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Old 08-09-2017, 01:39 PM   #71
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Been a long time looking at Racing Junk every day while waiting on repair of MH which turned out to be a long drawn out mess with the Ins Co and Lazy Days body shop going back and forth. Will say this, Natl Interstate Ins sucks big time. 10 months since the MH was run under a train trestle in Longview, Texas and still do not have it back so I decided to stop waiting and bought a 2004 Elite Aluminum Broke Wall(what ever broke wall means) Freightliner Columbia with a 515 Detroit engine with a tick over 100K miles. Both engine and chassis new in 2004. Two were on the market(both are still posted on RJ site) and I missed the first one by one day. I took the advice you guys gave me and narrowed my choices down to twin screw and a big motor~500 HP as I will be mainly in the Mtns. That meant Cummins or Detroit based on nearby big rig service shops.The Elites have unusual interiors but I have always liked modern/contemporary looking stuff and these are both that interior wise.
Let me know what you think. Good, bad, or ugly.
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:39 PM   #72
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Very nice. 14L Detroit right? Should be a nice rig with that kind of power. I wish at times I had a little more power from our 425 HP 12.7L DD.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:16 PM   #73
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Right. 14L Detroit with 515HP. Probably more than I need but who ever fussed about too much power? Took a very long time to find one but it also took a long time to decide what I wanted. You guys were a big help. The Ins Co and body shop screwed me time wise but not much I can do about that other than filing a law suit and that will be done within the next few weeks to beat the 1 year time limit if they continue this BS.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:49 PM   #74
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We're 38K and usually pull a 24' enclosed trailer at probably 9K. We seem to cruise just fine and get knocked down to maybe 50-55 on some of our big mountain climbs here in AZ. We actually seem to do pretty good compared to a lot of other rigs we come across. I've always been pretty happy with our climbing capability until I hooked our friends 32' stacker up to our rig. The trailer weight probably only went up to 15K but man that thing pulled like it was full of lead. We were down to 35 MPH on our normal 50-55 MPH climb. I know our friends with newer 500HP engines can out pull us so I think you'll be pretty happy with the 515 and you may even get better mileage than us.
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:01 PM   #75
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That does not surprise me as I always was pulling pulling a short 20 ft stacker with race cars and tools and was right at 15K which is/was the max weight for my Amer Trad tag with 400 HP. Or, I was pulling a heavy utility trailer with a Hummer on it in the Mtns. It struggled in Mtns and I wore out the dif in just 100K miles. The MH was not designed for what I was doing with it. Needed more grunt and less glitz but truth is, the new MC is as nice, in a different way, as the MH. The MC is less girly than the MH.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:56 AM   #76
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Congratulations on selecting your new rig! I think you will be pleased with the big Detroit. It is a bit on the thirsty side, but fun to drive.
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Old 09-02-2017, 12:57 PM   #77
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Picked up the 2005 Elite RV with Detroit 60 series and Eaton 10 speed and right away had trouble with the trans shifting out and back into 10th gear. Traded a conventional RV for this Freightliner RV and knew absolutely nothing about it. After an hour or so it flashed F-10-F-10 and locked into 10th when I pulled over. No response to shifting into N etc. It is an auto/Man shift with paddle on the steering column. Shut down and restarted and the dash went nuts with flashing warn lights. Disconnected all the neg battery leads to kill all power(former owner's advice) hoping it would set the PCU/TCU and it worked. Fired up and shifted fine for several minutes and then the entire failure sequence happened three more times. Eventually tried using the manual mode and it seemed to work. I limped into a Freightliner shop and dropped it off. Just weeks ago the same problem was "fixed" by another Freightliner dealer so the repairs are under warranty. By the way, the dealer I bought the RV from was extremely helpful as was the Freightliner service center and the former owner so I am not upset about the unfortunate and very stressful first two days in the Freightliner. Learned a Hell of a lot very fast. So, anyone ever had a similar problem with their trans? Sure would like some more info.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:43 PM   #78
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2nd FL dealership(and I) gave up on figuring out the autoshift problem after Eaton had no ideas about it other than installing a new XYshifter and TCU and they were not certain if that would fix it so I bailed and plan on converting it to a 10 or 13 speed three pedal manual. The cost of unknown TCU repair outcome and certain manual outcome costs are about the same. However, after driving it a few times for an hour or so it only occasionally reshifts into 10th so I can live with that for now.

Another problem which might be related to the trans elec problem. The battery wiring seems to be wrong as the heavy starter pos lead is connected to the 4 house batteries located inboard in the battery bay. The three outboard batteries(for the engine I think) have the jumper cable leads running to them so it seems like the engine starter lead would be connected to that bank of batteries.
I also have only 9volts at the indoor lights and slide so something is crossed up it seems.

Does anyone have a schematic of basic engine/house battery connections? All the wiring seems new with fresh labels so I suspect the wiring has gotten crossed up but cannot find any schematics other than very basic stuff.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:13 PM   #79
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What kind of truck conversion? I know you said it's a freightliner, but where are the house batteries in relation to the truck batteries? My truck batteries are located close to the driver side fuel tank, then there is a battery isolator and the house batteries are to the right of the truck batts. My unit will automatically charge the house batteries while the truck is running, there is no emergncy start on the generator, it will pull from truck batteries if needed.

9 volts at your lights is very low, could the batteries be severely discharged? I leave my unit plugged in and it keeps the batteries charged and fridge cold at all times. There is also a display to check voltage and it shows around 13volts when plugged in. On my old toter I have seen it as low as 11 volts and then I had to jump the generator to start it back up.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:39 AM   #80
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9 volts is dead, check the voltage at the batteries (with them disconnected).
if you are on shore power the (ac 2 dc) converter/charger should be giving you 12vdc
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