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Old 07-31-2016, 07:17 PM   #57
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That's a pretty cool install on the quite diesel.....I'll have to give that some consideration. What do you now use the original generator compartment space for ??? Did you do a diesel engine conversion ? have been running a 8000 watt Onan quite diesel for many years years now in my tool truck....got over 11,000 hours on the first one before I had to rebuild and the only reason it quit was the metal breather tube that runs from the valve cover to the bottom of the generator compartment broke off at the valve cover and saturated the entire generator with oil until it would not work anymore. When you get a chance will you post some underneath pictures of that generator install ???
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:31 AM   #58
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This is a shot from below this generator was slightly smaller than the 6500-8000 which was a 3 cylinder engine as I recall. This install is over 8 years old so a little fuzzy on some details. Engine is a 5.9 Cummins common rail with rear gear train. It was a left over from International intended for some kind of emergency vehicle so it has a 240 amp alternator. Variable geometry turbo doubles as an exhaust brake and a 6 speed Allison behind it. We also swapped out the rear end with a 4.79 gear set so it will cruise 70 at 2000 RPM. 10-11 mpg if you stay around 70 but drops when you run 80.
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:17 PM   #59
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Thanks for the additional photos.....really cool to see the Cummins installed in there. Great hook upon the generator as well ! Regards, Bob
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Old 08-02-2016, 05:31 AM   #60
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Another question on the Cummings install from 8 or so years ago....did you do the conversion or did you buy it that way ?
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:28 AM   #61
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I did it myself. At the time we were building machines using Cummins and Cat engines. The Cummins guys have access to all kinds of engines and once I came up with a transmission which was from a 0 mile Hino Truck that got uprated to 33,000 lb GVW it was game on. The Allison dealer provided a computer programed for my engine gear ratio weight etc. The engine is really well matched for the coach and cruise control etc. work really well. If I were to do it again I would look for a 2006-2007 truck with this engine combination. I had to make wire harnesses and all but most of that could be done with a complete purchase of a running Truck.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:02 AM   #62
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Tomorrow, Debbie, I and the kids will blast-off from home to get the 370LE in North Carolina. Our plan is to drop the kids off in Arlington,VA. in the rental van for the week at my sisters' house then proceed to Charlotte, NC on Tuesday. We will Wal-Mart it in NC for the night on Tuesday, then onto Virginia Highland Haven for Wens-Thurs (will check it out for a potential 2017 Classic Get-Together if anyone is interested....Friday will meet my sister on the road to pick up kids then hopefully one night-Friday back to Lake in Wood PA then Saturday to Honesdale PA. then Sunday home. My plan is three to four hour trips with the 370LE as to not stress any of the systems. I have a low boy on stand-by in case of breakdown to transport back to my shop in the event of an event that I can't take care of on the road......I had to rent a van to bring all of the gear down with me....jacks/compressor/spare generator parts/wire/ electrical kit/ soap/brush all the crap. Will post lots of pictures for all to enjoy, and yes two fire suppression bottles and my trusty power probe. Regards, Bob
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:25 PM   #63
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Goodluck to you Bob and safe travels for you all.

Is Deb and the kids in one vehicle and you driving the van with the tools? Could be a quiet trip.

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Old 08-10-2016, 05:45 AM   #64
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Day one for us I will call ground zero.....it starts where we originally saw the 370LE. A small RV park right next to Charlotte, NC airport...right in the flight path for incoming planes landing. Extremely hot here. I picked the 370LE up at the owner's daughter's house and transfered all of our gear into the 370LE. When I started my 5 mile drive to this RV park....no power steering and no brakes....The previous owner gave us a ride to Wal-Mart and I purchased 4 qts. of power steering fluid. I knew the steering box had a bad leak out of the sector shaft when we looked at it in June. All else appears to be OK for our journey back north but I know I will be purchasing a case of fluid at our next trip to a parts store. Our plan today is to make it to Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park, I have called them but have not received a responce so I hope they have room for us. The AC roof units work well so we should be able to keep the inside of the motorhome cool as long as the generator keeps working. No windsheild wipers so I hope to look at that tomorrow while we have a day rest there as well as washing it and taking care of some of the exterior bulbs that do not work. More later......Regards, Bob
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Bob, this is going to be a fun adventure to follow as it unfolds

Have fun and we're all definitely looking forward to pictures.

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Safe travels Bob!

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Hope the 370 treats you kindly during this first Trip!
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Hey Bob,

Glad you're finally underway! Get some Rainex onto that windshield, and you'll be fine without wipers. Safe travels! Keep us posted on your progress. I'm dying to hear your first impressions of the driving experience compared to the 325.

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Made our 3 hour trip to highland haven in 6 hours.....3 breakdowns.....have to stop every 4 hours to refill the power steering reservoir. One good thing about taking all secondary roads is that there appears to be an Advanced Auto every 20 miles or so. I purchased 3 gallons of fluid....that should last for 3 days. The air compressor stopped working 50 miles into the trip. I replaced both circuit breakers and it appears to be OK for now. Cleaned out Carburator on the generator and can now run both AC units with no problem. 55 MPH is about all I want to do until I get this home. And Charly same as the 325LE except the brakes. The pedal height is fine but I really have to push hard....very hard to stop....I don't think a panic stop is possible.Click image for larger version

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Looks good Bob. At least you won't be bored this winter. Good luck on the rest of your journey.


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