I have access to a 2006 Newmar Moutain Aire, and took it out this past weekend for only the second time in the past 2 1/2 years. This was my father in laws motorhome, but he passed away about a year and a half ago. My mother in law still has the motorhome in storage, so we decided to take it camping this weekend to exercise it.
My understanding of the Hydro Hot system is that it has a diesel burner "engine" in it that will heat up some sort of alcohol liquid and it will instantly heat water. Kind of like a tankless water heater. There is also a blower motor that when turned on with the Hydro Hot system, will provide heated air to heat the motorhome. There is also a 110v heating option for when using the generator or plugged into shore power.
While camping this weekend I had mixed results with they Hydro Hot system. All three evenings, we had hot water in the shower, but both mornings, the shower was cold the whole time. I don't think we ever got any hot water out of the kitchen or bathroom sinks, but we didn't try too often...it was mostly in the shower we wanted hot water. When I flipped the diesel burner switch to "on", the light on the switch illuminates for a minute or so and then the light goes off. I could hear the diesel burner running even when the light was off, but during those two mornings, there was no hot water. I tried the 110v switch while running the generator and there still wasn't hot water during the morning hours.
Before my father in law passed away, I remember him telling me that the Hydro Hot system should be "serviced" once a year. I don't know exactly know what "serviced" entails, but it hasn't been serviced in three years. But, keep in mind, during those three years we've only used the motorhome 6-7 times (for short weekend trips).
Any ideas on why hot water was intermittent?
Edit: My wife reminded me that one evening before dinner my son tried to shower and there wasn't any hot water then (before dinner), but after dinner my wife tried the shower and it was hot.
Just got back from my first weekend trip in the motorhome. Turns out that odd white switch is NOT the lighted "Newmar" grab handle. The handle light tuns on with the porch light and does work. The white aftermarket looking switch is just a redundant ceiling light switch. The reason I didn't figure it out sooner if because the ceiling lights have to be on in the first place in order for this switch to work. The ceiling light switch is just a few inches away from this light switch, so it seems completely redundant. The only thing I can think of is, maybe the original owner got tired of trying to find the factory ceiling light switch among the other switches on the passenger armrest area (when it's dark and you need light, there are quite a few switches on the armrest area). So maybe he wanted a "different" looking switch so it was easier to find in the dark? That is about the only thing I can think of.
Don't see the camera working even when it's in reverse, so that makes me a bit worried that something else is happening. I did get the manual shortly after I posted the question...thanks for the help and advice. I'll be giving it a shot shortly.
I recently inherited a 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire. It has this Pioneer AVH-P5700DVD stereo/backup camera system installed. I know the backup camera used to work, but I cannot figure out how to get it working again. The batteries have recently been changed out completely, and I think that reset the stereo system. This radio is by far about the most frustrating car stereo I've ever used. I had to dig into the manual just to figure out how to turn it off and on! Instead of an off and on button, you have to press the "src" or "source" button apparently. And, when it's off, the screen still stay on with the blue background...with the word "Off" displayed?!?! Seems like that could be a big drain on the battery!
Anyway, back to the backup camera problem... The only non-greyed out options when I look at the available sources is "Tuner" and Satellite Radio, or "XM" (I think). The satellite radio is not activated, so there is just the perpetual commercial for XM/Sirius subscription. Since I have no other input source option, how in the world do I get it to recognize the Backup Camera? I suppose there could be an issue with connectivity or something, but this was working up until the battery change outs. Any advice?
Having a couple of motorhomes with electric steps myself over the past few years, I too have had problems with them. It seems like many other RV's have problems too...why isn't there a new design if these are so problematic? On our last motorhome, we replaced the complete step and motor assembly. The new steps worked pretty good...most of the time, but still acted up on occasion!
You CAN use your existing HD receiver if it's compatible, you just won't receive the HD programming. The HDMI connection will still work that way and your picture quality should be very good.
Winegard and RF Mogul are now the only 2 companies making an automatic roof mounted antenna for use with the DirecTV HD programming.
The Winegard Trav'ler info is here: http://www.winegard.com/travler/travler-directv-slimline.php
The RF Mogul info is here: http://rfmogul.com/product-line-up.html
These also have the new DTV SWM hardware so you could use them with the new Genie receiver and the whole house DVR functions.
Bill, I tried my HD receiver and it does work with the satellite system! No HD of course, but just glad I didn't have to activate an old receiver for my upcoming weekend trip. Thanks!
