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Old 10-04-2018, 12:07 PM   #1501
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Swing both ways Tony.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:38 PM   #1502
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Swing both ways Tony.
It's a little late for that; I'm sure the LBGTU2 community made that very clear last year when I posted on Friends of Dorothy thread and almost got lynched and declared "persona non grata" for suggesting that the gay community faces greater threats these days from their own, than from the straight community.

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Old 10-04-2018, 05:37 PM   #1503
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Back on topic: Mike, did you get it rebuilt at the local shop? What did they charge.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:40 PM   #1504
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Still at the shop Dave, waiting on a call. Local shop though, they've been in business for as long as I can remember. Ive taken starters and alternators off of old classics there before.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:32 PM   #1505
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Still waiting for my rebuilt alternator. Went over to the shop to see what the hold up was, talked with the owner. He was apologetic but said he was headed out of town for a week and he wanted to do the rebuild on my alternator himself rather than one of his employees. He realizes that it's an expensive, heavy duty alternator so I'm ok with that attitude. Should be done next week when he gets back.
In the mean time been keeping busy with some repairs and a few upgrades that have been on my list.

Needed to replace my e-brake pull handle. The adjustment thumb turn on the original had stripped out and wouldn't hold the cable tight anymore. I had made a temporary repair a few months ago but got around to replacing the whole mechanism.

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My house batteries were no longer holding much of a charge and needed replaced. They were four yrs old and were cheap "start" batteries to begin with. Ive been wanting to replace them with a larger group size and true "deep cycle" batteries to facilitate some more boondocking opportunities during our travels. Man, talk about going down a rabbit hole of research on deep cycle replacement batteries. I read and read and finally decided on these group 27, 100 amp hour batteries. They get very good reviews and are consistently ranked in the top 5-6 deep cycle RV batteries across every web site I looked at.
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Ive also been wanting to upgrade my fresh water pump to get better pressure throughout the coach. I had tried a Shurflo revolution pump and really didn't see any improvement in flow or pressure. Decided on going with a different brand that's rated quite a bit higher for pressure and flow.
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A little more expensive than the Shurflo but I'm real happy with the results so far. Did have a problem with the electric portion of the pressure switch when first installed but they sent me a new switch and so far so good.

Our next big trip was supposed to be in Jan down to Topsail State Park on the gulf in the Florida panhandle. The hurricane hit right there though! Smack dab in the middle of the storm. Ive been on their web site and it's showing that they have closed the park for now, no telling what damage was done but I'm sure they got hit bad. We will have to keep our eyes and ears open as far as our trip is concerned.

On a related topic, one of our active members Tvake, now lives within about 30 miles Of where the hurricane hit shore. Richard is a bit inland but not far. Not sure if he has been full timing in his 345 or if he has a stick and brick home on his property. He apparently has several acres of ground there. I have sent him a PM but haven't heard back.
So send out good vibes fellas, hoping he is ok and didn't sustain huge property damage or damage to his really nice 345.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:04 PM   #1506
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FYI, Tvake (Richard) safely bailed out of his home area and rode the storm out in middle Alabama. He posted a well-written, detailed report on a recent new thread about his adventures and the minor cleanup he had in the aftermath..

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Old 10-15-2018, 05:13 PM   #1507
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Yep, I saw his post. Sounds like he came through without much severe damage. Bet it was hard leaving the Porsche behind when he evacuated but all is well.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:22 PM   #1508
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Yup. Grew up on the East coast of Florida--got pounded several times, up to 160 MPH, but my parent's old house was built to take it. We were several miles inland as well.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #1509
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Yep, I saw his post. Sounds like he came through without much severe damage. Bet it was hard leaving the Porsche "(glorified Beetle)" behind when he evacuated but all is well.

