alarmingfriend

Diving Into Being A Full-timer

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The wife and I are Prepping to sell our home and purchase a Diesel Pusher, currently we have a 2000 Monaco Monarch and we love it. I am looking at a 2008 Tiffin Allegro 40QRP ALLEGRO BUS. We can't afford a New rig and I am planning on spending the next 10 years job hopping until I retire.

My only worry is Diesel has a higher maintenance requirement than my Ford V10, all it needs is gas spark water and air. Any ideas on required maintenance and expense? I know there is a Glycol water and Rig heating system that requires yearly maintenance but from what I have heard upkeep is horrendous on a Diesel Pusher. Advise on things that need to be done and ballpark costs?.

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Welcome to the Forum!

Need more info from you.  If you love your current gasser, why do you need a DP to go full time?  Do you plan on doing some or most of the maintenance or are you having some one else do it?  Glycol Rig heating is called Aqua Hot. :)

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Welcome to the forum. The big question is how much work/ maintenance can you do and how much will you need to have done. 

Personally I think this "Diesels are so expensive to maintain" is over hyped. Yes you have a couple more things to maintain but it isn't all that bad unless you have to take it some place and pay them $150.00 an hour.

I think you are headed in the right direction as you can find some great used coaches out there.

Bill

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Bill.  Re-read OP, he's looking at a 2008 Allegro Bus 40 foot. :( You know Joe loves that bus!

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I worked in a gas station in high school.  Great job, meet lots of people.  Those were the days when the station attendant actually pumped gas, for everybody.  We washed windshields, checked the oil and tire pressures, etc.  We also had two bays for changing tires, oil, belts, even spark plugs and exhaust parts.  I did a little of all those things. And, in the spirit of all hot-rod enthusiasts, I did almost everything on my own '55 Chevy. 

Personally I gave up on most engine maintenance when I bought my first car in the 1980's.  It was a matter of time or money, mess or clean, new tech or old.  I did pull the alternator to have the brushes replaced a year ago on our motor home.  A friend who has raced cars, encouraged me, saying it was simple.  It turned out to be about the limit of what I wanted to do.  It did save me a bunch of money, I didn't break anything (on the engine or myself) and I learned a little in the process. 

No way I'm going to mess with multiple gallons of oil doing an oil change or checking the chemistry of the coolant.  The engine is way too expensive to be doing amateur quality work on it.  That's my personal take on it.

The frequency of the work is relatively light.  With an oil change every 10,000 miles, it's a once a year even for us.  The transmission change is every 60,000 miles.  There are more filters than a gas engine and the filters aren't cheap. 

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Not horrendous if you have a good one.  You will not miss the sound of a V10 beneath your feet. Had a Ford 460cube gas in our first class A. Darn it was loud. 

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The only sound you hear up front, is your generator and it's half the db's of a gas engine.

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Can't hear our genset when underway. Trucking  wore my ears out many years ago. Love the sound when parked and out side. No smoke. Could not get any better. Tremendous piece of equipment. Oh! You can't get that quality with a gas powered rig.

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I actually like to service and repair anything on my coach. I have always worked on cars and engines ever since I was about seven helping my dad change the oil in our ford galaxy 500. I am retired and have the time and when something comes up I'm on a mission to research what needs to be done to get it taken care of. Diesel engines are actually more basic then gas in my opinion and when I service my coach I know it's done right . But again I enjoy the challenge and getting to know more about how things work. Besides the satisfaction of doing it yourself you can save a butt load of money and that savings goes straight to fuel, to me it's win win.:D

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