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Getting the RV Ready for the Trip South – Chassis Maintenance

Many RV owners have interrupted their planned vacations because they didn’t take time to properly maintain their chassis. Whether your motor home is a gas or diesel, proper care for the chassis and its elements will ensure that your travels are enjoyable.

Motorhomes require scheduled preventive maintenance, just like your passenger car, SUV, or pickup truck. The difference is that they are much larger and more complex so they require a few extra (and bigger) steps to accomplish this.

The majority of the time, if there is a problem inside the RV, it won’t ruin the trip. It may become an inconvenience for example, a shower not working may mean having to camp where there is a shower. An RV owner can choose when to make those kinds of repairs, perhaps even waiting until they get back home.

A chassis issue on the other hand can end your trip dead in its tracks. Practicing preventive maintenance care for the RV chassis is the best step an owner can make. We recommend that every RV owner take the following preventative steps to help keep their RV’s  performing well:

Basic Engine Maintenance

Engine Oil and Filter

Fuel System Maintenance and Filters

Diesel & Gas Engine Cooling Systems

Engine Air Filters & Air Filter Restriction Gauge

Coolant Surge Tank

Transmissions Fluid & Filters

All Belts & Hoses

Chassis Maintenance

Brakes

Air Compressors, Tanks and Dryers

Air Dryer

Air Ride Suspension

Axles, Driveshaft and Universal Joints

Tire – Tread wear & Rotation, install Crossfire Tire pressure regulators for dual tires

Hydraulic System

Check your hydraulic Leveling system

Hydraulic Fluid Reservoir

Hydraulic filter restriction gauge

Generator

Oil & Oil Filters

Belts & Hoses

Fuel Filters

Coolant & Coolant Surge Tanks

Air Filters

We recommend you always travel with extra fuel filters, belts and hoses and take along a jug of DEF fluid, if your unit is equipped with SCR.

If you haven’t started up your RV in over a year consider putting an antifungal detergent into the diesel tank.

Preventative maintenance from the experts at Western Turbo – the diesel service centre can save your trip and can save you thousands in costly repair bills and inconvenience.  Whatever your Winnipeg or Manitoba location, book your maintenance appointment today at the best RV service centre.

Good News Snowbirds!

If you’re among Manitoba’s snowbirds, this time of year is doubtless a busy one, filled with anticipation as your departure for the sunny climes of the American south draws near.

Don’t forget routine vehicle maintenance and repair as one of the things that’s best done in advance, to prevent surprises out there on the road.

Have your motorhome or tow vehicle inspected for mechanical fitness and reliability now, and do any needed repairs now when your vehicle isn’t your home. You’ll benefit from increased peace of mind when travelling, and you’ll also be able to take advantage of the exchange rate by paying for your inspection and repairs in Canadian dollars.

When you bring your RV to our Diesel Service Centre, you are entrusting it to some of the most dedicated and best-trained technicians in the industry. Our large facility and state of the art equipment means that we’re able to diagnose and service your equipment to OEM standards. Western Turbo has exclusive distribution agreements with the major fuel injection, turbocharger, and diesel engine related product manufacturers.

We really are experts in all things diesel, and we service more vehicles than just about anyone else. When you’re heading out on the road on the way to your sunny spot, you can rest assured that your RV will be running at its’ very best.

Visit IamDIESEL at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

Have You Had Your RV Safetied Lately?

RV repair, RV service, RV maintenance

When you get your vehicle safety checked, attention is paid to the brakes, lights, turn signals, and suspension. If one of these things malfunctions, your life can be in clear and present danger. One of the items that can be overlooked when you get a “safety” inspection is the vehicle’s powertrain. In some circumstances, your ability to “go” is almost as important as your ability to stop when it comes to the safety of your vehicle and its occupants.

If your car breaks down during your morning commute, it’s likely an inconvenience, but nothing more. You call for help, a tow truck arrives and takes your car to the mechanic, and you have to find another way to get to work for a day or so.

If you are travelling in your RV, however, a breakdown can be more serious. You and your family can be stranded somewhere out of the way, miles from help.

That’s why it’s important to include powertrain diagnostics as part of your safety inspection routine. Trust your diesel RV to the Diesel experts. IAmDIESEL is the diesel service centre at Western Turbo and fuel injection. We are Winnipeg’s premiere diesel service centre. Our technicians have expertise specific to diesel engines, heavy-duty transmissions, and the array of specific sensors and computer equipment particular to your vehicle’s engine.

