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RE: Air Conditioner "click"

Go up on the roof, take the four screws holding the shroud in place off, lift the shroud off and have a look. Yes, sounds like you have a corroded/burnt wire arcing in the capacitor housing. Especially if 20 years old. Also, start the AC on FAN only and see if you have the same click. If no click, that rules out debris and points to the Compressor wiring/capacitors having a problem. Disconnect 120 power when accessing the capacitor housing. That is a metal box with some hot wires and may give you a jolt if indeed melted/shorted. Doug
dougrainer 04/27/16 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing black water cable valve

If it seeps, then there is debris keeping the valve from fully closing. ANY type lube or oil will NOT fix that problem. People that state it is an EASY job to access and replace a CABLE driven valve WITH an underbelly have no clue as to what it really takes. The Cable driven valves function NOTHING like a standard pull rod valve. AND, they are mounted a lot different and are really a PITA to work on especially with an underbelly that has NO access covers. Very few OEM's install access covers for the tank valves. As to an "arrow" pointing which way?????? In 37 years whether it was Valterra or Bristol, I have NEVER seen an arrow and if you REALLY understand the design and how the flanges/seals are utilized, you would know that the valves have no front or back. 4 hours is not unrealistic depending on what is involved to access the system and correctly dropping the underbelly and reattaching the underbelly. Doug
dougrainer 04/27/16 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Awaiting the 2017's

Newmar makes a great Motorhome. But, when you look at those statistics, it does NOT tell what you think it tells. Sales rose. That is great. BUT if Newmar sold 500 motorhomes last year and then sold 700, then the marketing dept would tout that 40 percent increase. Now if Fleetwood sold 10,000 last year and then sold 10,500, that is a 5 percent increase, but still they sold a LOT more. Newmar does NOT have the market share they had just 10 years ago. They are slowly increasing their share every year, but have NOT sold as many as Tiffin/Winne/Fleetwood and Thor. Remember, Marketing will use the numbers and fudge them to make any RV line look like they are selling more versus the competition. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 08:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Awaiting the 2017's

If you call Tiffin or Newmar, they will tell you what 2017 Floorplans will be made and available. As to changing(customizing) an existing models floorplan, They will not do that on a production line. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Greasing EZ Lube TT axles

You have a lot of misconceptions about bearings. 1. They do not dry up. What happens is they heat up and the grease deteriorates from the roller surfaces. 2. You repack to force OUT the old worn grease and push in NEW grease 3. You need to repack bearings once a year. 4. Unless you have the new style Dexter bearing lube system, injecting grease thru an EZ lube does not adequately get to the roller bearing surfaces. You NEED to get rid of the old grease. 5. Inspecting (pulling) once a year and repacking is GOOD insurance from failure miles from home. DougA lot of those "misconceptions about bearings" are listed above. "Need to repack bearings once a year"??!! Not gonna happen. Please state what is wrong with my post. Doug 1. The grease doesn't deteriorate from the roller surfaces, grease won't stay on the rollers, because there simply isn't clearance to allow grease between the bearing surfaces. The oil suspended in the grease does most of the actual lubrication for the bearing surfaces. Provided you keep dirt and water out and avoid the high temps necessary to melt the grease, grease lasts a very, very long time. 2. You don't force out old grease with repacking. Done properly you clean out the old grease so you're regreasing a clean bearing. 3. That's just silly to do it every year. How often do you repack the bearings on your car/truck? 4. From the diagram it would appear that adding grease to the front zerk will adequately supply grease to both front and rear bearings. In many cases, too much grease can cause excessive heat buildup. However I cannot say that you're wrong because I've only had my toyhauler 5 years and haven't had the wheels apart to check. 5.You're correct, but whether it's really necessary is debatable. Probably pulling wheels apart to check things out is a good idea, but doing it every year? Not my idea of a good time so I'll give it a pass. Sorry, I disagree with your response. GREASE does deteriorate. You ought to see the 1 year old Bearings and grease we replace due to Cheap Grease used by the axle builders. These bearings are replaced UNDER warranty after we send detailed pics as they will not replace just on our word alone. We also use a GOOD hi temp bearing grease. There are different grades of bearing grease and the Axle makers use the cheapest they can find. WE include a Warranty Forever with every NEW RV we sell. For towables you must every year, have the bearings/brakes inspected and repacked if necessary. We average at least 1 set of bearings a week thru this program. These are basically 1 year old Towables with less than 5000 miles on them, and the Bearings are damaged and the Grease is/was inadequate. Please read my lastb post on packing bearings. YES, you could clean them out and install new grease, but packing bearings CORRECTLY will push out the old grease and get NEW grease inside. IF you take time to watch the EZ lube or Dexter lube Video, it will show how done PROPERLY the old grease is pushed out and new grease installed. Great you have a 5 year old Trailer, and have never done the required Maintenance. YOU are the exception and it would be foolish for people to accept your way of maintaining their RV. I work on RV's every day and I see the result of failed bearing maintenance. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Greasing EZ Lube TT axles

