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Old 01-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #57
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have not had the problem with water tankyet but I am having a problem with the doorbell. Finally found the bloody thing under the couch. Checked it found it ok. Thought it might be the push button on the outside but I dont see any way to get at it.. any suggestions ?? thanks Turtle one
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:11 PM   #58
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Hi all, turns out Dean (dadstoy) and Steve (Keyair) were both right about the Xantrax converter. Unfortunately, work screwed me over with this weeks paycheck, so really no need to start pulling anything, simply because there are no $'s to pay for any repairs. Ah, the joys of being a postal worker, lol. Then, to make life even more interesting, the engine starter decides to take a dump. Jeez, went up under engine, the starter is gonna be a fun one to replace! With the Banks PowerPack headers, I'm really not seeing any easy way to pull this thing. Anyone have any previous experience pulling engine starter while having the Banks headers?
Turtle, for some reason, I don't have a leak in gray water tank any longer, but I do still have the stuff for repair. When I purchased my Airstream, the doorbell set up, was sitting inside of the tv cabinet, but was told by 'previous investor' that it's location was under sofa. Maybe I should actually try and see how to get under the electric operated sofa next, huh? Guess owning an Airstream is something that is gonna be a fun experience!
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:07 PM   #59
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Hi all, turns out Dean (dadstoy) and Steve (Keyair) were both right about the Xantrax converter. Unfortunately, work screwed me over with this weeks paycheck, so really no need to start pulling anything, simply because there are no $'s to pay for any repairs. Ah, the joys of being a postal worker, lol. Then, to make life even more interesting, the engine starter decides to take a dump. Jeez, went up under engine, the starter is gonna be a fun one to replace! With the Banks PowerPack headers, I'm really not seeing any easy way to pull this thing. Anyone have any previous experience pulling engine starter while having the Banks headers?
Turtle, for some reason, I don't have a leak in gray water tank any longer, but I do still have the stuff for repair. When I purchased my Airstream, the doorbell set up, was sitting inside of the tv cabinet, but was told by 'previous investor' that it's location was under sofa. Maybe I should actually try and see how to get under the electric operated sofa next, huh? Guess owning an Airstream is something that is gonna be a fun experience!
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Derek, just glad we spotted that inverter. Like I said, I have the exact same one sitting in the garage right next to that old piece of crap Univolt maybe I was a PI in England in a previous life (photo interpreter during the war...just watched a documentary).

Are you sure it is the starter...maybe the starter solenoid if you have one. Mine does, they were installed as aftermarket and then as OEM to solve the hot starter problem (starter engaging on its own). my dad had replaced the starter and the solenoid a couple of times

And, by the way...I WANT YOUR ELECTRIC SOFA!!!!!!!!!!!
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have not had the problem with water tankyet but I am having a problem with the doorbell. Finally found the bloody thing under the couch. Checked it found it ok. Thought it might be the push button on the outside but I dont see any way to get at it.. any suggestions ?? thanks Turtle one
My door bell in behind the couch. It goes "ding" not "ding dong". Can't see anyway to fix it...any ideas out there?
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Derek,
Had the same problem 2 years ago with the starter and the banks. My machanic was able to squeeze the thing out without removing the headers. His last resort would have been to pull the selinoid to get more room, then install without a selinoid and reinstall the seloniod. Replaced the altenator at the same time. Think I will try to get to the rally for the weekend in Sarasota. If I do,my 345 is the one with a green stripe - hope to meet you.
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Richard, I plan on getting down on Saturday for the Rally, I'll be sure to look for you! Will get back under Airstream again this afternoon and check for solenoid Dean, let's hope that replacing solenoid will solve problem. Someone told mo over weekend, that replacing the coil could help??? Guess I need to step up my learning curve. Had VW diesels for the past 15 years, and have completely forgotten what it's like to work on gasoline fueled engine.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:44 AM   #63
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What are your symptoms of the bad starter?

And you didn't mention the shipping information for that electric sofa that you shipped out to me immediately yesterday!
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #64
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I replaced a good starter in my truck a few years back only to find that the problem was a battery cable...
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OMG -- have Ding and Dong separated???
I can only imagine how they worked together. Electric solenoid and spring return?
Most of these pre electronic doorbells are of simple construction and can easily be repaired. This is a single tone example, and the double tone would have two solenoids on this example. In most cases one door activates one tone and the other back door activates the second tone.
I would think the Airstream would only have one tone??????

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Derek,

On the coil question - one of the symptoms that we had with a bad coil was hard starting. The starter worked fine, but it had to put in a lot of OT to get the motor going because the coil was not producing enough spark. A mobile mechanic diagnosed and replaced it, and then I upgraded to a red MSD coil. Now it starts as soon as I touch the key.
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This info might be of help.

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The doorbell operates off four "C" 1.5 volt batteries or an 8/10 transformer. The dimensions are 3 7/8" x 6 1/2" x 1 5/8". The part numbers are: 511958 (Switch) and 511966 (Doorbell, battery powered).




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Derek, just glad we spotted that inverter. Like I said, I have the exact same one sitting in the garage right next to that old piece of crap Univolt maybe I was a PI in England in a previous life (photo interpreter during the war...just watched a documentary).

Are you sure it is the starter...maybe the starter solenoid if you have one. Mine does, they were installed as aftermarket and then as OEM to solve the hot starter problem (starter engaging on its own). my dad had replaced the starter and the solenoid a couple of times

And, by the way...I WANT YOUR ELECTRIC SOFA!!!!!!!!!!!
Dean,
Haven't quite decided to pitch the electric sofa. Really haven't fooled with it yet to be honest. But, and that's a BIG 'if', you'll be the first I contact. Doesn't sleep worth a flip, I've tried, lol. Had several folks tell me that it's basically the same sofa that's in conversion vans, albeit a bit longer (wider?) I'll measure and post it next.
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On the coil question - one of the symptoms that we had with a bad coil was hard starting. The starter worked fine, but it had to put in a lot of OT to get the motor going because the coil was not producing enough spark. A mobile mechanic diagnosed and replaced it, and then I upgraded to a red MSD coil. Now it starts as soon as I touch the key.
I'll see where the heck the coil is on this beast. Gotta get up under it on my day off this week to see what I can accomplish on the starter. I'm ready to get this thing on the road. Been almost 3 weeks, and I'm getting a bit antsy to at least scare the neighborhood kids with it, lol.
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No time for much on my day off this past Thursday. Folks are in the state (one of their homes is 1hr away) so spent time with them and housework. Was able to get under moho and 'rap' on starter, no luck though.
Did get a 15W solar panel on Thursday that I ordered from Home Depot online. $119, free shopping and it came with controller! Fits nicely on dash. Has 4 ways to connect, but for now using the cigarette lighter to charge with. Maybe some day I'll have enough $ to mount LOTS of panels on roof and be able to use my charger/converter/inverter that dadstoy and Keyair pointed out to me! Score on that piece of info! Instead of $150 charger/converter, I have Xantrax inverter, about $1500 worth! Will pull it and have computer geek buddy of mine check the circuit boards inside to make sure all is copacetic.
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