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Old 09-19-2016, 09:13 PM   #15
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A lifetime of mechanical experience here as well - and I'm here to tell you I would NOT trust myself to do a proper inspection on a DP I was considering. They're different than the cars/trucks/bikes/boats/planes/STUFF I'm used to working on! For what it cost to have a PRO, that's used to working on these things have a look at one I was seriously considering is money well spent/sleep well at night insurance.

Just the chassis. I can handle the rest myself....

Second, DP's, in my experience, may not accelerate like you might expect if you aren't used to one. They remind me of a turbine. You put your foot down, and wait for it. If you aren't observant/careful, you may look down and find you're going much faster than it sounds/feels just a little bit later. A lot of this of course, depends on what you're looking for. If you're one that needs big power, go for it. My point is, don't blow off a 300 because it doesn't give a 1st impression of a lot of power. Our 275 hangs right in there and has never left me wanting - even in the bigger hills while pulling a toad.

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:15 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by marjoa View Post
Thanks for the posts.

Yeah my mistake about saying it was in park. Your right, it was in "N" with the EB on. Sorry about that.

We decided not to pursue this MH because it simply wasn't big enough overall, and I'm 6'3" and the head room was just not enough for me. I felt like a giant in this thing. I also felt it was under powered with the 300 cummins. It just didn't have any "Umff". Maybe I was expecting to much I don't know.

But back to the topic. I asked this question just to further my knowledge of what to look for in the future and whats normal & what isn't. So from what I'm reading here, rotational play of a 1/2" is normal. Back & forth or end to end is not. I already know how to spot bad U joints and what to look for there.

Thanks guys.
I don't know if you know about them or, have looked at any etc. but, if not, and get a chance, go take a look at an "Alfa Seeya' motor home. They've got some serious head clearance (ceiling height) in them. Many come with the 330HP CAT and maybe higher.

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