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Old 09-25-2015, 05:20 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by nat_ster View Post
Anything Mercedes Benz is big $$$ to fix or maintain.

Not worth owning.

That would have been my assertion as well. In the big rigs it seems like Volvos have that reputation... you see a lot of them on the road so they must be popular but at the same time how often are they in the shop and for how long. For a skoolie owner I think an important factor would be how common it is and how accessible parts and/or service is - and not just close to home, because nothing ever breaks down when you're close to home.

I'm a company truck driver and so far every truck I've driving and every company I've driven for has been Freightliner because there are Freightliner dealerships and Freightliner-authorized facilities all over the country! In that class of vehicle the common engine is a Detroit DD15. Applying this same train of thought, I would theorize that getting service on a Freightliner skoolie chassis isn't going to be an issue but the less-common engine might make for lengthier and more expensive repairs. So unless you just happen to well-versed with that engine or are willing to study up in order to do your own repairs, it may be safer to pass on that deal in favor of something more common.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:42 PM   #12
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The trucking company's can afford to have them in the shop hooked up to the computer diagnostic tools. We as skoolie owners can't.

I vote for staying with mechanical drive lines. That way you can skip the big $$$ for needing a computer to tell you what is wrong. Also computer based sensors are not cheap, and add more cost to the mix.

Older mechanical Diesels like the Cummins 12 valves and the DT engines are even more simple that the old carbureted gas engines to diagnose. You will be able to fix them your self VS being at the mercy of the big $$$ shops.

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Old 09-25-2015, 02:25 PM   #13
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Precisely. I think someone mentioned in another thread that the mechanical non-electronic engines were getting harder to find and therefore demanding a premium price. However you slice it though that dang computer is eventually going to bite us in the keester!
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Old 09-27-2015, 09:22 PM   #14
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