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Old 07-09-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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Does anyone out there have a Gear Vendor on their rig or know anything about the mechanics of them? I'm about to take the RV to the shop - I've stated before that my losing power only happens when the Gear Vendor is on. I want to know if anyone out there can be my "mentor" through this process so I don't get taken in by a mechanic! Being female and blonde does not work well with mechanics!!
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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Your Gear Vendor is probably set up as an overdrive. This means it changes the overall drive ratio between the engine and the differential (rear end). If you are losing power when you engage the gear vendor, you are probably engaging it at too low a speed, and are lugging the engine, meaning the engine is not producing enough torque at that low speed to pull the extreme ratio. Try engaging it at a higher speed, and see if it still loses power.
Pay attention to the engine tachometer, and note how many revolutions per minute it drops when you engage gear vender. I believe most of them are around 20% overdrive ratio, and the engine RPM should drop at that rate upon engagement.

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Old 07-12-2008, 02:09 PM   #3
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Diesel - thanks for the response. When I say losing power, I mean NO POWER. I can floorboard the gas pedal and get NOTHING. No RPM's, no gas, no reving engine sound, nothing. The shop can't get to it until late August or September so we're gonna be sitting here for a while. I'd planned on being here until October anyway, but I was hoping to take the RV up to South Dakota in August. Guess I'll have to opt for a hotel room. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:34 PM   #4
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You might want to give the GV folks a call, perhaps they may have some ideas as to what's causing your problem. here's the contact info:

GEAR VENDORS, INC. 1717 North Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020 Toll Free 800-999-9555 " Telephone (619) 562-0060 " Fax (619) 562-1186

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Jim -

Thanks so much! Duh! It never occurred to me to CALL THE MANUFACTURER!! Will do so and report back!
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OK, I sure hope they can help you with the problem,

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I'm from NH, but have been to their shop in El Cajon, and these guys are true professionals !! Just like Banks, they are into racing BIG TIME, and are aways there to help the customer. They will try to do all they can to help. NO, I don't work for them ! Robbie
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Oh, I forgot..... SEMPER FI !! Robbie P.S. Does anyone know how to go in and edit your previous replys?
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To edit your posts, go to the post and click on the second envelope - the one that looks like there's a pencil eraser next to it. You'll have the option to delete it or edit it.

I called Gear Vendor and they assured me that the problem isn't with the Gear Vendor. They gave the the number of a mechanic who is taking a look at it on Thursday. He says it sounds like a fuel pump issue to him - and luckily that is covered under my Good Sam Extended Warranty. They were very helpful and very professional and they want me to call them and let them know what the mechanic says . . . .
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I posted this elsewhere, but I wanted to put a period on this posting by writing that the problem with my losing power was NOT the gear vendor. The chip in my Banks Power System had gone bad. It was removed and the rig drives great. The mechanic said you didn't need power chips on gas rigs to start with and didn't replace it.
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