Top RV Maintenance Tips from Cummins for Travel Season

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Spring’s longer daylight hours and warmer weather call RV owners out to the open road. But before you succumb to the urge to start up the diesel engine and roll out on the highway, proper spring RV maintenance will ensure a smoother ride all season long.

“Walk around the coach just like you would your house in the spring,” Chris Crowel, Cummins RV Market Leader, says. “The best way to see if your home needs maintenance is to get out and look at it. Do the same type of inspection of your coach to see how it faired through the winter weather.”

Here are 5 tips to prepare your RV for travel season:

1. Get out and inspect everything.

Look for any broken seals or cracks on the exterior of the coach that need to be repaired. Lift the engine cover, open up the basement and inspect every compartment. Keep an eye out for:

  • Insect and bug nests that may disrupt air flow
  • Plugged crankcase breather tube from ice or debris
  • Cracks or bent blades on cooling fan
  • Check the condition of your belts and hoses

2. Top off coolant.

At a cool temperature, top off with coolant that meets Cummins Engineering Standard: CES14603 for optimal performance. Note: never open a hot coolant reservoir – since the main role of coolant is to absorb heat from the engine, it can get very hot.  Periodically check coolant levels and concentration to ensure your RV engine is appropriately protected by the coolant – preventing corrosion, aeration, scaling, and other issues that can cause harm to your engine.  Consult your Owner’s Manual for additional details.

3 - Proper oil level on dipstick.

If you did not change your oil before the winter, we recommend draining and changing your oil fluid before you hit the road or a long trip. For a Cummins engine, we recommend a CJ-4 (CES20081) oil such as Valvoline Premium Blue.  Oil is used to lubricate, cool components,  cleans the system, inhibit corrosion, and improve sealing.  When in storage, oil can pick up moisture from condensation and additive packages in the oil can drop out.  Both miles and time cause oil to deteriorate over time.

4 - Drain water out of the fuel water separator.

Most coaches have a Water in Fuel (WIF) sensor and lamp indicator to detect the presence of water in the fuel. Water can result in inadequate lubrication of fuel system components like pumps and injectors which could result in expensive repairs.  With the engine off, drain the fuel-water separator to ensure the diesel fuel is free of water.

5 - Follow engine maintenance recommendations.

Ideally, diesel engine maintenance and oil changes occurs prior to long-term winter storage. However, if that did not take place in the fall, spring marks the time to ensure proper engine maintenance. Even if your coach has not traveled hit the mileage noted in the operating manual, we still recommend the following maintenance intervals for engine:

  • Engines 450 HP and below (ISB6.7 and ISL9) - once per year
  • Engines 500 HP and above (ISX12 and ISX15) - every 6 months.

Additional Resources

For more maintenance information before you hit the road this spring, refer to your Cummins Owner’s Manual or go to https://quickserve.cummins.com.

For customers that prefer expert maintenance done by Cummins professionals, stop by one of our 45 Coach Care facilities or 150 other distributor locations.  Be sure to ask about the Cummins Power Club which offers valuable information and discounts on parts and service for motorhome customers (www.cumminspowerclub.com).

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Michael Nagel is Digital Brand Reputation Manager for Cummins Inc. He has more than 10 years of digital communications and traditional public relations experience, with a focus on social media marketing. Prior to joining Cummins, Michael was a legal marketer for the largest law firm in the state of Indiana. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Michael earned his B.A. at the Indiana University School of Journalism - Indianapolis. He currently resides in Indianapolis.

Machine of the Month: Dot Power Platform

Cummins reliability and efficiency proves an ideal choice for the latest innovative autonomous agriculture, the Dot Power Platform.  

 

Autonomous operation combined with diesel-power and a U-shaped design allow Dot to carry, rather than tow, a multitude of implements. Norbert Beaujot, President & Owner, Dot Technology tells us more about this unique application:

“Initially I was designing Dot to be a seeding unit.  But when I came up with the idea of an open-U platform that could lift and lower a multitude of different implements; I quickly realized that it could handle almost anything in agriculture, construction and mining, so its possibilities are endless.”