Every year's a bit much IMHO. I do it every two years. It all depends on how many miles you put on the Trailer. I agree, low miles every 2 years. But, what is the definition of low miles? I think less than 10k. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Greasing EZ Lube TT axles

Properly installed...and greased bearings do not heat up. If a bearing is heating up, there is a serious problem that will turn into bearing failure very quickly. When I tow a heavy trailer, I feel the hubs at rest stops. Except on a hot day, they are never much more than warm. And if ever one is noticeable warmer than the others, that wheel (probably all) will get inspected at first chance. Normally, bearings do not need packing for at least 2-3 years. And if EZ lube, NEVER. From the largest supplier of Trailer Axles to the RV industry(LCI which owns Dexter now). There is heat from the brakes and such. I did not mean they heat up to extreme temps. I call heat anything from 100 to 135 which in hot weather and braking often will get too. What do you mean "If EZ lube, never"? Never what? Doug Bearing Lubrication - Grease Bearing grease should be replaced every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Remove all old grease from wheel hub and bearings first. Bearings should be packed by machine if possible. Packing bearings by machine is preferable; however, packing by hand is a viable alternative. Follow these procedures to repack bearings by hand: 1. Place grease into the palm of your hand (See Fig. 1). 2. Press widest end of bearing into the outer edge of the grease pile, forcing grease into the inner area of the bearing between two adjacent rollers (See Fig. 2). 3. Repeat this process while turning bearing from roller to roller until all rollers are coated. 4. Apply a light coat of grease into the bearing cup surface. 5. Reassemble bearing into cup. This is from the EZ lube manual. E-Z LUBE OR SUPER-LUBE AXLE (IF SO EQUIPPED) The E-Z lube or Super-lube feature on your axles provides the ability for the bearings to be periodically lubricated without removing the hubs from the axle. This feature consists of axle spindles that have been specially drilled and fitted with grease zerks in their ends. When grease is pumped into the zerk, it is channeled to the inner bearing and then flows back to the outer bearing and eventually back out the grease cap hole. If you have further questions, consult with your dealer. ?NOTE: The convenient lubrication provisions of the E-Z lube or Super-lube feature must not replace periodic inspection and maintenance of the bearings. Use a hand-operated grease gun; improper use of a commercial grease gun may damage the sea
dougrainer 04/26/16 12:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Greasing EZ Lube TT axles

You have a lot of misconceptions about bearings. 1. They do not dry up. What happens is they heat up and the grease deteriorates from the roller surfaces. 2. You repack to force OUT the old worn grease and push in NEW grease 3. You need to repack bearings once a year. 4. Unless you have the new style Dexter bearing lube system, injecting grease thru an EZ lube does not adequately get to the roller bearing surfaces. You NEED to get rid of the old grease. 5. Inspecting (pulling) once a year and repacking is GOOD insurance from failure miles from home. DougA lot of those "misconceptions about bearings" are listed above. "Need to repack bearings once a year"??!! Not gonna happen. Please state what is wrong with my post. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 12:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Greasing EZ Lube TT axles

You have a lot of misconceptions about bearings. 1. They do not dry up. What happens is they heat up and the grease deteriorates from the roller surfaces. 2. You repack to force OUT the old worn grease and push in NEW grease 3. You need to repack bearings once a year. 4. Unless you have the new style Dexter bearing lube system, injecting grease thru an EZ lube does not adequately get to the roller bearing surfaces. You NEED to get rid of the old grease. 5. Inspecting (pulling) once a year and repacking is GOOD insurance from failure miles from home. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Alt...charge reading on dash

Was either the Genset or Shore Power connected when the ALT fail light came ON? If so, disconnect Shore Power or the Genset and see if it comes on again. Post the results. IF the ALT light stayed off I will explain what happened. Doug
dougrainer 04/26/16 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Air conditioner issues

So the sensor is on the main unit and not the tstat? The sensor IS the wall tstat. Try cleaning out the tstat board with PC compressed air. There may be dirt build up causing the sensor to not read correctly. Doug
dougrainer 04/25/16 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Not being part of the PDI?

