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Old 10-10-2016, 10:48 PM   #211
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15SI is what that carquest auto part number was. Unless they put it in another box, it's the same.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:43 PM   #212
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That's an L on the end right? I'm thinking of ordering one as a spare.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:23 AM   #213
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Sebas It is a 1 according to Spartan
Before you go out and spend $250 or more
Call Spartan. Give them your vin and chassis model and the can tell you how it shipped Alt #s and amps
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:44 PM   #214
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Last weekend I fixed the step, changed the tranny filters and fluid. This weekend I will change the overflow valve on my P7100 pump on the cummins, and if feeling froggy, I may leap at the chance to do more aesthetic repairs.

I have identified a transmission fluid leak at the oil cooler to transmision line connection. Will have to research this a bit more.

Also considering one more solar panel, because it will fit, and be just below max rating of my charger.
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Old 10-31-2016, 08:20 AM   #215
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Team,

I replaced my overflow valve last weekend, and developed a knocking sound immediately afterwards. It sounds like it is coming from the front of the engine, but I cannot feel any indications of the knock anywhere. All fuel injection lines have that rhythmic pulse, the P7100 feels fine, and none of the valve covers are making any sound, but it literally sounds like something is banging around, not consistent or in time with the RPMs. (the old overflow valve was in one piece) Read up on engine noise in my newly acquired 3.9/5.9L Cummins trouble shooting and service manual, and have a series of things to do. Will keep you posted.

On the aesthetics side of the house, I picked up a Nutone Food Center off ebay for $40, sadly there is not enough room to install it at the countertop. I am considering Installing it in the Dinette towards the window along the center line. I am still researching how the Dinnette Top Piece is constructed, and considering just getting another one off of ebay/Salvage to keep the original just that. Anyone have a spare dinette table? Or Nutone Food center accessories they would be willing to part with? :-D

I also took the time to put our headphone line from our DVD TV combo to our AUX in at the rear stereo behind the trim in the bedroom so there is not this dangling black cord just hanging out.

On the functional side of the house, I took measurements of my engine compartment and inspiration from Kota's lift strut assisted engine cover, and ordered brackets and struts from www.liftsupportsdepot.com Sadly the parts were pretty pricey. I set it so the anchored support rests higher at the stationary compartment and lower at the engine cover connection. Theory being the constant pressure with a downward force component will keep it closed. Just one problem. The brackets I ordered were 10mm balls, and the struts came with 13mm sockets, so I had to order new sockets for the struts. Hopefully they arrive by Friday so I can finish that this weekend. The brackets are all installed, so it will be easy, but it was one of those... "Are you kidding me?" moments. My own fault.

I rebuilt the Alternator I had replaced earlier, so now I have a spare again. Now if only I could find another pulley to go with it.

I also fixed one of my drawers that was no longer catching and would slide open during our trip down the road. Very simple fix, and was less than $10 in parts, whew!

To-Do's:
1. Fix the black tank clean out (thanks for walking me through on that one at the get together Bob)
2. Run headphone line for the kiddos from the TV stand on the curb side into the wiring channel on the passenger side front, behind the dash, through wiring channel on the driver side front, over to the couch with splitter so they can listen to their movies on the go with their headphones, and there's no tripping hazard/crying because the dog unplugged them.
3. Replace the matting that sealed the rear compartment aft of the engine with aluminum cut to fit the holes, and door-edging around cutouts to prevent cutting/gouging pass through lines.
4. Either use MEK to strengthen the fan blower housing, or redesign the fitting to prevent the screws loosening over time and causing vibration noise while driving down the road. Design currently has three self-tapping wood screws holding the fan blower to the housing. Seems a little weak to me.

Wish list:
1. +1 Solar Panel to max the MPPT
2. Take measurements and design the roll-away compartment pop-up entertainment center.
3. Research the best way to integrate an air compressor on the coach so I do not have to lug around the black and decker pot belly everywhere we go 'just in case.'
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:34 AM   #216
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I developed a rhythmic knock that I could swear was coming from the engine. Turned out to be a jack that wasn't retracting all the way. Could be something like an exhaust mount banging.

Hope it's simple!
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Thanks Kota,

I have been perusing forums focused on diesels, and there are a few accounts that mention the same thing you did, as well as the fuel lift pump. I did not put my hand on the lift pump. So will try that today, and inspect all the dangly bits to make sure it's nothing like what you described.
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Check your compressor.
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Old 10-31-2016, 02:28 PM   #219
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Checked the compressor and power steering pump yesterday. Cannot feel anything, but smooth, balanced operation.
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Old 11-01-2016, 05:37 AM   #220
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Have you ever tried the stethoscope trick. My dad showed me this about 50 years ago in his shop. Take a piece of heater hose and stick a center punch or Phillips screw driver in the end. It must fit tight to transfer the sound well. Hold one end to your ear and press it against various points on the engine to isolate the noise. You can hear bearings running, lifters, rods knocking...
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Funny you mention that. I ordered one because my usual method of feeling around came up with nothing. It arrives tomorrow, and will assist in this latest mystery.
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Slight chance you ate the killer dowel pin.
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Funny you mentioned that! I bought a mechanics stethoscope and found the 3/4" heater hose with a screw driver stuck in the end worked better.
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Old 11-02-2016, 02:27 PM   #224
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Kota,

If I ate the killer dowel pin... wouldn't it cause a catastrophic failure near instantly because of it's positioning over two gears that would feed it to a point where material failure would be the only option? Now I guess I will have to pull the radiator... ugh...
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