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Old 07-13-2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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I bought a 97 and en-route to shipping the vehicle it lost power. The fuel pump was found to be defective and was replaced. The front air did not work and the compressor was replaced. The generator did not work and a line was changed and it was said to work. Now when I take it for hilly ride it loses power after a while. The driver who took it 600 miles said it was fine except the last few miles when it acted up, he stopped the engine for 10 minutes and it was fine. I have found that stopping it for 10 minutes does the trick. But why is this happening? Did something happen after 600 miles after getting fixed. Also I get no air out of the front air conditioner and the generator will start for a second and then stop.

On another issue the holding tanks claim to be full when they are completely drained. I suspect that the tanks were not taken care of and have a less than pleasant sediment caked on. I really likethis vehicle but want everything to work well before thinking of a long trip.


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Holding tank sensors are notorious for not working properly. The tanks are probably fine.

There are several possibilities for the loss of power. I would start at the fuel filter. If you still have a problem, take a look at the in-tank fuel filter at the fuel pick-up tube. That filter is shaped like a sock, and as it gets dirty it can collapse and shut off the fuel.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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thanks the only thing that worries my about the fuel filter is that it seems to happen after running for a few hours in demanding conditions. Also, why does stopping for 10 minutes remedy the problem after awhile. I agree I should start there though.

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thanks the only thing that worries my about the fuel filter is that it seems to happen after running for a few hours in demanding conditions. Also, why does stopping for 10 minutes remedy the problem after awhile. I agree I should start there though.

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It could be the trash that is cloggin the sock falls away and settles to the bottom of the tank again.
It could also be vapor lock. The Ford 7.5 tends to run a bit hotter in motor home conditions than the GM 7.4.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:19 PM   #5
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is there a manual with images that would show me how to check the fuel filters? also is there a general manual for this chassis? How do I get one?
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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Here is the answer: gas tank was corroded and needed to be replaced
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Regarding your sensors, check out this website horstmiracleprobes.com They are a new replacement probe designed so that even if tissue or waste residue were to cling to the probes, it will not affect the monitor reading
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thanks i looked up that site and that looks like a great find.
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