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Old 08-15-2015, 09:59 AM   #42323
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Wow, I am sorry to hear about all of the MH problems that you guys are having. Sounds silly, but it is always darkest before the dawn. Most of the problems that you are having seem to be multiplied by other factors as it's really just the luck of the draw. Hopefully this is the last of your difficulties.

As far as going back to a trailer, many people do so, but to me, a MH is all part of the journey and I'll scrimp and save to keep him going. It's been said before, but with a trailer the vacation starts when you setup camp. With a motorhome, the vacation starts when you pull out of the driveway. For me, that's 100% truth.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:15 AM   #42324
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Picture it. Sicily, 1928.

Been watching too many episodes of the Golden Girls... I meant - Picture it - Bryce Canyon, Utah - 2015 - the stage is set - mutants are moving and it's a beautiful day for a Curiosity.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:20 AM   #42325
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How far out are ya'll?
When do you plan on arriving?
Found my reservation confirmation said check in is noon, I called yesterday, before I found the confirmation e-mail and was told 4pm. I knew that couldn't be correct. We're about an hour out, will hang here till Pobah comes along or run off by this park.
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My guess is 12:32... we are in Richfield and plan to leave at 10:39.

I had noon as the check in time marked on my calendar....

Will take some time this morning to load up the weapons...

May want to practice my drive by squirting.....

Could you be a little more precise on those times!
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:23 AM   #42326
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Sorry to hear all the trouble y'all are having I thought I was the only one with bad luck. The only way for the bolts on fan shroud to break is if they was loose. Hope all gets better for all. Mine is almost done I have new built-up transmission in now I'll tune it up and hit the road again. But to all at Bryce we are sorry we are missing this one. Sure wanted to be there.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:31 AM   #42327
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Marty... Ommms to Home and hoping Bob can get the guy to finish the job quickly.

Looking forward to that Mutant Group Hug!
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:33 AM   #42328
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Evenin Muteys!

Dang there must be sumpin in the air cause we've been sitting in a hotel room for four days waitin on Cummins to get Jenny runnin again. This trip has just about eaten our lunch. First it was a freak water leak from the grey tank where the drain hose clamps into the tank which just happens to be right above the inverter. Yep, inverter gets wet and fries. GSEW says they won't cover it. That was $2500 in Colorado Springs shop. I wasn't a happy camper because that inverter was only 8 months old and because of a freak leak, manufacturer will not honor any warranty. Then we roll on towards Yellowstone from SLC and 13 miles short of our destination Jenny overheats on flat ground. I unhook Jeepy, drive in to get some coolant but she only takes a gallon. Start her up, straight to red she goes in no time. It took us three hours to limp into West Yellowstone on a Saturday afternoon. Starting goin maybe a mile then shutting her down to cool off. Called GS Roadside and had her towed to Bozeman where we have been all week. Should be done tomorrow and another $3900 until I see what GSEW will cover. Fan Shroud sheared off all bolts but one and shroud dropped against the fan causing it to barely turn. Had to pull the radiator to tap out sheared bolts. Then found the fan clutch leaking oil. Now that has to be ordered and put in. Finally got her buttoned up and crank her up yesterday... But wait..... Now we hear a new exhaust leak. Pull her back in and sure nuff, we got a rubber hose on top of the engine that look like it started melting and had a hole. Sooooo ordered part yesterday, should be in tomorrow. My question.... How the Hoo doo does a fan shroud shear off all the bolts? Cummins sure doesn't seem to know.
Mel I feel your pain! My Jenny only has 32K on here and I've replaced the water pump, now all this. I know these Moho's are expensive to maintain but this is ridiculous! I don't skimp on routine maintenance but geesh!

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Does this look familar???
Very funny, Steve. ;-)
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The only thing that I can add from afar (meaning ... I ain't there) in reference to motor home problems and specifically Diesel engines is ... it pays to be VERY familiar with the beasts. How they operate and the accessories too. Does not mean you ever need to actually dismantle an engine yourself, but knowledge is power.

Mel ... you seem to be emerging from this scrap with the right attitude. Wait and make the big decisions after the dust has settled.
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:21 AM   #42331
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Herb & Mel,

So sorry to hear of the problems, expenses, and frustrations, I can empathise with you.



