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Old 09-13-2011, 02:20 PM   #99
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The genset drains the Battery?
That is very odd.
Try testing the Battery voltage with a DMM(Digital Multimeter)and you should have like 12.8v then with the genset on... You should get a solid 13.5v as the Charger should be working.. Maybe the issue is the charger?
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One thing some have discovered is sitting closer to the steering wheel helps to control the over and under steering. Not a mechanical fix, but it can help. Something to do with leverage. jim
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Keyair, the front airbags definitely make a large improvement in handling. I can certainly feel the difference with new air bags from bad air bags a couple of weeks back.

Definitely will have to figure out battery issue when running GenSet
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #102
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One thing some have discovered is sitting closer to the steering wheel helps to control the over and under steering. Not a mechanical fix, but it can help. Something to do with leverage. jim
Hey Jim, thanks for the info. I also discovered if I focus farther down the road with my eyes instead of looking at the road right in front of the MH, I under/over steer a lot less. Basic driving techniques I'm guessing!
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:25 AM   #103
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One thing I have found to be the cause of many problems in a thirty year old coach is the wiring, 110 volt and 12 volt. Running the GenSet while driving, drains the auto battery very quickly. Not sure why. Running the headlights makes the gauges freak out. I know I have some corrosion at the started to take care of and I think I should replace the battery cables from the batteries to the starter and isolator.
One problem I found on mine was the fusible link. It is in the wire bundle along side the engine hatch under the drivers seat. Everything in the dash runs off this wire. It goes from the hot terminal on the starter to the ampmeter. From there it goes to light switch and ignition. The diesel has both and ampmeter and a voltmeter and I think the gas is different but I don't remember the details. Anyway the fusible link had been replaced on mine and I never found anything wrong with it but sometimes I would go to start the engine and everything was dead, lights and all. I'd play around a bit and it would be fine. Finally I ripped it out and put in a heavy circuit breaker and haven't had the problem since.

As for the driving issues remember these are 30 year old trucks and they just don't drive like a car. Also you are sitting above and almost forward of the front tires so your bouncing is magnified compared to sitting between the axles. I had a friend follow me and look to see if my coach looked like is was bouncing around abnormally and he said it looked good to him. If you want a reality check follow and old Winnebago around on a windy day, you will feel much better.

Glad you had a good trip first time out. The pictures look great.

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One problem I found on mine was the fusible link. It is in the wire bundle along side the engine hatch under the drivers seat. Everything in the dash runs off this wire. It goes from the hot terminal on the starter to the ampmeter. From there it goes to light switch and ignition. The diesel has both and ampmeter and a voltmeter and I think the gas is different but I don't remember the details. Anyway the fusible link had been replaced on mine and I never found anything wrong with it but sometimes I would go to start the engine and everything was dead, lights and all. I'd play around a bit and it would be fine. Finally I ripped it out and put in a heavy circuit breaker and haven't had the problem since.

As for the driving issues remember these are 30 year old trucks and they just don't drive like a car. Also you are sitting above and almost forward of the front tires so your bouncing is magnified compared to sitting between the axles. I had a friend follow me and look to see if my coach looked like is was bouncing around abnormally and he said it looked good to him. If you want a reality check follow and old Winnebago around on a windy day, you will feel much better.

Glad you had a good trip first time out. The pictures look great.

Cheers, Dan
Hi Dan. Thanks for the info and tips. I'll definitely look for that cable from starter to ammeter. I'll let you know what I find

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Old 09-29-2011, 10:56 PM   #105
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Side tracked...

I've been working on finishing my "toy hauler". I have a 20 foot enclosed utility trailer for hauling my ATVs. I wish I could tow it with the MH, but I think it would be a big mistake at about 6000 lbs. So it is towed with my '95 F150.

I've been outfitting the trailer with cabinets, bed, sink, water and electric. I have a couch/bed up front, kitchen cabinets from Lowes, sink, water tank, grey water tank, 12 and 120 volt electric, adding windows and will install the old a/c from the MH soon.

With all of that, I still have plenty of room to haul the Polaris RZR.

We are heading to the sand dunes at Coos Bay, Oregon next week!
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:07 PM   #106
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Got a few more things done...

Replaced a/c switch and knob. Switch was correct switch, but knob was the wrong one. Switch was also incorrectly wired to match the wrong knob. Now I have low/high fan and low/high cool. Also properly sized and secured flexible duct between roof and ceiling units. I think I'm getting more air through the system now. I will no longer ask my general contractor friend to help. He hacks everything together very quickly. I'm better off with no helper.

Drilled hole for refrigerator drain tube.

Installed new propane monitor and shutoff valve. It is nice to have this work immediately instead of trying for 10-15 minutes to get the old one going.

Got and hooked up sewer pipe adapter from Thetford to Valtera. Might be the best part I ever bought for MH!

Replaced sewer vent pipe gasket. Might still trim rubber gasket. What are others doing? I don't have my polisher yet so polished by hand...340 grit wet/dry, then 600 grit wet/dry, then polish with rag and metal/ alum polish!

I think I will wait out one more winter then most of the clear coat will have removed itself!
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:28 PM   #107
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:07 PM   #108
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:21 PM   #109
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Installed new dog house gasket today. The one I got from Inland is a bit different, but I think it will be fine.
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Wow, you are getting it done!
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Our 24' toy hauler

Hey Dean, take a look at the toy hauler that we build to haul our two motorcycles. It took me about 3 years to complete. I made Stainless Steel tanks for the gray water and fresh water. The commode had it own holding tank built into the shower base.

We had to put 6K axles under it, the 3.5K ones could not hold the load, and when I took them out, the mounting bases were cracked.

Keep up the great work on yours.

Ours is gone now with our 310 and 3 Grand Daughters, the 310 works much better.

We pulled ours with a 3/4HD Duramax Crew.
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Wow, you are getting it done!
Not too many big things left. For some reason my punch list always seems to grow however!
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