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Old 06-19-2007, 03:28 PM   #1
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Emergency help needed!

My daughter's in-laws are visiting. Their MH is dead. Apparently a mouse problem, according to the emergency tech that CW sent out.

They would rather have an expert look it over, than wait for an appointment at Camping World.

Can anyone recommend an electrician in western suburbs of Minneapolis, available tonight or tomorrow? They're stuck at Baker Park. It's a '99 Cutter.

Appreciate any help!
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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I can't help with a reference, but you might try reasoning with them about accepting "emergency repair" at CW followed by a more comprehensive review by a specialist they have confidence in. Automotive electric is a speciality that the coach builder may know best. How about contacting the local Cutter dealer and getting their advice.
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thanks,

The CW tech did enough that they can pull in the slide and raise the jacks. The nearest Airstream dealer (Shorewood) is about 10 miles further than the Camping World. I'll suggest that.
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Well, no go with Shorewood RV. They aren't really interested in working on Class A Airstreams. Maybe they could "get to it" after the Fourth of July.

Pretty crappy treatment from an Airstream Dealer.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:53 PM   #5
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I don't suppose Hart Trailer Sales in Long Prairie ever did much work with mohos back when they were an Airstream dealer...

Shorewood's attitude doesn't surprise me one bit!
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Does it have to be an A/S dealer? If not there's a number of RV dealers East of Shorewood on Hwy 10, also a rather large one West on I-94 in St.Cloud. Not sure if even in an emergency that Shorewood was a great loss. Some of the warrenty fixes they were going to do on our unit was really scary. Hope all works out. Nothing worst than being stuck on the road with a serious problem.
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My daughter's in-laws are visiting. Their MH is dead. Apparently a mouse problem, according to the emergency tech that CW sent out.

They would rather have an expert look it over, than wait for an appointment at Camping World.

Can anyone recommend an electrician in western suburbs of Minneapolis, available tonight or tomorrow? They're stuck at Baker Park. It's a '99 Cutter.

Appreciate any help!
You need to define 'dead'. If there is no power from the house batteries, it could be the main 12VDC cut-off switch, or the solenoid that it controls. I've seen a bunch of these main control solenoid problems this year.

If you have a meter check for 12VDC at the house batteries, then follow up the line to whatever you can access, especially both sides of the solenoid. Also look for a loose +12VDC connection or a loose ground problem. A test light will alert you to the presence of power, but it's important to know how much voltage you are seeing.
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Thanks for the info.

Here's a little more data I could collect over the phone.

1. None of the 12V systems work unless the engine is on. They were able to get the slide back in by running the engine.
2. The Trace 2kw inverter/charger is putting out constant 14.8V and the house batteries are boiling.
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Thanks for the info.

Here's a little more data I could collect over the phone.

1. None of the 12V systems work unless the engine is on. They were able to get the slide back in by running the engine.
2. The Trace 2kw inverter/charger is putting out constant 14.8V and the house batteries are boiling.
I assume that the inverter was plugged in to shore power. If so, it also sounds like the inverter is bad....output is too high and will ruin the house batteries if left on to overcharge them.

If there was 12VDC to the interior with the engine running, then the battery serarator/solenoid is working. BTW, you can also move a slide in/out with an external 12VDC battery connected directly to the drive motor (assuming that it is electrically driven and not hydraulic. In that case, you have to put the external power to the hydraulic pump).

I would say to first look at the inverter as a problem source, then whatever is upstream from the batteries. Also, be sure they keep those batteries full of DISTILLED WATER only!
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Thanks everyone for your help! Camping World was able to locate and fix the problem without undue expense.

It seems the master solenoid switch had been replaced witha regular automotive starter solenoid. We all know from these forums that it needs to be a continuous duty solenoid, but I guess the previous owner doesn't know that.

Again, thanks for the help.
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Long distance diagnosis is tough.....glad I was in the ball park!
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