By the way, that Winegard Trav'ler is almost $1700! Wow, that is very expensive for a satellite dish, but I guess there aren't many options for HD.
I think I figured out what the "white" aftermarket looking switch is for. As I was entering the motorhome yesterday, I grabbed onto the clear plastic/acrylic grab bar on the outside of the entry door (it has "Newmar" lettering on it), and I realized that I remembered that this grab bar used to have a light inside the clear plastic and it lit up. And then I vaguely remembered my father in law telling me that the white switch was to turn this light on and off. I think the light bulb is burned out, because it doesn't turn on now, and I checked the wiring on the back of the switch and it does have 12v power going to it. I assume to replace this light bulb, I just have to remove the end caps and hopefully there is easy access to it. I assume this was probably left on during storage at some point, and burned out. But at least the mystery seems to be solved.
Thanks for all the advice!
I should have thought about calling Newmar. I think my Father in Law called them on a few occasions and they were very helpful to him.
I also forgot to ask about the tag axle dump switch. Is this needed when in reverse only or also when going forward?
Yes, there is an engine braking switch. The "high" setting seems to hit pretty hard when I take my foot off the gas. I usually use the low setting, but often don't use it as it's a little jolty. Is it recommended to use the engine brake a majority of the time?
I thought the white switch was for the cargo are lights, but all the basement lights are all manual it seems, and the switch had no bearing on whether they turned on or not. Red switch mirror heat...that makes sense. Any ideas on the LP switch? Why would they allow you to turn the LP detector off I wonder (if that is indeed what the switch does). Thanks for the help so far!
I recently inherited my father in laws 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire. I spent most of the day cleaning up the motorhome and going through the systems. I have a few question thought, and thought I would add some pictures to the questions.
First, there is a white rocker switch that doesn't look like the other rocker switches on the passenger side "arm rest" area. The switch isn't labeled and I can figure out what it does. Here is a picture of it:
Second, on the drivers side arm rest area, there is a red unlabeled switch, and I can't figure out what this switch does:
Third, while I was flushing the fresh water tank (added some bleach water to the tank and then flushed it out a few times) I was flushing the toilet over and over a few times and after about the 12th flush, the flush button just stopped working all together. It wouldn't flush or add water. This toilet by the way has some sort of electric flush motor on it. I felt around the back side of the toilet, and saw there was this yellow fuse capsule. I pulled the fuse out, and it looked perfectly fine. I put the fuse back in the capsule, and then the toilet started working again!? Any idea why a bunch of multiple flushes caused the toilet to stop working and then simply removing the fuse and putting it back brought it back to life again? Here is a picture of the fuse capsule:
The Norcold fridge isn't working. I assume the "on/off" button on the front of it is how I turn it on, but it never comes on. I opened the back panel and I checked the 110v outlet and it works just fine. There was a little box with 12v wires on it and it had a red light lit up, but I have no idea what this mean. Is there anything I can try to get the fridge to work? I think I am going to have to take it to a repair shop, but maybe someone has some advice.
Finally, on my main control panel where the inverter controls, A/C thermostat controls and a bunch of other controls are located, I have a switch labeled LP. It is right next to my electric step control which leaves the steps extended when the door is closed. I've had a couple of class C motorhomes in the past and a gas Class A, and I never had an LP switch. Does this actually turn on the propane? The propane tank has the regular twist open valve control, but I am a little confused why there is a switch.
Thanks for any help!
That's too bad. But, we still have a Standard Def receiver we can re-activate to put in there. It just looks awful on the flat panel LCD tv.
Are there newer, non-dome satellite units that are installed on the newer coaches these days that do provide HD for Direct TV?
I kind of inherited my father-in-law's 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire and will be taking it out next week for a quick weekend trip (my FIL died last year). A few years back, my FIL explained the Hydro-Hot system, but I was hoping for a quick refresher. Here is what I think I know about it:
It is some sort of separate diesel "engine" (there is an exhaust muffler I can see) that heats up some sort of alcohol liquid. I think it is used as a hot water heater and used to actually heat the inside of the motorhome home. If those things are true, by turning on the "Diesel Burner" switch automatically turn this system on? What is the 110v Element switch used for? There is also a "Front fan" switch with a "Hi", "Low", and "Off" modes. I assume the Front fan is what blows hot air through the coach? If we would like to take a shower, or have hot water, do I simply turn the diesel burner switch on and wait for a little while? How long does it take to get hot water available, and is there a hot water tank or is this an on demand sort of thing?
Thanks for any information!