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RE: Water Heater Leak - Bottom Flange Seam

I have NEVER seen the outer frame door holder installed to Suburban Install directions. Always, the door frame holder is installed and THEN you install the silicone or sealant along the inside bottom edge and up the sides about 2 inches. But, yes, if NOT sealed water will intrude to the inside of the RV whether it comes from the water heater or outside rain/washing of the RV. Doug
dougrainer 06/24/19 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: Slide out, store in, or out?

You leave them IN. IF you have a malfunction of the Slide room mechanism and you leave it OUT, HOW do you get the slide retracted to take it in to get it fixed????? Slide rooms seal better when retracted. Doug
dougrainer 06/24/19 05:23am Tech Issues
RE: Replacement AC fan motor very weak.

IF the Impellors are on backwards, that will NEVER keep the motor from running at the correct RPM. I would suspect a BAD AC control board. The Tstat sends a signal to the upper Control Board and then the control board energizes the various Fan speeds. A quick way to determine is to get the Hi speed fan wire and connect to 120 volts(bypass the board). IF the fan runs at correct RPM, then your control board is bad. Unhook the Hi speed fan wire from the board and connect to 120 hot lead. You cannot use a voltmeter to test the output from the board. It will not register the output correctly. Doug
dougrainer 06/23/19 08:15am Tech Issues
RE: Lights stay on

The pigtail is shorted in the plug of the cable Or you have PINCHED the 7 way cable. The Clearance lights are ONLY junctioned at the front 5th wheel plate where the 7 way cable is located. LONG shot is the connection where the 7 way cables connected to the RV, usually in a 4 by 4 box at the hitch area. Maybe the 7 way cable has been pulled too hard and pulled the connections loose in the box. Doug PS, there is nothing the Shop could have done doing AC work unless they DID pinch that 7 way cable when moving the RV around the lot. Doug
dougrainer 06/23/19 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: Tiffin Motorhome repair Red Bay rule change

The Policy Change was dictated by Tiffin Customers. THEY (some not all) abused the policy by going to Red Bay. Notice the Daily charge for staying at the CG. That is a recent event. WHY? Because, Tiffin customers(out of warranty) would show up and then stay long after their service was concluded(free stay) or leave the RV there while they left and did other things, using it as a stop over point and free storage. Tiffin has a well founded reputation for repairs at Red Bay. Some people with more time on their hands, like going to Red Bay for repairs long after warranty. Tiffin's Dealer Network is capable of doing warranty and out of warranty repairs. SOME people do not like to pay for that work and will go to Red Bay, because they pay a lot less in an hourly rate and parts. As to the OP, I have been in contac with him. On his current repair problem. He failed to state some facts. 1. He was attempting to do his OWN repair and had no clue what to do 2. He tried anyway and utilized FREE knowledge from Tiffin on the Phone 3. Not only got free advice but Tiffin made a mistake on the parts HE stated he needed and got them at Tiffin COST($377) instead of the correct mark up to $479. How did he know this? I told him and the fact that the supplier wanted the higher figure and Tiffin made a mistake on the price their mistake. Tiffin told me they made a price mistake 4. He then made a unannounced trip to Red Bay(100 miles each way), and then complains about the change in policy. IF HE HAD CALLED AND STATED WHAT HE WANTED TO DO, TIFFIN WOULD HAVE TOLD HIM TO NOT MAKE THE TRIP. But no, that is Tiffins fault, even tho the policy is available On Line from Tiffin. 5. I am a service Tech for a Tiffin Dealer----40 years at same dealership. So, the Tiffin problem is driven by customers that overload the Red Bay service center for problems that almost all Dealers or Independent Service Centers could fix. You do not have to go to a Tiffin Dealer for out of warranty repairs. Doug
dougrainer 06/23/19 08:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood Hot water heater drain plug

NOte about brass or steel plugs or nipples.... There is a reason Atwood put in a nylon plug.. Corrosion. Non alike metals corrode. Why then do they use these? 1. They are NOT a common removable part and NOTE the Teflon on the threads 2. NON Nylon plugs GAUL(seize) when dissimiliar metals are secured. 3. The drain plugs are supposed to be removed numerous times during the year to drain and also to winterize. Doug
dougrainer 06/22/19 09:00am Tech Issues
RE: Attaching solar to roof

Some come on here and change the question to meet their answer. I thought it was pretty obvious that he did NOT want to make holes in the camper roof. It WAS obvious. BUT, to state that water is a killer and that is the reason to not screw down the panels is CRAZY. Everybody is entitled for their own opinion, but the OP and his friend is just WRONG on why they will not install with screws and correct Dicor sealant. That is why I wanted him to respond as to why they did not want to screw them down and he did respond. Doug
dougrainer 06/22/19 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Suburban oven will not lite

If the knob does NOT push the valve stem in far enough to start the PILOT flow, you remove the plastic knob and insert some wadded up paper or small piece of cardboard in the recess of the knob to prevent the plastic knob from going too far in when installed over the metal shaft. VERY common problem and fix. Now to the OP. You MUST get the PILOT light to light first before the main burner will come on and the PILOT light must stay lit when you release the knob in the pilot position. IF the Pilot lights and after holding the knob for at least 1 minute and the pilot has a good blue flame, and the pilot goes out when you release the knob, then either the Thermocoupler for the pilot is bad or the Gas valve itself is bad. Usually the Gas valve is bad. Doug
dougrainer 06/22/19 05:26am Tech Issues
RE: Attaching solar to roof

