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    Taking broken things apart, because if there already broken I can't breake it and might learn how to fix whatever it might be! Trying to tie trout fly's, learned how years ago and with my love to learn something new let that skill slid away.

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    Dennis, Service in Decatur, IN.? Rich.

    Thanks for the info. This is a link to a PDF file that should cover the unit . http://trci.net/media/167833/40350 troubleshooting guide 505-00114a.pdf When it passes inspection look for other possibilities. With a good OEM surge protector install, the installation of an aftermarket; very well could be over kill. From working in the production world, there is the possibility of missing little things when there is a shift change, end of the day. Those items missed then go out the door and the dealer inspections only test the operation of the systems - if at all !!!!. When I was a line technician or engineer. My standard - if the manufacture did not have one, was to supply every one of the assemblers with a clipboard with a build sheet - the installing was then the responsibility of the person doing the job and signing off, that the job was completed. That way I knew - how, when and what items where finished. Sometimes I needed to walk someone to HR for a little pep-talk !! The fact that you coach is so new, I would have the dealer go through all the electrical connections to make sure they are tightened to the proper torque. The reasoning is - that as you drive down the road things will loosen up and one has intermittent connections that cause different levels of damage - depending on where the connections are located. Good to get it done before the warranty expires and if needed setup a factory service visit. Rich.

    What is the Make , Model and year of your coach. Also what model surge protector was installed by Fleetwood? Rich.

    Eric, Do you turn off all the 120 volt loads before disconnecting from shore power? All loads should be turned off before starting the generator. The current load on the ATS will cause arching across the contacts when powering up and when powering down with high current loads turned on. The arching will destroy the terminals in a short time. By leaving on high load when starting the generator, also can weaken the Generator circuit breakers over time. Rich.
  5. Dang Rodents

    Like Jim said - poisons do travel through the food chain. Traps need to be checked often. Rodent Deterrents that I know of. The first 4 do work - the last one should cause them irritation if passed through a Garlic press and heated with olive oil an placed in a container. Peppermint Oil. Cinnamon sticks. Onions. Need to replace them more frequently. Old Cat litter. Garlic, might work under the right conditions. I sure know that it can be irritating when using it to cook. Cedar chips in a container Some are more irritating to the owners then other. Rich.
  6. Class C Battery Charging

    Treebark. Welcome to the forum ! What model of the ones below matches your unit? Let the Forum know and then the members can offer some detailed information. Click on the link and you can get the proper wiring PDF files for your coach. Rich. Cambria (700) 27D 27K (Serial Number begins with 70769T1) 27K (Serial Number begins with 70769T2) 30J (Serial Number begins with 70782T1) 30J (Serial Number begins with 70782T2)
  7. Starting Cummins Generator During Winter Storage

    With out running the roof AC units, One can run the AC blowers on high, run an electric heater or 2. 1500 watts puts a 12.5 amp load on the and the AC blowers draw around 5 amps each. Running the Microwave will add 10 to 12 amp load on high. One could also turn on the coach lights one the charger reaches float point, if you have power maintaining the batteries while in storage - the lights will place a load on the coach anf chassis batteries, this will put an extra load on the charger. Rich.
  8. Sway VS Body Roll

    rhinderber, The Attached pictures of the front suspension are from the OEM shop manual for a 1992 P-30 chassis. These should be real close to what yours will look like. The lower control arm image shows the air spring and all the parts of the assembly. The lower control arms carry the weight. I have the complete manual for both the chassis and the electrical for the 98 model year. Could scan the pages that might be of interest to you, but with the Holidays fast approaching - not sure of a possible time line. Look closely at the points and method used to attach the stabilizer bar. it is a little more complicated then just the frame bushings. Hope they help Rich.
  9. VIP(smart) Wheel Wiring

    Tom, Just got to ask how long it took to trace it out and too repair? Rich
  10. One Member One Vote Change To Convention Delegates

    Mike, Some members of FMCA are working to meet the requirement needed to file a petition for consideration at the FMCA Rally and Governing Board this summer in Gillette and how it well be worded. It is a process like the one to consider the possibility of all RV's joining and the requirements of al TT or fiver. Rich.
  11. One Member One Vote Change To Convention Delegates

    Jeff, The thoughts and Ideas expressed are all viable, but where the membership calls home and where they are shifts - South in the Winter and North or to locations that are at a higher elevation in the summer. That is the beauty of full timing or part timing. I tend to fallow the Geese , so depending on the average temperature that is where we might be until it is time to plant a garden. then they cycle repeats. So where does that group call home. The Escapes home base is set, and so are other groups that choose states to call home for a number of reasons, but can be absent for extended periods of time . We have a home chapter with friends and into chapters with friends. this allows us to flock together, depending on the season. Many of the members in our home chapter head South and some stay north to play in the snow. This scenario is the common thread of all chapter members. Rich.
  12. 2007 Monaco Dynasty 42' Slide Problem

    The Hydraulic fluid picks up dirt over time as the Rams are extended and retracted into the cylinders. Also the cycling of the system drags dirt into the cylinder seal surface and the seals can weep fluid. It is never a bad idea to change the hydraulic fluid after a few years. Some cylinders have grease fittings that use lithium grease to clean the seals and maintain the seal integrity . Brett mentioned some good items to check , the lines flex at the connection points in many cases and over time form stress cracks in the hydraulic lines. One also has to remember that coach builders consider price above quality. There is high quality hydraulic line made with materials that have better over all range of temperature flexibility. Most hydraulic lines are quit flexible when warm but as temperatures drop become quite stiff. Rich.
  13. Hi Carl! Joe Lives in the South west area and OP and Lancaster are closer to the South eastern corner Gfitz302, Welcome to the FMCA Forum! An option might be a CDL licensed school bus driver - that lives in your area. Friend of a friend or you might already know one. There might be an FMCA Volunteer Driver right in your area. Members do help members. They are listed each year in - Think it is the January issue of our publication. There is a school bus CDL licensed driver right across the street from me and he has wanted to drive ours. Rich.
  14. 2008 Workhorse Chassis Brake Problem

    Keon, Thanks for letting everyone know what went south. Kind of makes one appreciate the older and simpler systems. Rich.
  15. Atwood 8520 Furnace Won't Start

    Kind of ! The older RV furnace control boards are much simpler then the newer high efficiency residential units. The system makes sure that the burner is not lit if not enough air is flowing through to close the sail switch. To much heat in one spot can start a fire. Rich.