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Old 03-22-2023, 09:39 AM   #1
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Our first breakdown

The wife and I stopped by walmart to pick-up some food and as we were leaving the parking lot, our 2007 International with a DT466E, the engine suddenly shut off and would not restart. The engine light is on. It was running fantastic before this happened, so I'm hoping it's an electrical issue like a relay or something. We had it towed to ITA in New Orleans. Hopefully, they can look at it today.

BTW, we do have Good Sam for insurance, but we were told they don't offer roadside assistance for Skoolies.
We would like to keep them, but need to find a company that may provide just roadside only. I think we may have to switch insurance companies to get it, IDK. It cost us $600 for the tow.

Oh, and the tow company let us ride in our bus as they towed us. That was an adventure. Haha

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Old 03-22-2023, 09:46 AM   #2
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they let you ride in the bus? thats about ILLEGAL AS HELL...



did you try pressing the diagnostics button to see what the code was when the engine light was on?
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Old 03-22-2023, 10:04 AM   #3
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I had the Good Sam premium service for 3 years and never needed them...thank goodness, because I found out they wouldn't have covered me. I can HIGHLY recommend Coach-Net.com and I recently had an experience with them that was just fantastic.

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Old 03-22-2023, 10:46 AM   #4
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they let you ride in the bus? thats about ILLEGAL AS HELL...



did you try pressing the diagnostics button to see what the code was when the engine light was on?

Yes they did. Lol. Diagnostic button? Where is that?
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Old 03-22-2023, 12:17 PM   #5
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For roadside assistance, I purchased coach net as I've heard nothing but good reviews. $300 or so for a year is still cheaper than a single tow.
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Old 03-22-2023, 01:02 PM   #6
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The wife and I stopped by walmart to pick-up some food and as we were leaving the parking lot, our 2007 International with a DT466E, the engine suddenly shut off and would not restart. The engine light is on. It was running fantastic before this happened, so I'm hoping it's an electrical issue like a relay or something. We had it towed to ITA in New Orleans. Hopefully, they can look at it today.

BTW, we do have Good Sam for insurance, but we were told they don't offer roadside assistance for Skoolies.
We would like to keep them, but need to find a company that may provide just roadside only. I think we may have to switch insurance companies to get it, IDK. It cost us $600 for the tow.

Oh, and the tow company let us ride in our bus as they towed us. That was an adventure. Haha

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great day.
I just competed a 1400 mile ride from South Florida to central Texas towing my Chrysler Sebring behind the bus, right after a fresh in-frame rebuild. Only had 50 miles on the engine when I departed.

When i got here, after about 3 days I went to start the bus and it would not start!

I noticed some oil on the hitch and wiring and that lead me to start looking for an oil leak. did not find one!

check the oil and it was super low. I put in one gallon and a half of fresh oil and she started right up!

Guess there wasn't enough oil to make it to the HPOP reservoir ?

Glad it was an easy fix but I still got to find out why it even lost that amount of oil to begin with! I am hoping this event was just part of the break-in of the new motor/rebuild.
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Old 03-22-2023, 01:04 PM   #7
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I just competed a 1400 mile ride from South Florida to central Texas. towing my chrysler behind the bus, right after a frsh in-frame rebuild.

When i got here, after about 3 days I went to start the bus and it would not start!

I noticed some oil on the hitch and wiring and that lead me to start looking for an oil leak. did not find one!

check the oil and it was super low. I put in one gallon and a half of fresh oil and she started right up!

Guess there wasn't enough oil to make it to the HPOP reservoir ?

Glad it was an easy fix but I still got to find out why it even lost that amount of oil to begin with!
An oil leak like that in the detroit diesel world seems like normal operation…not so much for a DT466!
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Old 03-22-2023, 01:12 PM   #8
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We would like to keep them, but need to find a company that may provide just roadside only.
I have AAA RV for roadside assistance. They have the actual details of the bus.... BUT I've never had to use it and have heard horror stories about them refusing to tow once they actually realize its a bus and not a conventional RV despite them having it in their records.
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they let you ride in the bus? thats about ILLEGAL AS HELL...

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Old 03-22-2023, 08:59 PM   #10
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A great reason for [I]daily[I] pre-trip inspections, for sure.
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