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Old 05-25-2016, 06:13 AM   #1
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1989 Eldorado Elite Motor home 227K miles

I have the opportunity to pick up this 1989 class A motor home for cheep. It has a Caterpillar 3208 100hp turbo charges Diesel with 220 thousand miles. It smokes. The owner says it just needs new fuel Injectors. "any thoughts" am i getting in over my head. Or should i just stick with the gas one i have and continue to deal with its issues?

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Old 05-25-2016, 06:46 AM   #2
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Saying "it smokes" is pretty subjective. Some smoke would be normal when cold, and smoke when we blew our turbo was just incredible - leading people that saw it to call the fire department.

My point is you should have it looked at by somebody that knows what's going on. Many states require an annual safety inspection on the bigger trucks. Facilities that do those generally charge a very reasonable fee for that inspection (200-250.). That fee would put a pro's eyes on your issue, and I'm sure they'd be willing to give their opinion at that point. To be sure, often diagnostics will need to be run, and I'm pretty sure that will be on your dime.

Without that expert opinion on the "smoke", I'd pass.

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Old 05-25-2016, 07:52 AM   #3
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That year 3208 could be multiple hp.

3208TA has intercooler and is rated 300 hp and if only turbo then 250 275 maybe.

It is a not too liked engine but can be fine.

It is normal for them to smoke when cold but after warm up not much.

Should start instantly and run fine.

Possibly a gillig MHA chassis which is very good too.

Year and mileage should make for good price.

Check with a cat dealer for information on the engine.

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