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RE: FYI Generators

I mean some "repair" shops have to cover the extra time needed while the "mechanic" has to keep guessing, and replaces part after part after part until somehow he stumbles across what is actually broken. Red Hot technicians are loners. They do not want anyone around them especially not supervisors trying to tell them what's wrong. When I passed a few months in college working for an auto dealership as a line mechanic (electrical) I threw a fit because the service order writers had the guts to write repair functions on the repair order. I marched out to the service island, chewed their ass out and yelled YOU WRITE DOWN THE SYMPTOMS NOT SOME HALF (baked) DIAGNOSIS on the work order. This lead to a confrontation with an idiot service manager "The International Harvester Travelall with the A-727 Mopar transmission has the neutral safety switch on the steering column and not on the rear end of the manual selector rod in the transmission". I flipped 5 100 dollar bills on the service writer's desk and said "Put your money where your mouth is". He didn't like the idea of having a half dozen other mechanics witness this. Needless to say this greatly assisted my later decision not to work in a "corporate" environment. "Teamwork" many times is translated to "Subservient To Stupid Management". Kudos to the OP's intelligence and willingness to go the extra mile and find competent technical ability. Good technicians are efficient and do not need to cheat. Mex, your rant explains exactly why I worked in an independent garage. I greeted the customer, listened to his/her complaint, made the diagnostic and repair, wrote the bill and talked to the customer up on return. Like you, I'm not sure what qualifies a "service writer" to determine what corrective action needs to be taken. Flack jacket on. Richard Richard; Very well put!
PatrickA51 10/17/14 05:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

I read in another post, about GFI plugs in the RV I know mine has 4 of them. I will go over and check them and see.
PatrickA51 10/13/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

FWIW, I read Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. Interestingly, in Desert Solitaire he was not against throwing trash out your car window when driving along a wilderness road. His point was that the wilderness had already been ruined because there was a road in it. I violently disagree with this implied view on wilderness roads as one of an uncaring elitest out of touch with humanity on many levels. Abbey's viewpoint on this seemed to be based on the wilderness not being there for any use requiring wheels. Some wonderful human beings are physically disabled (some being verterans who made possible Abbey's precious American wilderness that is free to roam in) and could not ever get close to natural areas without wheels being involved. Since wheels have been with us a long time and have proven their worth many times over, is it fair to marginalize the old, the infirm, or the disabled by saying they are to never use wheels to visit the wilderness? I think not. As an example close to home: My DW of 4 1/2 decades has some physical problems resulting from a childhood accident and from "getting old". She loves nature and even has a degree in Natural Science. Only our fully equipped self-contained RV makes it possible for her to still get out there for any length of time. If Abbey had his way ... she would not be permitted to get out there at all. Very well written Sir I agree!
PatrickA51 10/13/14 11:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

I can't get too worked up about the San Gabriels, one way or the other -- that area used to be fairly nice as recently as the 1960s (I was there!), but in the last 30-plus years it has been destroyed by overuse and abuse. There are now literally 20 million folks who live within easy driving distance -- trash and graffiti are everywhere. A few years ago, after a rainy winter, we took a hike to a waterfall off the Angeles Crest HIghway -- when we got to the falls, there was a large group of large party people with an enormous boom-box blasting "music" throughout the canyon. We watched them throw a few celebratory beer bottles onto the rocks at the base of the falls. We turned around and went home, following a trail of discarded diapers back to the parking lot. This is no exaggeration, I am sorry to say. You can call it a national forest or a monument, but it is what it is. Well put.....is it now called a Federally Protected Landfill? :h Edward Abbey began foretelling this tale of woe four decades past. Few listened then, about the same number as are listening now. Speaking for myself, "We old folks have seen the best, it's all downhill from here." I remember going to Mt. Baldy as a child, with my parents, also going to the San Gabriel mountains. We went to Mt. Baldy more often, living less than 10 miles away. Edward Abbey you are right I guess I am of the age to fall in to that category "We old folks have seen the best, it's all downhill from here."
PatrickA51 10/13/14 05:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

I can't get too worked up about the San Gabriels, one way or the other -- that area used to be fairly nice as recently as the 1960s (I was there!), but in the last 30-plus years it has been destroyed by overuse and abuse. There are now literally 20 million folks who live within easy driving distance -- trash and graffiti are everywhere. A few years ago, after a rainy winter, we took a hike to a waterfall off the Angeles Crest HIghway -- when we got to the falls, there was a large group of large party people with an enormous boom-box blasting "music" throughout the canyon. We watched them throw a few celebratory beer bottles onto the rocks at the base of the falls. We turned around and went home, following a trail of discarded diapers back to the parking lot. This is no exaggeration, I am sorry to say. You can call it a national forest or a monument, but it is what it is. Well put.....is it now called a Federally Protected Landfill? :h
PatrickA51 10/13/14 05:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

