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Old 10-31-2013, 09:19 PM   #43
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People pay me to do their work that they don't want to do, don't know how to do, or don't have the facilities.
However, I look over things, have no problem telling people other problems, and will go through things, even if I lose a little business, because I'll probably gain more later on.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:05 AM   #44
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I do the Onan Gen but not the engine oil & filters. I will tackle any thing else that I feel confident in fixing otherwise leave it to the pros. This year I had to have the exhaust manifold, turbo charger, engine head, & fuel pump and fuel lines replaced on the cummins 8.3. Had the pros do it!!
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #45
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I do the Onan Gen but not the engine oil & filters. I will tackle any thing else that I feel confident in fixing otherwise leave it to the pros. This year I had to have the exhaust manifold, turbo charger, engine head, & fuel pump and fuel lines replaced on the cummins 8.3. Had the pros do it!!
What happened??? That had to have set you back a buck or two! Yea. Good job for pros. What caused the failure? I am certain I am not the only curious cat in the bunch.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:31 PM   #46
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I do ALL my own work as I get older I find less effort with a longer piece of pipe on a ratchet or breaker bar.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:38 PM   #47
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I do everything on my coach thats possible to do myself........I hate to take it to a shop to have something fixed and get it back with dirty carpet or scratches that appeared from nowhere........
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:04 AM   #48
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The failure started with finding a severly rusted and leaking exhaust manifold. The head had to be removed to have the broken bolts removed and did not pressure test out and had to be replaced. The turbo charger had to be rebuilt or replaced, I think bearing failure. When they put back on the fuel pump it leaked and had to be replaced w/ new lines. Cost a bunch. Rocky Mountain Cummins did the work. Very expensive but the work looks 1st class. We are going to go to So Calif this December and give it a real test run!
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:29 PM   #49
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I don't just yet, but am in the process of learning how. Then I'll be doing everything on my own maintenance wise I can.
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The failure started with finding a severly rusted and leaking exhaust manifold. The head had to be removed to have the broken bolts removed and did not pressure test out and had to be replaced. The turbo charger had to be rebuilt or replaced, I think bearing failure. When they put back on the fuel pump it leaked and had to be replaced w/ new lines. Cost a bunch. Rocky Mountain Cummins did the work. Very expensive but the work looks 1st class. We are going to go to So Calif this December and give it a real test run!
Thanks for the explanation. I am curious about what caused the bolts to fail. Did it all start several years back with a head gasket leak? How much mileage do you have on the rig?

I have been warned by friends and have read in the owners manual to allow a 5 min cooldown after coming off the highway or being under heavy load for a period of time in order for the turbo bearings and oil to cool. I guess it is easy to forget over the years and the damage builds. A friend put a auto shutdown on his pickup 5th wheel hauler. It senses the turbo bearing temp and shuts the unit down when safe. Good preventative.

Glad your back on the road. Will be in So Cal in the spring.

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Other than mounting tires, alignments or warranty work I've never had any vehicle (car/truck/boat/MOHO) in a shop in my life. If you have some basic electrical and mechanical skills and break things down to one system at a time, it really isn't very complicated.

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Lou, don't forget physical agility! I have enough old age sight and movement problems now that some things are just out of my "reach". LOL.

As long as I can I will continue to do certain maintenance items. I can't do the coolant change or chassis greasing, alignments and the such. These must go to the shop. Oil and filters are still mine.

When I got this coach I had to do a genset oil change because we were running it allot. When I went to remove the plug it was jammed in. I had to pay to get it removed, and the dealer said that they had changed the oil. Hummm...???

You are very blessed. I hope this ability lasts for many more years for you.

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Rick,

Good point and thanks for the well wishes. If we ever meet, I'll be glad to help you out. Maybe when the time comes that I am unable to do the work, I'll find a young and eager assistant that wants to learn a trick or two (but I doubt it)...LOL.

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The failure started with finding a severly rusted and leaking exhaust manifold. The head had to be removed to have the broken bolts removed and did not pressure test out and had to be replaced. The turbo charger had to be rebuilt or replaced, I think bearing failure. When they put back on the fuel pump it leaked and had to be replaced w/ new lines. Cost a bunch. Rocky Mountain Cummins did the work. Very expensive but the work looks 1st class. We are going to go to So Calif this December and give it a real test run!
Wow. I hope to never find myself in that position. I have some reservations with the people that work at Cummins in Ventura. I had an ONAN problem, they hit me for a diagnostic charge on a system that has self diagnostics. I went to them because I had a warranty and only owned the rig for a week when it happened. The self diagnosis was correct.Had to pay diagnosis,deductible, and clean my own floor.
When I went to pick it up, it had grease foot prints across the rug to the hall switch panel where you can start the Gen Set. They denied it ever happened while there.
That shop seems to have the tail wagging the dog.
Also, they do not give any break on FULL LIST PRICING!!
I hope they gave you some consideration, that took a lot of trust.
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Good point and thanks for the well wishes. If we ever meet, I'll be glad to help you out. Maybe when the time comes that I am unable to do the work, I'll find a young and eager assistant that wants to learn a trick or two (but I doubt it)...LOL.

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That is a wonderful offer Lou. Come and join SOWERS. We are a bunch of folks of all ages, skill abilities and health levels serving the servants of the Greatest Servant. And we serve all over the nation. Even Canada!

It would be a treat to meet you.

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That is a wonderful offer Lou. Come and join SOWERS. We are a bunch of folks of all ages, skill abilities and health levels serving the servants of the Greatest Servant. And we serve all over the nation. Even Canada! It would be a treat to meet you. Rick
Hmmm. !
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