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Old 09-11-2018, 01:45 PM   #1421
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Made the 1000 mile trip to Fort Collins CO without a hitch. Rig ran real well, no problems so far. Staying at my sons house in the rig till Sunday then headed up into the mountains to a highly recommended state park, State Forrest State Park. Will post pics when we get to some interesting areas. The old diesel just keeps chugging along, amazing old motor.

She ain't fast but she sure is steady!
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:12 PM   #1422
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After spending some days with the kids in FOCO we headed up into the mountains to State Forest State Park. We camped at about ten thousand feet, pretty good climb on the way up. The rig did great, kept a close eye on EGTs and coolant. That one extra gear on the Allison helps quite a bit both when climbing and coming back down.
The campground was quintessential Colorado camping. Unbelievably beautiful, away from EVERYTHING in the middle of nowhere up in the Rockies. Saw a good deal of wildlife including 2 moose on our last hike of our stay.
Got the motorcycle out and did some trail riding and exploring. That was incredible. Only crashed once
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:30 PM   #1423
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:22 PM   #1424
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After spending some days with the kids in FOCO we headed up into the mountains to State Forest State Park. We camped at about ten thousand feet, pretty good climb on the way up. The rig did great, kept a close eye on EGTs and coolant. That one extra gear on the Allison helps quite a bit both when climbing and coming back down.
The campground was quintessential Colorado camping. Unbelievably beautiful, away from EVERYTHING in the middle of nowhere up in the Rockies. Saw a good deal of wildlife including 2 moose on our last hike of our stay.
Got the motorcycle out and did some trail riding and exploring. That was incredible. Only crashed once
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:46 PM   #1425
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Thanks for checking in Mike, nice out there outing!

Great how that bike expands your range in the backwoods.

Lynn and doggie look happy.

Where to next?

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Old 09-21-2018, 08:57 PM   #1426
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Heyyyyyy Richard!

Next big trip is down to see YOU in Jan! SURPRISE! Hehehehehe, actually we are coming down to Top Sail SP in January. If you're around we will give you a holler when there. It will be our first trip south in the rig, been east, been west, been north soooo bout time we head south eh?
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:35 AM   #1427
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Mike & Lynn....so glad you guys enjoyed State Forest/State Park and Ranger Lakes.....such a beautiful place! And....you got to see some moose. When I was up there a few weeks ago, a moose came through and picked up someones gallon of milk off the picnic table...smashed it into the ground and broke it open. Fun to watch Travel safe and enjoy the beauty of Colorado....autumn is the best!!
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:09 AM   #1428
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Great recommendation Steve, thanks so much. We had a ball. Found the "single log across the trail" real fast. . Really had a great time up there!!!
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:46 PM   #1429
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You’re making me homesick! Miss the mountains.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:10 PM   #1430
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:11 AM   #1431
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:47 AM   #1432
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We are hoping next year will allow us to take some nice trips out west. We sure made a lot of trips from Colorado to Michigan when we lived out there. Hoping to make a bunch the other way now that we live in Michigan.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:25 AM   #1433
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Ahoy Mike, it's great to hear that you and Lynn are planning a trip down this way. It will be fun to catch up and to share some of this area with y'all.
I think you will find the weather in January a bit more comfortable here in the panhandle.
If you can get along with 20 amps, it would be fun to have you hang out a bit here with me in Ebro.

In the mean time any chance that you will find a different route back to Ohio?
You might see something new off that well worn path.

Do keep us posted on your continuing travel adventures.

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Old 09-24-2018, 05:02 PM   #1434
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Howdy gents! I'm looking for some ideas or guidance on a electrical charging issue that's popped up here on the road. We are in KS headed east back home to IL on route 36. The rig has been running great with no problems until yesterday when I lost one of my V-belts that drives the alternator. It apparently started separating on the outside of the belt away from the pulley. Dual belts to the ALT so I kept driving until I got to a spot where I could change out both belts. I carry an extra set. All was well after the change out until sometime on the road yesterday the I lost charge from the ALT and my tach (driven by alt) dropped to 0 rpm. We got to our camping site and as I pulled into the park all the sudden the volt gauge and the tach both came back to life and read normally.

