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Old 09-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #953
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Good sage advice as always Dave!

I did try the drivers side puck on the pass side...
Here is how I tried it... now because the holes on the other side are different, its complex to explain.
Now I look again at the pictures was a good compromise...





And from inside with the Mirror head canted around correctly which it was not in the previous post picture...



Now I look at the picture of the original Mirror, it is in fact further back than my new configuration, and having just 2 mirrors, its less confusing to take in visually...


Does that make sense Dave?

I think with the templates I made I can still replicate it... I still think the pass side could move out a touch more... I will experiment before I finalize it!
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:56 PM   #954
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Water heater question...

The PO replaced the water heater with a 6g unit...
I would like to replace it and add the engine coolant assist option..
I would prefer a 10 gallon unit and its comes in at just 1" longer..

I am thinking this one would be the best...
16g with motor assist!
Its 7" longer but I have already pulled the inner enclosure out..
Suburban 16 gallon Water Heaters for RV's - PPL Motor Homes

Or maybe this would be the best way fwd...
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...ter-heater.htm


Does anyone have any opinions?
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:20 PM   #955
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The PO replaced the water heater with a 6g unit...
I would like to replace it and add the engine coolant assist option..
I would prefer a 10 gallon unit and its comes in at just 1" longer..

I am thinking this one would be the best...
16g with motor assist!
Its 7" longer but I have already pulled the inner enclosure out..
Suburban 16 gallon Water Heaters for RV's - PPL Motor Homes

Or maybe this would be the best way fwd...
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...ter-heater.htm

Does anyone have any opinions?
Steve, we need to get you back down to earth so you can get that rig on the road...Burning Man is just 11 months away!

I replaced my 30 year old 6 gal Atwood with all the features with a new 6 gal Atwood with all the features. Tried to find one without the engine coolant heater feature but they don't make one with all the other features.

It was a direct replacement so it slid right in. I was up and running within a few hours. It heats the water quickly and even faster on propane. For two of us, I've never run out of hot water.

I will never hook up the engine coolant heater...I've had enough issues with leaking water and certainly don't ever want anti-freeze on my carpet!

I would consider a tank-less unit if I were rebuilding another MH.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:49 PM   #956
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Dont worry Dean, its a maybe idea for somewhere ahead, and will not impact the prep for the road. The water heater performed great, but I

Things have just been silly recently...
Lots of study for my upcoming exams.... at 50 its hard to learn to study again!
The Mercedes is done, but still not sold.

I just got back from the smog station with my Girlfriends Range Rover... It passed smog after a bunch of fuel pressure issues that have been a real bear to resolve... Fuel pump went bad, and it was replaced, but from there its just been laughing at my attempts to diagnose the issue... Had great fuel pressure, and ran great until you asked for power... then the fuel pressure would steady drop off untill the engine bogged..
Turned out to be a fuel volume issue... caused by the in tank sock filter(which was new!) collapsed...
Anyway, it passed smog with flying colors!
So that is another item off the list.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #957
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Mercedes is officially SOLD!

Now my spare time is focused elsewhere but not yet on the Motorhome, But it is a step or two closer!

Today, I found a Video I took of the famous "Kohler 7CM21 Oil filler tube leak"
I know Brad has a leak too, but if you have the above genset and are dropping oil.... This is why..

Click on pic to see the short video, and see how bad mine was before I fixed it!


The fix is tricky, and not for the faint hearted, but it can be done without removing the Genset...
Details here...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...eak-64381.html
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #958
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Just for fun... and I know we were putting the "Cart before the Horse" in many ways, but my GF and I have long been talking about what to use as the Toad...

I thought this would work for me....


But the reality is that a 4x4 is needed...
So, as my girlfriend already has the Land Rover sickness, so she suggested a Defender... I suddenly remembered they were Aluminium() Bodied....
So I did an image search...
And there it was... PERFECT!
Sweet or what!

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:48 PM   #959
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THAT makes me drool...ok, ok, m a y b e I drool, anyway, but it doesn't bother me till I wake up...for this beauty, I"M AWAKE! Nice find!...m
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #960
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Yup...
Until I found out that short wheelbase Defenders like that here in the USA are silly money..
Sigh...

