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Old 08-04-2016, 06:21 AM   #1
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Looking at Old 94 Dolphin have Questions Please

I have found several prospects. One has really got my attention. 1994 Dolphin Diesel pusher. Cummings 12 valve with Allison tranny. It has only 39K. Yes I said 39K. The Genny has 250 hours on her. My concerns..

The oil pan appears dinged, Oil is not leaking from the seal but is leaking from the plug. owner said in cannot be fixed.. Im thinking new pan easy fix.

The owner stated the A/C system on the Engine has been converted to 134a. Said I was empty after a trip but now after no work has no problem.

hydraulic Leak some where on the engine. I think will be an easy fix.

The A/C System..... What is with the A/C units. Only one unit will run. if you turn both on it crashed the system and has to be restarted. I have no idea where to start.

Probably will need new roof very soon. There appears to be no water stains or damage. He painted something on the roof!!!

the owner wants 12k for the rig. I figure the Engine and Trany are worth 10k.

A couple of other vehicle Ive been eying are an 02 and an 05 gasers around 20k they wont touch gas mileage of this dolphin.

Anyone with opinions I an greatly seeking as well and answers to the AC issue
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The RV is likely a 30 amp rig, that only has capacity to run one rooftop A/C at a time. Generator might be higher amperage, it might run both A/C when supplying power. (in general, an A/C needs 12-17 amps, more on startup to run. A 30 amp service is too close and likely under what is needed, especially if converter/charger, refrigerator, etc. is also drawing power.

You didn't mention what Allison transmission it has, many 4 speeds don't have a lock-up converter so no jake or exhaust braking possible. --Just something to know.

Before purchase, you might ask owner to have dash air re-charged by a shop and any leak repaired, not too much to ask, or you ask for a discount on price.

The RV is 28 years old, a new EDPM roof isn't out of the question. They are maintained by periodically sealed with an EDPM coat to protect and renew. Check for price of replacement, much depends on whether it's DIY or pay for labor.

How much does it cost to put a new roof on an Older RV? - Coach Specialists of Texas

Tire age is another factor, if they are over 6 years old, they'll need replacement in a year or so, another pretty big cost.
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Old 08-04-2016, 04:55 PM   #3
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How costly can it be to modernize the electronics? The owner had mentioned the ac to DC converter is temperamental when it gets warm.
How do I look up the Allison number to find out what I really have?
Rig has brand new tries...
Not afraid to tackle to roof on my own. Seen fairy straight forward.

I really appreciate the input.
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A new converter/charger is less than $150, according to how many charging states, size, etc.

The Allison Serial # is on a plate on the transmission.

If you enter it here, you'll get complete information.
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I figured out it already has a lockup converter on it.

I probably have no business owning a motor home but this is more than likely a great starting point.

I think I'm going to make offer on it this weekend. Thank you SO Much for the Help.

Happy traveling..
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I owned 2, 30 amp rigs one had a load sharing control that would allow having everything on at once and it would control the load and not trip a breaker.
All the problems that you mentioned do seem fairly easy for a savy DIY person but the cost of the replacement items can get pricey, the asking price seems way high to me for a rig that old no matter how low the milage. Good luck if you take the plunge.
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I owned 2, 30 amp rigs one had a load sharing control that would allow having everything on at once and it would control the load and not trip a breaker.
All the problems that you mentioned do seem fairly easy for a savy DIY person but the cost of the replacement items can get pricey, the asking price seems way high to me for a rig that old no matter how low the milage. Good luck if you take the plunge.
You might have had "everything on" but they wouldn't all operate until amps were available. Having both A/C on, for example, would only allow one to run at a time unless all other loads were less than both A/C required to not exceed the 30 amps available. You make a 'load sharing panel' sound like a magical energy creator, especially to someone new to the RV life.
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I understand completely how it works, that's why I said it would CONTROL the load so not to trip the breaker.
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