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Old 08-22-2014, 02:52 PM   #11
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Congrats on your new DP. We have had Gas, Propane and DHL motor homes and I feel the DP is by far the best choice. One the upside you get a much more substantial unit with more power, better braking, longer life, and much more.

On the down side they are much more.expensive to fix and maintain.

My first and best piece of advice for you is ... even if it is not a requirement in your region to get air brake certified .... do it anyways. In our area the 2 day course costs about 150 dollars but is well worth is. The majority of the course is on how air brakes work, how to identify problems and what to do if they occur.

Unlike hydraulic brakes ... Air brakes are an open system. This means that each time you thought the brakes you loose a small volume of air. If you are in the habit of pumping your brakes on the way down a hill, you can very quickly run out of air and find yourself with no brakes.

Air brake systems have and in line compressor that is constantly replenishing your supply .. However if is very easy to outset that supply.

On a general maintenance front I have been told by Cummins that you should never store a MH for an extended period with dirty oil ... As dirty oil is very acidic. I take my unit in for engine and genset service once a year just before putting it into storage.

Always let your unit come up to temp before driving it under load. This is easily determined through the Allison display.

Other than that ... not much different than gas


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Old 08-22-2014, 02:57 PM   #12
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Good stuff.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:14 PM   #13
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Grip it and Rip it Jim, you will be just fine! The computer has it all..
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:02 PM   #14
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IMHO. One cannot beat Schaeffers oil products. Fuel, oil and lubes.


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Old 08-23-2014, 01:59 PM   #15
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X3 on Camp Freightliner. First diesel here also.....no comparison, but as stated above, maintenance costs can be high. You can offset by doing some work yourself. eg. Oil changes $80 myself....$200 at shop. Have fun with your new coach!

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:28 PM   #16
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Not sure from your post Jim as to what you purchased. But if you run into any issues a question on the forum will most likely get you a correct answer quicker than anywhere else.

Did you buy a coach from Total Value?

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Old 08-24-2014, 12:12 AM   #17
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Gas man

Things must be a lot cheaper in the US. In western Canada the oil alone costs 90 dollars and up ... not to mention the cost of the filter.

The cost at a shop would be more than twice as much as you quoted.
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Things must be a lot cheaper in the US. In western Canada the oil alone costs 90 dollars and up ... not to mention the cost of the filter.

The cost at a shop would be more than twice as much as you quoted.
Walmart for Rotella and oil filter (I use Wix) at parts store. Freightliner oasis dealer in Kalamazoo, Mi $198 for oil change. I guess I'll quit complaining...LOL

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Old 08-24-2014, 09:11 PM   #19
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So what are you buying?

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