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Posted: 11/04/21 10:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am in a whole other category! I have a coach that was a rear engined gas coach. The engine of the 70’s was the Chrysler 440 which mine had. Was nice to drive as was quiet, but got 7 mpg. I always liked Diesel engines but liked my paid for coach better. Then I got the wild idea to convert my 29 ft rear engined coach with its old design gas engine to a modern Diesel engine.

So I did! Bought a rolled 2006 GMC pickup with a Duramax and a six spd Allison. Out of pocket cost was $18,000 to move forward 30 years as to the power train. Hp when from about 220 to 360 and torque from 350 to 620. I weigh 15,000 lbs fully loaded. Mpg went from 7 to 13 and it is fun to drive. I have put 75,000 miles on the conversion and I calculated break even at about 45,000 miles.

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Posted: 11/06/21 09:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reckon so!

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pianotuna wrote:


My Magnum 3000 caught on fire. It is due to poor design on their part. So I can't recommend them. They did replace it under warranty.


I've heard of several people having that problem.


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I think there is some misinformation/fear being spread here.Ive driven tractor trailer since 1988,most trucking companies do the bare minimum maintenance on equipment to save moola. I worked for the guys with the brown trucks(freight division)for the past 13 years,they do a service on the trucks 1 time per year.diesels are beyond reliable, and yes more expensive, but you get longevity and a far better ride with the air ride suspension.

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