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Old 03-28-2012, 12:38 PM   #491
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Love to know what estimate was for all this work and what actual tally came to. Sure you're ready for your next trip!
Thanks, Derek
It was an absolute fortune and I'm going to the bank today to get a second mortgage on the house! LOL

I'll email you the costs once I stop crying over it!
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:51 AM   #492
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #493
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Little jobs turn into bigger ones...

Replacing old ceiling fans with fantastik vents......simple job right? Well the hole in the roof is not big enough so it has to be enlarged....wire came loose when removing the old fan and it caused a short....so have to remove the headliner to troubleshoot the short......okay, that was a bigger job than I had planned.

Water leaks near the water tank and pump.....just tighten the fittings....no, area is too small to work in, have to remove the fridge to get to it.....much bigger job than I had planned.

Can you get two loans while you are at it? Whose idea was this to get this MH? p
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #494
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Looking good, even if the bank account is not!
When are you coming back down Dean?

I need to post on my own thread sometime soon, but sadly in comparison to Dean, I need some good old ear chewing from you guys about "Distracted Airstream renovation".
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:00 PM   #495
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Ouch!
I tilt to the right when I sit down...I think I need to switch pockets!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:03 PM   #496
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Replacing old ceiling fans with fantastik vents......simple job right? Well the hole in the roof is not big enough so it has to be enlarged....wire came loose when removing the old fan and it caused a short....so have to remove the headliner to troubleshoot the short......okay, that was a bigger job than I had planned.

Water leaks near the water tank and pump.....just tighten the fittings....no, area is too small to work in, have to remove the fridge to get to it.....much bigger job than I had planned.

Can you get two loans while you are at it? Whose idea was this to get this MH? p
You will love the new fans. I have a Fantastik fan up front and an original in the rear. I have two new Fantastik fans just waiting to go in! I had cut a 12 volt wire when I installed the new A/C last summer.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #497
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Looking good, even if the bank account is not!
When are you coming back down Dean?

I need to post on my own thread sometime soon, but sadly in comparison to Dean, I need some good old ear chewing from you guys about "Distracted Airstream renovation".
Steve, get moving on the 345 again! You, Paula and I need to plan a west coast rendezvous!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:21 PM   #498
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The repair shop sent me a couple pics of the old radiator core today...the re-cored radiator is back in the MH.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:29 AM   #499
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I'm going to replace the Suburban heater wall thermostat. What have others used as a replacement?
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:33 AM   #500
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My Suburban furnace has been working great for the last three years, but all of a sudden it would not light. I figured it was probably the electrode so I removed it to take a look. It is corroded and pitted. I cleaned it as best I could and reinstalled it. Furnace works great again. I have ordered a new one from Amazon.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:34 AM   #501
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I'm going to replace the Suburban heater wall thermostat. What have others used as a replacement?
Dean, check with Steve (1984 345 newbie), believe he's used one of the newer electronic thermostats.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #502
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Derek is correct Dean, I put a new style one in to replace the old and broken Suburban one.
I also have another ready to go into the main cabin, but not fitted yet as I want to move it to another more visible spot.
Whilst it has not been used in anger yet, it seems to work great, and the added bonus is you can see the actual temp inside your rig.
I used a Hunter Digital Just Right 42996.
It uses 2xAA batteries as a backup, and in this case with no 24v feed, it uses them to do it all.

Here is where i found how to do the swap.
RV Digital Thermostat Upgrade | ModMyRV
I got mine used off Ebay, and paid about $10 each.






Original one..


New one fitted.
And yes its crooked in this pic... I only had one screw in, and added another later that held it good.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #503
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Derek is correct Dean, I put a new style one in to replace the old and broken Suburban one.
I also have another ready to go into the main cabin, but not fitted yet as I want to move it to another more visible spot.
Whilst it has not been used in anger yet, it seems to work great, and the added bonus is you can see the actual temp inside your rig.
I used a Hunter Digital Just Right 42996.
It uses 2xAA batteries as a backup, and in this case with no 24v feed, it uses them to do it all.

Here is where i found how to do the swap.
RV Digital Thermostat Upgrade | ModMyRV
I got mine used off Ebay, and paid about $10 each.

Original one..

New one fitted.
And yes its crooked in this pic... I only had one screw in, and added another later that held it good.
Thanks Steve and Derek.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:46 PM   #504
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My Experience at the Repair Shop

I'm really excited that I now have the remainder of the drivetrain issues taken care of. In the process, I think I found the best shop on the west coast to do the work. All Wheel Alignment and Brakes in Redding, Calif. works on cars, pickups, motorhomes, trailers, fifth wheels, busses and semi's. They do anything engine, drivetrain and suspension related. They have been around a long time and they have a great, knowledgable crew. Their customer service is awesome! Rob, the manager, went out of his way to hunt down some hard to find parts. No one else would have done that!

I've spent a lot of time over the last year getting the MH in shape and to be honest, all the work is wearing on me a bit. It's time to get back to enjoying the MH and riding my Polaris RZR side by side, so I was happy to find a shop that could handle this work at the level of quality that they provide. I went in for a front end alignment and I kept throwing them items from my to do list. Now I'm ready and confident to take the three planned trips I have coming up this summer. We are heading to Yosemite again in a couple of weeks!

All Wheel Alignment and Brakes is right off of I-5 at the north end of Redding. They have a lot of customers that travel the I-5 corridor and stop there to have their work done. Stop in and see them...tell them I sent you!

http://www.allwheelinc.com/
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