They can't rebuild Onan carbs any longer. $280 for new carb. Ask me how I know, lol. My toy hauler had sat for 4 yrs till I bought it. Need I say more? Not sure about the 110 issue. When we had it done the last time the guy gave me the song and dance that the State of Taxifornia aka California passed another law that they could not sell or rebuild the carbs. So I know the price, funny you could still buy a rebuild kit for the carb though. I think it cost us about the same for the Authorized Service Center to do the repairs last year.
PatrickA51 10/08/14 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

I had a Battle Royal with our little ONAN 4KY Spec K genset 4KW till I replaced the carburetor. People I bought the coach from had "just" (within a couple months) had one installed and it wouldn't run from non-use, just that quick. They have TINY fuel passages that gum up easily and are convoluted enough to make them about impossible to clean. You can try disconnecting the fuel line to the carburetor (the one from the fuel pump) and filling with Sea Foam, Berryman, whatever your favorite cleaner is, and seeing if it'll start and run a few minutes. Let it stand, and repeat, repeat. Another way is to make up a gallon can with a heavy concentration of cleaner and put the pump suction line into it so the genny runs on a heavy concentration of cleaner. BE CAREFUL OF FIRE!!! The RV's feed line will have to be carefully plugged. You need to keep the gallon gas supply upright and away from the hot genny and its exhaust. If you get it to stabilize, put a load like your coach A/C on it and let it RUN! For Hours! May just clean itself up. Part I don't understand is loss of output. With all the trouble I had with ours, it never lost its ability to put out 120VAC if the engine would run. I now put StaBil in every fillup whether traveling or not. I also run the genny monthly. It was such a pain, took so long to fix (really till I gave up and got a carb) that I don't ever want to go through it again. Post your full Model and Spec here, and somebody may be able to link you to a manual with troubleshooting. I have the same unit ONAN 4KY Spec K genset 4KW. As you can see from my post above I had the generator worked on about 16 months ago. I still have the old parts. I would not let the service shop keep, it. (I was told by a friend that took his RV out there to them and he told me how the man that worked on his made a comment about them rebuilding the carbs, and then selling them as new, I don't know how true what he said is but, I have no reason to disbelieve him. I have known this man for many years)
PatrickA51 10/08/14 12:28am Tech Issues
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

I went over to the RV this afternoon. Generator starts, seems to surge. I again checked the oil , not all the way to full but in the safe zone. I checked the breaker switch,(not tripped)I also checked the altitude adjustment on the carburetor..it was set for 5000ft. I started the generator,(before I started it I sprayed Sea Foam in the carb. I also put a can of Sea Foam in the gas tank. it ran fine, 121v,surged a little bit. I turned the Air Conditioner on it ran for a couple of minutes and shut down for a minute or two, and then started and stopped.I went out and checked the breaker switch, this time it was tripped. Generator still ran no out put voltage. The breaker switch was tripped. I set it started the generator, it runs no out put voltage,now.
PatrickA51 10/07/14 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

I would put some sea foam in the fuel, sounds more like clogged carb than anything, put sea foam in the fuel line run genny put a load on like turn all the lights on, I too run mine 1hr per month. I use Sea-Foam or Sta-Bil Fuel Treatment, in the tank when I park the rig, The generator runs good after it has run for a couple of minutes.
PatrickA51 10/07/14 11:30am Tech Issues
RE: Brother in Law knows everything, now we have a problem

I hope your Brother-InLaw is bonded and has insurance to replace all of your burned up items... Good luck with that huh haha... Roy Ken X2
PatrickA51 10/07/14 11:22am Tech Issues
Is this a Generator or A/C Problem

On Saturday, my wife and I were driving north on I-15 south of Barstow. Exit 165 (Wild Wash Rd) Had an inside dual go down. (no damage to RV) We were going to Las Vegas on business. We got off the HWY, I Called Coach-Net, another post in it's self, )at 1645hrs. Being as it was over 100 degrees and we had our Throw Away Dog (we rescued him from the Animal Shelter) I started the Onan Microlite 4000, it seemed to run like it was struggling, When I first went to start the Generator it did not catch. Pushed the re-start button it started. When it first started, it took a couple of moments for it to come up to speed. The generator seemed to surge a couple of times. It was very hot outside temp. I opened the generator compartment door so it would have better outside air circulation. I ran the generator for about 5min before we turned on the Air Conditioner. I did check the oil before we left the storage yard. We were not low on fuel had over 3/4 of a 55gal. tank. According to the monitor inside the RV it was putting out 118v and fluctuating between 120v held mostly @118v. I have only run the A/C on the Generator maybe 3 times. There are only 215hrs. on the Generator. (I opened the side access door to the Generator compartment for better ventilation) then when we started the Air Conditioning (1 unit Coleman Mach 3) it would run for a minute or two and then shut off. (The A/C) That was using the Auto set on thermostat or turning it on manually. The generator was putting out 118v. Rather than burn out the A/C I shut it down, and opened all the windows. Also shut down the generator. Last year I had some what the same problem took it to an Authorized Onan Service Center The Onan Authorized dealer that repaired the unit last year, changed the Carburetor & Fuel Filter. Put fresh 30w Oil in it. New Air Filter also. We get the tire changed drive to the KOA campground in Yermo Barstow/Calico. We got to campground at 2045hrs.(people bad mouth KOA, but you think about it and their prices are about what the going rate is today, and they do not have a Bovine Excrement age limit rule) We called a campground in Las Vegas and were told because our Class-C RV is a 2005 they would allow us it stay there but next year we couldn't use their campground. :h :S We get set up in our camp site, I check power pedestal (putting out 125v) Plug RV in to AC Power, Air Conditioner runs great, :face palm: Being as we had no spare and could not find one we turned around and came home. (Also do not trust the slugs that work at the tire shop to put 80psi in the tires, always check them yourself) I asked the clown to put 80psi in all the tires, every tire on the RV was at 65psi. I really should have watched him while he was doing it I really think he was just trying to placate me. :M When I used to drive trucks cross country I used to check air pressure in all of my tires before I would start out, and every three hours I would stop and walk around and check the tires and other things on the rig. I guess I better start doing that again before I even l think about leaving the storage lot. I think there might be something wrong with the Onan, we had this problem once before and had it fixed last year. I have the GS CSP I think it's time to take the unit in to get it worked on again. I can say this there was no damage to the RV (maybe a little to my pride) No one was hurt or injuried, we got home safely. We didn't need to go to Las Vegas anyway.
PatrickA51 10/06/14 11:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Campgrounds going south on 395 from Reno