Anyway...
As I said the Mercedes is sold...
The new owner will get it this week.
So, I was thinking it was time to get back to some Airstream work at the weekend...
No.
The Mercedes decided that the 20 year old rubber O rings in the AC did not like the nice new R12.
It began to spew it out, but lucky I had put Flourecent dye in...
Lucky I spotted the leak, and evacuated most of it back into the recovery machine before the planet was harmed...


I replaced the offending seal... pulled a vacuum on the system, but found it was still leaking. A further investigation with the UV lamp showed me weeps in other places...
So, in the interest of good karma, I replaced every O ring in the AC system with new HBNR O rings..


12 in total... including the AC Compressor, which had to come out to do that...


A retest told me all was good, so it was refilled...
This is a unmolested original R12 system, and with the ambient temperature in my garage at 86f...
I was getting 35f at the vent at 2000 rpm!
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:52 PM   #961
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Just for fun... and I know we were putting the "Cart before the Horse" in many ways, but my GF and I have long been talking about what to use as the Toad...

I thought this would work for me....


But the reality is that a 4x4 is needed...
So, as my girlfriend already has the Land Rover sickness, so she suggested a Defender... I suddenly remembered they were Aluminium() Bodied....
So I did an image search...
And there it was... PERFECT!
Sweet or what!

Steve,

It seems like I constantly come across people towing polished Cobras and Defenders. Consider this if you want something different; my all time favorite piece of polished vintage aluminum! Enjoy!

Chuck Yeager Pushing The Limits (The Right Stuff) - YouTube
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:02 AM   #962
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So, the forcast today was maybe rain...
I needed to check that the airstream was all buttoned up, so off I went!

About a couple of hours doing some jobs...

One thing that kinda upset me...
I was setting up the Aux heater.. and guess what?
As I mentioned in a previous post I wanted a Motor Assist water heater...
Well, this MH originally had one... I spotted some extra pipes under the sofa... and chased them all the way back to the water heater area...
Now I will have to pull out the water heater to check.

Moving on..
Decided to pull all the upper front marker lamps off, so I can polish the front cap, polish the castings, replace the marker lamps, put LED bulbs in...
Once its all polished, I can reseal the windshield, and side window frames.
I have some dents and ripples in the front roof, but they are soft, so I will do those later, from inside.

The marker lamps were horrible... full of dirt, brittle and ugly...
The castings are almost fuzzy with corrosion..




With them all off, I wiped down the roof, and put some foil tape over the holes to keep them from leaking if it rains..
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:18 AM   #963
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A liitle parcel arrived today...

The Velvac Mirror adjustment, and heater switches and mounting plate!
Velvac quoted me $130ish for these...


Ebay to the rescue...
$34, shipped!
Not happy with the heater switch.. so may change that to a rocker style switch, with a power on LED later.

This spurred me to make a new template for the Passenger side Mirror foot..
I will tack weld together a base and see if it works as I hope!
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #964
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Very cool Streamquest!

Can I get my Motorhome to make that noise as I pull away???
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #965
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One thing I am learning is not to try to put everything I am up to in one post.
I keep closing the tab and loosing everything I wrote!

So, with that in mind...

I was trying to get the Aux heater back in and wrapped up... and that is how I made the discovery about the M/H originally having had a Motor Assist style water heater...

I had bench tested the fan, when I rebuilt the box, so I knew it was good, but I have no power at the wire, on low or high.
Refresher pic..


I knew the Aux heater is controlled from the dash Hi/Lo switch, but forgot to bring my Powerprobe to test.
To save time next time I go, I decided to pull the upper instrument panel forward for access to the power switch...
Oh boy...
The plastic panel is a mass of cracks so will have to be fixed or replaced... I have some ideas...

Once it was pulled forward, and the air vents disconnected I saw lots of horrors.. and some good news too..
Lots of wires...
Lots of wires disconnected...
Lots of wires with ugly crimp connectors..
Lots of warning lamps hanging loose...

I will let the pics do the talking...




Good news is that note, there IS a spare slot for my matching 2" Transmission Temp gauge!!!

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The deeper you look... the scarier it gets!





Again, beyond figuring out if if the Aux heater switch is good, or what the issue is, I am not going to delve beyond that and if there are any scary wires hanging or possible shorts...
For now.
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