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Old 09-09-2011, 09:04 AM   #1
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Clipper, Cummins CT8.3, Fuel Leak

Applies to the Clipper with the Cummins 8.3, but may apply to others.
On Wed. morning we had a small problem in Wawa, Ontario.
We had come across HWY 101 from Timmons on Tues, and arrived late in WAWA.
47.964813,-84.792824 - Google Maps
A bit of construction in the Chapleau area, and lots of mud and paving operation.
The Clipper and the trailer were dirty, but because of darkness, I did not notice a problem and hit the sack.
On startup Thursday, the Cummins required a few cranking tries before start. On the walk around, I then noticed a bad fuel leak at the engine. Shut down, and on investigation, the return line off the injectors feed had split.
Wawa is not the greatest place for this to happen!
Put on the coveralls and got dirty. Was able to reroute and shorten the line and, after fueling, were on the road again about 2.5 hours later than planned.
Just another reminder to always carry your tools.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:25 PM   #2
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Getting caught up on some of the maintenance now that we are back at our home base for a while.
Got things cleaned up and did a degrease of the engine, rad and transmission cooler, and things look good again.
Upgraded and replaced the return fuel line on the Clipper to 30R9 grade, from 30R7 that was OEM. Also enclosed it in conduit along the engine where it is exposed to the high heat on our many hot mountain pulls.
I should not (hope not) have to deal with that mess again in my traveling days.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #3
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How to loose $250,000

Just a note on maintanence issues.

I keep a close eye on my Clipper, but some things get do get by me, as did the return fuel line on the Cummins.

I was lucky to escape this incident without a fire, as some others have experienced.

If you have an older diesel pusher, now is the time to replace that fuel line in the engine bay. It is exposed to high heat and if not supported and protected properly, is prone to failure.

To make this point, I will give you a lead to a Utube video of SOB in trouble in Steven's Pass a couple years ago. Not nice! And by the time you know you have a problem, it is to late if the engine bay has been saturated with fuel.
RV Fire - YouTube

Two more kids died yesterday on Jackass Mountain in BC in a motorhome fire. No specific details on cause of that yet.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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The two deaths at Lytton happened when the SOB motorhome was parked and the fire originated in the front. (the generator appears to be in the front?)

Have you enough smoke detectors to give you adequate warning????
Have you more than one fire extinguisher available in different locations in your motorhome?
Have you practiced your emergency exit procedure?
Are you using a portable heater that is questionable?

Two kids die, two adults hurt in B.C. motorhome fire - CTV News

Safety is always the most important thing and must rank above cost and convenience.

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Old 08-31-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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Grease Cartridge Holdeer

When doing these long trips I like to do a grease job on the Clipper every 3000 to 4000 miles. This is good for the Clipper and it is good for me to inspect all components to ensure things are as they are supposed to be.

Carrying a spare grease tube has resulted over the years in
1: a dirty greasy tool box when it was packed unprotected.
2: a dirty greasy compartment floor when it was stored unprotected in the corner.
3: a dirty oily floor when it was packed in a breathable container.

So now I have this solution to packing an extra grease cartridge.

It is a sealed container "ROLLER KEEPER" made for storing wet paint rollers in and is available from your local hardware/paint store.

Home Hardware has them on sale this week in Canada.

No more mess from grease cartridges.

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Old 09-04-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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Got my new grease cartridge holder mounted on the Clipper today.

Also a picture of my existing holder.

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