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Old 08-30-2014, 11:59 AM   #1
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"You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me" Moment

Decided to check my generator oil and realized 2 things.

1) to unscrew the dipstick it hits on some kind of LP attachment and has to push it out of the way a little with each turn.

2) I can not remove the dipstick to check the oil without lowering the spare tire WTH

So, I guess I will loosen the spare just a little and see if I can get the dipstick out
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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Yep, to get it all in/on a van, there are concessions made to convenience. It's just the way it is, the price you pay for being so compact.

Our generator is accessed from underneath our Interstate, and has to be on a lift/dropped down to service. Requires a trip to the Onan service center, for us.

There is an on/off switch accessible, tho, by crawling and laying underneath.


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Old 08-30-2014, 12:09 PM   #3
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Its best to use a long drain oil in these situations.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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Yep....learned this during my "day I took it home" instructions at the dealer. The service tech giving us our walk-through told me he would do everything on the Airstream side of our Interstate EXCEPT any checkout or service of the generator. He explained, and showed me, how difficult it is to get access to the generator...then gave me the name andnumber of the local Onan service center.......at least he tld me to my face and not over the phone. Forwarned is forearmed.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:43 PM   #5
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Just wait until you have to jack it up to fix/change a tire....the jack-points are blocked by the propane tank....
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:01 PM   #6
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OK, Done.

Move out to street and put leveling blocks on curb side to get it close to level. Driveway is sloped. Lowered spare tire and checked oil.

The good news is after almost 14 hours, oil is full. Will change at 20 hours as per onan manual.

At least I got the accessing the spare tire out of the way. I always like to know exactly what to do, if, or when I get a flat. Not that I will ever attempt to change one of these, at least I can get the spare out.

Looks like Airstream could have drilled/mounted the winch assembly an inch or two farther back and I wouldn't have had to mess with the tire just to check the oil.
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What I learned is that Airstream and probably other motorhome manufacturers never actually have the engineers live in them and test them under ALL conditions. If they did maybe they would build them slightly different.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:06 PM   #8
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What I learned is that Airstream and probably other motorhome manufacturers never actually have the engineers live in them and test them under ALL conditions. If they did maybe they would build them slightly different.
+1 to that.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:19 PM   #9
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That living with the item access applies to accessing items on airplanes just as much as the trailers. Eight man hours to change an alternator on a Cessna Skymaster rear engine....
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:59 PM   #10
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Well.....I am having one of those moments here on the road. The big question....winterizing. When I had my walk through on purchase, we BRIEFLY discussed winterizing. Now that I am facing it as a practical issue I have discovered just how much of a pain it is to access the water pump. What moron plumbed that thing where it is? I MAY be able to disconnect the discharge side, but even that will require some contortions I haven't done since my karate days. The suction side is buried under the drain from the sink. WTH
I really really really do not want to put antifreeze in the FW tank, but at the moment I see no alternative.
Any words of wisdom from those in the know.....before I set myself up for multiple flushes each time I dewinterize.
I remember my service tech saying "just bring it by and we'll do it.....that's fine when I am in town, but as anyone who travels knows......I DID NOT BUY THIS THING TO STAY IN TOWN.
If I do anything, I am having a kit installed to take care of this. I said "having... installed" because there is no way I can get in position to do it.



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Well.....I am having one of those moments here on the road. The big question....winterizing. When I had my walk through on purchase, we BRIEFLY discussed winterizing. Now that I am facing it as a practical issue I have discovered just how much of a pain it is to access the water pump. What moron plumbed that thing where it is? I MAY be able to disconnect the discharge side, but even that will require some contortions I haven't done since my karate days. The suction side is buried under the drain from the sink. WTH
I really really really do not want to put antifreeze in the FW tank, but at the moment I see no alternative.
Any words of wisdom from those in the know.....before I set myself up for multiple flushes each time I dewinterize.
I remember my service tech saying "just bring it by and we'll do it.....that's fine when I am in town, but as anyone who travels knows......I DID NOT BUY THIS THING TO STAY IN TOWN.
If I do anything, I am having a kit installed to take care of this. I said "having... installed" because there is no way I can get in position to do it.



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Thanks for the info Overlander. Just ordered one. Should be here in a few days.


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Old 09-18-2014, 08:31 PM   #13
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Although....I gotta admit that 'cheap vodka' suggestion I received was mighty tempting 😊


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Old 09-18-2014, 09:22 PM   #14
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Don't know if you can hook up shore power but if you can, you can turn on the tank heaters and put a small heater inside to just keep it above freezing. Doesn't take much unless you're in the Arctic.

Works for me before the end of soccer season and then I winterize.
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