Hi gang! I guess I better quit lurking around here and introduce myself along with my partner Mickie. I'm Dave, and as you can probably deduce my other RV is a sailboat, moored here in the great Pacific Northwest. After 15 yrs of owning 'Getaway' I think she's revealed most of her secrets to me.
On the other hand, we just bought a '95 Airstream Land Yacht 30 (How could I pass up an RV called Land Yacht)?
We probably paid top dollar for our Airstream, but what the hey... we love her and at our age she's our escape module from winters here in the wet PNW. So far, the dealer put new tires on her before we took delivery, I put 2 new house batteries in her, we had the transmission serviced, front suspension inspected and opted for new bell cranks, drag link, tie rod ends, ball joints, alignment, etc. $5700 later she handles like new!
There doesn't seem to be any evidence of serious water incursion, most things work. The PO put on a Banks System and the Chevy 454 just wants to RUN! 76000 miles on it & it purrs! Also has a 'Steer Safe' thingy on the steering which was explained as 'front tire blow-out control' aid. Anyway, like I said, we're pretty happy with our new GPSYWGN!
OK, after a longer-than-needed intro, I'm puzzling over the electrical system and here's the gist of it. When I'm plugged in to shore power, I don't see the converter charging the house batteries. I figured out the AUX BATT switch needs to be turned on to start the genset, but I'm not getting any battery charging either on shore power or with the genset running. I'm thinking the converter is belly-up, but I can't even find it! Looked under the bed, under the stove, in the trunk, under the wardrobe, in the bathroom... It must be under the coach somewhere. Soon as the rain subsides I'll crawl under it with a flashlight and see what I can find. Been under the hood numerous times replacing house batts and learning the Hadley air horn pressure tank has a rust hole in it (dontcha love the way the hood comes off for easier access?) & I don't see a converter.
Any ideas would be surely welcome, and a general invite to any of you Airstreamers who might find yourselves in the PNW to stop in, enjoy a stay, maybe a BBQ or a brewski or a margarita or just a day in the woods where we live.
This is a pretty cool board, thanks for letting us join and wishing you all 'fair winds and smooth highways'!
Dave & Mickie