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Old 12-30-2016, 02:46 PM   #15
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Hello again. Since I posted as a newbie to this forum, I wanted to give a retrospective review of our maiden trip as a newbie to the Diesel Pusher, not to RVing. Perhaps other Newbies will value some of the miniscule wisdom I have learned.

We just got up to Washington this past week. It was about 3,000 miles in 6 days for the motorhome with a whole lot of chilly days and cold nights (not to mention headwinds or crosswinds most of the way. We started out with 19 degrees in Junction, Texas with frozen water and an ailing furnace. The stay was interesting and the site would be wonderful in the spring or fall. We traveled with 5 Abyssinian cats (it was supposed to be 6 but a home was found for one of them before we left, thank goodness. We work with a group called SCAR in California, and were transporting a rescue cat to it's new owner in Valencia, CA. Yes, the other four are ours; 3 of them rescues from SCAR).

It ended up with a very long day from Eugene, Oregon (where our new rear AC shroud blew off in the middle of the night- go figure) to Bellingham, Washington (not to mention the snow and traffic). The DP was excellent the whole way. The only glitch was the oil dipstick hung up the last 8" before getting seated. (I sure would like any thoughts on how any of you have fixed that on a Cummins 300 ISB) I will deal with it when the weather is more conducive.

We learned a lot about our rig with 235,000 miles on it and figured out a lot of things along the way. (Unfortunately, we didn't have time to get a shakedown cruise before going) Note to self...Don't ever do that again. We waved to all the other Class A's along the way and are glad that part of our adventure is over. Although we aren't newbies to RVing, we are to the Diesel Pusher, and as more than one of our forum friends have said, "You won't go back to gas". Thought you all might want to see an update.

Happy Travels!

Gary and Theresa

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Old 12-30-2016, 07:32 PM   #16
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Thanks for the update. Glad that the maiden voyage went well. You have a great attitude about your coach, and this will serve you well.

I have a Cummins ISB 360 and the dipstick does at times get bound up just as you've described. I rotate it, retract it slightly then try again. This seems to work for me.

Travel safely!

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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

You're gonna love the DP. Mileage is not as important as how well it was maintained. Good luck with it.

Happy Trails!!!

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