1. I(we) do NOT want the Buyer present during the PDI. It just slows the process down as they will usually start asking a LOT of questions about operation and you can NEVER get the PDI done. PDI and PREP is the same thing 2. We FIX things found on the PDI. 3. Once the unit is PDI'd and cleaned the Buyer is welcome to come in and go thru the unit without us and go thru all the systems. Then present a list of anything he finds wrong and needs addressed. We PREFER the buyer to do this. 4. After we fix any items he finds we then do a walk thru with the buyer, paying attention to the items HE listed to show they have been addressed. 5. This saves time and makes the process easier for the buyer. Doug PS, very few want to inspect the unit in item 3. Don't know why.
dougrainer 04/25/16 09:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air conditioner issues

Need to know what Dometic tstat you have. They make about 8 different models. Doug
dougrainer 04/25/16 02:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide out rails

2 Motors only and they are always mounted at the top. You are lubing the "Gib" the plastic slide. You are NOT lubing the motor or the gears. Also, use ONLY the CRC lube, nothing else. Doug
dougrainer 04/25/16 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 110/220 indicated on 09 trailer???

It is the compartment where a factory installed gen would normally be installed. Minus the vented door. I would be willing to bet it will vibrate/rattle and transfer a lot of that noise to the RV. Set it in the compartment and just run it and see what type noises/vibrations you get. Doug
dougrainer 04/25/16 05:39am Tech Issues
RE: Kwikee Steps - only work when battery charger is applied

I removed the battery cables, cleaned the connections (weren't really dirty) and I have been testing this over and over and over. Works when battery charger is ON Does not work when battery charger OFF Perhaps the step motor is bad and requiring more voltage than normal? A bad motor winding will indeed operate at a slightly higher voltage. That is a test I make when diagnosing a Step. Does it operate correctly ONLY when the engine is running or not. If all wiring checks out, then the motor has a dead spot. Doug
dougrainer 04/24/16 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator Cooling, Propane vs. Electric

What's important to note is these units are not refrigerators in the conventional sense. They don't cool but rather absorb heat. The best thing to remember is what ever you put in the fridge, pre cool it. As you travel introduce warm items gradually. Don't put 2 12 packs in and expect cool in 12 hours. Pre cool your fridge 2 days before your leaving and gradually add the stuff. Jmho ALL refers and Air conditioners operate under the same principle----They remove HEAT from an item and the result is COLD. Doug PS, what is your idea on how a refer operates?
dougrainer 04/24/16 06:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Awning Rattle

Rattle comes from inside the awning's tube. It rattles when you walk around or in/out of the trailer. The trailer is 8 years old as is the awning. It's all as good as when we bought it new. The rattle started last year. The tube ends are riveted and I don't see any way to adjust the tension. The only remedy I have been able to come up with is to retract it about one turn of the tube. I can deal with it. But URGH! Then I would say one of the Torsion springs is busted/rusted. The fix is to replace the torsion spring on the end where the noise is coming from. Doug
dougrainer 04/24/16 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator Cooling, Propane vs. Electric

The BTU output of 120 and LP are almost identical. There are factors that affect how well and fast either source cools better. BUT, BOTH will be equal as long as all operational parameters are to spec. 1. 120 line voltage will affect 120 operation. Anything below 114 volts will not allow best 120 cooling. 2. LP gas pressure and the condition of the burner and burner Chimney will affect best LP cooling. Low(below 11 inches W/C) it will not cool as well. Dirty burner or Chimney will not allow the Heat BTU's to be efficient. Last, for some reason some think because it is a HOT flame, it MUST cool better. NOT SO. The Flame itself cannot heat the boiler system to operational temps. So, ALL RV refers have a metal spiral baffle in the Chimney just above the flame. THAT spiral baffle causes the LP flame to disperse into a round heat source to heat the Boiler system efficiently. The 120 element is attached to that boiler system and is 6 to 8 inches long and transfers its heat directly to the boiler system. Remove that baffle and the LP would not cool at all. So, BOTH LP and 120 are even in cooling. A reason to run on LP would be if you have verified that the CG or source of 120 is below 114 volts. This may happen in areas where high RV usage and AC running has dropped the line voltage. Doug
dougrainer 04/24/16 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Awning Rattle

Electric or manual awning? The spring is set inside the tube. IF it is the part rattling, I have never heard of increasing the tension to stop that type noise. Usually, there are rivet pieces in the tube that rattle, annoying noise but not a problem. ADDING tension may cause operational problems. Is this a new awning or has some type of work been done on it in the past? Doug
dougrainer 04/24/16 06:51am Tech Issues
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