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Old 11-28-2011, 06:35 AM   #197
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. Guess what gauge/sending unit gets replaced next?
Replaced my sending unit and it didn't help, your replacing both with a matched pair might solve the problem. I used ir thermometer to check and the gauge is reading low, when you take the gauge out see if it is possible to change it's reading.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:26 PM   #198
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New pictures....

Check out the new paint.....called Chevy blue. And getting to the radiator.......stablizer on right side got new bushings and a black paint job.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:06 PM   #199
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Replaced my sending unit and it didn't help, your replacing both with a matched pair might solve the problem. I used ir thermometer to check and the gauge is reading low, when you take the gauge out see if it is possible to change it's reading.
The deal with gauges, as I've found, is to replace EVERYTHING: the sender, the wire and the gauge. Then you're done, have a cold one, and move on to the next gauge. My temp gauge (which I've replaced once, but had problems with) seemed to work fine coming south, so we'll see.The big test will be in the Spring when we pull I-17 from Phoenix up to Flagstaff. The only gauges I've not replaced are the fuel and speedometer. I'm thinking the pyro is going bad, also, but I've had the coach long enough to trust the boost gauge until we get back north in April.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:53 AM   #200
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Progress report

Yesterday I picked up Sweet P and actually drove her to the gas station to buy gas.....the mechanic went with me to give me some driving tips. As we were finishing up a huge oil tanker pulled in right beside me......Mechanic asked if I want him to get us out of there, and I said, no, I need to learn...so he helped me back up to get away from the pump so that I could squeeze through between the pump and tanker and make a left turn in front of a wall......it worked.....so I dropped him off at his shop and I took her to Venice to a friend's house where I pulled into a narrow alley behind his shop.

Okay driving will take some getting used to. I have to remember, I am driving a P30 chassis.....a big truck....that eats gas.....I don't think I went over 30 mph in city traffic and only a few people darted in front of me but I was real careful with my turns not to run over the curbs or swing out to far or not far enough so I don't hit anyone with my tail. She runs great.....and has a lot of pick up.....braking is harder than I am used to but she does stop.

My friend checked a few things.....generator starts but doesn't run (may be needs to have the carbureator cleaned normal for a sitting vehicle). I don't have any propane in the tank so couldn't check water heater, stove, furnace but we did put water in the fresh tank turned on the pump and it leaks.....now to find the fresh water tank.....the owner's manual doesn't tell us and the 1982 service manual doesn't really help much because this is a 24' and the tank is not under the streetside couch as in the 28'....so this is a mystery MH...found it in the back near the bathroom....found the valves....turning them really didn't let us drain the tank.....PO had drilled holes in the floor to allow the leaking water to drain...so my friend sent compressed air from the bottom to clean out the line....so first order of business is to replace those leaky valves and fix the kitchen faucet that is leaking as well....and probably a new water pump.

Also, the horn doesn't work and the gear indicator is gone.....maybe need a rebuilt or new steering wheel and column? Maybe an adjustable one...is that possible? Anyway back to the shop because the gas gauge sender is not working properly.....

She has passed her smog test so now I have to have her VIN verified by a peace officer and go to the DMV to pick up plates...hope to do that tomorrow...let's see, I bought her in Florida the end of October and she was brought to California the middle of November and after a few things like my list below, she is drivable, smog legal in California.....

Rebuild carburetor
6 New tires and painted rims
New front shocks
Rebuild Radiator Assembly with hoses and clamps
Valve cover gaskets
Replaced left manifold and replaced gasket sets
Replaced sway bar bushings
Rebuild heater core/hoses,clamps and cable
Air Pump brackets hoses and belt for smog
A/C retrofit
3 new batteries, cables and terminals
Oil lube and rebuild broken dip stick (not easy)
New head lamps plus assemblies (totally rusted)
Rear differential cover gasket
rear Brake shoes, wheel bearings (inner and outer)
2 new rear air bags
Rear Shocks
New rear view mirrors with a little rework on the existing brackets.......old ones were broken and not easily fixable....still have the old ones.
New gas tank and sender.

So there you go.....shop has promised a detailed list of parts and mfg. so I can share. paula
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:16 PM   #201
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Great news Paula!

Get some measurements and a idea where the inlet and outlets are for the water tank and lets find a reasonable price for one!
The shift indicator is a pretty simple affair, with a cable and spring attached to the shift lever... I can grab you one from the Junk yard next week if you need...
The steering column from the later coaches is adjustable, so I would think/hope you could transplant one in... again, plenty of C/K Pickup trucks/Blazers and Suburbans in the JY's I visit... and the one in my 345 seems identical to the one in my '87 Suburban.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:37 PM   #202
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Congrats Paula. We are going to Yosemite April 23rd...will you be ready?

