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  1. (Just looking to vent) We have 2011 Newmar Ventana diesel 40' that we bought in the fall of 2017 and it has been one big money pit. Clutch fan assembly fell off an hour north of the highway driving from the dealership. (7k) had to be towed. Supposedly Spartan no longer makes that particular Cumins fan assembly and had to be rebuilt. Turbo replaced ($7k) Had to be towed once more. Engine water pump ($1k) Instant water heater replaced ($3.6k) Atwood electric jacks all replaced ($3.5k) Current problem is that both roof AC units no longer work and it is $4k just for the units and need to add labor cost. And much more such as the front window day shade mounts are so poorly made that the shade had fallen off onto the dashboard not once but twice. Removed it and put it into the basement. To get any work done by Newmar or by the dealership it is a four-month waiting period. Obvious new sales take precedence over existing customers. And because it is not warranty work, you can forget about Newmar ever considering covering the cost. Luckily the dealership covered the cost of the first issue of the fan assembly. All other costs have been paid by us. Newmar is supposed to be a top brand. I am furious at them. Bought only last Aug of 2017 and now we are going trade it because we need a reliable unit for my work. We travel all over North America. All total we will lose about 50k to 60k when we trade it in for something more reliable. We are contemplating buying a new tag axle but Newmar can forget about it. For all those who buy a new or used Newmar, God bless you, and I hope it is treating you well.
  2. Did you purchase a comparably sized Class B with a gasoline or diesel engine and WHY? Most of the gasoline versions have a slightly larger engine to deal with the additional weight that the coach has to carry... while a diesel engine can and usually is a smaller engine with even greater torque than most gasoline engines. Most gasoline engines can be serviced just about anywhere, but, you may need a specialist to work and diagnose a diesel, especially Mercedes Benz... on the other hand, Mercedes Benz diesels are known for their longevity and long service intervals, so, if you have your engine maintenance done before you go, you're going to be good for at least 10,000 miles before your next oil change... And, diesels in general can be smaller.. and get twice the mileage a gasoline engine can get with more pulling power and performance...this is especially important when climbing hills and driving through the mountains... even at low speeds... Not once, anywhere, on our cross country trip did we encounter any situation where the coach had any difficulty climbing hills and mountains.... and we went some pretty steep locations... Resale value is another advantage for diesels.... because they are known for their longevity, people will generally pay more for one when it's time to sell or trade your coach...And, mileage on the engine is NOT taken into effect according to NADA ( National Automobiles Dealer Association) on used vehicles....it's only a consideration on gasoline engines.. What was your reason for going diesel or gasoline???
  3. JUST FINISHED PLANNING OUR SUMMER HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU THERE. MEMBERS OF THOUSAND TRAILS. 6/14 MICHIGAN 6/18 NIAGARA FALLS 6/25 ORLANDO, FLORIDA 7/2 WISCONSIN DELLS 7/15 NAARVA RALLY, SARASOTA FLORIDA 7/23 FISHING, STURGEON BAY ,WISCONSIN
  4. Hi, I recently had an In-Frame engine rebuild (new pistons) work done on my Discovery's Cummins engine. After the work was completed the carpet in the bedroom was covered in grease and diesel. I have had it professionally cleaned but I still get a strong smell of diesel as soon as I step into the bedroom. I think what happened was that when they first fired up the engine there was a fuel leak that sprayed diesel all over everything. I think it also might have got onto the bottom of the mattress. Anyway; my questions is does anyone know of a cure for that horrible diesel fuel small in the bedroom so I can get some better sleep? I have tried the air freshener sprays and they only work for a few hours at best then the diesel fuel small is back. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Squire Dude
  5. I am relatively new to RVing but have 2 decades of experience on diesel boats. Boats have vented tanks and occasionally they need to have the fuel removed to get out the water and sludge at the bottom that accumulates over time from condensation. Is this the case with RVs? My MH has an 80 gal tank and I am afraid to go much below a quarter tank or it may plug up my filters and bring my trip to grinding halt at the side of the road. My MH is 10 years old with about 40K miles - so its sat a bit, I bought it in March 2017. How far down the gage can I comfortably go down to? So far I have left 15 gal or so but would rather not stop if I don't have to. Thanks for all your responses.
