North Bay Truck Center is becoming the go-to place for motor home chassis work. That is because if you take the shell off of a motor home–take the body off of it–let’s say, for example, a diesel pusher. It’s really a bus chassis built by truck and bus chassis manufacturers. Many that built the motor home chassis also built big trucks; Freightliner is an example. For us, if we’re under the motor home or we’re looking into the engine compartment, we’re really looking at the same picture as we are if we’re looking at class 6, 7, or 8 trucks.
We are well versed in the platforms of engines that they use. Primarily, they use Cummins or Caterpillar engines on some of the older ones. For the diesel pushers, we’re very well-versed in those engines. We have the computer software to plug into them. We’re familiar with the Allison transmissions that almost all of them use.
The braking systems on a lot of them are air brakes, similar to that of class 6 through 8 trucks. They also have suspension components that are shared. They often use air ride suspension on the front axle, which is found on the newest class 6 through 8 trucks. We’re very familiar with the chassis of the diesel pushers.
North Bay is also going to be able to look up maintenance schedules on those as well. Motor homes generally will have all manuals in a big binder referring to your refrigerator, heating system, and air conditioning. If your vehicle is new, you should have the Cummins manual for the engine and, in the case of the Freightliner chassis, a Freightliner chassis manual with maintenance intervals for that chassis as well as the engine. Again, we can help look those things up if you don’t have the manuals available.
On the diesel pushers, we have a facility large enough to bring the biggest unit into the shop. Even a 45-foot 3-axle diesel pusher can fit inside our shop and be kept under cover. If it does require to be outside for a time, we have surveillance cameras outside our shop, and you can rest assured that our facility is locked down and that the cameras are working 24/7.
We’re also very familiar with the smaller coaches that are built on a gasoline or light-duty diesel chassis, such as Ford or Chevrolet or GMC, or even the Sprinter chassis. Again, these are truck chassis or cutaway van chassis we work on daily.
We service almost anything related to the truck chassis part of the motor home, including axle bearings, tires, the rear differential, transmission, and steering components, including the air conditioning on the chassis. We do not work on the roof-mounted air, but we can help direct you to who can help with that and other internal aspects of the motor home. Everything has to do with what makes it go down the road and stop; we can take care of it for you.
Tires on motor homes can easily develop flat spots from sitting too long, and the air and UV rays deteriorate tires over time whether they are being used or not. We can help with tires because we sell tires for all trucks and buses and can balance and install them so that your coach rides smoothly again and is perfectly safe in your travels.
North Bay recently purchased six Mohawk pedestal lifts that will allow us to lift the largest diesel pusher up in the air outside of our facility to facilitate faster and more efficient repairs.
Our goal is to get you back on the road on your travels very quickly and ensure that the repairs are done right. You can count on us with your motor home.