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RE: replacing front door

I assume you are looking at the COMPLETE door. The Door and Frame as a complete unit. Attempting to replace JUST the door will result in a complete snafu. RV doors, especially Motorhome entry doors are not like a home door. Even under warranty, we replace the COMPLETE Door and Frame assbly. They do not sell just the door. Doug
dougrainer 06/30/16 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1998 Dometic RM 2652 refrigerator corrosion on plates

1. You have to run 24 hours to get the best low temp 2. 120 volts is all you need 3. A CORRECT operating CU will NOT have to be tilted or jiggled or ANYTHING to operate correctly. Doug
dougrainer 06/30/16 02:14pm Tech Issues
RE: 1998 Dometic RM 2652 refrigerator corrosion on plates

I installed a new cooling unit, went direct 110v to test it and it still isn't getting cool. The top of the cooling unit where the fins are on top is getting hot but the ank is cool. Does that make any sense. Before I changed the cooling unit, the tank was getting hot. What can it be? Is this a rebuilt CU? Did you leave it upright for 24 hours before either installing or after install before you fired it up? Doug
dougrainer 06/30/16 06:18am Tech Issues
RE: step issue

I have a 2014 tiffin open road model, went to the barn to check on the coach, and the steps went down fine, when I went to leave I noticed that they hadnt retracted all he way, stuck out maybe two inches. Opened the door and they went down, closed the door, same thing, stuck out a few inches. opened the door and they didn't do anything, Stayed up. didn't have time to fiddle with them. Any ideas. I did climb under and didn't see anything obvious. 1. LUBE the pivot and linkages---Classic sign of corroded linkages 2. The LCI recall has NOTHING to do with any operational problem 3. You may have a weak motor, but until you get the linkages lubed and free, you cannot tell for sure. Doug
dougrainer 06/30/16 06:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bedroom slide

Explain fully. What exactly does it do or not do. Are you just stating a fact and want no help?:h Doug
dougrainer 06/30/16 06:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Calling National RV Seabreeze Owners (Toilet issue)

Doug, you may be on to something and I am the 2nd or 3rd owner. Could the black tank cover the width of the coach? I have crawled under the coach to look, but all the piping and tanks are above the frame and covered with a non removable panel. For the air vent people, I thought of that, but if it was a blocked air vent wouldn't it do it all the time? It only starts to have the air bubble right before it clogs. The vent could be an issue, BUT, when you have a Poop Pyramid, that causes a splash back up the toilet also. I would try my advise first and then see if your problem goes away before you worry about the vent system. If NOT, then check the vent system. National installed all 3 tanks in the sub floor before the coach is built. Replacing any of those tanks is a major job if they are defective. Very few Nationals had the Fresh tank under the rear Bed. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is reservoir to add fluid for the hydraulic jacks

Why not check when jacks are down? I have one jack that is partially down but is not dangerous. Because the fluid IN the jacks returns to the reservoir. If checked with jack/s down, either the jack/s will not fully retract because there is no place for the fluid to go, or IF the fill cap is vented the excess fluid will overflow onto the ground. Usually in a Dynasty the RVA pump/reservoir is behind the RF headlamp or under the entry steps. But another posted the best way---have someone operate the jacks and follow the noise of the pump to its location. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 01:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Baystar 3124- No comparison

We have been looking at class A Winnebagos, Thor Huricane, Jaycos. Today we went in a 31 ft Newmar. Too bad for me! My wife fell in love with it. I will say we went over it with a fine tooth comb and could not find one poor workmanship item. It's even insulated better. The temp outside was 100f. We went inside other brands and the Naystar was noticibly cooler sitting in the sun. The wood was nicer, the leather was nicer . The full wall slide and the smaller bedroom slide actually are flush outside when retracted. The down side is that it is $30k more than all the others. May be worth it. I was very impressed. It had a TV over cab section, which I did not like, but not a major factor. So what's the consensus on Newmar products? IMO, Newmar builds the best Mass produced motorhomes out there. We do NOT sell them anymore because they priced their products too high. We sold them for almost 15 years before we dropped them when they raised the prices and dropped the 3/50 bumper to bumper warranty and our sales dropped. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Baystar 3124- No comparison