  6. Do you check the oil dipstick on a diesel engine with the engine cold or warm?
  7. Unlike conventional gas engines, diesel engines have been known for going beyond 350,000 to 500,000 miles and sometimes even further... PLUS, when factoring values on NADA, (National Automobile Dealers Association), they tell you that mileage is only to be used for consideration with gas engines only.... SO, how many of you with diesel engines have exceeded 250,000 and what's your experience been with repairs, maintenance, performance, and oil consumption? At what mileage did you consider the diesel engine to be "broken in" and running at top condition? And, what would you consider the top RPM range for cruising? My 3 litre V6 Mercedes Benz Sprinter goes about 2,500 at 60 or 65 MPH....
  8. I am 5 years short of retiring in the government after already retiring in the military (reserve). I often see websites for veterans to buy at discount prices, but don't really know if it is really a good deal. If I could start a forum for "The Beginner" to assist those people like myself to give them opportunity for buying a motorhome from start to finish it might also be helpful for the experienced RV owner. Including things such as size (does matter), horse power, amenities necessary (those veteran owners say they wish they included at the beginning), technical and communication support equipment, etc. I am grateful for any information you could provide. Thank you in advance. Jeff & Ingred.
  9. I am looking at upgrading our diesel pusher (2004 Endeavor with 330 Cummins). I am finding good prices on 2008/2009 coaches, but am concerned about the cost of emission equipment maintenance. Would one of you experts out there be able to give me advice about purchasing a 2008/2009 versus one of the newer DEF burning Cummins engines? I don't want to make a big mistake....
  10. Having a problem starting1992 Gulf Stream Sun voyager Diesel Pusher. We first noticed a week start while camping in October, warm weather. The next time we tried to start it, it would crank but wore down the battery. This time we hooked it up to jumper cables and battery is maintaining a 13-14 volt charge, BUT when turning ignition, I may get 1-2 weak cranks, but then is followed by clicking noise from starter/solenoid, I think. I made repeated attempts over a period of an hour, the whole time with the voltmeter indicating full charge, but then all of a sudden, it stopped it's weak 1-2 cranks and clicking noise, and the voltmeter dropped almost to zero, and then after letting it sit for a few minutes, still being charged by jumper cables, the highest voltage indicated maybe 6-8, and dropping to about 2 or less when turning the key ... not even enough voltage to keep buzzer going for the key-ignition-on position. When I bought the RV, the owner had his first ever problem with it not starting during our test drive in May 2013. He had a new starter, solenoid, and voltage regulator put on at Kenworth Trucks here in St. Louis. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  11. Would like to know what type of motorhomes may be going with the Trekoftheamericas July 2013 expedition to South America. I have a 7.3 diesel chassis mount and would like to share spare parts, or maybe change my motorhome prior to the July date. It is advisable to carry extra parts, and great if several others have the same vehicle requirements. I also know there is at least one Mercedes Sprinter going on the trip.
  12. Hello fellow RVers, I'm camping in northern FL and will be camping at this site for about 2 years while working. I have a 40ft Monaco Windsor with a Cummins diesel engine (diesel pusher). My question is how often should I start my engine to keep the engine and battery in good working order? Is it OK to start it up and leave it running and not have to unhook and pull out and drive it around? Was thinking to run the dash AC to put a load on the engine/alternator.
  13. Can anyone share their experience with the MaxxForce diesel engine? I am familiar with Cummins and somewhat with Caterpillar. We are considering a Monaco or Holiday Rambler that runs the MaxxForce so would like to hear about performance or maintenance issues you may have encountered.
  14. Currently own a 2004 Holiday Rambler Endeavor (38'/2 slide/330 Cummins/8 bag Roadmaster). Looking for advice from all of your on our next coach. We are primarily 3-4 day weekend RV'ers as we both work, with typically a couple of two week trips each year. We are out at least 2-3 weekends a month in the coach and live in Oregon so would like to be able to use the coach year-round. Happy with our coach but would like (1) smoother ride and better handling, (2) more room with extra slides, (3) aqua hot or system that would give us more flexibility in the winter, (4) layout with 2 euro chairs & flatscreens. Here are the type of coaches we are looking at (primarily to get better insulation and Spartan chassis): Newmar Ventana/Dutch Star, Country Coach. Would LOVE an Entegra Aspire, but that will have to wait a few years as our price range needs to be under 200k. I would love to your advice on what coaches you think we should explore further...or are we already on the right track? I would also like your advice on aqua hot or not for winter camping (winter here means no lower than 25 in the winter) and LP versus diesel fired Aqua Hot? Thanks in advance.....love to hear from the experts on this board!
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