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RE: What CAT engine do I have?

Don't know about headlights canceling cruise, but on many many coaches, exhaust/engine brake switch on WILL keep cruise from engaging. Just as will stepping on the brake pedal!
wolfe10 09/02/14 08:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: freightliner/fleetwood caterpillar starting issues

Start by tightening all connections at the batteries and starter. Then, put a voltmeter on the chassis batteries while someone else tries to start it. Any difference if you use the boost/battery combine switch?
wolfe10 08/31/14 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leans to the right

Have a shim installed under the right spring-- experiment with a jack to see if raising the front or the rear 1/2" or 1" works well. Alternative is to look on the left side to see if there are shims under the springs that you may remove-- depends on whether you want more or less ground clearance. Look for an old fashion truck spring shop.
wolfe10 08/31/14 07:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wiring question

Yup, if you are knowledgeable and safe working around 120 VAC, wire the 120 VAC input to the inverter/charger to the output 120 VAC from the inverter/charger. As already posted, this will give you power when you are on shore power. You will also need to make other arrangements for charging the batteries, as that was the other function of the inverter/charger.
wolfe10 08/31/14 05:19pm Tech Issues
RE: RV for Sale

Please provide the details of your RV as someone on the forum may be interested in buying it. No, advertising on the forum is strictly prohibited.
wolfe10 08/31/14 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coolant

I'd never use the extended life anti freeze!!! Interesting. Both Cat and Cummins recommend it as a maintenance-free alternative to testing and replenishing SCA in regular "low silicate for diesel with added SCA" coolant.
wolfe10 08/31/14 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Xantrex fan runs all the time?

Actually, what is the CHARGE RATE? If it is charging at a high rate, the fan on is normal. Also, what is air circulation around the inverter-- they do produce heat when either inverting or charging at high rate.
wolfe10 08/30/14 04:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Coolant

Color is not really a good indicator of chemistry. Said another way, there is no "color code" that all coolant manufacturers adhere to. Best advice is if you don't know what is in there and/or how old it is, CHANGE IT! Coolant is cheap compared with water pump, engine, radiator, etc.
wolfe10 08/30/14 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat 330 Engine Overheating

Your "final approach" is the only one that will clean where the dirt is accumulating-- on the front of the CAC! You have a SANDWICHED cooling system, with CAC in front of (front of coach) the radiator. It must be cleaned from the front.
wolfe10 08/30/14 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: What CAT engine do I have?

You can easily determine what HP your engine has. Just call the Caterpillar RV Hotline with your engine serial number: 877 777-3126. Your chassis maker should be able to direct you toward how your cruise control is wired. I would suggest starting with verification that the brake switch is properly adjusted and giving the proper cancellation signal.
wolfe10 08/29/14 05:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stovetop burners making yellow flames

If the propane regulator is over 7 years old, replace it-- less expensive to replace than to test if you have to pay labor. $25. Make SURE that you replace with the correct one-- the vent (quarter-sized screened area) MUST, repeat MUST face DOWN. So, if mounted horizontally, the vent will be perpendicular to the long axis of the regulator. If mounted vertically, it will be on the long axis of the regulator. Same price, and likely the part number will be only one digit different. If that doesn't do it, THEN start troubleshooting.
wolfe10 08/29/14 04:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2001 Holiday Rambler DP 34' with 80K miles

Actually, if the coach meets you other needs and you subtract for the new trailing arms and or radiator, I do not see an issue. The exception would be if there is coolant in the transmission, which would lead to adding a transmission to the list. An ex-Monaco engineer has a whole cottage industry upgrading their products with high quality replacements: http://www.rv-chassis.com/
wolfe10 08/29/14 03:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat 330 Engine Overheating

Yup, lots of things can cause overheating. But, I like to start with the simple/inexpensive things: Water pump belt tension. New thermostat(s). Clean front of CAC. At this point, you have maybe 2 hours of work and $25 invested and have covered the majority of the overheating causes. Yes, after that, things get more complex/expensive.
wolfe10 08/29/14 10:41am Tech Issues
RE: Cat 330 Engine Overheating

GM, You said you cleaned the RADIATOR. Did you clean the CAC (Charge Air Cooler) from the FRONT? What was ambient temperature when this occurred? Was this on flat ground or a grade? How is water pump belt tension-- it is on a separate V belt from the serpentine belt? Have you changed the thermostats (Caterpillar calls them regulators)? That would be my next step.
wolfe10 08/29/14 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Unlevel alarm?

If you have the RVA jacks, you could be a little low on fluid. Correct way to check fluid is to extend one jack (front is easy to see) exactly 6". Have someone in the driver's seat. If the alarm in sounding, you slowly add fluid until the alarm just quits. The helper job should not cost you over one beer.
wolfe10 08/28/14 04:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Various amp draws

The Dometic RM2310 does not have a PC board, electric ignitor, or electric gas valve. It uses a manual ignitor, similar to a common RV cooktop, and the thermostat controls the propane flow directly. When operating on 120 volts, the mechanical thermostat switches the heating element. Interesting. I "Googled" " Dometic RM2310". The second hit is the manual for the RM2310: bryantrv.com/docs2/docs/operating/rm2310.pdf It shows ignitor and gas valve.
wolfe10 08/28/14 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: Troubleshooting Air Horns (UPDATE)

With his DP, suspect that the air system (engine driven compressor, dryer, air tanks, etc) supply the air.
wolfe10 08/28/14 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Various amp draws

Steve, Actually, your refrigerator DOES use a small amount of 12 VDC when on propane or 120 VAC as heat source. When on propane, 12 VDC powers the PC board, ignitor and gas valve. When on 120 VAC, 12 VDC powers the PC board.
wolfe10 08/28/14 07:41am Tech Issues
RE: Troubleshooting Air Horns (UPDATE)

Yes, go to the air solenoid that supplies air to the air horns. Verify 12+ VDC to one side. Ground the other side momentarily. If horn works, probably a loose or bad ground in the horn ring/steering column.
wolfe10 08/28/14 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: lightening strike?

If you use a surge suppressor (I do) and the RV itself experiences a lightning strike, wouldn't you still have problems? Depends on how close and how the lightening entered the coach. No surge suppressor will protect against a direct lightening strike. WAY, WAY too many joules of energy. Agree, places to start are GFI's (usually more than one), all breakers (including on the inverter), etc. Then see what is not working.
wolfe10 08/27/14 05:26pm Class A Motorhomes
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