Jump to content


Icon Welcome to the FMCA Motorhome Forums!

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and signed in, you will be able to create topics; post replies to existing topics; upload pictures; manage your profile; get your own private messenger; create blogs; and more. Sign up now! Already have an account? Sign in. This message will be removed once you are signed in.


Photo
- - - - -

2003 Fleetwood Excursion

first motorhome

  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 DWAYNECHERAMIE

DWAYNECHERAMIE

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Location:GEORGIA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:28 AM

RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS RIG W/42,000 MI.,HAS CAT 3126B. I HAVE CHANGED ALL FLUIDS UPON PURCHASING IN MAIN ENGINE,GEN SET(ONAN QUIET 7500) & ALLISON TRANS,INCLUDING ALL FILTERS.

I HAVE PUT 6000 MI. ON IT ALREADY. PLAN ON CHANGING OIL,OIL FILTER & FUEL FILTER @ 6000 MI. INTERVALS,PLAN ON DOING SAME TO GEN.SET @ 150 HR.INTERVALS.GEN SET HAS 1200 HRS.

I THINK THIS RIG IS A BEAST--RIDES LIKE A CADDY!!

WOULD LIKE INPUT ON LIFE EXPECTANCY OF THIS 3126B & ONAN 7500 GEN SET.

THANKS DWAYNE
  • 0

#2 smokeater75

smokeater75

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 68 posts
  • Location:Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Hi there, when my wife and I went to New York in September we stopped at the onan plant in Indiana. We have the same gen-set in our 2003 Monaco Windsor, I was wandering the same thing. I talked to one of the service techs there and he told me that he has seen a lot of units come in over the years with over 17000 hrs. on them. If you maintain it on a regular basis it sounds like it will last a long time. Hope this helps Smokeater75.
  • 0

#3 wolfe10

wolfe10

    Advanced Member

  • Moderator, Super
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,424 posts
  • Location:League City, Texas

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:34 AM

Dwayne,

Welcome to the FMCA Forum.

Following manufacturer's schedule for maintenance, your chassis will go hundreds of thousands of miles.

With the Caterpillar engine, be sure the initial valve adjustment has been done. Should be done between 30k and 40k miles.
  • 0

Dianne and Brett Wolfe
1997 Safari Sahara 3540
Moderator, FMCA.com Forums
Chairman, FMCA Technical Advisory Committee
Member, FMCA Long-Range and Development Committee 2007-2009
Moderator, http://www.dieselrvclub.org/(FMCA chapter)


#4 DickandLois

DickandLois

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,364 posts

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

Hi Dwayne, Welcome to FMCA.

You take care of the coach, they return the favor. There are a number of coaches out there with over 100,000 miles, many over 200,000. That is allot of time sitting in the driver set.

Your Cat has around 42K miles, so its almost broke in. Good maintenance like you mentioned. The generator manuals mention replacing the belt around 1000 hrs. The belt drives the water pump.
Then there are the normal maintenance items. Tires, alignment, breaks, ride-height, air ride parts an suspension work. The maintenance of the turbo system and lubing the Jake or Engine brake.

Rich.
PS --Dwayne ! we use lower case when writing a post. Upper case is like yelling. :angry:
  • 0

#5 DWAYNECHERAMIE

DWAYNECHERAMIE

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Location:GEORGIA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

Yes sir Mr.Rich,thanks for the info. DWAYNE
  • 0

#6 DWAYNECHERAMIE

DWAYNECHERAMIE

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Location:GEORGIA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

Thanks alot for that info.
  • 0

#7 DWAYNECHERAMIE

DWAYNECHERAMIE

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Location:GEORGIA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

Thanks for the info.,was also wondering about fuel/water seperator.I have the 1 filter system,I understand it has to be the 2 micron.Wondering when should I drain the water when the engine is running or stopped
  • 0

#8 DWAYNECHERAMIE

DWAYNECHERAMIE

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Location:GEORGIA

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

Thanks for the info.

Was also wondering about fuel/water separator .I have the 1 filter system. I understand it has to be the 2 micron.

Wondering when should I drain the water when the engine is running or stopped?
  • 0

#9 WILDEBILL308

WILDEBILL308

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 208 posts
  • Location:Fort Worth Texas

Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

You can drain it when it is stopped. I use a clear glass container so I can see if there is any water or crud coming out. You don't need to drain a great deal of fuel out I would say just till it runs clear maybe a half pint. I have drained my filter twice and never found anything.
Bill
  • 0
2003 Bounder 38N
5.9 Cummins
Allison 3000MH tran.
Towing a Honda Civic on a Acmey tow dolley.

#10 wolfe10

wolfe10

    Advanced Member

  • Moderator, Super
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,424 posts
  • Location:League City, Texas

Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

To expand on Bill's post, ONLY open the fuel filter drain with the engine off. It is on the suction side of the fuel system. If opened with the engine on, quite likely you will suck air into the fuel system.

And, if you have a clear bowl fuel filter (plastic bowl) you can tell at a glance whether you have water or sediment in the bowl. No need to drain unless you have contaminants. Said another way-- if all you see is golden fuel, no need to drain!

Check the bowl first time you stop after driving a hundred miles or so on a fillup. By then, if there are contaminants, they will show up.
  • 0

Dianne and Brett Wolfe
1997 Safari Sahara 3540
Moderator, FMCA.com Forums
Chairman, FMCA Technical Advisory Committee
Member, FMCA Long-Range and Development Committee 2007-2009
Moderator, http://www.dieselrvclub.org/(FMCA chapter)


#11 api100

api100

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 25 posts
  • Location:South Carolina
  • I travel:With Pets

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

Wolfe made an excellent point about getting air in your fuel line. That happened to me a few years ago while visiting the finger
Lakes in NY. Had to call a repair truck from over 50 miles away to fix the problem.
Proper maintainance is most important, but it's a good Idea to always have a great roadside assistance program like Good Sams.
Stuff still happens. Enjoy your new coach! Andy
  • 0

#12 DWAYNECHERAMIE

DWAYNECHERAMIE

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Location:GEORGIA

Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:19 AM

THANKS VERY MUCH GUYS!! DWAYNE
  • 0




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users