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RE: Roof Air Cleaning

It's from this RV.net/blog article by Chris Bryant. I've done this on two Coleman Mach units. In the case of the first one, 20+ years old, I was able to continue using one I thought was worn out. On the newer one, 10 years old, I have better and quieter performance. I modified Chris' process in two ways: 1. I found I could use a "deflector" (expired license plate) to shield the opening down into the coach ceiling. That let me actually hose the evaporator coil out. 2. On the newer unit, I pulled the fan motor out. That let me hose the condenser coil out from behind. More importantly, it let me take the indoor blower wheel (squirrel cage) out and remove the greasy dirt from the insides of the blades. Even if the unit "looks clean" the amount of debris that flushes out of the evaporator drip pan will astound you. By cleaning it, you can know that condensate will drain out onto the coach roof and not inside. This is a VERY worthwhile project.
j-d 04/23/14 03:17pm Tech Issues
RE: New member question on Lazy Daze for sale

OP, you have a virtually un-used used Lazy Daze. Have you asked the factory if they can help you place it?
j-d 04/23/14 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jeep Wrangler too much Stress for Itasca Navion?

dl, Yes, agree with the what-when-not-towed question. If OP wants to tow a Jeep to go rock crawling in the mountains, then needs to be prepared to pay that particular piper. I can't prove it but I believe some tow a Jeep for The Look. Again, there's a price if it takes the RV to or beyond its max. Like you, I've become very skeptical of Ford's automatic transmissions and towing. We're fortunate to like manual shift anyway, so that opened us to vehicles we otherwise like. Specifically, that automatic versions of our Nissan Frontier (current 4000-lb toad) and Toyota Corolla (2500-lb potential toad) are not towable. While we're talking about it, I don't trust the lube pump idea either. And I understand that many do well with the pumps. I just don't feel that lucky.
j-d 04/23/14 03:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jeep Wrangler too much Stress for Itasca Navion?

What CAN it do and what SHOULD it do are not the same questions. Max everything out and you'll feel it. Load the RV and select a toad that reduces GCWR to say a ton or so below max and you'll like it. We towed an older mini-pickup that weighed about 2500. Replaced with one that weighs about 4000. Still within our 5000 towing but we can feel the difference. We only have been going locally on flat ground so it's OK. If we planned on long trips I'd want to set up our Corolla that weighs about the same 2500 as the old truck did. Where will you be going? Short trips flat ground, maybe OK to max out. Long trips and steep grades, better think twice.
j-d 04/23/14 01:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No AC CURRENT to Winnebago Minnie Winnie

That's great Mike and good talking with you! For those tracking this problem, there are two wiring diagrams. The legend at the corner of the one WITH a circuit breaker in that box includes "CSA" leading me to think a Canadian version would have the breaker. And the USA version would have only a splice in that box. Anyhow, if both wires are solid (not flexible like the shore tie cable) then they should be #10 wire according to the diagram. Mike, picture how a wire coat hanger is made at the hook. BOTH wires are twisted so they interlock. If you can achieve that, it's far better than just getting them started into a twist that the wire nut can grab. The wire nut reinforces the joint and of course insulates it. It should twist tight and draw to a stop like you're tightening a nut onto a bolt. With all that complete, it's a good idea to bind it further with vinyl electrical tape. Use a little Santa Fe time and walk the dog-friendly Plaza and visit the fantastic churches if you can. One features the Miracle Staircase.
j-d 04/23/14 09:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 454 Chevy has low power and high gas usage

When you go WOT (Wide Open Throttle) and power drops off, it's a good sign of a plugged exhaust. Possibly Catalytic Converter if it has one, but it can be Muffler, crushed/collapsed pipes, or a plugged screen at the end of the tailpipe. Listen to the exhaust at the tailpipe. If it's more of a wheeze than a pulsation, another sign of stoppage. If your 454 is old enough to have a distributor vacuum advance, it might also have centrifugal advance under the rotor. Look for stuck, rusted, broken or stretched springs. Check for free movement of the weights.
j-d 04/22/14 08:44pm Tech Issues
RE: No AC CURRENT to Winnebago Minnie Winnie

Wiring Link I looked at the diagrams for 29U and yes, seems only one GFI Wall Outlet, and it indicates those outlets downstream from it are wired to be GFI protected. Yes, you can buy a GFI (aka GFCI) outlet at a hardware, home supply, Harbor Freight, etc. But looking at the diagrams, I see two. One has a 30A Breaker in a box ahead of the Power center box. Pull the diagrams up and see if you can tell from other aspects of the diagram which one you actually have. With or Without that extra 30A breaker?
j-d 04/22/14 01:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No AC CURRENT to Winnebago Minnie Winnie

Sure there's not another GFCI someplace? Either another Outlet, and sometimes a Breaker is GFCI... Exactly which 2000 Minnie Winnie do you have? WF429U, WF430V, WF431A...
j-d 04/22/14 11:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electrical

