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Old 06-11-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:34 PM   #2
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What do you need. I have '95 with Cummins and can possibly assist. have had a great two years fixing and replacing on mine.
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Old 01-25-2016, 01:02 AM   #3
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I have the 1997 LY with 275 hp Cummings. Engine runs great. My problems were more with the transmission and front suspension. All repaired now so its time to focus on other things up upgrading appliances and water lines.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:11 AM   #4
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Mike,

The one for sure upgrade I made was to add a Banks system to the engine. What a difference! I gained at least 30hp, don't lag on entering freeway, and gained 1-2 mpg. Climbing hills (we call them mountains in the East) is now done in fifth gear most of the time with 4th used on particularly long grades. When done for the day the bedroom area is nice and cool, whereas previously had to wait an hour for everything to cool down. I know this has saved the engine.
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Gunworks - I am considering the Banks system. However, because of the larger diesel its much quicker than I expect and pulling Jeep, got 11-12mpg on cross country trip to MT. Decided to get rid of the washer/dryer and replace with a small dishwasher. Until I retire, 10-12 days is my max time traveling. One mystery is in the driver footwell, hot/cold air blows in just under the dash on far left. So far have not found where it enters but suspect its in front compartment where frame meets sidewall. Appears to have a gap there. Have you experienced this? On trip to MT driving at night in 30deg my left foot was frozen and dash heat was full blast.

Also, does yours have the rear heater option near side door? Mine does not work, any suggestions?
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Heat (or cold)

Couple years ago I emptied everything I cold from the front bonnet climbed in (nickname is munchkin) and sealed up every hole, crack and cable run with expanding foam. Also wrapped automotive sticky black stuff around hoses and larger cables. World of difference. As for the rear heater, yes I have one, but mine works fine. If I was to guess, maybe hose became disconnected. Can you hear fan blowing when you put your ear down by the vent? I don't know if there is a separate fan motor employed there or not. If there is, possibly a breaker or the fan itself. Sorry, I can't be of any more assistance.
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I plan to do the same with my front hood area once the weather warms. Found a 2" gap on drivers side that I plan to fill with foam insulation.

The rear heater fan is not working. Also found a light near the exterior steps that is under the body and not working, cover was missing but bulb is in place. Plan to get it fixed too.
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Got an update on the Rear Heater. It was unplugged!!!

I pulled off the grills and first found the carpet to be blocking over half of the 2 openings. Trimmed it back and found the plug just hanging. Does not appear to have been in operation much. The fins on the condenser unit are clean.

Plugged it in, started up the diesel....and it runs like a top getting warm very fast. Glad it was a simple easy fix!!
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Rear heat

It is a nice feeling when things are so simple. Rarely does it happen to me, but it is appreciated when it does. Congrats!
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Sometimes we all get lucky

We're on a trip to Florida and moving quite often from campground to campground. Our TV's all of a sudden didn't work. I thought before we
switched to flat screens, i'd try a new portable window antenna. No luck, so I returned it and bought a cheaper digital converter box, and now both OEM TV's came back to life. 22 years old and still a great Airstream DP Land Yacht!
Sometimes even the blind squirrel gets an acorn.
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