Herb, I had learned the hard way about Cummins vs. Freightliner. Not to offend Ed, but Cummins knows nothing about the diesel pusher cooling systems on Freightliners. Cummins simply delivers an engine to Freightliner, and then Freightliner installs their own radiator & cooling systems, to include the shrouds and fan clutch. So, taking Jenny to Cummins for a radiator/cooling system/fan clutch is like taking your Jeep to a Polaris dealership. This lesson cost me over $2500.00 last year.

Additionally, all Cummins are NOT created equal. As Ed explained to me, [if I remember it correctly] some are owned/operated by Cummins, while others are part of a Franchise. However, all have the same Cummins sign outside.

As to the bolts, I remember that when I did some research on my overheating problems with my Cummins 340 hp Turbo, I believe I read something about Freightliner having some problems with the bolts shearing off particular fan clutches. What stuck with me was that there was not a recall on them, only a technical bulletin. You might want to give them a call at 1-800-FTL-HELP (1-800-385-4357). I have read that they have been extremely helpful and aren't afraid to tell the customer that this & that needs to be done, on THEIR DIME [but you need to ask for it], even if out of warranty. Just have your chassis & other coach #s.





Mel,

Frustrating, disappointing, and depressing!!!! It will put you in the what the h#@@ is going on and why me? I cannot put up with it anymore!!! Is this what I signed up for? Do I just need to get rid of this MH to get rid of all of the problems? Is this dream really costing me all of that money, money that I really cannot afford to pay out?

Well, there are many, many answers out there, but they can only be answered by you. Your rational inner thoughts & judgement will eventually rise to the top. You cannot answer these questions while all of this is happening to you. Will it all pass? YES!!!! Will you be able to sit back one day, and say it was worth fixing it and putting out all the money [that you hadn't planned for]? Only fond memories of the journeys and places visited will be able to answer that Bottomline, only you and Kate can make these decisions. Only you two can answer the questions, BUT only when rational reasoning kicks in!!!!!



Larry

Larry thanks for the info! This has been a learning experience for sure. Still no word on what if anything GSEW is gonna cover. Parts truck arrives at 10 so they should get her back in to finish sometime this morning. I know we are both ready to put Bozeman Montana behind us. Smoke from Forrest fires is so bad today you can't see any mountains in any direction. Bozeman sits at the base of the mountain range so you can imagine it's pretty bad here today.

Mel you and Kate hang in there. Don't make any snap decisions yet that you may regret later. I think your plan seems prudent and logical to work a little longer and recuperate the savings. Better to address these things now than later when your out on the road like us. Hotel bills and eating every meal out only adds insult to injury!


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Very funny, Steve. ;-)
That's the spirit! Hugs!
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T minus 17 minutes and counting... 3 mutants to roll... 10, 9, 8, 7,....

The Poobah is absent so far this morning....

Herb - what direction will Jenny head... Bryce is nice... in fact it's grand!
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Mel, you seem to have fixed many things, spending huge sums of money. Why spend $2000 for easy A/C when you have good overheads and a Genny. It actually uses no more fuel to run the Genny than to turn on the dash unit. The added benefit is the overhead units cool better.
That's exactly what I do! The dash air in my Beaver is intermittent and I just don't even try to use it. Even when it works, the heat in the coach on a hot day doesn't even get quelched with the dash air. I run the front A/C unit on the genny and all is good. Sometimes I even have to shut it off cause we're cold!

Here's the latest for me.

Just left on day one of holidays, noticed my right front Jack wasn't fully retracted. I cycled the leveling system again to see if it would retract and blew a seal in the Jack. A pool of hydraulic fluid surrounded my front tire. So much for using my jacks on our holiday! Hope all my booked sites are level. Good thing I brought blocking with me! What a pain in the A$$ though. That should be good for another $1,000 bill!
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May want to practice my drive by squirting.....
being a quasi self respecting mutant; I ain't gunna touch this line with a ten foot pole even if I could find one that tall.
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Mel... one other meaningless thought on your situation. 6 months may sound like a long time but it goes very quickly when you have a goal and journey to plan and work toward. You have spent your entire life - as most of us do - working toward retirement and you second childhood. You are worth the investment. And, as you can tell by my posts re Bow, I think he is too. I'm not wrong about you, but could be about Bow. The next six months will tell - but if you have arrived at maintenance mode, you may find your time line reverts to original estimate. We are all pulling for you.

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
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