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Old 02-05-2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy Motorhome Cruise Control

I have read quite a few threads on the cruise control and need more info. Mine quit up in Canada a couple years ago. I have done all the diagnostics the book calls for and it all checks out okay. Still doesn't work. I have opened up the control stick and it looks okay. I have checked everything on it and it still doesn't work. Okay, I fought that thing for a couple years now and I am ready to replace it.

I looked at the King Cruise Control and that would be great, but it is $1000.00 or more and then you have to install it. Does anyone know of one that is available for a lot less? I really don't want to use a vacuum operated one as when the old one did work, and the engine was working hard, there was not enough vacuum to pull the throttle open wider. I would have to take over on hills and such.

I have the Isuzu 6bd1 with turbo. All I can find on J. c. Whitney and the like are the vacuum operated units. I would like an electric solonoid type unit.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:27 PM   #2
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I had a new cruise control in my (gas engine) 310 when I bought it. As I recall it was $4-500 installed. It is not vacuum operated. If you would lke I can dig out my paperwork and give you some details.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:35 PM   #3
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When you have time, I would like the info.
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:29 AM   #4
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You have little magnets glued to your driveshaft, or should have. These are to control the speed and never get wet or dirty, or fall off. No one ever told the little magnets about getting wet, dirty, or falling off. Junk the magnet system purchase any good electronic system and it will work. I had mine installed for $300.00 and even got to use the old turn signal stick.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:19 AM   #5
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Thumbs down Little Magnets

Nope, No little magnets. I have installed that type on vehicles myself. The Dana Cruise Control that Airstream installed used a speed sensor on the speedometer output on the transmission.
What was the name of the unit you had installed? Sounds like what I need.


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Old 02-06-2006, 03:50 PM   #6
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My cruise was $215 parts / $160 Labor.
Part number was 4342/2126 but my reciept dosn't show MFG, nor does the warrenty card.

If you want that info I can call the place that installed it. Let me know.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:48 PM   #7
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Have you tried searching for an Electronic cruise control? I did and saw quite a few available here is one.
http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...5&autoview=sku for $199.00
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:47 AM   #8
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I have done the searches and haven't found too much. One of the problems is that a diesel engine has a much stronger set of springs on the throttle and requires a much stronger solenoid to control it. I will check on the one you mentioned a little more, but it says it is made for hot rods and I don't know if it has the strength.

Guy99, I would like the mfgr. when you have time.
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:27 PM   #9
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I called the shop who did mine. Cruise controls are a speciality of theirs. He said mine was made by Pacific Cruise Systems (Fridget) but he also said it wouldn't be a goot fit for a diesel.

He said that ROSTRA makes cruise controls for heavier applications. Hope this helps.
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RichardT gave a link for rostra and I will check on that some more. Thanks for taking the trouble.
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Old 02-07-2006, 05:24 PM   #11
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Jim,
I was looking at this site because the gauages in my rig are NLA and I was thinking of having my fuel, volt and maybe temp gauge repaired.

They seem to have some good cruise control stuff and mention diesels.

http://www.speedometershop.com/rep-pag.htm
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Old 02-07-2006, 05:56 PM   #12
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Thanks. Looked at it and they are Rostra units.
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