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Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge

Ernie Ekberg
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Date Posted: 04/ 28/ 08, 6:26pm
In reply to: Frank K 's message, "Bluebird Wanderlodge" on 04/ 25/ 05, 7:07am

WOA, Frank, take a deep breath. First, any diesel shop has tools to work on either a Detroit Diesel, Cummings, or Cat engine. No fabrication required. You stated that the Cat engine has to be rebuilt with over 100k miles with heavy use. I hardly suspect that our coaches qualify for heavy use. Primus parts are available. Lets talk more about your perspective purchase. We can always talk about repairs- if needed, later. Tell us about the coach you are interested in.
Ernie- 83PT40-- 350,000 miles- no tools needed

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John Stiles
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Date Posted: 05/ 7/ 15, 4:57am

Echo'ing what Ernie has said, you do not need to fabricate anything. The 100K miles for a cat engine is not a figure for a rebuild, someone has mispoke or you have misunderstood. The supposed Caterpillar recommendation was for replacing the bottom end bearings on 3208's at around the 100K mileage mark on engines in severe duty use (dump trucks, garbage trucks etc.). These birds far from qualify for this. Because of this 100K "urban legend" I had my lower end bearings replaced about 15 years ago and the ones that came out were like brand new. This was with around 140K miles. It was a total waste of money and the shop thought I was crazy for having the bearing replaced in the first place. So, lesson learned, don't believe all urban legends. No special tools needed, no 100K mile rebuild etc. These are good solid machines and the old cat is a great engine which in motorhome use (with proper care) will likely outlast most owners....

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