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Old 01-30-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Broke down in my driveway :-(

I'm so upset right now. After freezing our butts off for the last 2 months, the DW and I were looking forward to 2 weeks in Key West, starting tonight. We ere loaded and with-in an hour of leaving then the problems started. First it wouldn't turn over, the batteries were weak. Tried the aux start button that jumps the chassis batteries to the house ones, but that didn't work. Then after charging it for an hour & jumping it with a fresh battery it slowly cranked into life. But now the back up cam was dead, the parking brake alarm wouldn't turn off and the slides won't work. But I move it in front of my garage to let it warm up and start checking the fuses. Then I notice that there was smoke coming from the rear, only to see a big puddle of antifreeze under the back. Crawling under it I see a stream of antifreeze coming from a block on the side of the turbo. I tried to see if maybe it was a hose, but it looks like either the cold cracked the housing or shrunk the gasket. Needless to say, our vacation is in doubt and we are bordering on suicidal. These things are wonderful when they work but when they break...
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:09 PM   #2
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Bummer!!!

Unfortunately, there is never a 'convenient' time for a breakdown.

Let's hope for the gasket theory and not the cracked theory. Either way, sounds expensive. Hope you get it fixed quickly.
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Happened to me once, with a previous MH. It was a hose that split because the engine coolant froze (probably not mixed strong enough for Canadian winter). Hose replaced, new coolant and we were ready to go. Hopefully it's a hose for you also that dripped coolant along the block. I know how you feel but better in your driveway than say 100 miles away...
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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On tiffin is old enough for a call to Red Bay. I'm no expert but I'd say you should go to Walmart and buy a couple of palm trees and a bag or two of white sand. Seriously I truly hope your issue turns out to be simple, good luck

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Also bummer ... here's hopin' it's a quick fix !!

We are currently wet and coolish here ... I know, not much consolation .
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I feel your pain. Hope things get better in the morning. The antifreeze leak is the real problem. I think all the other problems wil go away with a new starting battery.
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Preventative maintenance is a beautiful thing! We start thing's at least a week in advance before a big trip just to avoid such an ordeal.
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I'm so upset right now. After freezing our butts off for the last 2 months, the DW and I were looking forward to 2 weeks in Key West, starting tonight. We ere loaded and with-in an hour of leaving then the problems started. First it wouldn't turn over, the batteries were weak. Tried the aux start button that jumps the chassis batteries to the house ones, but that didn't work. Then after charging it for an hour & jumping it with a fresh battery it slowly cranked into life. But now the back up cam was dead, the parking brake alarm wouldn't turn off and the slides won't work. But I move it in front of my garage to let it warm up and start checking the fuses. Then I notice that there was smoke coming from the rear, only to see a big puddle of antifreeze under the back. Crawling under it I see a stream of antifreeze coming from a block on the side of the turbo. I tried to see if maybe it was a hose, but it looks like either the cold cracked the housing or shrunk the gasket. Needless to say, our vacation is in doubt and we are bordering on suicidal. These things are wonderful when they work but when they break...
Sorry about your problems. Look at it this way! It's never good to break down, but it's better to brake down at home, not on the road.......
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In retrospect I should probably have started it up in advance, but this is the first time that we have ever had problems like this. I have had cars sit for years and start with the first crank.

Anyway I was under it again and it is definitely coming from a housing on the side of the turbo that is sealed with a gasket. I also checked the quality of the antifreeze just to be certain and it is good for -30F, so freezing was not a problem. Unfortunately it is in a tough spot to even see, tucked up against the motor above the muffler. If I get rammy I might pull the muffler to get a better look.

Hopefully I can get a Cummins mechanic here tomorrow & salvage the trip. Better late than not at all.
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Sometimes what appears to be bad news is really good news - what better place to have a breakdown than in your driveway at home! Picture this all happening hundreds of miles from home and I think that ruined vacation or not, you were actually quite lucky in the end.
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Sometimes what appears to be bad news is really good news - what better place to have a breakdown than in your driveway at home! Picture this all happening hundreds of miles from home and I think that ruined vacation or not, you were actually quite lucky in the end.
I will second that thought. I had mine into the shop having the muffler replaced, and the high pressure power steering hose decided to burst. I hated the added expense, but was extremely thankful for the circumstances of the situation.

I suspect you'll be back on the road in short order. Best of luck!
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That really sucks!

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I'm so upset right now. After freezing our butts off for the last 2 months, the DW and I were looking forward to 2 weeks in Key West, starting tonight. We ere loaded and with-in an hour of leaving then the problems started. First it wouldn't turn over, the batteries were weak. Tried the aux start button that jumps the chassis batteries to the house ones, but that didn't work. Then after charging it for an hour & jumping it with a fresh battery it slowly cranked into life. But now the back up cam was dead, the parking brake alarm wouldn't turn off and the slides won't work. But I move it in front of my garage to let it warm up and start checking the fuses. Then I notice that there was smoke coming from the rear, only to see a big puddle of antifreeze under the back. Crawling under it I see a stream of antifreeze coming from a block on the side of the turbo. I tried to see if maybe it was a hose, but it looks like either the cold cracked the housing or shrunk the gasket. Needless to say, our vacation is in doubt and we are bordering on suicidal. These things are wonderful when they work but when they break...
Sorry to read of your misfortune Larry, while waiting on the coolant repair, try and get your batteries back to full charge, plug the Coach in if you can or run the genset and get them back to proper charge levels. With all those batteries being down so far it will put one hell of a strain on you alternator(heat in the windings) and push it closer to failure. And one more question Larry, with the artic temps. we have had, was your Coach inside a garage(heated or cold storage) or outside and did you turn on your block heater if it was outside?
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Yup... the only better place to break down would be right in the parking lot of a diesel garage with the parts you need in stock. You got off easy!

Best of luck on a speedy repair and a great vacation.
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GEEZ, I hate reading stuff like this when someone's trying to get away to enjoy themselves. Again it's best it happened there then down the road. Hope you can get that mechanic there and get things fixed so you can leave. Good luck and keep us posted.
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