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Old 12-20-2015, 01:26 AM   #57
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:10 AM   #58
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Day one down

Day one behind us and all is good - a couple of minor items to look into but the coach is running well 190-195 on temp - 200 after a long pull uphill. The pressure water has a leak - looks like in the hose somewhere. Otherwise - furnaces, water heater etc operating.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:42 AM   #59
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Wow! That's a testimony as to how well that coach has been maintained. Congratulations on a great buy

There aren't to many new owners that get to enjoy their first drive the way you are. That is unless you've bought one of Peter's hand me downs!

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Old 12-22-2015, 08:05 AM   #60
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Just checking pressures - front right airbag leaking instantly
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:43 AM   #61
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Just checking pressures - front right airbag leaking instantly
I would deflate the other for balanced handling. You will be ok.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:31 PM   #62
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650 miles in - so leveler a work, exhaust leak right side, heater valve not shutting off, cable moving must need a new valve. Appears to have an Allison trans, 4 speeds no park position. I'm thinking a leak in the rear airbags as compressor seems to run all the time. Steering could use tightening up. Getting 6mpg at 70 or as fast as full throttle will go up some hills (35mph in some cases). Overall happy.
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650 miles in - so leveler a work, exhaust leak right side, heater valve not shutting off, cable moving must need a new valve. Appears to have an Allison trans, 4 speeds no park position. I'm thinking a leak in the rear airbags as compressor seems to run all the time. Steering could use tightening up. Getting 6mpg at 70 or as fast as full throttle will go up some hills (35mph in some cases). Overall happy.
Awesome! Could it be the fuel pump you are hearing in the back? the compressor should be under the bed in the rear passenger side
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:27 PM   #64
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Definitely the compressor - right rear under bed - pressure gauge below the green arc in morning - only takes 2-3 minutes to get back in green - runs a little above half way when on the road
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:29 PM   #65
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Overall super happy with it. It's funny when you see them on their own they seem massive but when next to some of the 5th wheels and other MHs they get a lot smaller
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:45 PM   #66
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Before pulling the air bags, check lines and connections first as the airbags are pretty tough and connections to the compressor are known to get spotty with vibration.
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Glad to hear that you're satisfied with your purchase.

Note. Things that are wrong are a blessing in disguise as you will understand how your coach works far better, once you fix them.

Yes, some of those fifth wheels weigh more than your coach.

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Old 12-22-2015, 10:27 PM   #67
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I agree with Tony, check all air lines, fitting, etc., before you tackle the air bags. I had the same issue with the air pump running constantly. Good thing those Gast compressors are 100% duty cycle capable. My "main" leak was the check valve on the compressor. It was a very simple fix.
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Thanks for the input - my thoughts exactly as far as checking lines and connections before assuming bags. Glad to hear the compressor is rated at 100% duty cycle!

Now the tag axle: are they typically splayed out at the bottom a bit? Mine are.
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Thanks for the input - my thoughts exactly as far as checking lines and connections before assuming bags. Glad to hear the compressor is rated at 100% duty cycle!

Now the tag axle: are they typically splayed out at the bottom a bit? Mine are.
If by "splayed out", you mean the wheels have negative camber; that could be a sign that the axle rubber rods are kaput and the axle spindle is being allowed to flex up. Inland Andy has stated that the tag axle does have a life expectancy of around 20-25 years.
What is the tire wear like on the tag axle tires? Your tires will tell you everything.

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Ah... Made it home with no major problems. I will say that today was a driving challenge, heavy rain at times and winds gusting to 40mph, felt like steering a canoe through rapids with a spoon. Steering is high on my list.

Like Kreimer, I have also stored mine in a cave here in KC. There are literally millions of SF underground here that are old and some active limestone quarries. There are warehouses, businesses, etc. that occupy them, even the Ford plant here store new vehicles in them. The nicest thing is the temp is a constant 55-60 degrees. They can be dusty though.

Here's what I've learned so far: Mechanically the rig seems in very good condition, temps never over 200 and mostly around 190, 180 after a hard run and idling for a few minutes. The electric fas seems to work well. Oil pressure 70psi at cruise and 35 hot idle. Shifts great. No tire balance issues.

Coach for the most part working except for a few things. Shower fan was working but quit part way through. Heater valve for dash heat needs replaced as well as the under sofa unit. Both blew air fine.S stove, furnaces, water heater, fridge, interior lights all good. Head working. Levelers working. Searchlight working (came in handy last night finding our spot).

I have to trace a few things down: Rear airbag system leaking somewhere, front airbags need replaced, STEERING - 3 inches of play at speed at least. I think the tag axle needs attention (tires are new, so not enough wear to tell, but they are clearly not completely vertical, they will wear). Alternator not up to snuff, charging, but not enough.

Someone has put an MSD manual advance unit on it. I am not familiar with them, but seems to be a formula for disaster. I messed with it a bit, didn't seems to make a lot of difference. The only way I can figure out if you've advanced it too far is if it's pinging, I don't like that much. If anyone knows these and thinks they're great, I'm all ears for proper usage.

I'll think of more. Appreciate all the comments!!

Glad to see Keimer make it back, we'll have to meet sometime and compare notes.
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