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Old 07-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #15
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Here is a quick update:

We were able to locate a belt that turned out to be about 13 inches shorter than the standard 83-inch belt for the engine. This bypassed the AC pulley and allowed us to get moving about lunchtime on Friday.

I'll deal with the AC when I get home. Extended warranty should pay for it.

Just crossed the NE/IA border on I-80 and utilizing the free wifi at all Iowa rest stops.
Thank you for the update, safe travels.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:22 PM   #16
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Unfortunately, almost no shops can repair a compressor clutch. It just takes too many specialized parts for too little value. A new compressor isn't all that expensive.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:14 AM   #17
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Made it home yesterday after some long driving days. No weather problems and traffic was not bad. One slowdown right before Chicago.

FYI, if you have a Cummins ISL engine, the belt that bypassed the AC for me was a NAPA 080702. It was a little tight, so I may also look into a slightly longer belt to carry with me.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #18
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I fell out of my chair laughing when Alan Mulally said he had decided to rename the "500" sedan the Taurus to "cash in on the name recognition that car had". It was far and away the worst car we ever owned, and our fleet had included things like a 58 DKW, a Rover 2000 and two Renaults.
We spent a couple hundred $'s getting my wife's Ford running well enough to drive it to the Honda dealer and get it traded in. Will never have a Ford again.
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Repair Update!

After being in the local Cummins shop for two weeks, just got the coach back yesterday with a brand new AC compressor. They flushed the lines, put on a new belt and dealt with the extended warranty company.

Bill was over $2000 but should only cost me the $100 deductible. Pic of new AC below. So glad I didn't mess with it in WY and waited until I got home.

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So glad I didn't mess with it in WY and waited until I got home.
You got that right
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Update - Extended Warranty Payment

As usual, the extended warranty company (Interstate) has been dragging their feet.

1. My local repair facility called Interstate but did not understand or Interstate did not explain clearly that they needed to call again and obtain an 'authorization number'.
2. Because of that, Interstate denied the $2000 claim.
3. Both the repair facility and I made numerous calls but Interstate would not be reasonable.
4. Call Tom Schaeffers RV where I bought the coach and the extended warranty.
5. As usual, Tom Schaeffer's was willing to make some calls on my behalf to get the warranty company to be realistic.
6. Just got word today that the warranty company will cover $1262.89 of the repair!
7. However, Interstate says they wait 25 business days after they cut the check (9/20) to mail it out. So I won't see any refund until the end of October.
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As usual, the extended warranty company (Interstate) has been dragging their feet.

7. However, Interstate says they wait 25 business days after they cut the check (9/20) to mail it out. So I won't see any refund until the end of October.
Just curious..........why the 25 day waiting period to mail the check???
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Just curious..........why the 25 day waiting period to mail the check???
GREEDY insurance company want to make some more interest on the money.

To the OP I'd keep that shorter belt on hand.

Its really a shame that all the car companys have went to the newr disposable compressors. those old yorks that Ford used and the long 6 cylinder models that GM used both years ago would last a long time. these new ones just don't hold up as well.
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I'm actually keeping two shorter belts on hand. The one I used to get home was real tight to put on where we had to hand turn the engine to roll it on the last pulley. So I bought one that was 1/2 inch longer and one that is 1 inch longer.
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Update on what they didn't cover...

Spoke to my repair guy today and he explained what the extended warranty company would not cover:

- replacement belt even though the seized compressor tore through the belt
- any replacement freon hoses and connections
- shipping for the replacement parts
- two mounting bolts seized and snapped so they would not pay for that repair
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