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Old 08-22-2014, 08:07 AM   #1
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Banks power pack

Has anyone bought a mh and then added the power pack after? Does it make that big of a difference? Is it worth the $$$$$$$?

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Old 08-22-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by iamblum View Post
Has anyone bought a mh and then added the power pack after? Does it make that big of a difference? Is it worth the $$$$$$$?
The Power Pack is no longer available from Banks for a DP. The only option from Banks is for the V10 Gas.
If you find one for a diesel, buy it. It makes a huge difference in performance and at least for me, increased my fuel mileage by about 1 to 1.5 MPG.

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Old 08-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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Before purchasing, be sure your trans can handle the extra HP and torque.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:48 AM   #4
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Has anyone bought a mh and then added the power pack after? Does it make that big of a difference? Is it worth the $$$$$$$?
You don't say what motorhome/engine/trans. Diesel or gas? Makes a difference.

I bought a 96 HR Endeavor with a Cummins B5.9 230 HP/Allison 3060. Put the full Banks Power Pack on and it made a HUGE difference. If your looking at a coach that already has a ISB/C/L or CAT 330 or whatever you probably won't need any more power. I don't know much about gassers but have heard nothing but good about Banks, except the size of check you have to write when purchasing

One other thing about Banks systems, unless you plan on doing the work yourself don't forget to factor in professional installation, which can easily be as much or more than the Banks kit itself!
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
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We were told that they no longer made a Banks PowerPack for our 99 Daymon Daybreak on a Chevrolet 7.4 liter P30 chassis. They sold us an UltraPower Computer chip upgrade.

We had Banks PowerPacks on our two previous gas engines and it helped immensely so we were quite disappointed to be told Banks no longer made them for our rig.

The UltraPower seemed to make very little difference at all.

It turns out Banks DOES make the correct system for our engine and I have it here now. I cannot wait to have it installed!
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:53 PM   #6
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I have fulltimed with two MHs that had full Banks System installed. A Ford 460 and Chevy 8.1L. I am very pleased with both.

The extra torque on a big gasser chassis is appreciated. There are fuel savings also. However, most folks don't put enough miles on to recoop total Banks investment.
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:17 PM   #7
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Great for some applications, others, not so much. I had a full banks with transcommand on my 305 hp V-10. It sounded nice, but no noticeable improvement in performance or mpg. Total waste of almost 5K.
That being said, a friend had the same set up on his 460 V-8 and it did wonders for power, shift points, and even a bit of mpg improvement.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #8
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We put a Banks performance kit on our 99 Ford, V-10 powered motorhome and it was a wonderful improvement! If you have a diesel, I suggest you check their website as the Banks site lists the Power Pack for quite a few diesels as well as gas engines.
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I had one on a 1996 Ford gas chassis coach and it was a definite plus for power. Did not get one for the replacement 2002 GM gas chassis coach because the Banks system specs showed very little power improvement in any RPM range where I could reasonably make use of it. Don't have one for my current 2004 diesel either, because Banks doesn't make one. Ask them why and they will tell you: they cannot make any substantial improvement for the Cummins ISL powertrain.

In my opinion, newer engines have been refined to the point where it is difficult for any aftermarket add-on or replacement component to give much improvement overall. They can shift the RPMs where power is available and thus help some specific situations, but overall the OEM engineers have done a marvelous job of meeting typical requirements. The engine computer in a motorhome has already been tuned for that application - it is not trying to use the same parameters as for a family sedan - and the engine has much better air intake and exhaust systems than was common 20 years ago.
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I bought the very LAST new in box Banks Power Pack unit last year available for the Cummins ISC 350. I had Banks in Azusa CA install it last August. It made a considerable difference in my power.

However, they are no longer supporting that specific Power Pack kit. As stated above, they are making and supporting a variety of Power Pack Kits for a number of diesel and gas motor-home engines.

You can see if your engine is listed HERE as to what's available. They offer other types of kits besides the Power Pack.

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