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Old 10-23-2013, 10:20 PM   #91
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Sorry about your troubles and thanks for the heads up. While I still am a poroponent of computer run engines and fly by wire, I have stockpiled a couple of computers for both my old Suburban and my TOAD. Somehow it never occurred to me to look into a replacement computer for my '05 Isuzu powered Skoolie--I'll be looking.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #92
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I spent several extra months looking for one of the old "two-wire" Cummins after talking with numerous techs about engine choices. May be the first time in my life I have ever encountered 100% agreement on anything!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #93
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What has happened to this conversion does anyone know. This is one of the best conversions and the information and detail is wonderful. But suddenly it quit is that it?
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:47 PM   #94
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No, still here. Waiting until the kitchen is in to update. It's winter time and I hibernate in the cold!

I had to replace my engine ECM (computer). Just got it fixed 3 or 4 weeks ago. You don't want to know how much it cost. That sure puts a dent in the conversion budget. Looking forward to some spring outings soon. Already the campgrounds are booked on holiday weekends here. Unbelievable. There is a big FMCA event in Perry Georgia this week. I had originally planned to go, but the computer replacement ate up the "let's have fun" money. So we're sitting this one out.

Update coming soon.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:58 PM   #95
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Having a computer controlled engine is nice...if everything is working. When something goes wrong, it is usually very costly to repair. Sorry to hear that the repair will ruin your trip. My bus is THE VERY LAST YEAR of the mechanical injection DT466 engines. In California, they had switched to the DT466E two years earlier. I had to go to Tennessee to get my bus. I got to meet Grey Eagle. He was kind enough to put up with me and take me to my bus.

Anyone searching for a bus should take this into consideration. Simple things like replacing injectors could cost upwards of 5x as much with an electronic engine.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:05 PM   #96
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I'll second Cal on that. I paid extra to get one of the older Cummins "2-Wire Motors" after talking to the techs at the big Cummins facility here in Houston. They were in 100% agreement. Unless you were running a fleet, had your own maintenance division and could justify the outrageous cost to keep up with the extra 2 mpg...go with all mechanical. Cheap and easy to fix vs exorbitant and requiring a PhD in Computer Science.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:23 PM   #97
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I'll second Cal on that. I paid extra to get one of the older Cummins "2-Wire Motors" after talking to the techs at the big Cummins facility here in Houston. They were in 100% agreement. Unless you were running a fleet, had your own maintenance division and could justify the outrageous cost to keep up with the extra 2 mpg...go with all mechanical. Cheap and easy to fix vs exorbitant and requiring a PhD in Computer Science.
That's why I got the mechanical Cummins also.

I don't fear any of the normal wiring issues on any of my units with a mechanical Cummins. I can completely disconnect the wiring harness, and still start my engine.

Tango, do you have the VE pump, or the P pump on that nice little 4 BT? The P pump needs no electrical at all. You can even get a starter that runs off compressed air, rather than 12 volts! . That how I will start mine after the sun farts a big residual EMP that lasts 10 years.

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:12 PM   #98
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I can't say as I disagree with any of you guys. The electronic stuff is more expensive and gives more trouble.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:27 PM   #99
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Mine has the Bosch inline pump. Simple to maintain, work on or "pump" up.

And from what I read, we need to get our "hardened" shelters built pretty quick. Mainstream science types are beginning to acknowledge the very real possibility of a solar super flare within the next year or so that could take down the whole grid and just about everything electrical. The last one was in 1859 and took out most of what little electrical apparatus was around back then. A similar "Carrington Class" event today has the potential to bring modern society to its' knees. Hang onto your air starter.

But, look at the bright side...at least we won't have to worry about people texting while driving for a while.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:33 AM   #100
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Well, I'm very tardy and guilty of not updating my build thread. I'm still not completely through, but getting closer. I promise to update sometime soon. I've actually taken two sets of photos to do an update, but neither were very good. The lighting wasn't right, so the pictures were dark.

Just for fun, I do have a couple of photos from a dog show I was at during Halloween of this year. We always have a good time at this show. Most of the RV'ers decorate their RV's in the spirit. Because mine is a transit, I was able to have a little fun with the destination sign. It alternated between the message you see in the pic and this one "Additional Broom Parking on Roof".








It was a bit sad though. I lost Savannah about 3 months back. She was 11 years old. She always enjoyed this show.

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