Hey Griff -
Reading you talk about heater control panels makes me wonder if I couldn't track down a new control panel, and cables for mine.
Need another new speedo cable too... unfortunately, that's a specialty part due to cruise control. Had to have one custom made last time.
Haven't touched base for a bit, not since returning from Florida with the Camper. Thought I'd pass the latest along.
Tried starting up the old beast recently, wouldn't go... I dug out the original 30+ year old rusted, corroded, melted ignition control (again) and she fired right up. These new units are absolute junk. This will be the fourth time I've replaced the new control, at least they're under warranty. You'd think it would be more cost effective to make ONE that worked instead of constantly replacing them under warranty.
Apart from that... can't wait to get camping!
One week, and probably close to 2800 miles. Ran as wel as could be expected most of the time. Probably could have set fire to a small oil field and still saved consumption though. lol. I did have to re-wire the electrical control box Christmas day after it cooked itself again... 7:30 at night, after a bottle of wine, in the dark with a flashlight, with out any real 'wire' tools. I did notice a 'new' engine noise in Georgia on the way down. I was fearing the A/C Clutch bearing was going again, but hoping it would last through the trip. Had a great time a Fort DeSoto, would have liked ten more degrees, it rained on us in Tarpon Springs, Disney, and Unniveral Studios were packed. On the trip home it was noticiably warmer and more humid. Started sputtering and missing while still in Florida. Found a parts shop with an ignition module (swapping out the original unit... again) and she ran much better. The original unit had heated up enough to start dripping it's contents onto the engine. (again) All was fine until BFE Tennessee, 11:30pm when it became obvious the new engine noise wasn't the A/C Bearing, but the water pump... It took until about 1pm the following day for the most expensive waterpump repair ever to be completed so we could get back on the road. I had brought some tools, probably could have suffered through the repair, but getting the parts would have been a real challenge, not to mention being out in the cold... etc. Eventually got back home, had one heck of an adventure, and with a few more tools... and a few more upgrades... would do it again. Far too much of of an activity filled week to try and cover in a post, but thought I would share how she ran. We asked a whole heck of a lot of her... 23 1/2 hours straight through from Michigan to Florida... Kids woke up on the beach for the sunrise. Pretty cool.
P.S. I have a few pics of the cables for anyone who visits the yards...
Sounds like us... leaving Sunday for a week. I had to replace the shower faucet and shower head... the bathroom door latch (? yea, I know) added some trim, and a wall mount knife holder over th past week. Also had an oil change, and installed a new set of Gas shocks...