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What do you call a modest hill?
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Lets save you some money!
First thing you need to learn is how to change fuel filters.
Coachs that have been sitting will have nasty fuel,which means you will be changing fuel filters,sometimes on the side of the road.
The air filter can be a big problem too,birds and mice build nest's in sitting vehicles.
The air intake on the FC is a great place for a nest,check in that area.

Another place you may find a nest is in the fridge vent that goes up through the roof,take the ven cover off and use a mirror to look up the vent.
I had a coach with a huge nest in that area,lucky i checked before i fired the fridge up.
It could have caused a huge fire,maybe burned down my shop.

Your coach will have a racor fuel filter in one of the side bays,and another spin on filter in the engine area.
Find those filters,and then come back to us,we explain how to change them both.

But,check out the possible birds nest in the fridge vent first,it has nothing to do with the coachs running,but it may save your life.
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What do you call a modest hill?
A highway overpass. A flat stretch of highway to just a simple build up of the road to go over a crossroad will slow it down from 60 mph to 35 mph.
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Randy - I was told that the three fuel filters were replaced with new ones when I purchased it but I should verify this or maybe replace them just to be sure.
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I have checked the air filter and there were no nests or critters. I drove it back from Missouri with a fresh tank of gas so I would think after 10+ hours of driving I would have worked the old fuel out of the tank. I may replace the filters just because even the new filters may be clogged up with crud from the system.
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A highway overpass. A flat stretch of highway to just a simple build up of the road to go over a crossroad will slow it down from 60 mph to 35 mph.
That is in fact modest. I would do as Randy suggested first. The Racor should be in the Propane Bay and on our 83 the other filter was mounted on top of the engine. Where is the third filter? Is it the generator filter? After the filters I would next check throttle travel. Those old cable operated throttles are a bear and can get out of adjustment. If the pedal is hard to depress that could be the problem.
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When driving, I have to mash the accelerator to the floor to keep it at 60 mph. I will replace the filters and check the throttle cable. As for the third filter, it may be the generator one.
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Learn how to replace the filter, before opening the filter. If done wrong, it becomes a pain in the @#$
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Filters and throttle linkage/cable adjustment would be first as pointed out by Randy and Rick.
Does your 82 have the Telma retarder ? I know it's a long shot, but is it possible it is turned on a notch or two ?
Once you get past the easy stuff and if you still have no power, I would also look into getting the valves adjusted. That can make a big difference on a 3208 if it has not been done.
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Also, check the integrity of the fuel hoses and lift pump if you have one.

Diesel engines do not tolerate air in the system.

If you need a helper, a Diesel Doctor or mobile tech can be a good choice.
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