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RE: Chassis Batteries not charging

Household 12 VDC appliance should NOT be powered by the chassis battery. The HOUSE battery should power them. So, first task is to verify "what runs on what". Also, verify which battery bank the solar charges. Be aware that on many coaches, the chassis battery is NOT charged by the converter or charger.
wolfe10 01/25/15 06:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chassis

There is some debate as to whether the 8 outboard air bag suspension is superior to those with inboard air bags. They are just one of the factors determining ride and handling. WB/OL (Wheelbase/Overall length) is another one. As is weight distribution. To complicate matters, with rare exception, the chassis makers (like Freightliner, Spartan, Roadmaster/Monaco Corp) make a wide variety of chassis from entry level with small engines, simple suspension, to the high end. So, to a degree, it is like saying Ford Corp is better/worse than GM. They both make a wide variety of vehicles.
wolfe10 01/25/15 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane compartment help

It has to have a vent open on the bottom. But the whole compartment does not need to be open. And, that opening can be protected from road spray by spacing down an inch or so (aluminum box beam or similar) and installing another piece of fiberglass or other material both wider and longer than the opening.
wolfe10 01/25/15 07:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2001 Bounder with 8000 miles

Let me address the payment/title part of the question: Have the seller get you the contact information for an officer at their bank. YOU talk with that officer to get payoff information. The next step will depend on whether they owe more than the selling price. In either case, this is a common issue that can be handled between you, perhaps your banker and the bank holding the lien. Once you get the numbers, visit with your banker for their suggestion. Do not be concerned about this-- basically if your banker is happy with the process (draft for title, etc) you should be happy. Bottom line, you do NOT turn over money to the seller and HOPE that they pay off the lien. And a quick call from seller to their bank should confirm this is NOT the way it is done.
wolfe10 01/24/15 08:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: At My Witts End

I would suggest that if the temperature gauge moves above its normal position except under extreme condition (long, steep grades, particularly with high ambient temperatures) it bears looking into. Certainly a close inspection of the front of the CAC. If, indeed it does have a clutched fan, then the "normal" will be a small range-- with thermostatically controlled temperature on the lower end and fan cut in/high speed on the upper end.
wolfe10 01/23/15 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter/Converter help?

or wire the inverter to provide power after the converter so that you have no issues. Can you expound on this please? I suspect (please confirm) that he is suggesting that inverter output be routed to a sub panel with only those circuits that you want to have powered by the inverter. This ASSUMES that the inverter has a "pass-through" feature so that those circuits powered from the sub-panel are also powered directly from shore power or generator if either is present. This is actually the best way to wire an inverter and is the way many higher-end coaches are wired from the factory.
wolfe10 01/23/15 06:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator freezing

Most common would be a bad Temp Thermister OR the Temp Thermister is NOT mounted on the evaporator fins. Doug Can you adjust the temp by sliding it up or down on the fins? Yes, that gives you a few degrees of adjustment. For warmer, move it DOWN.
wolfe10 01/23/15 03:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stainless propane hoses

Chris is correct. Propane hose is rated to handle full tank pressure, in the event of a complete failure of the propane regulator. Yes, if no failure, you are talking about under one PSI. But, that is NOT what safety dictates.
wolfe10 01/23/15 08:25am Tech Issues
RE: Coach Battery

Determine what kind of battery isolator you have. Could be diode-based or solenoid based. Either can fail. Let us know which you have (just follow the large wire from alternator B+ terminal to locate it) and we can give you troubleshooting directions.
wolfe10 01/23/15 08:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Going from Gas To Diesel(?)

DEF= Diesel Exhaust Fluid It is available at Walmart, etc and at many truck stops at the pumps (separate pump from diesel). It is injected downstream of the engine and assists the emissions system in breaking down harmful NOx. You consume roughly 2% as much DEF as diesel fuel.
wolfe10 01/23/15 07:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Purchasing an RV in Coos Bay, OR - Need an inspection

we don't have a Sales Tax in Oregon so you will save some money there. That's collected in the state in which he licenses it. On tires, he is correct. On the RV itself, you are correct.
wolfe10 01/22/15 05:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protection for RV Absorption refrigerators.

