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Old 02-10-2012, 06:31 PM   #85
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Anyone have a good recommendation for rv financing?
The one I've been working says all's good than basically wants my next of kin.
I used USAA to get my RV loan but they don't write RV insurance. Went w/ Allied for that. Hope it works out for you. Great RV.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:28 PM   #86
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:09 PM   #87
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Our faux-aluminum Dometic frig door insert and the brushed aluminum bathroom door are very vulnerable to scratches due to their location and the narrow interior of the Interstate.

We have found that a coat of TurtleWax Ice clear car wax a couple of times a year makes the small scratches disappear and deeper ones much less apparent. Also puts a beautiful shine on and provides a bit of protection against future insults.

Our unit is 6 years old and has 108,000 miles on it. The cargo door latch has begun sticking badly, which we thought was normal wear and tear.

The mechanic at the Dodge dealership gave it a good shot of WD40 this morning and Voila! No more problems! Who knew? We didn't. Doug promptly treated all the doors.

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:02 PM   #88
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We have found that a coat of TurtleWax Ice clear car wax a couple of times a year makes the small scratches disappear and deeper ones much less apparent. Also puts a beautiful shine on and provides a bit of protection against future insults.
Waxing your fiberglass shower stall isn't a bad idea, either. I got the idea from a book on sailboat maintenance, and was one of the first things I did with my Interstate after I bought it, since I live in the New Orleans area, home of mold and fungus. Your shower is definitely one place you want water to bead up and run off quickly. Don't wax the floor, but definitely the walls and ceiling.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:29 PM   #89
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The cargo door latch has begun sticking badly, which we thought was normal wear and tear.

The mechanic at the Dodge dealership gave it a good shot of WD40 this morning and Voila! No more problems! Who knew? We didn't. Doug promptly treated all the doors.

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You may already know this but while WD40 works great for a lot of things, as a lubricant, it's not long lasting. Suggest finding an actual spray lube for long lasting results. Or you can always just use WD40 every so often.
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You may already know this but while WD40 works great for a lot of things, as a lubricant, it's not long lasting. Suggest finding an actual spray lube for long lasting results. Or you can always just use WD40 every so often.
Gun oil works well. So does spray graphite. I use gun oil to lubricate locks, especially those exposed to the weather; put a couple of drops on the key, and work it back and forth in the lock a few times.
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You may already know this but while WD40 works great for a lot of things, as a lubricant, it's not long lasting. Suggest finding an actual spray lube for long lasting results. Or you can always just use WD40 every so often.
Hmmm. Thanks for that bit of info.

Doug used "White Lithium Grease" on all the latches when he got the rig home from the Dodge dealer, says it isn't the same thing as WD40. I know nothing about such things.

Doug treated the handle area on the cargo door with graphite some time ago, which didn't really help. It was getting to the point that we couldn't open the cargo door without simultaneously manipulating the inside latch.

What the guy at the dealership told him yesterday was that the actual latch for this door is in the rear of the door.

Once that was treated, no more problems.

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I seem to have battery drainage more that I would expect between usage. I turn off the inverter and the battery switch. Is there anything else I need to shut off?
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I don't know if yours is the same, but here is the note about the Battery Disconnect on my 2010; this might be worth looking into:
"The holding tank heat pads, the rear lounge motor, solar panel (option), and generator (option) are not connected to the 12-volt distribution panel and are wired direct through the thermal breakers mentioned earlier. The battery disconnect will not disable these systems."

Also, can you supply a little more information? For esample:
1) You are talking about the coach batteries, correct?
2) Over what period of time between use?
3) What are you using as the indication that the batteries are discharged?

One more thing; you will get more attention and help with this problem if you start a new thread with a title indicating the topic.
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I seem to have battery drainage more that I would expect between usage. I turn off the inverter and the battery switch. Is there anything else I need to shut off?
One potential source of battery drain in storage is the propane switch in that little black box behind the rear curb-side wheelwell. It's a solenoid switch, and is not shut off by the battery disconnect switch; when it's on, it draws almost two amps, round the clock. Drawing 48 amp-hours a day will run your house batteries down in no time. Found out the hard way when I forgot to switch it off, and my batteries ran down in about four days.

The current draw for the solenoid surprised me at first, but it makes sense when you think about it. In the closed position, the propane valve is held shut by a strong spring, to resist being shaken open by bumps as you are traveling. It takes an equally strong electromagnet to overcome the force of the spring and open the valve when the switch is on, and that means significant amperage.

Besides minimizing battery drain, for safety the propane solenoid switch should always be turned off anyway when you're not using a propane appliance.
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I am referring to the house batteries (2) and I am looking at the display for the inverter.

It shows red amber and green when the batteries are fully charged. I can leave the unit unplugged for a couple of days and turn on the inverter charger and it will show red.
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Regarding the propane (LPG) switch being on even with the Battery Disconnect off, I've seen this mentioned before. Unfortunately my Interstate is in Oregon at the moment so I can't verify if it is or isn't. Mayber the later Interstates have this wired differently but I don't know why they would change this. Anyway, according to my documentation the LPG valve, level detector and switch are definitely on the RED ckt. along with the refer, and the tank monitors. The RED ckt. is #6 and is fused at 7.5 A in the DC distribution panel which is shut off with the Disconnect Switch. More checking to do on this.
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Regarding the propane (LPG) switch being on even with the Battery Disconnect off, I've seen this mentioned before. Unfortunately my Interstate is in Oregon at the moment so I can't verify if it is or isn't. Mayber the later Interstates have this wired differently but I don't know why they would change this. Anyway, according to my documentation the LPG valve, level detector and switch are definitely on the RED ckt. along with the refer, and the tank monitors. The RED ckt. is #6 and is fused at 7.5 A in the DC distribution panel which is shut off with the Disconnect Switch. More checking to do on this.
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I have no reason to doubt you; I can only go by my personal experience. When I switched everything off except (accidentally) the propane, the house batteries discharged in four days. After a recharge, and turning off the switch, the batteries can easily sit for a couple of weeks without needing a recharge, and I run the generator more to exercise the generator than to recharge the batteries. The propane switch was the only thing different between the two experiences.

I first found out about the switch issue on the Airstream Interstate & Avenue Yahoo! Group when I was trying to figure out my house battery drain: Airstream_Interstate : Messages : 203-232 of 232 (I sort the list with newest message first to easily check updates; you have to drill down a long way in the thread to find the propane switch info).
The advice from that usergroup was solid, and solved my problem. BL1996's problem may be something else.
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