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RE: Does the engine alternator charge house batteries?

Yes, the alternator should charge both battery banks. Confirm with a digital voltmeter: With engine off, shore power disconnected, generator off, check voltage at the chassis battery and then at the house battery. 12.2 is a 50% discharged battery. 12.7 is a fully charged battery. If above 12.7, it is just surface charge. Turn on a couple of lights for a few minutes (or other load) to dissipate the surface charge. You want to start this test with voltage at or below 12.7. Start the engine and put it at high idle (around 1100 RPM). Recheck voltage at the batteries. Voltage how should be in the 13.5- 14.2 VDC. There are two different systems for allowing the charging of batteries by the alternator, yet separating them during discharging. Diode-based isolator or solenoid-based isolator. Let us know what your voltage readings are and if you know it, which type of isolator you have and we can talk you through troubleshooting it.
wolfe10 12/17/14 10:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Monaca with Cummins 8.3 won't start the first time

Yes, when that happens, have the dash HVAC fan turned on high. If it should work with the key in the on/start position and does not, bad IGNITION SOLENOID. Same for looking at dash gauges. You are trying to verify if the ignition switch (which could also be bad) is sending the signal to the ignition solenoid and that the solenoid is activating to send power to all circuits powered by it.
wolfe10 12/17/14 04:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Failed B/U Monitor - What to do now?

Call RV.cams and get their opinion on your best avenue of approach. They do this for a living!
wolfe10 12/16/14 07:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much oil do I really need?

pouring fresh oil from a newly opened container should not contaminate the oil system in any engine. I simply fill the whole filter can with clean oil. brain dead simple. Actually, a retired petroleum engineer, also a member of the Diesel RV Club, said at one of our seminars: "Do NOT trust that new oil out of a can has zero contaminants." Filling the oil filter outlets fills both concepts. Same for fuel filters.
wolfe10 12/16/14 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ceiling hanging a little - How do I fix it

Is this Ozite? If not, what is the material. If Ozite carpet and no discoloration, I would discount a leak and suspect poor glue job at the factory.
wolfe10 12/16/14 04:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12v inverter draw on batteries with microwave

Your calculations are basically correct. But, the faster the rate of discharge, the fewer amp-hrs a battery bank can put out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peukert%27s_law
wolfe10 12/16/14 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Failed B/U Monitor - What to do now?

Contact these guys. The repair as well as sell cameras and monitors. A good source for "what will connect to my OE wiring" http://www.rvcams.com/default.htm
wolfe10 12/16/14 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lube for battery slide

As with any battery slide, make sure that you check the battery cables as/after returning the slide to its stored position to make sure none of them are pinched against coach structure. In order to allow a slide, the battery cables have to be longer than needed to just make the connections. Easy to pinch these longer cables if not careful. Applies to all coaches with battery slides.
wolfe10 12/16/14 08:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much oil do I really need?

Please do not do a dry start. Add oil to your filters, you can cause some serious damage to your engine filling those filters ON the engine. The theory as stated above might sound good, but make the call to the Cummins people as stated with the numbers mentioned. Two different schools of thought on that. I know that Caterpillar Corp recommends AGAINST filling the filter, as the couple of seconds it takes to fill the filter is less a risk to the engine than the potential of introducing particles post-filter media. How about a compromise: Fill the filter, but only THROUGH THE SMALL OUTER HOLES (INLETS), NOT CENTER LARGE HOLE (OUTLET). Takes more time, but satisfies BOTH schools of thought.
wolfe10 12/16/14 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much oil do I really need?