If you could swing the Newmar, do it...the support is outstanding, and the way they are built is why it is much better insulated (the heat and the cold are handled much better)...I'm not discrediting the Winnebago but the fact that Winne used Schwintek slides in some models where Newmar doesn't is enough for that decision...the schwintek slides while less of a problem with Winnebago, still are schwintek slides (ie if you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig)...Newmar does it differently....I have seen already this year two schwintek slides literally almost fall out of the coach at two campgrounds. Interesting. I have worked on scores of and we have sold hundreds of RV's (Motorized and towables) and have NEVER seen a Schwintek "fall out or attempt to fall out of an RV". Maybe because Schwintek does NOT design the BOX and the interior Slide Fascia's and aluminum angles and braces that hold the rooms IN and stop it from going too far out. ALL a Schwintek does is glide on floor rollers and the motors just move the room in and out on the 4 tracks. I always find it interesting when some RV'er that is NOT a Service center or professional RV Technician states they have seen not just 1 but more than 1 out of the possible norm problem and then post it. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Baystar 3124- No comparison

If you could swing the Newmar, do it...the support is outstanding, and the way they are built is why it is much better insulated (the heat and the cold are handled much better)...I'm not discrediting the Winnebago but the fact that Winne used Schwintek slides in some models where Newmar doesn't is enough for that decision...the schwintek slides while less of a problem with Winnebago, still are schwintek slides (ie if you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig)...Newmar does it differently....I have seen already this year two schwintek slides literally almost fall out of the coach at two campgrounds. Interesting. I have worked on scores of and we have sold hundreds of RV's (Motorized and towables) and have NEVER seen a Schwintek "fall out or attempt to fall out of an RV". Maybe because Schwintek does NOT design the BOX and the interior Slide Fascia's and aluminum angles and braces that hold the rooms IN and stop it from going too far out. ALL a Schwintek does is glide on floor rollers and the motors just move the room in and out on the 4 tracks. I always find it interesting when some RV'er that is NOT a Service center or professional RV Technician states they have seen not just 1 but more than 1 out of the possible norm problem and then post it. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Baystar 3124- No comparison

There's no lamination in the Newmar walls so it will not delaminate. I don't know that this is an issue anymore for any manufacturer. The new glues don't really delam like they did a decade ago. I haven't heard any complaints of newer coaches from any brand with delam issues. You need to look around the campgrounds more. My SiL has a fairly new TT that has more bubbles than a kids birthday party. Personally I wouldn't own a laminated camper of any kind. At least my aluminum sided TT I could fix. Newmar's can have delamination. NOT Common, but it can happen. Newmar uses a hung wall system. What they do, is install adhesive on all the studs/trusses and then install the walls and then BRACE overnight. This is NOT a typical lamination process like the other RV makers. I have seen only about 2 0r 3 in 23 years of working on Newmar's and NONE in the past 7 or 8 years. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question on fuse size

The 7.5 amp fuse may NOT be the only appliance that fuse supplies. The RVP(Coleman) wall tstats have a fuse protection on the tstat(usually 5 amp or 3 amp). Dometic AC units the fuse is in the upper control board (3 amp). So, that feed 7.5 amp fuse, I would put a 7.5 amp in it. IF it blows, find out what other 12 volt items are also dead, not just the AC unit. OR, pull the fuse and check to see what 12 volt appliances/lights have NO 12 volt power other than the Roof AC tstat system. Then determine if you need a higher amp fuse. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: Calling National RV Seabreeze Owners (Toilet issue)

There is no room for what you describe. You cannot run a 3 inch pipe horizontally from the Pass side to the drivers side. We sold and serviced National from 1993 until they went out of business. What you probably have is a Down pipe that makes 2 -15 degree bends to go in the top of the tank. OR, you have a POOP pyramid where the down pipe goes into the top of the black tank that is restricting the debris flowing into the tank. I assume you are not the original owner. I would fill the tank as best as possible with hot/warm water. add triple the chemical and let sit for a few days or a week to help dissolve any debris in the tank. I would then drain about 5 to 10 gallons and observe the color of the debris coming out. That will tell you if there are abnormal solids you have dissolved. I would then get ready to test drive. Dump 4 or 5 bags of store bought Ice into the tank thru the toilet and then drive 10 or 20 miles making lots or turns and stops. The ice, before it melts will break loose any solids in the tank. Then dump and flush the tank 3 or 4 times and observe the color of the water coming out. If this procedure is done, the water coming out should be almost clear, That lets you know the tank is clean and no poop pyramids still exist. Then go on your next camping trip and see how it goes. Doug
dougrainer 06/29/16 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

