International MaxxForce Engine doesn’t need liquid Urea
As many of you know International has removed their engines from Motorhomes and other large trucks and they are replacing them temporarily with Cummins Engines. The CEO of Navistar took a major gamble to try and produce an engine that beat 2010 Diesel emissions without making the customer take the additional step of adding urea…..well that CEO is now gone and Navistar is facing recovery from one of their worst years in history. There is a fabulous article on Forbes Magazine which you can read here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/08/02/death-by-hubris-the-catastrophic-decision-that-could-bankrupt-a-great-american-manufacturer/
Please don’t misunderstand, there is nothing wrong with the engines other than the fact they cannot comply with the 2010 EPA diesel emissions. So it’s back to the drawing board for Navistar and International, I’m guessing you might see Urea in their next generation engines.
The wool is possibly being pulled over your head! Don’t be fooled by a dishonest salesman. All new diesel engines must meet 2010 emissions regulations. What does this mean for the buyer?
If you have an International MaxxForce engine (like the engine in the Monaco Vesta) these regulations are worry free. You may notice an automatic ‘regeneration’ light that intermittantly lights up, but other than that you’re golden. They call it ‘Advanced EGR’, in leiman’s terms there is a filter that captures the particulates from the exhaust, then the particulates are burned off using the heat from the exhaust, therefor the exhaust leaving the tailpipe is ‘clean’.
If you DON’T have a MaxxForce engine BEWARE. You must add liquid Urea to your engine (a separate tank from your fuel tank). If you don’t add this chemical your RV engine will be damaged, and your exhaust is not burning clean. Urea is expensive, adds extra weight, takes away space from your storage bins, is effected by extreme temeratures, and basically its just cat pee! YUCK. Know the details BEFORE you purchase your new RV. We’ve heard from so many RV’ers who have purchased their RV from the dealership, only to find out this information when they go for thier pick-up and new RV education. It is a slick move from dealerships and salesman to try and hide this information from the buyer.
I’m not an engine person, shoot I barely know the Horsepower of my coach, but what I do know is these actions are not right. Make sure you educate yourself before you sign those papers on that new coach. Visit this website for a grassroots campaign to educate buyers on this exact issue. If you feel compelled sign the petition, we sure did.