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Posted: 07/24/12 11:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gappy wrote:

This is getting uglier......

Can a coach be towed 100 miles with out air in the suspension?

The tow unit should be able to air up you rig. Infact he needs to because without air, your brakes are locked and you arn't moving unless he cages them.


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Posted: 07/26/12 05:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update, got the rig to Transwest (authorized Freightliner) Grand Junction early afternoon Tues. Left there Wed night about 10:00 pm and good to go.
Got a new:
Coolant puke tank
Ignition switch
Ignition tumbler
Mag switch
Extra fuel filter

The mag switch ended up being the starting issue culprit.
I knew my ignition switch was worn but didn't realize how worn until having a new one now.
Having time to think, I think my mag switch went out because my ignition switch got stuck in the start position after the rig started when sitting at Skyline Diesel in Moab. At the time the ignition assembly would turn in the dash and I probably thought I had turned it back out of the start position but had not.
We ended up having one nice night in a decent hotel with a nice pool. I was pleased that when we got back on the road late last night both my kids said they missed the RV.
What has this DP newbie learned? If I have any questionable issue with the RV before the trip, fix it, BEFORE THE TRIP!
Case in point, I should of known to replace the fuel filter along with all of the other PM I did.
I knew the ignition switch was sticky and worn. I knew the coolant overflow tank had hairline age cracks and had it on the "to do" list.
So now we are at a rest area right outside Glenwood Springs (our last destination) because I didn't want to wake up half a campground pulling in at midnight.
Now I predict 48 hrs of more RnR before the return trip home to Indiana.
Thanks again to everybody for all of the input!!
We've always said, "you meet some of the nicest people camping"....sometimes it is on line!


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Posted: 07/26/12 06:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad you got your issues fixed. Now enjoy the rest of your trip and thanks for the
follow up!!!


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Posted: 07/26/12 06:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad to see it's fixed.Question about the ignition switch,do you have a lot of keys on the same key ring? Heard that puts some stress on the switch.


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Posted: 07/26/12 09:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gappy,

Glad you are once again underway! From your fix list I don't recognize "mag switch" and "ignition tumbler". What are these things?

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Posted: 07/26/12 09:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ignition tumbler

the key way/ the tumbelers in the lock where the ignition key goes
the electrical switch itself is on the back behind the key lock

as far as 'mag' i think he means the electrical contactor solenoid that powers the starter


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Learned a lot from you and I have a gasser. Thanks for all the feedback. Mostly I learned that panic doesn't get you anywhere. Take it as it comes and make lemonade out of lemons. You sure modeled that well.

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Posted: 07/26/12 10:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad all is resolved. The description lead me to the ignition switch or one of the solenoids. I believe that "mag switch" means solenoid. I don't see how the ignition got stuck on start and the starter was not continuing to turn over the engine. It could be the starter solenoid was the failure and perhaps the switch was not. It doesn't hurt to get a new ignition switch if only to be sure.


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MrWizard wrote:

ignition tumbler

the key way/ the tumbelers in the lock where the ignition key goes
the electrical switch itself is on the back behind the key lock
starter


Exactly.....as far as a better description of the mag switch, I am only repeating what the service manager told me (i had never heard of a mag switch. It is NOT the selenoid. This assembly is the size of a baseball or smaller but not round and mounts somewhere inside where my battery' trays. When I get home I'll crawl under to see where it is mounted. It did look like it had a small mounting plate. Service manager said these are common on Ford trucks.

No I do not keep a wad of heavy keys on my key chain of any vehicle for the reason described above. Although I cannot speaker for the PO.

If you have never been to "the pool" at Glenwood Springs CO......get there sometime, it is a great place relax!

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Some engines us the old ford style seleniod to engage the started motor selenoid so smaller wires can be runfrom the key switch.

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