Double sided tape can be awesome strong. But you have to know that whatever you are taping to is going to be durable and reliable. When I prepped my EPDM roof for Eternabond tape around the edges, I caused the roof material to lift from the wood substrate in several places. If I had a solar panel taped on, it would have been a road hazard in short order. I also don't know why the limitations for drilling or screwing. My EPDM roof is over 15 years old with two panels attached through the rubber to the roof trusses for 14 years. No leaks or other issues in that time. If you prepped and the EPDM raised from the sub wood, that means you used a petroleum based cleaner, which is a big No No. That leaches thru the EPDM and releases the glue from the wood substrate. Even Dicor when applied will cause looseness of the EPDM at the Dicor edges. Doug
dougrainer 06/22/19 05:17am Tech Issues
RE: Attaching solar to roof

Lots of good answers that disregard the OP's real question, "you absolutely could NOT drill holes in your roof". He would be a good prospect for portable solar. That is why I asked the OP why feels he cannot drill and mount the panels on the TPO/EPDM roof. AS a lot of times on these forums the OP has not responded when people ask questions. There is NO problem installing anything on a TPO/EPDM roof as long as it is done correctly. Doug
dougrainer 06/22/19 05:14am Tech Issues
RE: 120 Volt Power Debug Fuse Location

Since you state the exterior outlet is dead also, that means your GFCI is tripped. FIND the GFCI plug and reset it. The most common place for a GFCI is---first in the Bathroom and second in the Kitchen area. You may have 2 GFCI plugs. These are the 120 receptacles that have the pushbuttons between the 2 plug slots. Doug
dougrainer 06/22/19 05:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacement AC fan motor very weak.

Need to know the model control system(type wall tstat) of your Dometic. Did you use all the wires on the new motor? Some Motors have extra wires that are not utilized and are supposed to be capped off. Are you POSITIVE you connected the wires to the correct terminals at the capacitors and control board? When a fan motor acts as you state, it is usually a bad motor. From your story, do BOTH the old and new motor act the same way? I cannot tell for sure from your post. Doug
dougrainer 06/21/19 07:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Gear Hydraulic Leveling Manual mode won't work

Do you have the Power gear operations manual? If NOT, click this link and find your model and manual. Doug https://support.lci1.com/power-gear-hydraulic-leveling-system
dougrainer 06/21/19 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Attaching solar to roof

Why can't you drill holes in the TPO/EPDM????????? Doug
dougrainer 06/21/19 09:23am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Hot water heater drain plug

use This. Works best. Doug https://www.zoro.com/rectorseal-thread-sealant-16-oz-yellow-25431/i/G1993677/feature-product?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzsfuw-L64gIVWbnACh2qUweHEAQYAiABEgJRcfD_BwE
dougrainer 06/21/19 08:21am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Hot water heater drain plug

I use a standard 6 inch 1/2 drive socket extension with a 1/2 inch drive Rachet. NEVER had a problem getting the plastic plug removed in 40 years. You can slightly lever the Gas valve and tube upwards slightly to get the socket on the nylon drain plug. Doug
dougrainer 06/20/19 01:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Gear Hydraulic Leveling Manual mode won't work

If it works in Auto mode, the parking Brake system is working. What happens when you do Auto level? You do not have to use manual mode to set the level sensor. You can set the level sensor by setting it without the jacks down. Doug
dougrainer 06/20/19 12:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Rooftop ac repair

Mike If you have ducted air conditioners now and replace them with the same I don't see why any thing inside like grates or grills would need changing . Ray Depending on HOW the upper unit is connected to the duct system, may require modification on the hole in the roof on the topside. Usually, only Newmar Motorhomes have this problem from the OLD Penguin to new Penguin. Doug
dougrainer 06/20/19 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rooftop ac repair

Yea if I go away and these break down just to put it lightly my wife will not be to happy with me. Doug i talked to ppl penguin with heat pump 15k told them I have the 4 button thermo. Said I need 10 button thermo and boards does this sound correct? Model # 651816cxx1co and thermo 3314082.011 Sorry, NO. The Penguins COME with the Control boards built in. That is why it is better to go with Penguin's instead of the Standard Dometic AC units. ONLY Penguins have the boards already. Of course the cost is included in the Penguin. Doug
dougrainer 06/19/19 01:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rooftop ac repair

Mike, Nice Silphos job. I have to wonder why you didn't braze in the access fitting. Cheap trick from an old reefer mechanic (that is who taught me), get power on the compressor give it a shot with a soft faced hammer. It may just start, and you sure have nothing to loose by trying. It worked the once he showed me and twice more for me. He told me that this may work because when a pump (compressor) is run charge short, something happens to the lube oil. Good Luck Matt This is a good trick on the old Piston Compressors(more than 30 years old). Probably will not work on the rotary compressors, but you have nothing to lose. BUT even using that trick on Piston compressors, the pistons would stick again once the compressor shut down and left off for a few days. Doug
dougrainer 06/19/19 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
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