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Old 09-29-2015
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Had my 8kw DKD starter rebuilt in Alaska this summer. Seams like it was less than 150 bucks. That's a Onan/Kubota piece.
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I've been reading through the threads here and it seems there are a few who are clinging to the Perkins Generators and more switching over to the newer ones... finding the right parts seems to be the issue.
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I've been reading through the threads here and it seems there are a few who are clinging to the Perkins Generators and more switching over to the newer ones... finding the right parts seems to be the issue.

My Onan is 25 years old. Don't know when the last Perkins engine was used to spin a generator.
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As Rick said PICTUREs are a tremendous help to the WOG members who are here to help you, also on the tires did the mechanic look at the date code or did he just give the tires a visual inspection, which may not give you a good indication of their condition.

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STOP!!!!!!!!!!\Before you spend any more foolish money!!!

You need to get on WOG,right here and read,read,read for about a week,maybe more.
Those guys are ripping you off,and screwing up your coach.

You should have a perkins engine,with a delco starter,easy peasy to get fixed.
Find a good old time starter shop and get it rebuilt.

The power steering is most likely normal,for that coach,tell us what it does before spending foolish money,those guys can't fix it anyway.

Ohh,did i mention read,read,read?
Use the search function,search power steering.
Learn to use this boards resources,you will save thousands of dollars.
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I've been reading through the threads here and it seems there are a few who are clinging to the Perkins Generators and more switching over to the newer ones... finding the right parts seems to be the issue.
The Perkins 4.108 Diesel engine is a reliable little powerplant that was widely used in both marine and agricultural applications. They are very easy to get parts for and service. Small Massey Ferguson tractors used them throughout the 70's and 80's. They do not have any of the electronic controls that trip up most newer models. The Kohler power head on the back is another story. Although BB used them for a number of years, they are now a largely "orphaned" product. Most of us have switched the power head to a Marathon or Stamford brushless model with great success!
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Gypsy - your getting a baptism of fire! Fortunately, your over road driving experience is going to be a big help.

These machines have lots of layers but it's not rocket science. Never take it to an RV store for service. Your best bet will be reputable old school diesel shop. These are medium duty trucks with nice motorhome on top. You can learn a lot of this stuff by reading here, so when you bring it in you'll have a sense for what's going into be involved and if they are trying to rake you over.

RV store will tell you they work on everything but most have never seen a Wanderlodge and you will end up paying dearly for their training and they will still mess things up!

Pretty much everything you need to know is here on this Forum. As Randy said, READ! We are more than happy to share our experiences with you.

For example, I just bought a brand new quality gear reduction starter for Yanmar/Kohler genset for $200. two bolts and three wires. Simple. Pretty sure Perkins is going to be similar.

Propane system has shutoff solenoid may be in back of your refrigerator. If the monitor below the fridge is gone the solenoid may be off. If it's original, may need replacing this is an important safety feature. Don't bypass it.

If your coach is "The Bird Abides" (appears to be from your Facebook link), I'm a little familiar with it and the previous long-term owner Stu. Met him camped with the coach at Glacier National Park MT 3 years ago. The coach is similar to our 83. I thought "The Bird Abides" is a 1983 35'.


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Tell us more about the power steering problem
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Here is a good starter page for you - FC Tip sheet - it will help you avoid some of those costly but avoidable mishaps. Sounds like the shops you have been to really would like to relieve you of a costly burden (so they can enjoy it themselves) - if not they will at least take off all of the things that make it what it is... leaving you with scrap metal. Go slow.......

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ead.php?t=6728

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...splay.php?f=58

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drive south to somewhere who has a bird dont stop till you meet someone on this forum

dont pass go just do it now
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