Most of the generators will not run if the oil is low. They have a low oil switch on them. Check that first. Then make sure you change the oil and filter in the generator. Next, I would change the spark plugs. You might be surprised at that point how well it might run! What generator do you have?

My '82 280 has a tilt steering wheel from the factory. I'm surprised yours doesn't.

When you get that detailed list from your mechanic, send me the exact make and part number of the upper radiator hose. I have the same vertical radiator that you do. I have the bottom hose, but still confused as to what top hose is used.

The DMV will also verify your VIN#.

Again Congrats!
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #203
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Jose was going to check on it...

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Great news Paula!

Get some measurements and a idea where the inlet and outlets are for the water tank and lets find a reasonable price for one!
The shift indicator is a pretty simple affair, with a cable and spring attached to the shift lever... I can grab you one from the Junk yard next week if you need...
The steering column from the later coaches is adjustable, so I would think/hope you could transplant one in... again, plenty of C/K Pickup trucks/Blazers and Suburbans in the JY's I visit... and the one in my 345 seems identical to the one in my '87 Suburban.
Yes, the shift indicater seems to be a simple affair but with the horn not working and the lack of ajustability, I just may want to replace the whole column. The shop is amenable for my friend to work there for the water tank valves if he will. I didn't want to move on to other things until I was sure she was smoggable......is that a word? It has been suggested that we register out of state but I didn't want to do that...besides, I don't really want to pollute more than I have to.....I was a little surprised at how big she seemed yesterday....and sort of clunky in that the pedals take effort...and I am short so they are going to move the seat forward so I can reach better. She did have pick up....she seemed more nimble that a Isuzu diesel Airstream MH 28' that I drove.....maybe or maybe not. Anyway nimble may not be the correct adjective....I looked at BVans but after having our Ambassador with a screen door.....I just needed to have aluminum.....and this floorplan makes it feel huge inside....no walls except for the rear bath. p
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:54 PM   #204
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Congrats Paula. We are going to Yosemite April 23rd...will you be ready?

Most of the generators will not run if the oil is low. They have a low oil switch on them. Check that first. Then make sure you change the oil and filter in the generator. Next, I would change the spark plugs. You might be surprised at that point how well it might run! What generator do you have?

My '82 280 has a tilt steering wheel from the factory. I'm surprised yours doesn't.

When you get that detailed list from your mechanic, send me the exact make and part number of the upper radiator hose. I have the same vertical radiator that you do. I have the bottom hose, but still confused as to what top hose is used.

The DMV will also verify your VIN#.

Again Congrats!
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Thanks for the support.

The shop that has been doing the work does a lot of work for cops and they have promised to have one of them verify so I don't have to go to the DMV for that part.

No tilt on ours.....or if it is, it is not visible...

Plan to get that hose part number for you.

Onan 4.0, I think. will check those things....

Where are you going in Yosemite? p
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Thanks for the support.

The shop that has been doing the work does a lot of work for cops and they have promised to have one of them verify so I don't have to go to the DMV for that part.

No tilt on ours.....or if it is, it is not visible...

Plan to get that hose part number for you.

Onan 4.0, I think. will check those things....

Where are you going in Yosemite? p
I also have the Onan 4.0. I'll send you the tuneup parts numbers tonight.
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Thanks for the support.

The shop that has been doing the work does a lot of work for cops and they have promised to have one of them verify so I don't have to go to the DMV for that part.

No tilt on ours.....or if it is, it is not visible...

Plan to get that hose part number for you.

Onan 4.0, I think. will check those things....

Where are you going in Yosemite? p
We are staying at Upper Pines campground in the valley from Apr 23 through the 28th. There may not be any spaces left at this point but if you or anyone is interested, you can check at www.recreation.gov.

Will not be pulling a car. We bring our bicycles and use the bus system in the valley.
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Paula, the Steering wheel does not move much... just the angle really. The adjustment lever is right behind the turn signal stalk on the LH side of the column... It does unscrew, so could have been removed or fallen out!
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Hi Paula,

I am vertically challenged as well, so I have the seat as far in as it can go and do find that braking requires some effort. As for the turns and stops, you'll get used to.

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Paula, here is my tilt steering wheel. The small lever is the tilt lever. Here is the range of tilt that I have.
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Paula, here is my tilt steering wheel. The small lever is the tilt lever. Here is the range of tilt that I have.
Will try to take a photo today and will look for the lever. Thanks, p
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