Lots of locations (rallies, etc.) listed on the web site to check it out first-hand, ask questions, etc. From "Q" to FMC, GS, Escapees. Maybe one of the nay-sayers will attend and report back after attending one of the above...:W . I did attend one-- At the FMCA Convention in Redmond last summer. I started out on the skeptical side (that is just me with new products). The inventor was clearly an engineer-- no polished presentation. But a physics demonstration during his presentation. Had his computer (projected on screen)recording boiler temperatures on an absorption cooling unit at the front of the room. He then took it from level (nice reasonable boiler temperatures) to 3 degrees out of level and continued his presentation. We all watched as the boiler temperatures rose rapidly. Then the ARP unit cut off the burner before extreme temperature was reached and as the presentation moved on, restarted the burner. Hope his presentation does not stray too from from "here are the facts-- just watch the screen".
wolfe10 01/22/15 12:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Protection for RV Absorption refrigerators.

A. This is not a post, it is an ADVERTISEMENT and should be removed. B. I don't think the cost justifies the possible benefit. DougLooks more like a review than an advertisement to me. I've installed the unit as well, good investment. I agree, an excellent product. It much more finely controls cooling unit temperatures and prevents the tube clogging (precipitation) that kills so many cooling units. BTW, the OP is certainly not the inventor/company owner-- his home state is several thousand miles from that of the OP.
wolfe10 01/22/15 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing charger inverter with separate components?

No problem.
wolfe10 01/21/15 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: new belts on diesel motor squeaking

Yup, the fan bearing along with the alternator and A/C compressor all need to be checked. If the fan bearing is bad, Caterpillar has both greasable and sealed replacements available. Best is greasable IF YOU WILL GREASE IT. If not, the sealed bearings are better than the greasable that you do not grease.
wolfe10 01/21/15 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best used DP value for 100K?

no air brakes? is that good or bad handling wise? Here is a copy of the reply I posted to that exact question recently on the Alpine forum: No clear "one is better"-- could easily turn into a "Chevy" vs "Ford" debate. The reason most DP's have air brakes has nothing to do with their superiority/inferiority. The axles under most DP's are pretty much "off the shelf" truck components. Trucks use air brakes because it a LOT easier to connect/disconnect air lines from truck to trailer than to connect/disconnect and them bleed the air out of the connection on a hydraulic system. Air brakes are used on vehicles over 100,000 pounds. But, hydraulic brakes are used on jets weighing in just under 1 MILLION pounds (and going a LOT faster). There are some better designed air brakes vs standard-- same for hydraulic. The best hydraulic use 4 piston fixed calipers, so the pads are pressed against the disk evenly and are much better at retracting than floating caliper designs where the "lazy side" often hangs up, particularly on RV applications where rust can build up in the slide area. Beginning about 2001, Alpine used the 4 piston calipers. Hydraulic brakes need slightly different "care and feeding" than air brakes. Main Preventive Maintenance is to change the brake fluid every couple of years-- no big deal. I have had coaches with both, and would not use it as a criteria for ruling in/out a coach. Others may have stronger feelings.
wolfe10 01/21/15 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: new belts on diesel motor squeaking

Even if the belts are the correct ones, the fact that it/they have been slipping means I would install a new one-- even if you have to pay for it. Slipping causes overheating of the rubber.
wolfe10 01/21/15 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: new belts on diesel motor squeaking

Wolfe 10 Maybe the tensioner is worn out. Agree. See the Gates Corp link in my second post. At this point, looking forward to feedback from the OP. First question-- are the belts the correct ones per the chassis maker.
wolfe10 01/20/15 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best used DP value for 100K?

Alpine is another nice coach... http://www.rvonline.com/single-ad.asp?Recnumber=63717 Clicky: http://www.rvonline.com/single-ad.asp?Recnumber=63717 I agree.
wolfe10 01/20/15 06:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Tiffin Allegro Red - Question

I will say again that my 2015 Red has a Dometic four door refrigerator - gas/electric. Just got up and rechecked - Dometic for sure. Yes, that is a common ABSORPTION TYPE/RV refrigerator. No relation to a residential which has a compressor.
wolfe10 01/20/15 02:46pm Class A Motorhomes
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