Nothing to add here. Other than I like the idea of color-coded receptacles inside the coach.
j-d 04/22/14 10:59am Tech Issues
RE: Trouble bleeding brakes

Pat, you remind me I should bleed the fluid out of the rear calipers! Related to your current issue, I just replaced both front calipers as part of my Axle Upgrade Project. I first removed fluid down to the bottom of the master cylinder reservoir, then filled, then bled front brakes only. Like you, the pedal firmed up. Like you, the HydroBoost was loud once I started the engine. I also shut back down and bled the calipers again. H-B still seemed weird. So I put the wheels back on and tried backing/stopping and forward/stopping. Seemed fine, so I drove it. I had upgraded from 2002 brakes to 2012 brakes and immediately found the pedal was OK and the braking was excellent. So can you make a couple controlled short moves/stops and see how it's acting? Then a short test drive? I suspect you'll be OK. Seems to me we don't realize the racket the H-B makes when the coach isn't moving and all we do is focus on the noise.
j-d 04/22/14 10:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: No AC current to Winnebago Minnie Winnie

Our AC outlets are on 15A breakers. More like "A 15A breaker" as there are only 2 or 3 breakers feeding all the outlets. Anyhow, our 15A breakers won't support a coffee-maker AND a heater if both are cycled in at the same time. Especially if the campground voltage is low due to limited incoming power and high demand from the campers. Yes, a GFCI can go bad. Again, substitute - coffee-maker and/or heater to a different outlet, different lamp and/or appliance to the GFCI outlet you suspect.
j-d 04/22/14 09:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: No AC current to Winnebago Minnie Winnie

Mike, exactly which AC Outlets/Appliances don't work? My troubleshooting would be: 1. Temporarily bypass EMS 2. Cycle (all the way to Off, then back ON) all AC Circuit Breakers. You may have already done this as midnight suggested. 3. Hunt down any GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt) devices (most of these are a wall outlet, and one usually protects several more) and press Test and Reset.
j-d 04/22/14 09:18am Class C Motorhomes
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j-d 04/21/14 11:28pm Tech Issues
RE: HELP!! - Fleetwood Jamboree Side Mirror?

Here's another link from that same company Light Duty Cube Van Mirrors Mill Supply The mirror you posted won't see beyond the width of your coach body. Can you post pictures of what's broken and how the mirror head mounts?
j-d 04/21/14 10:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Please help me identify an engine part and the required cap

I endorse ScottG's approach. Clean It, Cap It, Watch It. If it cleans up and stays clean, OK to go awhile. If it oozes oil out from under the crimps, it's oozing refrigerant too. Then replace. When cars used R12, both service ports were the same thread. Then owners started using "Charge Kits" and some connected the cans to the HIGH side line (same thread as Low, of course...) which caused the high side pressure to burst the cans. So the manufacturers went to a smaller thread for the high side. Owners responded by buying an Adapter. With R134A systems like the one pictured, standards required totally different High and Low side connections, even the Caps. When a R12 system is converted to R134A the Ports and Caps are to be replaced, a High Pressure Cutoff Switch installed, and a Label affixed stating Who Did it When and What they Used. Amount of R134A and Type + Amount of Oil. How many have you seen where all that was done?
j-d 04/21/14 10:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator Freezing Food

Without your saying what kind of fridge, most newer ones have a thermistor mounted on the cooling fins in the fridge compartment. It leads to terminals on the control board. If it is disconnected, removed from the fins, wires broken or terminals corroded, the control board will interpret that as needing to keep the cooling unit running. Website BryantRV has Service Manuals. Find your make/model and the manual should tell you how to test it. If testing shows thermistor bad, gOOgle "Snip the Tip" for an easy-to-install replacement.
j-d 04/21/14 06:42pm Tech Issues
RE: HELP!! - Fleetwood Jamboree Side Mirror?

Try Mill Supply/Rust Repair. Lots of VELVAC stuff but you might still get a hit. Is this the mirror set where one head is down from the arm and and the other is up?
j-d 04/21/14 06:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Norcold Refrigerator Model 662 not working on gas

You may need to take a cover or two off to see if there's arcing/sparking somewhere. If you have a separate "ignition coil" it might have cracked. Or mice could have eaten wiring insulation.
j-d 04/21/14 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold Refrigerator Model 662 not working on gas

You can probably find a service manual HERE. Can you watch the back (ourside)side of the fridge while somebody turns it ON? Sounds like maybe some insulation failure on the ignitor cable... Do you hear a CLUNK when you switch to LP? The Gas Valve usually makes enough noise for you to hear it.
j-d 04/21/14 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic AC doing Weird things

I don't have one of these and have not worked on one, but let me offer: What Manual do you have? Our friend Chris Bryant offers manuals on his website. Pretty thermostat, does it require batteries? If so, are they good? Does the manual offer testing for the defrost sensor you mentioned?
j-d 04/21/14 09:54am Tech Issues
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