Early Service Stations:
Shell Stations of the 50s
Ask most men, including truckers, “Who makes the best diesel engine?” I think 90% would say Cummins.
I have owned diesel tractors and a back-hoe. I even owned one diesel work truck. We bought a Motor Coach once with a GM Diesel. The last one, we still have is pushed by a Cummins engine. The Other diesels were good, but did not have the power of the Cummins.
Any man (and some women) will tell you that a diesel should go up to 300K-500K miles with no problems. That is true. However there are exceptions. I have built houses that cost less than this Cummins has cost us in the last 3 yrs. Now after two breakdowns on our last 7000mi trip we have a broken engine fan. No problem, there is a big Cummins place in Ocala. I will go over and get the parts needed to fix the fan.
Above is the big diesel showing the fan. Below is the other fan blade missing you cannot see above.
First place in Ocala was Cummins. I walked in, all smiles under my mask. I stated my problems. I held all the information I KNEW the parts man would need. He looked at me and said, “Sorry, I cannot help you. That fan is not Cummins your Motorhome manufacturer furnishes that. I was floored. I asked if it was big job? He said, “You are talking megabucks, $2-$3K labor alone. I understand Lazy Days RV in Wildwood can get the part & install it for you. They will have to remove the radiator, that alone is $2k. Sorry.”
We are familiar with Lazy Days, The biggest RV dealers in the South. Repair/parts Rep comes out all smiles. I explained my problem, “Sorry we cannot help you. We might get the part, no guarantee, but we will not install it.”
I am not ignorant, I know it can be done. So the ball is back in my court. I try to think, if someone else can do it, why can’t I? I have a few months on my hands, why not.
I do not like hearing, “Sorry, but I can’t help you.”