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Old 08-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Diesel Road Service - South of INDY

On a recent trip to Brown County Indiana (Nashville), we had unhitched the toad and I fired up the Cummins to maneuver to a better position on our campsite. Unfortunately, my starter shorted out and it just kept on spinning that big old Cummins 6 cylinder even with me holding the ignition keys in my hand.

The wide wife and I desperately attempted to disconnect the cranking batteries, but alas, the starter committed suicide--spun so long the outer casing glowed red.

Exasperated, we trudged up the the campground office (Last Resort RV Park - Nashville) and the owners gave a a business card of someone to call: Axsom's Diesel Repair. As it was early Friday evening, I left a message and before long the owner, Paul Axsom, called me back.

Because it wasn't an emergency, Paul and son showed up bright and early Saturday, diagnosed the problem (along with the cause of the short), load tested my cranking batteries, found a new replacement starter (under $200), installed it, tested everything, and we were back in business. The labor charges were very reasonable and my confidence in Paul's service (he's a master certified diesel mechanic) is second to none.

So if you push or pull a motorhome with a diesel and you're planning a trip to Southern Indiana (highly recommended), write these numbers down:

Axsom's Diesel Repair (Paul) 812-361-5648, 812-837-9199

Last Resort RV Park (Dottie), Nashville, IN 812-988-4675

You just never know when you might need some excellent service.
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Hah! "The wide and I", most men aren't brave enough to say that. Still chuckling.

Thanks for the recommendation. Can I talk you into also posting your experience on RVServiceReviews.com? We get so many recommendations or warnings about places it's impossible to keep track of them all...so many use that web site.
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Don't you have a main disconnect in the engine bay?

Thanks for the numbers.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #4
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Oops - Wife, not Wide

I'll change that straight away (before the phone starts ringing).
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Don't you have a main disconnect in the engine bay?

Thanks for the numbers.
I do not have a disconnect for the cranking batteries, although that's an excellent idea. The only problem I see is size. The main battery leads are HUGE, but I'll start looking for a solution.

Any recommended disconnect products/vendors?
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Product recommendation.....Blue sea has a batt switch rated at 600 amps
HD-Series Battery Switches - PN - Blue Sea Systems
This is what I use for cranking batts
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I've got one like this on mine.
Battery Master Disconnect Kill Switch EMS Pollak | eBay
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Thanks for the product recommendations. I think either switch would probably fit the bill, but I lean toward the capacity of the Blue Sea product.

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