There a lot of places. BLM campgrounds, If you have inter-agency pass they are half price.
PatrickA51 09/30/14 06:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 12v AIR Compressor -What is good

X2 on the Viair Stay away from the Quick Air III Have had the Viair permanent mounted in the rig for 5 year now - love it and Works great for cleaning dust and dirt as well as inflating floating inner tubes/mattress, rigs tires, toad and boat trailer tires, etc... Additionally installed an external 5 gallon holding tank and three regulated outlets. To get the rated 150psi the compressor will draw 25+ amps suggest you hard wire it rather than use clips on the battery. What he said.
PatrickA51 09/29/14 08:18am Tech Issues
RE: 12v AIR Compressor -What is good

I would look here for info I have one I have a Viair unit.
PatrickA51 09/29/14 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: RV Full Time with COPD

I am sure if they make a Bi-Pap Machine that runs on 12v. You can find a concentrator 12 volt. I have a Bi-Pap Machine that runs off 12v so you should do well, Good Luck. Talk to your doctor, about it. I am sure he can help you.
PatrickA51 08/31/14 02:17am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: shore power in campgrounds

i was at a state c g in Tenn this week and the 30 amp service didn't putoff the amps i needed my ice maker would not kick the compresser inbut when getting home it worked fine question is was the c g power tower not putting out full amps A few years ago, my SWMbO and I were on our way home from a 3 week trip. We got to Pomona,CA, and after driving from San Louis Obispo CA. We decided to stay at the KOA across from the L.A. County Fairgrounds. At 730pm it was so hot we needed to run the A/C there were so many RV's running their A/C units, The Power plug on the pedestal, was only putting out according to my Volt Meter, less than 100v. more like 90v if I remember correctly. We unplugged and fired up our Gen. Set. We went to another campground which we belonged to Colorado River Adventures, went to their Cherry Valley campground. The pedestal we hooked up to smelled like it was burn. Had to replace our power cord and converter. At the time our RV was less than 2 years old.
PatrickA51 08/26/14 01:00am Tech Issues
RE: Power levelers question

WE purchased the 22' C with out levelers and installed sizor jacks in the rear just for stability, and one automotive jack under the frame by the steps this one I have to crawl under, place and cranck, if you can aford the auto levelling jacks go for them, have found that as I grow older I have a harder time bending to crank the jack, I now use 3/4" socket an extention a rachet addapter and a 3' long handled bar to crank the dam things. navegator What he said.
PatrickA51 08/26/14 12:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Progressive Insurance

Thanks for the info. I won't use them but also because of the political views of the owner /person running the company. Why do you think they call it Progressive? X2! X3 Try Mercury Insurance we have had them for 8 years no problems. Had 2 claims. One for the awning and one for structural body damage. Both claims paid no questions asked.
PatrickA51 08/25/14 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need some ref. for insurance on a new Lazy Daze

I thnk maybe you should take a look here.link
PatrickA51 08/25/14 02:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0 2kw Inverter/100amp charger install

Boaty, That's a great lookin' install. But I wouldn't put the inverter in the same compartment as your batteries, even with the new airflow, but that's just me. And, yes, I know that they're AGMs, but they can outgas in an overcharge situation. A small risk, but it is there. Xantrex Inverter Q&A Good call, I missed that - I think we all missed that. It's never recommended. Looks like an excellent job. I have that same inverter/charger in my RV. I would make one suggestion; get a 12v pancake computer fan. and install it in the compartment. The reason I suggest that, I used to get error messages almost all the time when we were out boondocking. I installed the fan,(like people do for the refrigerator) and our error problems went away. Just a thought great looking install.
PatrickA51 08/25/14 01:36pm Truck Campers
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