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Old 08-19-2016, 11:26 AM   #11
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I looked at a bus today with a DT466e and the MD3060 transmission. Can someone give me their thoughts on the transmission and the combo?

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DT466 & MD3060.... RUN AWAY!!! But first tell me where it is?

Seriously, there are a number of folks that prefer the mechanical version of the DT466. Other than that it is near a dream drivetrain for me.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:27 AM   #12
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Do the MD3060'S come with 6th gear locked out like I've heard about on other models?

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Old 08-19-2016, 12:54 PM   #13
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usually 6t is locked out... at least I havent seen a bus that as 6th turned on... ive never known the reasons why but seems to be the case..

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Old 08-20-2016, 05:25 PM   #14
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Good to know about the 3126 Cat not being wet sleeved. Is it better to flat tow a vehicle (more wear and tear on tires and such) or tow on a trailer but have the extra weight of the trailer?. I want to tow my 5 speed diesel Beetle.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:34 PM   #15
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a lot has to do with the tow instructions for your vehicle too... some cannot be flat towed because of issues with parts of the drivetrain spinning and not being lubricated... I rarely see an RV towing a car on a trailer.. seems they almost always flat tow their cars... same with school bus drivers picking up new busses.. they tow their car flat behind...

ive never done it myself so I dont know how things like backing, turning etc are when a car is flat towed... with a trailer it can be a bit tough because the trailer wheel base is very short and the bus is very long... and with the bus over-hang it seems it would be easy to have the trailer turn way too much compared to the bus when backing... bt maybe theres rarely a reason to back a rig like that...

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Old 08-21-2016, 07:37 PM   #16
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RVs generally have very light frames at the back end. Buses like MCI's or the old GMs are unibody and don't have much to support a hitch.

My 97 international 3800 has a 10"x3", 1/4 wall channel frame clear to the bumper.
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