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Old 12-29-2010, 02:50 PM   #1
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US Gear dual range...?

hello airstream world,

My name is Max Kurkowski and I am a 24 year old farm kid from western Nebraska. I do not own an airstream trailer or motorhome, however, I would like to some day. A year ago or so I purchased a used US Gear dual range unit for my 98 dodge ram 2500 diesel 5 speed. In order to adapt it to my application, i had to order some pieces from the factory. When I ordered these parts, they were the last ones on the shelf, as the US gear company had been bought out by AxleTech International in November of 2008, and had discontinued the dual range line permanently.

Anyway, I got busy with farm work last summer and never got the thing put back together. Now I have finally gotten back to it, but US Gear changed their website all around and removed all the dual range technical data that was there a year ago.

Upon doing an extensible internet search for this information, I came across this forum. It appears there are quite a few knowledgeable airstream owners that run US Gear dual range units in their motorhomes or tow rigs.

My question is, does anyone out still have in their files the documentation for one of these units? If my memory serves me correctly, there is kind of an "all-in-one" packet that gives wiring information, driveline angle information, as well as disassembly and assembly instructions.

I would be more than willing to pay someone whatever they feel is fair if you'd be willing to scan that information and email it to me, or something of that sort.

All help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #2
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Max,
Check the .pdf attached to the last post on this thread in the "mechanics corner" section, might help:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f159...r-71092-2.html
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:07 PM   #3
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Max. Hi, my name is Kenneth. I bought what US Gear said in early 2009 was "the last complete overdrive unit they had". I have the manual that came with it and would be happy to share it with you. Let me know...
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that would be awesome! i was able to get some info from mike leary, but his must be an earlier model because the internals of the thing aren't the same. how would it work best for you to send it to me? i would be more than happy to send you a check if you wanted to take it somewhere and have a hard copy made. otherwise an electronic version would work too.

thanks for your help,
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:39 PM   #5
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Max,
I have finally got around to scanning the documents you requested and saved them as a pdf. Do you have an email you want me to send them to?
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:01 PM   #6
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Anybody hear if someone took over the biz, or are we up the creek with a sugar paddle?
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Mike, When I bought mine lasdt year, they told me that it was the last one they had and wouldn't be selling or making more...
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They made a fine product, we've had two of them, one on our previous 280 and one on our current coach. The gear lube gets changed every 20k or once a year.
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I have a 87 345 55000 miles. I hear all this talk about trans problems. Should I be worried? Do I need to start looking for these parts? When it goes can I not just get a new trans? And get one with overdrive? Sorry if these questions are dumb.
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Yeah Mike we love ours but only put about 5000 miles per year on it. Do yu think the fluid still needs to be changed once a year?
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Yeah Mike we love ours but only put about 5000 miles per year on it. Do yu think the fluid still needs to be changed once a year?
It sure would not hurt to at least check the fluid every oil change. Ours has a tiny leak at the output shaft, so I stay on top of it. A oil change is cheap insurance, especially since we're driving around with a o.d. no longer made.
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I have Mile Marker Dual Range. It's an interesting beast to say the least. What oil goes in these things? Regular gear oil?
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Max,
I have finally got around to scanning the documents you requested and saved them as a pdf. Do you have an email you want me to send them to?
Ok great! My email is maxkurkowski at gmail dot com.

As far as whether we are up a creek or not, I'm afraid so. When I ordered the parts for mine they were the last left of what I needed. Kind of scary...if something goes wrong down the road does a $2500 dual range become scrap iron?

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Good point.
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