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AndyShane's Blog



Manabloc From Heaven Okay, maybe the other place, when careless owners are involved...

Posted by AndyShane, 17 June 2013 - * * * * * · 1,418 views
Manabloc, Viega, manifold and 5 more...
I'd noticed that the plumbing manifold had some rusty hardware, and was dripping.   Actually, the first impression was that the Aqua Hot on the opposite side of the coach was dripping; but, good detective work and a drop light led me back to the true source: the Manabloc manifold.   I'll spare you all the trials of rebuilding the manif...


Combustion Chamber of Horrors

Posted by AndyShane, 12 May 2013 - - - - - - · 564 views

Our Aqua Hot was a little smokey. Replacing the nozzle and filter, along with checking the output pressure, didn't do the trick.   The exhaust can be tested, easily: hold a paper towel over the end for 10 seconds, note the pattern. What finally reduced the smoke was adjusting the air intake bypass, a slot cut in the intake pipes that overla...


It Really Make Scents When You Think About It

Posted by AndyShane, 09 May 2013 - - - - - - · 392 views
Tecma, Thetford, toilet, flush and 3 more...
It Really Make Scents When You Think About It After our first trip in our 2007 Beaver, I noticed a foul odor coming from the toilet area.  The floor around the toilet was dry and clean, there was no sign of leakage in the basement below. I cleaned the bowl and it still got stinky in the lavatory whenever the bus sat overnight with windows and doors closed. These toilets are easy to loo...


Brustor Awnings

Posted by AndyShane, 07 May 2013 - - - - - - · 1,230 views
Brustor, awning, window awning
Brustor Awnings As a new Beaver owner, I'm stomping out gremlins as fast as I can, developing a maintenance and inspection program for the bus. Really, I cannot stress enough the importance of reviewing all manuals for the RV itself, the chassis, and its components; and then compiling all applicable checks into one simple list.  In addition to that, I've create...


Slideout Topper Maintenance

Posted by AndyShane, 18 March 2013 - - - - - - · 604 views

We noticed the other day that our clamshell that covers the retracted topper on the full-length slideout was not fully closed. It appears that the massively long roller has a mid-section gutter in which it rests and freely rotates. Imagine a telephone pole, mounted to the corner of the rooftop, and you've got an accurate image, similar weight....


Jacked Around (Conveyed from a forum item involving HWH jacks. Mine are Power Gear.)

Posted by AndyShane, 17 February 2013 - - - - - - · 638 views

Source: HWH Front Left Jack Leaking Fluid  Well, the jury is in, and the accused is already swinging in the wind... I'll post the film of removing the jack leg from the rig later; for now, we'll skip straight to the end. In the shop, I heated the top bolt on the leg -- it weighs about 45 lbs -- used the impact wrench to extract the 6" long...


Getting Up To Speed On Planet Roadmaster

Posted by AndyShane, 16 February 2013 - - - - - - · 302 views
roadmaster, series S, Monaco and 2 more...
We're at the end of our first thirty days' ownership of a new Beaver Patriot Thunder , and the learning curve remains steep. Compounding our problem is the dealership's failure to locate our manuals: they were removed from the rig when the Silverleaf system was installed, and somehow became misplaced.  Were it not for online resources, I'd be lo...


Climbing Aboard, In Praise of the FMCA Forums

Posted by AndyShane, 08 February 2013 - - - - - - · 495 views
FMCA, iRV2, compare, contrast and 4 more...
Two years ago, I responded to my wife's comments that having an RV might be a nice alternative to searching for pet-friendly hotels as we attended dog obedience rallies. I mean, nothing against La Quinta -- they have a universal pet-friendly stance -- but hotels located in the vicinity of such events are afflicted with noise, puddles, and lawns strew...