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Old 11-07-2017, 02:49 PM   #15
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For the last month or two, they have been repaving I-40 west of Flagstaff.
Yup! West bound still left a lot to be desired and they have a ways to go. East bound was much further along with fewer bad patches.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:33 PM   #16
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We have a Mercedes MBE 926. It has both a true engine compression brake and an exhaust brake. Low activates the compression brake via a 12V signal that triggers an engine oil solenoid and high adds an exhaust brake via a 12V signal that activates an air solenoid. Our compression brake is single stage - it's either all 6 cylinders on or all 6 off.


Interesting info & thanks for the post. I think that Mercedes falls into the same general size classification as the Cummins ISL. Not nearly as many in motorhomes & I was not aware of their engine brake setup.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:47 PM   #17
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Just for a bit of clarification, you may have been on I-40 in and around Flagstaff going from east to west or, vice versa but, if you indeed went from Flagstaff to Phoenix, you took I-17. I-40 west out of Flag is a horrible section of road. You'd have remembered that. Not a biggie, just thought you'd like to know. As for your choice in coaches and, engines, great move and glad you're really happy.
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I know this road. It's so bad that my right side welds from frame to house rattled and broke. Good thing it was a known issue and manf took care of it all. Coach looked funny with a right side lean to it.
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It not just the increased power and air ride of a diesel but the additional 130 amenities we enjoy 98% of the time, when we are not moving.
So far the extra dollars spent for maint for a diesel MH is not as much as I inticipated before buying one. Ie. I was changing oil 3 times a year with my V10, now it is yearly. 7qts(V10) x 3=21qts /4 qts per gal. = 5.1 gal. My diesel is 6.5 gal. 1.4 gal more @ $12/gal.= $18. No big deal.
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That MB 330 puts out about 1000 lbs. of torque which is very nice.

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It not just the increased power and air ride of a diesel but the additional 130 amenities we enjoy 98% of the time, when we are not moving.
So far the extra dollars spent for maint for a diesel MH is not as much as I inticipated before buying one. Ie. I was changing oil 3 times a year with my V10, now it is yearly. 7qts(V10) x 3=21qts /4 qts per gal. = 5.1 gal. My diesel is 6.5 gal. 1.4 gal more @ $12/gal.= $18. No big deal.
As long as it never breaks you'll be fine. Bust a radiator or just about anything else and you'll need two checkbooks.
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