We can assess your vehicle’s general roadworthiness, as well as the ability of your powertrain to provide you trouble free service on your upcoming travels.  Complete our online form for a callback or call us at 1-800-665-7556 today to schedule an appointment. IAmDIESEL has 9 fully equipped service bays and a staff of fully qualified technicians ready to take care of your RV’s needs.

Visit Us at the Manitoba RV Show – March 13-15, 2015!

“GO & GET EXPLORING!” at this year’s Manitoba RV Show and discover the latest in the RV camping and leisure industry. Western Turbo and IamDIESEL, The Diesel Service Centre, will be on hand as an exhibitor as the Manitoba RV Show fills two floors of the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

The technicians at The Diesel Service Centre are experts in what it takes to keep your RV in tip top shape for even the longest summer road trips! Whether you’re in need of regular maintenance for your RV, repairs or maintenance of your diesel motorhome, or repair and maintenance of your tow vehicle, we have the expertise you need.

The show begins on Friday, March 13th at noon and ends on Sunday, March 15th at 5:00pm. Not only that, but ladies get in free and pay no admission all day on Friday, March 13th, so bring the whole family and come explore your next adventure.

RV Season is Coming. Get your (Diesel) Motor Running!

Spring is late this year, but we promise you, it is coming.

With better weather come outdoor recreation opportunities.  If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who like to take to the roads in recreational vehicles as your home away from home, now’s the time to start thinking about your summer destinations, and the begin the preparations that are going to make for trouble-free travels this summer.

If your recreation involves a diesel engine, either as the power plant of your family motorhome or in your tow vehicle, you already know that diesel engines can’t be beat for hauling and towing capability.  You are also probably familiar with some of their specific maintenance needs.  Now’s the time to book yourself an appointment for service, to avoid the unpleasant occurrence of a breakdown on the road.

Vacation should be a carefree time, and vehicle performance out on the highway is not only important to prevent breakdown, but to ensure your safety.  When you expect your tow vehicle or motorhome to accelerate to facilitate a merge, you need the engine to respond.  And there’s nothing more nerve-wracking than being stranded by the side of a strange highway in the middle of the night.

IAmDiesel is Winnipeg’s diesel engine specialist.  We have experience working with diesel vehicles of all sizes, and are knowledgeable about all your engine’s systems.  Whether you need glow plugs, injector service, or just a knowledgeable eye to look over your engine and assure you that it’s ready for summer fun, you can turn to IAmDiesel for all your RV maintenance needs.

IAmDiesel is the diesel service centre at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg.  Our technicians are trained, certified, and second to none.  Let us help you get your tow vehicle or motorhome ready for summer fun.

RV Maintenance Tips for The Cummins Diesel

Nothing can put a damper on that cross-country RV trip to see the grand-kids, like engine troubles in the middle of nowhere. Your Cummins diesel engine was built to give you hundreds of thousands of trouble-free miles on the road – provided you kick in a little TLC along the way.

Here are a few suggested precautions you can take to ensure your travel plans do indeed go as planned:

1. Idle Worship is a Sin – While it’s a good idea to let your Cummins diesel engine idle for about 10 seconds before take-off in normal weather conditions, you can avoid problems like overheating and carbon build-up by otherwise keeping the idling to a minimum.

2. Proper Diet is Essential – Yes, your engine needs to watch what it eats (or drinks) just like you. Keep a list handy of the recommended replacement parts and fluids for you Cummins. Avoid bargains if they mean straying from those prescribed for your engine model.

3. Take Her Temperature – Cummins recommends operating your engine under light load until the coolant temperature reaches 150 degrees.

4. Check Your Oil, Mister? – The suggested interval for changing the oil in your Cummins can vary with the model anywhere from 15,000 – 18,000 miles. Bear in mind that if your RV has been sitting in the driveway since last year’s trip to the Grand Canyon, you’ll want to replace that oil regardless of mileage. Always change the oil filter whenever you replace the oil.

Stay on top of your Cummins diesel RV’s maintenance schedule, keep accurate service records, and you’ll save yourself time for the really important things – like figuring out how to open those photo files the grand-kids sent to your email.