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Fitting Twin Turbos

Written by Ivan on July 24th, 2013. Posted in Vehicle modifications

To make life a little easier towing my 5th wheel on mountain roads I decided I neede a little more power so, a couple of months ago I fiited bigger injectors to my Cummins which are rated to give me an extra 110 horsepower.  To take advantage of this extra fuelling I knew I would need more air if I am going to keep the EGT’s in check so, I planned to fit a second turbo.  To facilitate this, the exhaust manifold has to be turned upside down and the oil filter needs to be moved from the stock location otherwise it will be extremely difficult to change once the second turbo is fitted below the first.  The top turbo is the modified factory HX35 while the lower on is a new, ported and tuned K31.

Engine Change

Written by Ivan on September 16th, 2011. Posted in Repairs and ongoing maintenance

In response to customer complaints that the needle on the temperature gauge kept fluctuating when the thermostat opened and closed Dodge, in their infinite wisdom, moved the coolant sensor from the back to the front of the engine.  The rear (number 6) cylinder runs the hottest which can cause problems because the driver cannot detect an overheat condition on the gauge until it is too late.  Pulling my 5th wheel back from a trip to the US in hot conditions it happened to me.  Number 6 overheated, melted the piston and scored the bore.  The only evidence of this was a “knock” and a slight loss of power.  It speaks volumes for the Cummins engine that I was able to drive the rig home some 2 hours further.

Delivery trip

Written by Ivan on March 12th, 2011. Posted in Trips and journeys

A good friend has just asked me to help him deliver a motor home and I have agreed after having my arm severly twisted.  This is a Cummins powered luxury coach chassis based 26 foot “land yacht”

On April 5th we fly from Kamloops (4 hours drive from home) to Phoenix Arizona via Calgary Alberta.  Thence to Sun City about 45 minutes drive away to collect the bus.  Next day we set out to return to Horsefly 1687 miles away taking in Las Vegas and Reno en route.  Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.  It should be fun?

Shopping trip

Written by Ivan on February 28th, 2011. Posted in Trips and journeys

“Her Indoors” decided that it was time for a new kitchen so, after much planning on the Ikea web site we set off for the nearest Ikea store to buy all the units.

I know, you are asking why I’m bothering to put a shopping trip on here??  Well here are the statistics:

North to Alaska and beyond!!

Written by Ivan on September 8th, 2010. Posted in Trips and journeys

We have just finalised planning a trip to the Arctic and Alaska in 2011.  We will be pulling our 5th Wheel in company with another couple driving a similar Dodge pulling a travel trailer (caravan). Departure date is the 10th July and we expect to be on the road for between 4 and 6 weeks.  One highlight of the journey will be driving the Dempster Highway which links Whitehorse in the Yukon with Inuvik which is in the Northwest Territories on the Arctic Ocean coast North of the Arctic Circle. The journey is timed to bisect the migration route of the Porcupine Herd, the world’s largest Caribou herd as it moves Westwards to summer calving grounds.


Written by Ivan on September 4th, 2010. Posted in Repairs and ongoing maintenance

Heading East on the Trans Canada Highway on Thursday to visit friends we experienced a rather unusual problem.  I was towing the 5th Wheel on the level at around 90 kph when the prop. shaft parted company with the rear axle.  Fortunatly I was able to quickly slip the transmission into neutral and coast into a pull off within 50 yards.  The large nut inside the rear yoke that holds the pinion yoke onto the pinion spline had come loose and the shaft had slid off the pinion.

The friends we were enroute to visit came out in their truck to pull the 5th wheel back to their place about an hour away and my good friend Matt set off from Horsefly (3 1/2 hours away) in his Dodge with a flat deck trailer to carry us back home.