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Old 07-30-2012, 04:41 PM   #941
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Installed two new 15k btu Ac units. Little late for this question. I replaced with my 12k btu. I used Moho this weekend plugged into shore Power and they were not cooling to the fullest. The cord was extremely hot. Should I have not gone to 15btu units? The generator when they are both on cools to where the windows almost frost. The generator sounds like it is really working. What did I do. Do I have to replace with smaller ones? Oh I hope not. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #942
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A/C power draw

Myrtle,
Do you have your Classic set up to run both A/C's independently on the 30amp power cord?
My Airstream's power cord arrived with a VERY chewed up power cord at the male end. Just got it finally replaced with a replacement 30amp cord I purchased from Vintage Trailer Supply. Old cord would almost burn your hand when unplugging, not any longer.
Wondering if your breaker switches are up to this amount of amperage draw, considering going from 12,000BTU to 15,000BTU.
Something to consider if you can find how many amps the old units were, as compared to new A/C units.
Just my .02....
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:30 PM   #943
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one other thought, your power supply may have not been up to you using the 15K units. Did you check power post for 'good' power?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:54 PM   #944
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Funny thing happened the other day...
I was over at the M/H a while back and I was fiddling with the LED's in the reading lamps over the sofa. The window covers were on, and it was darkish inside... I was happy with the results with the same 13LED bulbs I used in the cockpit map lamps..
Reminder...



Anyway, I got distracted, left them on... and worse... when I left I had not turned off the house battery isolator!

Fast forward... about 10 days... We go over to check, drop stuff off...
I open the door and see the Lamps still on!
Wow.... The light draw of the LED's and the depth of the Golfcart Batteries... I checked the voltage... 12.2V...
Impressive unplanned test!
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #945
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Funny thing happened the other day...
I was over at the M/H a while back and I was fiddling with the LED's in the reading lamps over the sofa. The window covers were on, and it was darkish inside... I was happy with the results with the same 13LED bulbs I used in the cockpit map lamps..
Reminder...

Anyway, I got distracted, left them on... and worse... when I left I had not turned off the house battery isolator!

Fast forward... about 10 days... We go over to check, drop stuff off...
I open the door and see the Lamps still on!
Wow.... The light draw of the LED's and the depth of the Golfcart Batteries... I checked the voltage... 12.2V...
Impressive unplanned test!
That is great! Definitely an upgrade for me in the future!
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:42 PM   #946
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Time for an update....
No updates on the airstream..
Wrapped up and put up for sale my Daughters Mercedes 1991 Mrcedes 190e 2.6...
Sweet car, but its on Ebay now...






Hopefully I will have more spare time now!
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:41 AM   #947
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Beautiful 190 in such fine condition, good luck with your auction!
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:54 AM   #948
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Nice Job....

Wonder why you have no MH updates... p
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:50 AM   #949
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Thanks Peeps!
Its just been one thing after another recently... but we decided it had to go...

Here is the Auction... I think it would be ok to post... just for more pics!
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:18 PM   #950
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Anyway, hopefully, it sells, and I can have some space in the garage again...
On the bench right now is the sheet metal for the passenger side mirror foot adapter to go from the original mounting holes to the new mirror foot.
The drivers side was about an Inch thick and pretty much a square puck.
The Passenger side will be more complex...
It will be thicker so about 2.5" to space the mirror out more, as the awning arm is in the way of a clean view. Also I will push the mirror back about 4" as the mirror is much taller, and is obscured by the window frame in its stock position. The adaptor puck will be swept back in classy fashion somehow....
Not sure if I posted these pics before but here is a refresher...
Original mirror with outside and inside view.



New Mirror mounted with lower forward screw in original lower forward hole.. You can see how it is taller and blocked by the window frame..



Here it is repositioned rearwards using the lower rearward original hole..
Better view..

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Old 09-01-2012, 01:26 PM   #951
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I also fixed the holes and cracks in the ABS step moulding.. will take a pic when i remember...

I posted these two pics in my polishing thread, but here was the last update to include it here...
Just a little more detailing on the lower parts..
I have been unable to get a polish on the Genset vents... so I will leave them brushed finish as a cool contrast...


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Old 09-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #952
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If this is in the forward hole, remember that you are going out 2" and I think you would get full view at that point?

If you move it back to far, you will not pick up the BLIND SPOT there. You don't want to see the mirror frame anyway.

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Old 09-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #953
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Good sage advice as always Dave!

I did try the drivers side puck on the pass side...
Here is how I tried it... now because the holes on the other side are different, its complex to explain.
Now I look again at the pictures was a good compromise...





And from inside with the Mirror head canted around correctly which it was not in the previous post picture...



