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Old 06-12-2009, 05:05 PM   #29
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So what did I fix?

What was the dangling wire and where did I reattach it and why did it cause such havoc?
Thanks again. Engine battery is holding charge although I think we still might need a new one as it is still showing 15 volts on the gauge. Engine starts up beautifully, no flickers, no nothing.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:34 PM   #30
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What was the dangling wire and where did I reattach it and why did it cause such havoc?
Thanks again. Engine battery is holding charge although I think we still might need a new one as it is still showing 15 volts on the gauge. Engine starts up beautifully, no flickers, no nothing.
We don't worry about that: suffice to say you fixed it. The battery(s) may need to be replaced, though from your posts it seems like the previous owner was on top of it. Do you have paperwork about the batteries? You will show low voltage unless you're at highway speeds. Batteries are the name of the game with us; I'd bet it's time for fresh ones. AC/DELCO have served us well, if you have a Chev/GMC dealer still in business. The starter battery should be the be the best, the coach batteries should be AC/Delco "Voyager" Marine/RV. Bear in mind, it takes a long time, even on the road, to charge those. If you can't find any paperwork, replace all three.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:05 PM   #31
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I'm replacing the batteries tomorrow. But, I really, really want to know what that silver thing was that the wire connected to under the hood. I want to learn this machine so if (when) something like this happens again, I might understand why it's doing what it's doing. Does that make sense?
Steps are still uncooperative, though, and I don't know why. I need to sit down with the manuals and troubleshoot that tomorrow. I have all the manuals, by the way, in case someone is ever looking for them (1982 280 Turbo Diesel).
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:05 PM   #32
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What was the dangling wire and where did I reattach it and why did it cause such havoc?
Thanks again. Engine battery is holding charge although I think we still might need a new one as it is still showing 15 volts on the gauge. Engine starts up beautifully, no flickers, no nothing.
Hi, swanky. From your pictures, and not seeing more of the silver thing, I would say that you repaired the ground wire to the wiper motor. And that the batteries are the main problem. And the ground wire to the wiper motor was incidental. Good job Audrey.
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You were so right!

Hubby took out old battery (engine) and replaced it and had her up to 70 mph with no issues and easily cruised the highway at 65, still no issues. He had no problem stopping, starting, accelerating, etc. Hot water heater now works, fridge is nice and chilly, only the steps refuse to cooperate but I suspect that's just a loose wire somewhere and I'll find it eventually. If not, we'll be in Holland at an RV shop Wednesday for our seatbelts and I'll ask them to take a peek. We plan on testing a lot of things again on their property so if we run into a problem, we can get it fixed or at least explained while we are there.

We are already really loving her, probably naming her "A Silver Lining" since we discovered "Silver Lining" was already taken. There have been a few neighbor grumblings since she's been in the driveway since Thursday but mainly just interest and fascination that she is so old yet looks and runs so beautifully, definitely a tribute to her PO(s).

Looking forward to learning from you all. Thanks again.
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Hi, swanky. From your pictures, and not seeing more of the silver thing, I would say that you repaired the ground wire to the wiper motor. And that the batteries are the main problem. And the ground wire to the wiper motor was incidental. Good job Audrey.
if that really was the ground wire to the wiper motor there still might be a ground wire issue. that wire might have gone bad from carrying the ground load for more than was intended. recheck those battery grounds at the point they connect to the chassis.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:17 PM   #35
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All seems well...

New battery is great, house batteries are good. Fridge, hot water heater, everything but ice maker is working. The guy that came out to demo the motorhome for us again and teach me some basics discovered the step had tangled up its wires when it closed--the clicking I heard the first night was likely due to that and it blew the little circuit. So, $4.25 for a circuit and about 5 minutes of labor and our steps work like a charm again. And, I know where the wiring is so if we have another problem with the steps, I can at least troubleshoot. Bob's mobile RV service in the Detroit area gets my vote. He checked for other wiring/ground issues and found none and we couldn't find any problems that might point to a specific area to look. There is definitely a lot of wiring that has been cut and taped over the last 27 years, but that is to be expected I suppose.
I replaced the city water inlet thing that had a leak and bought a new poop pipe and cap and fresh water hose, rubber gloves, blue smell good juice for the toilet, and a few other essentials.
We're off tomorrow.
Thanks for the assistance.
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