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Old 05-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Hello guys, im new and this is my first 345, i buy yesterday original was a diesel engine and the owner before me put a gas engine ,has 75k in this engine for any reason wather in the gas is on ,he said is because was a diesel before,has no back camera (stolen in california) driver mirror is broken,does any budy now were can i fix my mirror or buy,and were can i find another camera ( can i put aftermarket),.
im realy apreciate your helps guys and the tips for take care my 345.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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I have a 345 LE with an original gas engine and that "Water in Fuel" light is almost always on. I have thought about removing the bulb so that it doesn't come on or maybe even making that light come on for something else.

You can put another camera in place of your lost camera but you may have to put new connectors on the wires to hook it up. I have never taken mine apart but I believe that it simply runs off 12 volts and the video is surely standard broadband video out so really any simple camera should work.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #3
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Thanks so much,also do you know if the solenoid dc 12volt located behind the batterys is always hot even wend you park and turn off the engine my is hot about 140f all time in parking
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
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solenoid dc 12 volt

Does any know if is normal the temp in this solenoid located behind the batterys , is about 140f wend the mh is in parking, i know the temp range for this solenoid is :-40 to 149f, airstream 345 1987 gas, thanks guys.
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When the coach or chassis battery is turned off, there should be no current to the solenoids at all. But normally, they are probably left on as mine are almost all of the time. They would stay energized as long as they are turned on. I believe there should be 2 solenoids near that battery box, one for the coach batteries and one for the chassis (engine) battery. There may be a 3rd one to parallel all the batteries in case you need some extra juice to start the engine. I have that feature.

Are both your coach and chassis batteries turned on? The switch may be behind the seat next to the door of the motorhome.

I may have a schematic somewhere.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:16 AM   #6
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Thanks, the manual said only one solenoid and there conect for one side engine battery and for another side coach battery ,the swith is located close to solenoid if i turn off still senergized the solenoid,i decided desconect the batterys is too hot i think is no normal
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Thanks, the manual said only one solenoid and there conect for one side engine battery and for another side coach battery ,the swith is located close to solenoid if i turn off still senergized the solenoid,i decided desconect the batterys is too hot i think is no normal
Yes, that would not be normal. I believe that someone changed the wiring for the control wires to that solenoid. It should only be on when needed to help start the engine.

In my motor home the switch for that solenoid is in the glovebox between the driver seat and the the passenger seat. Do you see a switch or button in the glovebox?

With the switch next to the solenoid off, did you verify the solenoid open by taking an ohm reading across the two big connectors? What did you check to see it was still energized? Can you show a picture of what you have?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:10 AM   #8
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Thanks again, yeap there a switch in the glovebox close to the fuse panel im going to operated this switch may be is open, im going to work now i let you know later may be you find my problem .
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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You are absolute right,was this switch for any reason the old owner leave on, i turn off and any think is normal engine battery charge 13.2 and 14.3 for coach batterys and solenoid is normal temp,i drove over 300 miles with the switch on and solenoid hot i hope no have any problem after that mistake, this switch send the signald to solenoid (to auxiliary start switch) ,thanks again im realy love my airstream.
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Your welcome. That solenoid is not very expensive I think and it is easy to replace if it is damaged.

Now, you will have to check your Chassis battery to be sure it is charged enough to start the engine. You should run the engine every month for 30 minutes or so to keep the seals lubricated. I have used a small little jumper wire to keep a small charging current on the chassis battery from the coach batteries so that it maintains a charge. Of course, the motorhome has to be plugged in to shore power and the coach battery charger should be on also for this to work. You will have to remove the jumper wire for anytime the motorhome is in use.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #11
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Thanks so much again for your help,well now i need to find a problem with my generator onan 6.5 ,runs , start ,but only work my rear ac , no power in any outlet.
If i plug the cord 110 volt , i have power any were , ac , oulets,fridge,
any tip were can i check for work 100% my generator.
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OK - above your stove/cooktop there is a cabinet. There you should find a switch that shows "Front" and "Back". That is for the AC only - if you are on shore power or generator, you can only have one AC unit runni8ng at a time - front or back.

All of the other sortie/outlets should be a circuit breaker wherever your circuit breakers are at. You may have either a bad circuit breaker or just one that is "tripped" off and need to be reset.

For our motorhome, I sometimes have to reset the circuit breakers. I turn them all off and then turn them all on again.

Again, for the clime - the AC - only one can run. look for a switch above the stove.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:38 AM   #13
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Thanks again,yeap i know the switch,this switch only work with short power and short power 110volt has all over in my mh,but wend i desconect the short power and run my generator there no power except for my rear ac,circuit breaker are good i reset also.
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There are two transfer switches that actuate when you start your generator. I appears that the one where the main street power is wired doesn't switch over to generator power.
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