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Old 01-02-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Hi all, long time no chat! Looks like lots of fun planning and travel is in the works. I need to pick your brains a bit... as you may have read earlier, Tony and I no longer have the '06 Beaver motorhome (a statistic of the economy). We do, however, have our old motorhome, a 1995 Safari Coach, which has sat parked in our RV Park for over 3 years (we rent it out on-site). It is a diesel, and obviously we'll be having it fully serviced, tires replaced, filters and fluids changed, etc., but I wondered if any of you have had experience with diesel engines sitting without being started that long. I read some old posts that seemed to indicate it may not be an issue at all with diesel... but any words of wisdom or voices of experience would be appreciated.

Don't laugh at our vintage MH, okay? Desperate times and all that, actually we're just very excited that we will still be able to travel. We started out in this motorhome many years ago, and have lots of good memories in it. And technically, I still get to stay in the Monaco owner's forum!

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brenda and tony, sounds like fun! good luck with your new old coach! many good miles to you both. jim & sue
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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My service guy who is a mobile service person who was trained by CAT told me he has started engines that have set 20 years. As long as there is no liquid in the cylinders and the proper procedure is taken by a trained mechanic it will be no a problem.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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Thank you for the info and well wishes! We'll be having a local RV dealer working on it, but as we are now in a small town and away from our previous service facility, I'm trying to gain any info I can... we've had some other local RV service people here just really not know what the heck to do with a motorhome.

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Old 01-03-2009, 04:41 AM   #5
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Hi Brenda,
Call Massey's in the Phoenix area and ask for Tom Kzepka(spelling?) (sounds like chepka) He is their service manager there. He knows EVERYTHING about CAT engines on motorhomes. Dry humor but really a stand-up guy. He's been working on diesel engines for years. Generally Cat and Frieghtliner. He also knows a lot about Monoco products. That goes for older Safari models too.

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Old 01-03-2009, 05:30 AM   #6
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Thanks, AK... I appreciate the info on Massey's!

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Old 01-03-2009, 06:33 AM   #7
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Massey's Diesel
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tomk@masseysdiesel.com

Just had some good work done there.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:59 PM   #8
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You shouldn't have any problems. I've started many Detroit engines after sitting for 3 years. If there's fuel to them and nothing else wrong, they'll start after turning over 5 - 10 seconds. The biggest concern is the quality of fuel in the tank after 3 years. It really needs to be out of there. Hopefully there is no algae growth or you'll know about it real soon.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:37 AM   #9
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Thanks again... we'll keep you updated!

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Old 01-04-2009, 06:24 AM   #10
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They do make an algicide that you can get at most marine stores. Add per label to the tank and then drive until tank is close to empty. Fill the tank and run it close to empty one more time. Then change the fuel filter.

It is a good practice just in case!
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Hello again... well, the resurrection has been successful!!! (Knock wood!) We are on our first trip in the old Safari (Colorado to Phoenix). The engine is good and happy after all new filters, belts, service, etc. Generator good (hooray!), tires good. Not so good were the broken plumbing bits... although we thought it had been winterized by our RV park managers, in fact... oops, the heater in the basement was not plugged in and the LP gas was disconnected (which was meant to be on to keep the heat going as needed to prevent freezing). So, we had lots of broken pipes, 2 broken faucets, and a broken hot water heater (Dang!). Anyhow, they've all been repaired, heating and cooling good... overall, very pleasant so far. It's so good to be "on the road again"! Thanks again to all who offered good wishes and good advice!

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WooHOOO Brenda...I am glad it was such a "minor" repair. I guess it could have been a pretty major deal if the engine was bad.
Anyway...I am glad you are back on the road! Safe Travels...

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Old 02-04-2009, 06:40 PM   #13
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Thanks, MM! It ain't pretty, but it is pretty comfortable. Dogs are happy, and we are actually far less stressed. Sitting outside more, reading more, running gennie less, listening to music more... NICE!

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Hi Brenda,
I'm glad to here that you got the Safari back in working order. It's nice to relax again isn't it? May your Safari truck on for years to come.

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