Efficiency and reliability were critical considerations when designing the Dot Power Platform and led Norbert to the 173-hp Cummins B4.5 Tier 4 Final engine. The company aims to reduce fuel consumption on farms by around 20% so it’s paramount that the engine, hydraulics and whole system work efficiently. 

“When I was selecting the engine, it was important to have something very reliable; something that farmers knew and understood and had faith in. Of course, the Cummins name has been around forever, so it was a natural fit.” concludes Norbert.

Learn more about Dot in action here. 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Clean Cruisers are Fun Loving and Carbon Neutral

Steven Ploog (left) and Nathan Stuart (right) are taking their two re-powered classic Land Cruisers for a carbon-neutral spin to Panama. Both vehicles will be powered by R2.8 Cummins Turbo Diesel crate engines.
Steven Ploog (left) and Nathan Stuart (right) are taking their two re-powered classic Land Cruisers for a carbon-neutral spin to Panama. Both vehicles will be powered by R2.8 Cummins Turbo Diesel crate engines.

Steven Ploog and Nathan Stuart will depart this week on the road trip of a lifetime, traversing washed out roads, thick jungles and sandy beaches from Stuart’s hometown in California all the way to Panama. 

If that wasn’t enough of an adventure, their Clean Cruiser trip across Central America will be carbon-neutral.

The two men will be driving R2.8 Cummins Turbo Diesel-powered Land Cruisers, fueled by bio-diesel. They will plant trees as they cross all seven countries in Central America to off-set their carbon impact, learning about local conservation efforts along the way.  The two iconic Land Cruisers were restored specifically for this trip and each will be towing a camping trailer that will be the cruisers’ home for the 60-day adventure. 

“In the true spirit of adventure, we sought to add to the challenge by completing the entire expedition carbon neutral,” Ploog and Stuart explain on for the trip.  “We are turning to biofuels and reforestation efforts to accomplish this mission.”

LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT

Ploog and Stuart estimate that by planting roughly 200 trees, they will neutralize the vehicles’ carbon emissions. But they want to have a bigger impact. Their goal is to raise enough money to ultimately plant over 10,000 trees throughout 2019. The Clean Cruiser project is pledging to plant one additional tree for every $10 donated.

The Clean Cruiser team works on one of its vehicles before the big trip.
The Clean Cruiser project is pledging to plant one tree for every $10 it raises.

Ploog will be driving a 1979 BJ 40 acquired in Costa Rica and Stuart will be driving a 1982 BJ 42, originally built in Japan for the Canadian market. The R2.8 Turbo Diesel is Cummins’ first crate engine, providing re-power enthusiasts with modern diesel efficiency and drivability for use in their older, iconic vehicles.

Formerly, re-power enthusiasts wanting Cummins diesel power had to restore an old diesel engine they found in a junkyard or perhaps hidden away in the back of someone’s barn.  Even then, the engine would not be as clean, sociable, or complete as the purpose-built R2.8 Turbo Diesel crate engine package. 

Stuart and Ploog will be using biodiesel, a renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or cooking grease. It has properties like petroleum diesel, so it can be blended with the diesel fuel they obtain along the way.  Cummins engines have been approved for use of B20 biodiesel blends since 2008.

While driving into seven different countries might seem like a daunting task, both men have extensive experience as adventurers.

MADE FOR THE MISSION    

Stuart, 38, is an avid surfer and videographer, who lived in Mexico for 11 years before moving back to his hometown of Paso Robles, California, where he works as a ranch manager. Ploog, 34, is an Army veteran and accomplished adventurer from Merced, California. In 2017, he back-packed more than 2,000 miles on the

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The R2.8 Cummins Turbo Diesel crate engine fills a gap for many re-power enthusiasts.

Oregon and Pacific coasts. They are both re-power hobbyists who chose the R2.8 because it was the best engine to achieve their goal of a carbon neutral adventure.

Their trip will start in Stuart’s hometown with their first stop at the Overland Expo, which begins Friday (May 17), in Flagstaff, Arizona. The expo is geared for adventure travel enthusiasts, offering classes and demonstrations in everything from four-wheel drive vehicles to motorcycles and camping gear. After the expo, the adventure truly begins. 

Cummins is a co-sponsor of Ploog’s an Stuart’s trip. Come back for periodic updates on how they are doing as they make their way to Panama. Also follow along @CumminsRepowerOfficial.

