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Old 07-10-2016, 06:15 PM   #15
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check propane lines with soap
fix passenger side window bar
check contacts for rear view camera at shifter
check power supply for levelers
find voltage leak
check all brake lines and pads
Replace driving lights with LED's
empty fresh water tank and sanitize
fill propane and check stove function and refer on gas function.
fix fuel gauge
replace spice rack


the worn bushings on the rear airbag leveling system maybe part of the reason for the improper ride heights.
I would get those fixed rather sooner than later. Maybe Chriscraw can tell you who did it for him
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:23 AM   #16
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What do you need? thanks Jonathan
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:00 PM   #17
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fuel guage - dash

Hi Jonathan,

I'm looking for the in dash fuel gauge. As far as I can tell, that's the only part needed.

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Old 07-27-2016, 05:20 PM   #18
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First step to all other repairs.

Just ordered a new starter, one of the very good ones,

http://shop.mean-green.com/1999-78-G...E-MG3510HD.htm

Thanks Peter!

And once I get it, will be contacting Fleet Maintenance in Austin to install and hopefully getting my MH starting again.

A bit ago, I drove it further than I ever had, about 40 miles in total. On the return leg, after I got off the express way, the MH started to emit a very loud high pitched screaming noise from the engine compartment. I pulled over at the first gas station, but could not see any reason for this. Turned it off, when inside the gas station, came back out and since I was only a mile or two from my storage facility, I drove on. Within a 1/2 mile or less the noise stopped.

Pulled into my storage and parked in my spot, turned it off, got out and decided I could park it a bit better. Got back in and no go, would not start, no starting clicking at all. I know it's not a battery issue as I have brand new AAA best ones installed. And the generator starts up easily.

So, I'm hoping Fleet Maintenance can fix this so I can get it to their repair shop for the start of fixing the prior list. At least the chassis list.

In the Austin area there appear to be only one option for mobile service for MH's - Fleet Maintenance. And another for non chassis work, RV Specialist.

Does anyone know of others? And anyone had good or bad experience with either of these companies?

Thanks, The adventure continues for now.

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Old 07-28-2016, 01:17 PM   #19
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Send me your address to jhf@firmcanada.com Ill send it to you I'm parting out a 1986 325 thanks Jonathan
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:58 PM   #20
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You may have a loose fan belt or an alternator bearing gone or even a water pump seized or if your a/c is being used the bearing could be seized Jonathan
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:53 PM   #21
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Robert..I agree with Jonathan as possible sources of the "high pitched screaming". I caused something similar when I engaged the AC on the 454..the compressor was seized and (after a high pitched scream) proceeded to rip off the drive belt which tore-off the other belt and..dead in the water. The fact that you appear to have dead batteries may suggest an earlier alternator failure (which eventually seized, hence the noise)
I've been servicing my 350LE at the DYI Shop in Round Rock..a bit primitive (and hot as its sort of open air) but very reasonable and you sort of provide "sweat equity" as well as buying the needed parts yourself and getting a greater understanding of that mechanical monster! Let me know if you are interested and we can chat. Chris
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:58 AM   #22
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Robert as far as batteries I dropped battery tray bottom and installed 2 six volt batteries what a difference never have I had a problem with power in last 5 years I have been wanting to post my reno pictures will try this week Jonathan
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:13 PM   #23
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Possible fixes

Thank Johnathan and Chris.

I don't think it could be the cab A/C compression as like a lots of these that I see, the cab A/C does not work and it was set to off. But the Alternator could be a solution. Both belts appear to be fine.

And my batteries are fine now, I replaced some very old batteries after I purchased it. And even better I found the off switch in the battery compartment to disconnect the cab batteries from the engine battery when it's parked and not being used. But somewhere I do seem to have a battery drain for the engine battery.

But, first I've got to get this thing running again and then a few major things need to be fixed by a pro. But once those are done, the DIY sounds interesting.

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Old 07-31-2016, 07:03 AM   #24
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Johnathan,

I tried sending you a email, got a response it was not able to deliver, still trying for next 4 days.

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Old 10-26-2016, 05:43 PM   #25
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Oct 2016 update

Finally got the 325 running again, great local mobile tech that has now become gone from contact, perhaps it's the crazy election, I have no idea.

Anyway, today I drove it about 25 miles, second longest trip to date as it needs a lot of work before any serious road trip. Took it to Southern Tire Mart off of 290 East and Johnny Morris exit in Austin, TX.

Seems like a very good company if you need tire work of any kind. They are installing Centramatic auto wheel balance inserts - thank you Peter - and new front shocks.

Once that's done I expect the 325 to be much more viable to take out and test the rest of it at a RV park, etc. Yea, believe it or not, I've never taken my 325 to a park for full hook up, maybe new week!

And perhaps this is a sign that my 325 finally likes me. The original rear view b/w camera has never really worked in the past like the AS manual says it should. That is that you can have it on all the time, etc. Today for some reason totally unknown to me, it worked. It came on, stayed on and worked. Very nice.

All for now.
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Old 10-26-2016, 06:42 PM   #26
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Nice seeing progress, isn't it?
On my rear view camera, there is a toggle switch on the lower left corner of the monitor that will turn on/ off the camera at your choice. Plus there is a switch in the shift lever that turns it on when put into reverse, then off when in any other position.

It will be very motivating for you to get a good weekend of camping with your coach.
Keep at it you are about to turn the corner!

Cheers Richard
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:47 PM   #27
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WOW, what a difference!

Drove the 325 back from the tire service company today and wow, what a difference the Centramatics and new shocks make. So easy to drive now.

Next up, is trying to find a good source for replacing all the lights, including headlights with LED's and trying to find new exterior mirrors.

Anyone got any good sources for LED lights and perhaps much harder exterior mirrors? My existing mirrors have a black plastic shell and a very wide bottom mirror and a electric controlled main mirror. The driver side one will not stay in position and it's not because of the ball join that attaches it to the AS, it's something to do with the connection inside the mirror housing.

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Old 01-03-2017, 06:14 PM   #28
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Perhaps useful to Chevy P30 454 gas engine platform owners

I have just found a link to a PDF that seems to cover the Chevy P30 454 large block V8 platform used I think in the 1980's AS MH's.

http://www.gmcmi.com/wp-content/uplo...sis-Manual.pdf

I'm still looking for the Owners packet with no luck but this new PDF at least appears to provide a lot of info on the engine, drive train, etc side of these silver wonders.

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