Now I look at the picture of the original Mirror, it is in fact further back than my new configuration, and having just 2 mirrors, its less confusing to take in visually...


Does that make sense Dave?

I think with the templates I made I can still replicate it... I still think the pass side could move out a touch more... I will experiment before I finalize it!
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #954
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Water heater question...

The PO replaced the water heater with a 6g unit...
I would like to replace it and add the engine coolant assist option..
I would prefer a 10 gallon unit and its comes in at just 1" longer..

I am thinking this one would be the best...
16g with motor assist!
Its 7" longer but I have already pulled the inner enclosure out..
Suburban 16 gallon Water Heaters for RV's - PPL Motor Homes

Or maybe this would be the best way fwd...
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...ter-heater.htm


Does anyone have any opinions?
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:20 PM   #955
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The PO replaced the water heater with a 6g unit...
I would like to replace it and add the engine coolant assist option..
I would prefer a 10 gallon unit and its comes in at just 1" longer..

I am thinking this one would be the best...
16g with motor assist!
Its 7" longer but I have already pulled the inner enclosure out..
Suburban 16 gallon Water Heaters for RV's - PPL Motor Homes

Or maybe this would be the best way fwd...
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...ter-heater.htm

Does anyone have any opinions?
Steve, we need to get you back down to earth so you can get that rig on the road...Burning Man is just 11 months away!

I replaced my 30 year old 6 gal Atwood with all the features with a new 6 gal Atwood with all the features. Tried to find one without the engine coolant heater feature but they don't make one with all the other features.

It was a direct replacement so it slid right in. I was up and running within a few hours. It heats the water quickly and even faster on propane. For two of us, I've never run out of hot water.

I will never hook up the engine coolant heater...I've had enough issues with leaking water and certainly don't ever want anti-freeze on my carpet!

I would consider a tank-less unit if I were rebuilding another MH.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #956
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Dont worry Dean, its a maybe idea for somewhere ahead, and will not impact the prep for the road. The water heater performed great, but I

Things have just been silly recently...
Lots of study for my upcoming exams.... at 50 its hard to learn to study again!
The Mercedes is done, but still not sold.

I just got back from the smog station with my Girlfriends Range Rover... It passed smog after a bunch of fuel pressure issues that have been a real bear to resolve... Fuel pump went bad, and it was replaced, but from there its just been laughing at my attempts to diagnose the issue... Had great fuel pressure, and ran great until you asked for power... then the fuel pressure would steady drop off untill the engine bogged..
Turned out to be a fuel volume issue... caused by the in tank sock filter(which was new!) collapsed...
Anyway, it passed smog with flying colors!
So that is another item off the list.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:45 PM   #957
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Mercedes is officially SOLD!

Now my spare time is focused elsewhere but not yet on the Motorhome, But it is a step or two closer!

Today, I found a Video I took of the famous "Kohler 7CM21 Oil filler tube leak"
I know Brad has a leak too, but if you have the above genset and are dropping oil.... This is why..

Click on pic to see the short video, and see how bad mine was before I fixed it!


The fix is tricky, and not for the faint hearted, but it can be done without removing the Genset...
Details here...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...eak-64381.html
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:40 AM   #958
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Just for fun... and I know we were putting the "Cart before the Horse" in many ways, but my GF and I have long been talking about what to use as the Toad...

I thought this would work for me....


But the reality is that a 4x4 is needed...
So, as my girlfriend already has the Land Rover sickness, so she suggested a Defender... I suddenly remembered they were Aluminium() Bodied....
So I did an image search...
And there it was... PERFECT!
Sweet or what!

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #959
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THAT makes me drool...ok, ok, m a y b e I drool, anyway, but it doesn't bother me till I wake up...for this beauty, I"M AWAKE! Nice find!...m
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:43 AM   #960
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Yup...
Until I found out that short wheelbase Defenders like that here in the USA are silly money..
Sigh...

Anyway...
As I said the Mercedes is sold...
The new owner will get it this week.
So, I was thinking it was time to get back to some Airstream work at the weekend...
No.
The Mercedes decided that the 20 year old rubber O rings in the AC did not like the nice new R12.
It began to spew it out, but lucky I had put Flourecent dye in...
Lucky I spotted the leak, and evacuated most of it back into the recovery machine before the planet was harmed...


I replaced the offending seal... pulled a vacuum on the system, but found it was still leaking. A further investigation with the UV lamp showed me weeps in other places...
So, in the interest of good karma, I replaced every O ring in the AC system with new HBNR O rings..


12 in total... including the AC Compressor, which had to come out to do that...


A retest told me all was good, so it was refilled...
This is a unmolested original R12 system, and with the ambient temperature in my garage at 86f...
I was getting 35f at the vent at 2000 rpm!
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