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Welcome to the "semi maintenance" world, on the road. This one started as a coolant leak between the three heads. Less that a grand was the estimate. They let us park next to the shop and plug in the extension cable for power. Over the next two weeks they kept knocking on the camper door to come into shop and react to, "you've got see this".

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We were at about five grands $$$$$ before they started to put it together.

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There were few other "road adventures" but not as long or expensive. The cost of getting 5 year old "bargain" ($32K) with 850,000 miles.

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1 hour ago, phoenix2013 said:

Welcome to the "semi maintenance" world, on the road. This one started as a coolant leak between the three heads. Less that a grand was the estimate. They let us park next to the shop and plug in the extension cable for power. Over the next two weeks they kept knocking on the camper door to come into shop and react to, "you've got see this".

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We were at about five grands $$$$$ before they started to put it together.

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There were few other "road adventures" but not as long or expensive. The cost of getting 5 year old "bargain" ($32K) with 850,000 miles.

This goes to prove one thing it can always be worse. We did finally get our part With any luck at all we should be up and running tomorrow.

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The engine teardown was in Northern Michigan. The front S-cams, king pins, brakes and other things was on another trip to Florida.

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Luckily, we "arrived" and were at the campground, so no biggie, although we missed our run-around (only) vehicle and almost two grands $$$$$$$$$$$$ out of pocket. And no, you can't take these things to Midas or Jiffy Lube and buy parts at AutoZone, or O'Reilly's.

 

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This is not a cheap game we're playing.  Some get lucky and run for years with minimal expenses, and others seem to have a little dark cloud over them.  We have had our share of on-the-road repairs, and the two longest/costly were in Cummins shops.  Neither fixed the issue, but cost us a total of roughly $11k.

That said, we ran our 2001 from 2010 to 2021 and 50k miles with total repair bills of about $25k, and sold the truck for about what we had invested before repairs.  Likely cheaper than towing with a dually in the end.

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1 hour ago, Darryl&Rita said:

"Well, while we're in there, might as well fix this" Just add another thousand.

Like the wire harnesses to the injectors, deep inside the block. "Some of the insulation has cracks in one of them. We could change that one, but we recommend changing all of them". Right, like I was gonna do only one after seeing the whole top of the engine torn down to get to these. $$$$ Kaching

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1 minute ago, phoenix2013 said:

Like the wire harnesses to the injectors, deep inside the block. "Some of the insulation has cracks in one of them. We could change that one, but we recommend changing all of them". Right, like I was gonna do only one after seeing the whole top of the engine torn down to get to these. $$$$ Kaching

Oh, almost forgot, two new injectors, they sent me on an 80 mile trip in their part pickup jalopy to get them. $$$$ Kaching

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  • 4 weeks later...

Its not always money

 After a little 500 mile trip, i found my Volvo top plastic radiator tank was cracked and leaking. No problem. 100.00 part. 3 day delivery. It will be 2 weeks soon. UPS has it somewhere. 

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