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Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


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John Stiles
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Date Posted: 05/ 7/ 15, 4:57am
In reply to: Ernie Ekberg 's message, "Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge" on 04/ 28/ 08, 6:26pm

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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