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Old 08-24-2013, 09:32 AM   #15
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Sighting

Didn't know that, but i think a bunch of people saw one of these hovering over the desert last year

Diesel electric has been around for quite a while, is certainly doable, and would work well, but there's that whole profit vs R&D thing going on, that pretty much kills it in its tracks. I'm pretty sure that if there was a substantial profit to be made, in the motorhome industry, it would have happened by now.

Anyway, my realizing the hp and torque of the newer trucks has me reconsidering the 5th wheel RV option over the motor-coach. Still thinking!

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Old 08-24-2013, 02:47 PM   #16
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I'm waiting for a "Diesel Electric". deSanford
The city transportation dept. bought 3 diesel/electric hybrid bus' 5 years ago. All three are in use today.
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:54 PM   #17
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See, it can be done!

Any idea who manufactured the busses?
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:34 AM   #18
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The railroads have been using "Diesel Electric" for years. Cruise ships also until they changed out their diesels to turbines. deSanford .............must be too efficient, and not good for the oil companies.
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As soon as I can, I'm test driving a new diesel Titan to the campground and see what 4500lbs of pin weight does to it!
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Shoot, I've ran those for 40 years. EMD and General Electric make real good ones.
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YES... EMD Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. My dad worked for EMD in the 1930's and I have photos of him and the design crew that developed the first diesel-electric locomotive, put in service in November 1937, or 38.
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Lets not go into this too deeply, but has it occurred to you that if the coach engine doesn't run, you have no power steering and no air or boost for the brakes??

Nice dream I just spiked - Huh?

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Lets not go into this too deeply, but has it occurred to you that if the coach engine doesn't run, you have no power steering and no air or boost for the brakes??

Nice dream I just spiked - Huh?

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Locomotives diesels run all the time to generate the electric to run the motors that move the train. Soooo-- I guess that's where they get the air to put on those squeaky brakes. Jim
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I know what you mean MattC, and you're correct. If the engine is what makes everything run, and that engine stops, nothing runs. I don't know what the specifics are, but there must be a plan B in systems like that. Maybe a standby battery bank, or engine or just mechanics that give everyone enough time to get things stopped safely. I don't know, but there must be a plan.

If I'm not mistaken, when there is a sudden air loss, in an air brake system, plan B kicks in and stops everything safely. Something like that.

Just a thought
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Well... If you ever do that be sure to.

1: Film it and send the film to the auto maker for use in their next ad
2: keep a driver in the motor home cause it may tow it but no way will it stop it
3: Keep the towing vehicle in low-low gear.
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