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Old 06-06-2016, 10:19 PM   #15
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Bad Oil Change

Our son recently had a bad experience the day after having his oil changed at an oil change place in So. CA (a Valvoline chain store.) They failed to remove part or all of the gasket from old filter which was stuck on the housing; and the new gasket didn't seal properly nor hold pressure. When AAA towed his car to an auto repair place, the owner explained the situation to our son, asked him where he got his oil change, and contacted the manager of the oil change place to explain the situation. Turned out the oil change place replaced the engine which had seized up when all oil leaked out. The oil change company carries insurance for this kind of thing so was amenable to having the car fixed at their expense; and they provided him a rental car for 3 days while a new engine was located and installed. I relay this info because your situation sounds like it could be similar

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Old 06-06-2016, 10:31 PM   #16
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If a person shuts down the engine immediately upon the oil light coming on there usually is no damage.

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Old 06-07-2016, 03:09 AM   #17
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Astrodokk, are we talking about your AS 300 breaking down here?

Hoping you found a simple solution and are on your way north again . . .


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Just took it home today. I had a 1981 Excella moho (on a 1979 P30 chassis) for 13 years. It had the twins and rear bath, for my two boys, but when they went off to college, I sold it. Missed the AS so I bought this one with the rear queen. It's really nice inside and way nicer than my old '81.
Has the Banks system. The backup camera is great to have! Everything works!
But...there are a few small issues.
Missing the two small analog TV's, one in front and the other in the rear bedroom. I found an owner's manual for an LCD flat panel. I may put a couple in there again.
The dash aisle switch and exterior compartment switch tend to blow a couple of fuses according to the PO. So I'm not gonna touch them for now.
The exterior paint is peeling, but the aluminum is in great shape.
The air horns and search light are excellent! I'm really happy to have found this one. I'm trying to find any info on these 300LE's but they seem to be pretty rare. So I'm reading up on the 310's, since they're almost the same size and most likely design.
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:37 PM   #18
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Everything is fine!!!

Hi folks.

Thanks for your concerns. This is my report.

First of all, sorry for not posting until now. I've just returned home and am using my PC, because it's very difficult for me to get service on my smartphone where I was in Washington. (I think I'll switch to Verizon soon).
When I initially posted, I was south of Portland and was bored waiting for a tow, so I decided to post from the phone.

Tow guy showed up. I told him what I told you guys about smelling burning oil and it not registering on the dip stick. He checked, and it was full!!!
So it had been that old truck in front of me after all.

In my confusion and the fog of a vehicle breakdown, I didn't see oil on the stick because it was so darn clean!! I just failed to see oil when I checked, but it was there! What a friggin relief!

So I ask why the engine just up and quit on me? I told him about the oil pressure light. He checked the battery bank and found a loose cable to my engine battery. Tested it and it was not charged. He tightened the cable bolt (which I'm sure the PO had messed with because it was a new Red Top).

After charging the battery, which only took a few minutes, and checking a few other things to be sure the system was charging, like the alternator, I was on my way!

Turned out to be a loose contact. Next time, on any vehicle, I'll remember this.

Besides this small setback, the rig ran flawlessly! It has so much power with that Banks, and I was cruising at 70 with 2250rpm, and around 210 Farenheit and 45psi oil pressure. You bet I had my eyes on all of the gauges after this ha ha!

It was a pleasure to drive, and comfy. I'm going to do it again in August.
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:47 PM   #19
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Glad to hear it was nothing major
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:42 PM   #20
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Glad to hear the fix was easy. Can't wait to hear about August... Who'd you end up suing?
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:45 PM   #21
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No one. The oil change service people did an outstanding job. That's the first thing we looked at. There was not a drop of oil under the coach...nothing!
It rained heavily in Oregon on my way back, and I'm happy to say that there are no leaks anywhere, coach nor engine. I think I was lucky finding this rig.
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:45 AM   #22
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So glad to here it was nothing major
Every once in a great great while the airstream gods smile upon us!
I sleep a little better this week knowing your ok and can continue to camp in peace
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Old 06-12-2016, 03:22 AM   #23
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Thanks for the great news!
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Old 06-12-2016, 03:42 AM   #24
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And all is right in the world again!

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