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Posted: 05/16/04 03:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wolfe10( Brett) Just posted an excellent post.... Greasing DP Steering Column about greasing steering columns ... What I am wondering is if there are any other canidates for maintenence items that are overlooked...

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This is very low tech but it bears noting. The caulk on the outside of the MH will last at most three years before needing to be redone. I hope the new caulk lasts longer than the old. You need to get on the roof and recaulk. Also check around the windows for cracked caulk. Neglecting the caulk on the roof could lead to very expensive repairs in the wood underlayment of roofs.


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It may be low tech but not doing it will result in a high headache if neglected.. Often leaks will not become evident until substancial damage has occured... Thanks for the input

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Posted: 05/16/04 04:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Dometic New Dimensions frig just quit working. There is yearly maintinence on them. I never thought to read the book that came with the coach. I didn't know it had to be level if I wasn't using it.


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Annual refrigerator burner tuneup. It is important enough, that if you are under warranty and you do not do it, warranty is up in ONE YEAR INSTEAD OF TWO.

Drain and flush water heater and use PROPER DRAIN PLUG: ATWOOD PLASTIC PLUG. SUBURBAN ANODE ROD.

Lube exhaust brake.

Check battery water.


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Does anyone know why Atwood requires you NOT to use an Anode rod? Will it damage the tank?


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Steve,

Unlike Suburban who uses a steel tank, the tank in an Atwood water heater is made of aluminum. No anode is needed to protect aluminum. In fact, aluminum is one of the "least noble" metals and many anodes are actually more noble. So the aluminum tank would actually be the anode and sacrifice itself to protect the anode.

Also, aluminum is a soft metal. Most anodes have iron threads. Dissimilar metal, galvanic reaction and threads on the throw away piece that are likely to harm the tank's threads are reasons that ATWOOD WILL VOID THE WARRANTY OF A WATER HEATER HARMED BY THE USE OF AN ANODE ROD.

The Atwood plastic drain plug available at all RV stores is the right answer.

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There's been so much discussion here recently regarding AquaHot systems, I went back and re-read the manual. I had forgotten, but a yearly maintenance is called for on the diesel burner of the AquaHot.

I have a man coming tomorrow to do the Norcold refrigerator maintenance required to extend the 2 year warranty for a 3rd year. Only recently learned this when I thought I had a warranty item, so re-read the manual. The problem went away, but now I know the maintenance is required.


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Don't forget to lube the U-joints and splined coupler in the driveshaft.


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Any particular caulk you recommend?


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