4.4 lbs per gallon. A 20 pound pot is filled to 85. Better refactor your calculations. Check OPD valve data. Four gallons and small change for fourteen dollars. I've never encountered an RV refrigerator that cooled as good on electricity any electricity than it did on LPG. I even tried tweaking my regulator to 13" water column which helped a little on gas. Electricity cooled new Nor-cools to the low 60's while gas minimums were high forties, low fifties. Drilling out burner orifices was a waste of time. Overheated the burner chamber. The reason you believe this is because you do NOT have the experience to state what you stated. ALL my tests when fixing refers(thousands over 37 years) is based on 120 operation. The only time I test on LP is if the customer has a specific complaint on LP. You may be an electronics genius, but NOT a refer expert. Your last sentence tells it all. Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: TT fridge to cold

To the OP Consider yourself lucky Now do everybody a favor Take the top vent off the roof and back access vent off the wall Take pictures of the inside Measure the compartment Measure the spacing of the fridge from the outside wall Post all the pictures and info here Somebody did a seriously good install of your fridge For it to work so well Why would all these items make any difference? Yes, install based on correct parameters is best. The refer has a TEMP control. I can get most RV refers to get below 32 degrees in the lower section, except the Auto Temp ones unless I remove the Thermister from the fins. This is the same thing when people post the Roof AC is freezing and the AC has a FREEZE control. IF the freeze control is operating you cannot freeze up the AC regardless of any other problem the AC might have that would cause a freeze up. Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: slide out issue

Thanks Doug, Is this a big job to do? also website of where to purchase this item. Not hard to do, but if you have a covered underbelly you have to drop it partially to get the mechanism out and in. LCI (Lippert) has purchased almost all the Bell type actuator systems a probably where you need to get it. Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 09:30am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

1 Gallon of Propane = 27 kWh (Kilowatt Hours) of electricity. .....snip..... So, if I pay less than $4.19/gallon (27 X $0.155/kwh) for propane, I am coming out ahead? Again, I know that I will not be saving hundreds of dollars, just not giving it to the park for electricity. You do have to know the relative efficiency of the fridge on electric vs. propane. I would guess that somewhat more heat is lost from the propane (i.e. not transferred to the ammonia in the cooling system) than with electric, though I don't know that absolutely. Otherwise, the math is correct. If you're actually paying, say, $2.19 a gallon for propane, then propane would undoubtedly be cheaper in your case. Your savings in that case could amount to almost $.50 per day. The BTU of LP and 120 is so close as you cannot really measure it. Now, one thing that RV refers have a problem with in hot weather is the LINE voltage at some Campgrounds. The lower the line voltage from 120 volts the less the refer will cool correctly on 120 volts. If the line voltage drops below 115 volts, I would advise to switch to LP until the line voltage rises. Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 09:23am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

I can do the math and I am as lazy as the next guy, but I don't like paying the park $0.155/kwh for electricity. Besides, the propane guy delivers right to the door. I have to purchase propane anyway since that is all my water heater uses. Sounds like I better get a more accurate reading on the electrical usage. What IS the cost of LP that they deliver? They do NOT deliver a cheaper price LP than if you purchase at their store location. Now, if you have a motorhome, then having them fill at your site is going to be cheaper than going to them. Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refridgerator Repair - Might Help Someone

hey do whatever gets it working. mine quit, I laid hands on it and prayed, been working for another 11 yrs How come you never read "Psychic wins lottery again and again" :@ Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 05:48am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

Check your fridge, our heater element is only 180w Also factor in the hassle of replacing the tank every couple weeks if running on propane. Love the ability to have the fridge run when off the grid but once plugged in, so much easier to just use the electric. People NEVER factor in the cost of going to get the LP tanks refilled. NOT the cost of the LP, but the cost in gasoline of driving your vehicle to the LP store and back. THAT negates any supposed cost savings on electricity. IF the RV CG offers LP, THAT LP is usually higher in cost than the local LP store, just like Marina Fuel for boats cost more. Doug
dougrainer 06/28/16 05:46am Tech Issues
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