“We hope to inspire individuals to get out and enjoy all that our world has to offer,” the two men say. “We want to prove that you can enjoy recreational travel and still be environmentally conscious.”   

INCLUDES REPORTING BY RACHEL FOSTER

Related Content: Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel

 

 

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Machine of the Month: Jacto Sprayers and Fertilizer Spreaders

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​Jacto and Cummins have had a successful partnership that has spanned over 17 years. During this time, over 7,000 Cummins engines have helped power Jacto’s business.  

Always looking for innovation, Jacto pioneered the market to adopt electronic engines even before Brazil’s transition to Euro VI emission levels. This innovation has brought numerous benefits in stability, performance, fuel consumption, preventive telemetry and others.

Jacto Uniport 3030

In 2018, Jacto launched three outstanding new machines. UNIPORT 3030 Sugar Cane and UNIPORT 3030NPK feature the QSB6.7 243hp engine, already famous for its excellent performance and low fuel consumption. The third release, UNIPORT 2030 features the QSB4.5 194hp, which has the highest displacement in the power category.

These launches, along with the other machines in the portfolio, were responsible for a 49% growth in sales volume last year, which was the second best in the last 17 years. 

Jacto Uniport 3030


2019 began with the launch of the brand new UNIPORT 3030 ELETROVORTEX, which brings great technological innovations in the spraying process. The application is equipped with the QSC8.3 305hp engine, which is the first QSC8.3 engine in the Jacto machine family.

These launches allow Cummins to become a leader in powering spraying and fertilization applications for Brazil.  Watch for additional announcements about more news coming in this sector.

 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins 6.7 for RAM Commercial

Lineup of RAM trucks with Cummins 6.7 engine

There’s something to be said about confidence. Confidence gives you the feeling of security, support, and strength.

We all look for the edge that allows us to perform our best, whether that’s on the job or off the clock. Why not have an engine that gives you that extra edge of confidence in your truck?

Cummins 6.7 Liter Turbo Diesel takes 3500 AND 45/5500 RAM Pickup and Commercial customers to the next level of performance. 

PERFORMANCE

An engine needs to provide the power and performance you need on and off the job. Cummins is committed to providing customers with an extra edge of confidence in performance while hauling, so you can work hard and play hard. 

The Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel for Chassis cabs boasts 360 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.  The RAM 3500 / 4500 / 5500 Chassis Cabs with the Cummins 6.7L turbo Diesel are offered with an Aisin 6-Speed Auto Transmission.   With the 3500 delivering a 25,890 lbs. of best-in-class towing capability   Also available with the 45/5500 RAM Chassis Cab, with 800 pound-feet of best-in-class torque, delivering 35,220 lbs. of maximum towing capability. 

HIGH RELIABILITY

From hauling your equipment on and off the job site, to Hauling your toy hauler on the weekend, you should have the highest level of reliability when it comes to hauling, towing, and payload. This legendary engine provides fuel efficiency and class-leading 12,000 thousand mile oil change intervals. That’s power and reliability you can always count on.

DURABILITY 

As the only engine with its own high mileage club, there is no denying that at 100,000 you’re just getting started with a Cummins powered RAM. Wear your engine’s high mileage like a badge of honor. Become part of the Cummins legacy of longevity with an engine that will withstand what you need for your work, business, or personal needs. Sign up with your high mileage RAM today at highmileage.cummins.com


LEGACY 

Cummins has been providing confidence for100 years. From pioneering new technology to first partnering with Ram in 1989 to haul two tons more than any competitor at the time.    Cummins has been a leader in the diesel engine world since  Clessie Cummins launched the company in Columbus, Indiana in 1919, with a commitment to producing the finest diesel engines on the planet. From humble beginnings grew an international enterprise that today provides products and service to customers in more than 150 countries. Nearly a century spent perfecting diesel engine performance provides Cummins unmatched insight and expertise.  The Cummins 6.7L Turbo diesel in RAM HD Pickup and CC are manufactured in our plant in the same community where it all started.   And Customers can expect the same reliability and dependability they have experienced since Cummins began powering Ram trucks in 1989.

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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