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Old 09-04-2013, 09:59 PM   #15
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Only "breakdown" with two DSDP MH's over 13 years has been the fan control on our 2000 DSDP on FL chassis and CAT 3126. Called for a tow but before they got to my location FL support had me disconnect the wiring so the fan defaulted to high all the time. Cost me some fuel mileage though but I got where it was going. Then had it fixed under warranty later.
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Forgot about the bad starter in our present DSDP. Stuck right in front of the stick house. Called Coach-Net and they had a tow truck there in an hour or so, C-N also called and found a FL shop that said they could work on it right away. Had it towed there and the shop said it would be a WEEK before they could get to it. Tow driver then asked about towing it to Pacific Power. C-N agreed to pay for it too. Pacific Power had me out just after midnight even though they originally said they couldn't get to it for three days. Tow was just over $700 (C-N paid it all) and the starter and labor was $1002.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #16
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got extra belts, fuel filters, air hoses for tires a good towing plan and all the skills for most projects.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:58 PM   #17
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no serpentine belt, but i do carry all the belts and know where they go
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:10 AM   #18
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Best advice So Far thanks, I will take a look soon, being a manager of maintenance all my working career in heavy hydraulics helps, i have seen so many ruptured HP hoses over the years from chaffing on each other, last year my cummins diesel in my pickup sprung a leak in an aluminum line from rubbing against the radiator frame.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #19
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We bought a low mileage coach (03 with 11000 miles) and found out the hard way that the u joints and drive shaft had never been lubed. So I suggest that saying the motorcoach had been lubed, also includes the drive shaft components.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:43 AM   #20
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Yep I lubed it and all the u-joints if they don't take grease the fitting get changed and thanks for that piece of advice, also changed the gear lube in the rearend, just because LOL, it was changed 6k miles ago, but you never know.......until it's too late. The coach is older 1990 so I did belts hoses and the works, haven't changed the air brakes dryer yet but thinking i might.
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I lubed my driveshaft and U-joints last weekend. Spartan now says they should be done every 5,000 miles. Had to make one good grease gun out of two though. One I couldn't get the spring to pressurize the cartridge and the other had a bad end and wouldn't latch onto a zerk.
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Lubing the Coach

Mr. D as far as grease guns go here what I have done, go out and purchase a lincoln air powered greae gun then add a air connection to your on board air system and a 50ft hose. It makes lubing so much easier and I actually enjoy doing it now. This also allows me to air up my tires and blow the dust off of stuff, add a impact wrench and some impact sockets and you can do almost anything, I also carry an air powdered hydraulic 20 ton jack for lifitng the coach.
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Regarding the brake service comment by Barb, it raised a question I am curious about. What life expectancy would one typically get from a DP MH with supplemental braking (exhaust/jake..)

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We sold our 1991 Beaver Marquis in March this year.We had it for 19 years and put 155,000 miles on it. The brakes were still at 65-75% when it was inspected in March. Brake wear is totally dependent on how you drive. I always used the Jake and tried to drive 1/4 mile ahead of vehicle. When I'd see traffic slowing or a red light ahead, I always immediately start to slow down using the Jake brake, and apply the coach brakes early enough to avoid hard stops.
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