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Dogfather 07-15-2010 08:31 AM

Towing a trailer
Hey Bill I want to start this by Thanking you for taking the time to post these things, unless your into RV's you don't see the value, :jeepnirvana:

Ok here is my question

Tell me what you know that I need to know when I start looking for my New Class a Diesel pusher.

I have 2 sammys prolly at the most 3k each and a 26 foot trailer that i haul them on..

I'm looking at possibly buying a 26 foot enclosed trailer What's your opinion on that?

I appreciate all your doing and all the input this thread gets Familly RV

Dogfather 07-20-2010 11:42 AM

Bump Bump? anyone Home?

From what I have read so far I need well maintained Brakes on the trailer and a load leaveling outfit, and at least a 330 Hp Diesel? Can I do it with less?

Dianamal77 07-20-2010 06:39 PM

I'm not super knowledgeable Edward, but I can confirm you want at least a 330HP diesel, especially if you're planning on towing an enclosed trailer. Otherwise it has to work to hard and the exhaust gas temps climb to high, causing you to have to let up on the throttle, which makes you slow down, etc.

An enclosed trailer is great, but you will end up putting a lot of stuff in it (hence the need for the bigger diesel). We have a triple axle and Rob loves it.

wcjp 07-20-2010 10:13 PM

I think you're looking for an 8.3l Cummins minimum with 6spd Allison. I recall the 6spd Allison was capable of an exhaust brake. Not all 4spd Allison's were capable of an Exhaust brake. I think the enclosed trailer is the real wild card. You might need more engine.

Dogfather 07-21-2010 08:32 AM

So your saying I need to look for an Exahust brake?

gunrunner 07-21-2010 08:04 PM

The kind of weight your talking about, don't leave home without one.

wcjp 07-21-2010 10:26 PM


Originally Posted by Dogfather (Post 14259)
So your saying I need to look for an Exahust brake?

I use my exhaust brake all the time. I can go down most/all mountain passes without using vehicle service brakes. This keeps the vehicle brakes cold. Cold brakes always work better. Dan R cooked his vehicle service brakes on the way to the Rubicon in 2005. This required complete brake system replacement after the trip. He probably could have gone with an immediate replacement. This was on his pickup. I'm pretty sure motorhome brakes are alot more expensive.

Dogfather 07-22-2010 09:15 AM

Thank you verry much for the comments

Do most of the Diesel pushers come with Ehahust brakes?
if not are they easy to install?

wcjp 07-23-2010 10:45 PM

The 8.3l exhaust brake is a butterfly valve in the turbo elbow. Not sure on the difficulty. The engine is typically below the master bed. The few I've seen is plenty of room to work. However, some areas of the engine are easier to access than others. Some exhaust brakes are vacuum driven while others use positive air pressure.

Dogfather 07-24-2010 09:08 AM

Thanks Bill I'll Be back once I pick up My DP

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