Sooo I assumed I had knocked a wire loose while changing out the belts. Turned the rig off and tested the battery and it read a good 12.7 volts. I opened up the dog house and spent a couple hours looking for any sign of a loose or corroded connection, didn't find anything. Started the rig back up and once again I showed no charge from the alt and the tach was at 0.
On the Isuzu diesel, it has an external voltage regulator ( which I recently replaced new) and a single primary wire to the stud on the alt. I checked the voltage at the isolator and sure enough the alt wire registered 0 volts with motor running. Also tested the stud connection on the back of the alt and it read 0 also with motor running. I unbolted the primary wire and thoroughly cleaned at connection.

What's puzzling me is that as we pulled into our current spot, both the tach and volt meter both suddenly were working as normal again after they both showed no charge for the last couple hours on the road.

Could a alt that's going bad intermittently show no charge then suddenly work normally? I first thought it was a loose wire, now I'm wondering if the alternator is bad. Since the diesel uses such little electric I'm not worried about making it home. Ive got a battery charger on board plus the generator so I can rig something up, drive during daylight.

Ive also got a spare voltage regulator on board so I could change that out.

Any ideas on where you would start to track this down? I'm stumped. What may cause an intermittent charging problem with the alternator. Ive slowly gone through my grounds over the past couple years. I better double check my ground straps from the motor but I'm not showing any other electrical problems and I nearly positive Ive located and cleaned the grounds from the motor to frame.

Thanks for any ideas fellas. Other than this we have had a wonderful time the past few weeks on the road!
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:28 PM   #1435
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Mike,

My first reaction is you've got a loose (corroded?) connection somewhere. Other than that replace your regulator since you have a spare. If that doesn't do it, put the current regulator back in and replace the alternator.

That's the best I can come up with

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Old 09-24-2018, 05:35 PM   #1436
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One possible issue I've seen before:

This caused a failure to charge event on the road...without lighting the idiot light...

Alternators have brushes and slip rings. The brushes do wear out, but not as fast as the old DC generators. The slip rings and brushes connect the voltage regulator to the rotor windings, and allow the regulator to control the output voltage of the alternator by varying the average current in the rotor windings.

Usually there is a two-prong connector on the alternator marked "field" or some other words to that effect, if the regulator is remote from the alternator. If the regulator is part of the alternator, the brushes usually mount with the same screws that hold the regulator 'can' to the back of the alternator. If you remove the regulator the brush assembly may come with it, or it may plug into the brush holder directly.

Working with the ignition off, and chassis battery disconnected for safety, grab your multimeter. In either case, there should be continuity through the brush connectors through the slip rings through the windings and back to the other brush. Slowly rotating the alternator pulley should NOT make the reading change significantly. If the reading varies all over the place, or is infinity, something is wrong in the slip ring and brush or rotor winding area.

Had the brushes wear out on a Volvo station wagon on the road one time. Once I got it apart, was able to trim some plastic in the brush holder and shove the brushes and holder part closer to the slip rings as well--lasted months until I got the alternator rebuilt.

The kids were in awe of the "MacGyver" trick, especially the use of my handy-dandy Swiss Army knife to do the actual fix...the real lucky part was having the repair manual in the car when this happened--with a Volvo, that tends to be a good idea most days.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:32 PM   #1437
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Thanks fellas. Brad I was thinking along that same path. The regulator isn't too bad to change out but the alternator along with the vacuum pump on the back is a different story.
I may go ahead and change out the reg in the morning and see what I get. In any case I'm sure I can rig something up to get us home. I was due, had too many miles with no problems.....
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:54 PM   #1438
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mike be sure you check the plug between the reg and the alt I had problems with loose and corroaded wires in the plug. I had problems with my tach and it was loose con in the plug. Good luck
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:46 PM   #1439
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I had the same problem a couple of years ago. I was in the Sacramento area and naturally over a holiday weekend. None of the local parts houses had anything remotely close that might fit. In the end I pulled the alternator and got it into a alternator rebuild shop to take a look. He found the brush was fine but the connecting wire was too short. He said the way it was soldered in didn't have enough slack in the wire to allow the brush to reach the slip ring. He put a new brush in along with new bearings and I was good to go for about $75. And no it was not fun getting that beast in and out with limited tools.
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:59 AM   #1440
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John I agree that connector is suspect. I wiggled each wire on both sides and they seem connected but Ive already spliced one ( sense wire) around that connector.

Dan it may come down to that. Ive got a brand new spare alt on board but would really like to tackle that at home. Did you remove the vacuum pump in place or after you got it out?
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