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Old 10-08-2014, 06:24 AM   #15
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Didn't take me long to show DW the proper way to hang a roll of TP...... The only thing I'm sure I tought her.... And Yes it makes a difference !!!!
I have 6 kids. Im lucky if there is any tp hanging at all.
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Both are fine engines. When I was shopping, I limited my choices to Cummins because there are more of them and Cat no longer puts their engines in MHs. Both can certainly do the job.
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Ours is a 2004 Dutch Star with a 330hp Cat and a 6 speed Allison transmission. I would have no issues with either engines. More important would be the floor plan, condition of the the coach, side rad and maintenance history. These are preferences for us.
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I'm shopping for a Diesel Pusher. We are a couple years away from pulling the trigger. Anyway, The ones in my price range are going to be anywhere from a 1995 to 2001 or so. I want a pusher because It will be an older coach and I want the dependability of a diesel. I can do all the maintenance myself and I know how expensive parts are.

To get back to the question. What are the ups and downs to having a CAT or Cummins. I have been around cummins alot. I ve never worked on a CAT engine.

Is there any reason to skip over the ads that say it has a CAT engine?

Are the cummins in the older DPs the same as what they put in the dodge pickups?

Very little difference in performance. Both companies build well engineered engines. The ISB Cummins is the economy champ and the least powerful of the engines historically found in coaches. The Cat 3126/C7 is next up on power but not particularly known for economy. From a drivability standpoint a true compression brake is available in the Cummins ISL and larger. The Cats don't use the true Jake until the big C12/C13 which are true heavy haulers and only used in a few top end coaches.

Most of the small Cats are available with rear radiator placement which is somewhat less desirable but less complex than side placement. Cummins ISL and larger are usually found with side placement radiators.

The Cummins ISB is sometimes paired with the smaller Allison transmissions (1000/2000/2500). Some are 5 sp and some are 6 sp. Look for the Allison 3000. It's always 6 sp and very strong and trouble free.


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