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Old 10-04-2015, 12:41 PM   #1
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Detroit Diesel Owner's Forum?????

I'm becoming a sponge for info in anticipation of picking up our new to us DP with a Detroit Series 60 - 500 HP. So I checked to see if there is a IRV2 Forum for this engine. It seems that there is one for most other common engines. What is involved in starting one??

1. From an Internet search I found (and saved) a manual for this engine. In regard to oil changes, it recommends once ever 15k miles. But being that we only do 3k to 5k per year, should we change it more often? Like once yearly on a gas rig to prevent moisture build up?

2. What's been your personal experience with this or similar diesel engines: Frequency of oil changes?

3. In the DD owner's manual under Cruise Control it reads:
Use cruise control after downshifting on a hill to pull the hill. Hitting the resume switch (not the set switch) will keep the truck accelerating in the lower gears up to rated engine speed.

Q: We've NEVER used our cruise control on our coach or pickups pulling a hill. What's been your personal experience?
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:19 PM   #2
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I have spoken to several truck drivers who have the 60 series engine in their tractor units and they like them. I believe one was going on 800,000 miles. I would give Detroit a call and ask. Cummins told me 15,000 mile but I change mine at between 5000 and 7000 mile using a synthetic oil. In any case I personally would not go beyond two years.
If you live in an area of low humidity then it may help out with the moisture issue as it gets in to the engine through the breather once the engine is shut down and the oil and engine begin to cool.
Cruise control when climbing a hill? For me it depends on the grade. A slight grade the transmission will just shift in to a lower gear. Steeper grade, cruise control OFF and maintain a 1800-2200 and what ever speed that gives.
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:25 AM   #3
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I have had 3 Detroit Diesel coaches. One was a 6v92, two stroke, required straight 40 weight oil. 2nd was a 8v92 which required the same oil
3rd is my current coach which uses Mobil Delvac
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:50 AM   #4
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I have had Cummins, CAT, and now a Detroit. I am very pleased with the performance of my Detroit Series 60 525hp. If you do get a coach with the Detroit Serries 60, you should look into this. Detroit Diesel Series 60 EGR Performance Module Delete kit - EGR Performance Module | The Ugly Fix

I put one on our engine and got 0.9mpg improvement in fuel economy immediately.

I have been changing my oil, using SHELL Rotella at 10,000 miles. The engine doesn't burn any oil between changes. I use SPEEDCO truck stations for my oil changes and have an oil analysis run at each change. Oil is always below normal level of contaminants.

I would sure like to see a Detroit engine discussion group added to this forum.
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I have a 500 HP DD 13 in my American Eagle. Oil change interval is 35,000 miles or about 1,000 hours...no time limit. It would be nice to have a forum, info on Detroit Diesels is hard to find, there are not many in MHs.
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There's even fewer DD13's like ours Bert. Used to be one over on the Newmar forum but I haven't seen him post in a while.
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I've just been told why we do not have a Detroit Diesel Forum on IRV2: There are NOT enough posts requesting it!!!!!

OK, for all of you DD owners, this is your opportunity to have your/our own forum. Please post here and show the Powers-to-Be that we want one!!! Or... forever hold your tongue.
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I think you misread my response to you.
Here it is again.

We create forums when we see a sufficient number of posts over a period of time to sustain a new forum.

Unfortunately, we have not seen enough posts at this time to justify a new forum.

However, we are constantly watching the forums to see if any changes need to be made.

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I've just been told why we do not have a Detroit Diesel Forum on IRV2: There are NOT enough posts requesting it!!!!!

OK, for all of you DD owners, this is your opportunity to have your/our own forum. Please post here and show the Powers-to-Be that we want one!!! Or... forever hold your tongue.
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Our Detroit 60 515HP

We love our 60 series. Starting is easy....I turn the key to the first position and let the dash lights and gauges do their dancing, then turn the key to the start position. Depending on the outside temp, I usually let the engine warm up on its own until I hear the rpm's come down then I turn the cruise control on and hit the RES button once. This will increase the engine rpm from 700 to 1000 rpm. I leave the FAST ideal on for about 5mins.
I use the cruise on small hills but not steep hills. Down shifting to one lower gear is no problem.
We do a complete lube service by Mobile RV Lube in Texas at 10,000 miles. We have 74,000 miles on the engine.
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I wish there was a forum for Detroit's also. There are many Detroit's in 2003 thru 2005 Monaco's and Holiday Rambler's... I love mine, never a problem with them so not many posts....

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There's even fewer DD13's like ours Bert. Used to be one over on the Newmar forum but I haven't seen him post in a while.
I have only seen a few of mine Detroit series 40. I think it was the red headed stepchild.
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DD 14L

I have a DD 14L on a Signature 42. Picked up in Aug and ran from FL to CA with no hiccups. Sure can tell it's a diesel! No complete service records so I'm doing all oils, lubes and filters. Saw the Ugly Fix and think I'll order one. Also need to locate a manual. With 10-12K per year this engine will outlast me (lol).
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I have asked to have a forum devoted to tires as there are way more tire threads than DD threads. I got the same answer.


However if you look at the index and scan down the various forums looking at number of viewers and total number of threads, you see a few real clunkers, especially in the conversions sub-group where right now there are only 4 people surfing 4 forums. Also you will see several forums with less than 100 threads over the years.
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