just corrected your post.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:57 PM   #1510
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Got my alternator back from the shop today. In talking with the owner of the shop, Sammy, I found out that he conducts seminars throughout the whole country on automotive electronics for other shop owners and technicians. I asked if non professionals could attend but he said no, that the seminars are for people employed in the industry only...interesting though.
Anyway he did a total rebuild of my Nippon Denso, externally regulated alternator. Brushes, front bearing (there is no rear bearing, vacuum pump acts as rear bearing), turned slip rings, tested rectifier, re-insulated windings, cleaned, painted, tested.
Though our manual states that it is a 50 amp alternator it is not, it's rated at 80 amps. It was pricey but considering a new one from Isuzu is somewhere in the $800 range I felt ok about the $250+ for the newly rebuilt.
So, it will go in my storage on the rig should I ever need it. Hopefully the new one I had already installed will last as long as the original. 150,000 miles.
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So a note to remember for owners of the factory diesel Isuzu, if you decide to abandon the vacuum powered stairs for electric, the vacuum pump on the rear of the alternator needs to stay in place because it acts as the rear bearing for the alternator shaft. Actually I think the pump mounting plate separates from the pump itself and the bearing is in the mounting plate. That's what he had on his shelf so he could attach it and test the rebuild.

One more thing, the owner said that they receive alternators, starters, etc from all over the country nearly daily. They repair/rebuild and return ship. So if anyone gets in a spot having a hard time finding a good shop for rebuilding, I have no reservations recommending this shop. I'd be glad to act as a go between person if it were ever needed.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:24 PM   #1511
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Very nice score Mike; very nice indeed.

I've been wondering about mine for a while now and debating on if to pull it for a rebuild.

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Old 10-17-2018, 05:16 PM   #1512
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Looks like it would make a nice base for a lamp ! Interesting enough the guy that owns the electric shop in my area goes to those seminars as well ( I call them homothons) I mean really.....what do you think they talk about....Watts/Amps etc. he was even the president of that club.....sounds like a Ben Stein convention to me ! LMAO !! Regards, Bob
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:44 PM   #1513
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Looks like it would make a nice base for a lamp ! Interesting enough the guy that owns the electric shop in my area goes to those seminars as well ( I call them homothons) I mean really.....what do you think they talk about....Watts/Amps etc. he was even the president of that club.....sounds like a Ben Stein convention to me ! LMAO !! Regards, Bob
Probably also some talk of ohms I'd guess, gotta watch out for those pesky devils
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:00 PM   #1514
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Looks like it would make a nice base for a lamp ! Interesting enough the guy that owns the electric shop in my area goes to those seminars as well ( I call them homothons) I mean really.....what do you think they talk about....Watts/Amps etc. he was even the president of that club.....sounds like a Ben Stein convention to me ! LMAO !! Regards, Bob
Don't know Bob, it's hard to GAUGE, WATTever comes up I guess. I heard they SHOCK each other at night to AMP things up a bit, but that's been met with some RESISTANCE. OHMy, I can't believe I just wrote this, I better SWITCH this thing off. I'm becoming a real PARASITIC DRAIN on this thread.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:38 PM   #1515
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You have to much free time, my man ! Regards, Bob
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I think my sense of humour is rubbing off on Mike; my bad all; very sorry.

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Old 10-18-2018, 07:15 PM   #1517
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They have all been sniffing too much diesel fumes.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:08 PM   #1520
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Updated w/pictures of 2 Camera System

Since mayco was nice enough to post these in another thread, thought the original thread should be updated as well (page 54)
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Sure thing Richard. I bought the RVS-7706135 system which includes the monitor, one rear camera, one side camera, and the controller. Also includes the necessary cable. It's a wired system and I upgraded from a 7" to 9" monitor. Ive been on several trips with it and it's performed well so far. The monitor is a pain to program and get the settings right. But once you get the hang of navigating through the buttons you're good.

I wired mine a bit different than most but it wasn't difficult. I have it so it's on all the time when the ignition is turned on. I also didn't like the idea of having to reach up to the monitor buttons every time I wanted to switch between cameras. Safety issue. So, I bought an "on-on" switch that I mounted right next to my spot light switch next to the seat. Ran the trigger wires to each side of the switch so I can switch between side and rear view without reaching for the monitor. The dpdt camera toggle switch is the black one next to the gear shift. With the rubber cover on the switch I don't even have to look down to use the switch, I can feel it. It was a safety thing to me. That usually happens in heavy traffic when I want to look at the lane to my right.
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