alternator. Very expensive and difficult to find at times and not reliable. I went with this as a replacement. I've been very happy with it:

8600311 by DELCO REMY - PART

Here's a little info I collected:

Leece Neville

The original was a 160 amp which I believe is standard on most Country Coaches. Going any larger than a 180 amp would just overload the 2/0 cable coming from the alternator.

The 160amp is only $221 brand new! Not a bad deal.

http://www.finditparts.com/products/...o-remy-8600308
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #11
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The Leece Neville is not a very good alternator. Very expensive and difficult to find at times and not reliable. I went with this as a replacement. I've been very happy with it:

8600311 by DELCO REMY - PART

Here's a little info I collected:

Leece Neville

The original was a 160 amp which I believe is standard on most Country Coaches. Going any larger than a 180 amp would just overload the 2/0 cable coming from the alternator.

The 160amp is only $221 brand new! Not a bad deal.

8600308 by DELCO REMY - PART
Thanks for the info. Mine is 200 amp. CC used a higher amp alternator in coaches with residential fridges.


Mine looks like this one.... bolts go thru the side into the engine.


http://www.amazon.com/ALTERNATOR-NEV.../dp/B00E9G2DO2
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Connect house bank positive to chassis bank positive with jumper cable.

Run generator.

Drive on.

No big need for spare alternator.

Agreed! Why carry a spare alternator given the above. If you want to carry a spare part that could really get you out of a bind, you'd be better served to buy a spare starter.
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