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Old 02-07-2016, 12:01 PM   #505
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I wonder what could happen in the Parallex 80D that could cause a problem like you're experiencing. Definitely an odd one.
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:50 PM   #506
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I don't think it was the Parallex itself, more likely the breaker/surge to the breaker. I swapped the breaker out this morning and now have power through the distribution panel. Unfortunately the Magnum is still lifeless; whatever caused the breaker to fail, has affected that as well.

I remember posting sometime back in the Fall that we had a power spike/outage at home. That spike tripped the Furrion PowerSmart inlet. That is directly connected to the Parallex. At the time I reset the PowerSmart and checked the main 30amp breaker and assumed everything else was OK...whats that saying "assume makes an ASS out of U and ME".
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:18 PM   #507
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Yep, my biggest problem is assuming something is when it isn't

If you had a power surge last fall then any number of issues could arise from that. I know a fully charged coach battery can last a long time if you're just turning lights on and off which is likely the case while it was in the shop all that time.
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Dropped of a whole range of parts at ASNE, as well as Bella, so they can quote me for completing the bodywork and paint. Couple of unexpected issues; firstly the replacement fridge vents are too big for my application (they would work great with fridges retaining the roof vent and single door, just not for twin (upper and lower) vents), and secondly there appears to be an additional strengthening bar in the door, which is in the way of installing the entrance door window. This second one was not such a surprise as I had fit 'something' when I tried to install the window myself - I immediately stopped so as to not damage something irreparably.

But I do have a question for anyone with a later motorhome with the side vents to release the heat from the engine. I have bought some of the vents but need to know the location - can someone take some measurements for me?
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...and secondly there appears to be an additional strengthening bar in the door, which is in the way of installing the entrance door window. This second one was not such a surprise as I had fit 'something' when I tried to install the window myself - I immediately stopped so as to not damage something irreparably.
That's interesting about the brace in the door. My Argosy has the same window that was used in the later Classics and from everything I've been able to determine it is original to the coach. It has the window shade and appropriate tabs to hold it.
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I'm moving this window over to the door I got from John which is from a 78. I'll have to go take a look to see if there is a brace in John's door that I need to deal with.


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But I do have a question for anyone with a later motorhome with the side vents to release the heat from the engine. I have bought some of the vents but need to know the location - can someone take some measurements for me?
I had those dimensions but haven't been able to find the sketch I made. If you get the dimensions would you post them here?

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I dismantled the (part) door I got to remove the window and it looks exactly like yours. The only difference is the roller shade is housed in an ABS shroud that mounts the roller and closes out the gap between outer and inner skin. That shroud is mounted (rivetted to the inner skin, using double sided tape to the outer skin) just above a support on the door.

On the Argosy door that support is higher and would not leave room for the ABS roller shade shroud, and is very close to the window location. When I found that the job was straight forward I have to admit I had second thoughts about fitting myself.

I am starting to think those engine vents don't have a specific location as looking for examples online I see examples with the installed behind the wheel well, over the wheel well, sometimes with a small gap to the wheel well trim, sometimes a big gap....like everything else on these things the part needs up being fitted wherever the assembly line guy fancies on that particular day
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On the Argosy door that support is higher and would not leave room for the ABS roller shade shroud, and is very close to the window location. When I found that the job was straight forward I have to admit I had second thoughts about fitting myself.
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Martin, now I remember why I stopped work on moving the window from my old door to the new door, there is a brace as you're describing in the new door.

Thinking back on it I was just going to remove the brace and install the window modifying as necessary. My original door is to buggered around the latch area to close properly so I decided that replacing the door was the best option. I could stick with the 310 door that I have now but would prefer to use the Argosy door as it uses the Keeler latch assembly and is in better shape than the 310 door.

If you have the opportunity to take some pictures once ASNE puts the window in but before the apply the inner skin I wouldn't mind seeing them!

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Martin, now I remember why I stopped work on moving the window from my old door to the new door, there is a brace as you're describing in the new door.

Thinking back on it I was just going to remove the brace and install the window modifying as necessary. My original door is to buggered around the latch area to close properly so I decided that replacing the door was the best option. I could stick with the 310 door that I have now but would prefer to use the Argosy door as it uses the Keeler latch assembly and is in better shape than the 310 door.

If you have the opportunity to take some pictures once ASNE puts the window in but before the apply the inner skin I wouldn't mind seeing them!

Brad
The window would do most of the work the brace does now. I would just replace the wider brace with the a narrower one and reuse the rivet holes, if possible.
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The window would do most of the work the brace does now. I would just replace the wider brace with the a narrower one and reuse the rivet holes, if possible.
Unfortunately on the half door I bought, the cut was through inner/outer skin right along the center point of the brace (around the red line added to Brad's photo) - so I only had half of the new type brace.



Means what I had hoped to be an easy first attempt at 'bodywork' got complicated quickly, and I bailed!
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Hmmm, so the quote has just arrived from ASNE.

I will spare the details, but 187 hours of metal work and 80 hours of re-finishing (@120/hr) plus parts gives you an idea of what they think is needed to get Bella looking good.
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Martin, I do believe that Michelangelo could be resurrected to do the job, for less!

Granted not necessarily true apples for apples comparison, but we have an estimate from Maaco where the proposition included that we would remove and replace things like the mouldings, marker lites, etc, and they would clean up the small corrosion spots, and the other small body repairs needed and the rest of the prep. Primer + 3 coats color + 2 coats clear. Including, IIRC, DuPont primers and paints, the number was about $7,500 plus sales tax. I'll have to dig that folder out to verify.

We will also get an estimate from a truck-works nearby. Perhaps we'll try to focus on that sooner than later.

Also, am told that there is an airplane painter from Teterboro who does their painting in a smaller airport in central / western MA! Waiting for that name.

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Must be that gold plated primer they use to protect the aluminum from corrosion that is elevating the price

When I see a price like that it's telling me they don't really want to do the work but if you're willing to pay then yeah, we'll take your money

I'm assuming you're planning looking at other options...
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Brad, that was just the labor Martin quoted, no materials!
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