The important issue here is the accuracy of the dip stick. The dip sticks were fit by the chassis maker, not engine maker. What I would do: Call Cummins with your engine serial number and CONFIRM CORRECT CAPACITY WITH FILTER: Cummins 800 343-7357 At the next oil change, calibrate the dip stick. Cost is $0. Here is the procedure: At the next oil change, drain oil, remove old filter (as usual). Then install the drain plug and new oil filter and add the engine's correct oil capacity LESS THE NUMBER OF QUARTS you want between the "ADD" and "FULL" marks (let's say 2 quarts). So for an engine with 20 quart capacity you would add 18 quarts. Run the engine a few minutes, shut off and wait until oil has descended into the pan (at least 30 minutes and an hour is safer). Pull the dip stick and use a file or dremel tool to mark the oil level "ADD". Add the remaining two quarts, let the oil settle in the pan, pull the dipstick and mark this the "FULL" mark. Also, when checking the oil level with the dipstick it is safest to do it in the morning after the oil has had all night to flow back to the pan. Do not add oil until the level reaches the ADD mark. Finally, make a sticker to affix near oil fill: OIL CAPACITY INCLUDING FILTER: xx QUARTS.
wolfe10 12/16/14 07:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Mike is correct-- I went back and corrected my post, adding the 2010 year model-- there were TWO significant year changes that could affect your buying decision. 2007 and 20010. Since you list Mazatlan in your signature, I suspect being able to operate on LSD vs ULSD is an issue, since ULSD is not widely available in Mexico. For many diesels, the addition of a particulate filter to meet the 2007 standards required the use of ULSD. And, yes, all those using DEF also require ULSD.
wolfe10 12/16/14 07:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Exhaust Fluid

The substantially stiffer emissions requirements for diesels went into effect for engines produced after 1/1/07. The next significant stiffer level was 1/1/2010. Note, this is the engine build date, and many chassis makers bought well ahead. So, it is possible to find a 2008 or perhaps even a 2009 (and 2010 and 2011 for the 2010 engines) that does not meet (or need to meet) these standards. And, as Scott said, not all engine manufacturers used the same techniques for meeting the standards. Indeed even within a particular manufacturer not all engine necessarily used the same techniques for meeting the standards.
wolfe10 12/15/14 09:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Won't Start

Please let us know what generator you have. If propane, is it LIQUID or VAPOR LP? Assume propane tank has fuel.
wolfe10 12/14/14 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unloaded vehicle weight?

Unless you have verified with Thor that each unit is weighed as shipped, and as Bob said that additional dealer added equipment is accounted for, these numbers could be way off your your specific coach and/or include or exclude some fluids.
wolfe10 12/14/14 09:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unloaded vehicle weight?

You will need to ask Thor-- it could have several meanings: 1. They weigh each coach as it goes out the door. With/without fuel, water, etc??? 2. This is a general number for this model. With/without fuel, water, etc??? 3. It could be just an estimate. With/without fuel, water, etc??? Only Thor can answer your question.
wolfe10 12/14/14 08:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Engine accelerates when brake pedal is pressed

While we can speculate/diagnose from long distance, that condition is dangerous enough that you need someone familiar with your drivetrain (likely a Cummins shop) to get this fixed!
wolfe10 12/14/14 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Our New to Us Monaco

Welcome! We purchase or Cayman last December and couldn't be happier. Happy Trails. Have you had the rear trailing arms replaced? http://community.fmca.com/topic/569-important-safety-problem-monaco-holiday-rambler-safari-chassis/
wolfe10 12/13/14 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A's with PTO?

Some drive the power steering pump, some the pump for the side-mounted cooling package fan, and some (see link above) use TWO PTO's one for each.
wolfe10 12/12/14 04:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A's with PTO?

It is not uncommon to drive a hydraulic pump off a PTO on the Allison transmission. Country Coach, for example. But ran into real issues because they failed to design in lubrication for the splines of the pump. Just do a Google for "Country Coach Wet Kit" Country Coach PTO (a 5 page PDF with good pictures of the PTO: www.accws.us/console/storage/documents/138028669173856.pdf
wolfe10 12/12/14 04:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Banks Power Systems

We need a lot more information to be able to answer your question. Gas or diesel-- Banks makes systems for both. What engine? What year chassis?
wolfe10 12/10/14 08:33pm Class A Motorhomes
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