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  1. Simply lubricating the springs was a great help to my awnings.
  2. In 2012 we were contemplating buying a Safari Panther, I found the Yahoo Safari Owners group invaluable. I have no idea what ever happened to the group.
  3. As Ross said, Xantrex has many authorized service centers around the world. Because Xantrex is very popular on boats many service centers are near bodies of water. Xantrex Freedom 458 service, owners, and troubleshooting manuals.
  4. WELCOME to the FMCA discussion forums! I suspect a weak/failing disconnect solenoid, or even a loose/corroded connection..
  5. I really liked the Super Hawk, I COULD tell if it was coming or going, it did so quickly.
  6. I do not find an Onan code 24 in the. Onan  Quietdiesel service manual, however #24 indicates a coolant sensor fault, the genset may or may not have to come out of the MH for replacement, it depends on your specific installation by the MH mfgr. IMO this can be simply a loose/corroded wire connection, or a complicated as a severely restricted cooling system, which will require out-of-MH repairs and cleaning. If the latter is actual, you might want to replace all coolant hoses, thermostat, and generator drive-belt while the genset is on the bench. When was the last coolant flush and replace?
  7. Sounds like you're doing everything right. EPDM roof covering has a normal lifespan of at least 20 years. The white top coating does degrade with time and weather, even with your annual maintenance. The Dicor FAQ section has almost every Q&A one might encounter.
  8. WELCOME TO THE FMCA DISCUSSION FORUMS! What is the brand and model of jacks? The HWH hydraulic jacks have a 40A, 12VDC fuse near the motor in the wiring bundle.
  9. Yup, if you desire powering everything at once as from your utility company! My local REMC hands out a booklet with the exact description, including pictures and stock # of each component. I did not attempt to power everything, just freezers, fridges, coffeemaker and TV, nothing 240VAC. My Boliy 3600 inverter series genset does that easily.
  10. I agree Bill! I try to watch the show every Sunday morning on CBS; Henry Ford's Innovation nation. Thomas Edison used to camp with Henry Ford, there are pictures of them in the Ford modified truck camping at the museum in Ft. Myers FL.
  11. From the RV museum in Elkhart, IN Fascinating Evolution of the American RV | Our Auto Expert
  12. Generac makes an automatic transfer switch for exactly this application: GenerLink MA23-N - City Plumbing & Electric (cpesupply.com) To everyone else: There is no excuse for not having a transfer switch, here's one for only $63: PowerMax PMTS-30 Automatic Transfer Switch | Northern Arizona Wind & Sun (solar-electric.com)
  13. rayin

    economy mode

    Hi Wayne, I think you worded the description of economy-mode backwards. Economy-mode changes the Allison shift pattern so it remains in 5 and 6 gears(overdrive) longer than normal-mode. The Allison default is normal-mode. In normal-mode the Allison will sometimes "hunt" for the proper gear, economy-mode keeps the Allison in the higher gear until the engine reaches the lowest point of maximum torque. This is good and bad; good to maximize fuel consumption, bad because the engine water pump is not spinning fast enough to move coolant quickly enough for proper engine cooling. nor spin the cooling fan fast enough to dissipate heat from the radiator on long, hard pulls. reference: http://forum.dieselrvclub.org/index.php?topic=6634.0 FWIW my SIL is USA maintenance manager for a large trucking company. I asked him about economy-mode and he said for the GVWR weight of my MH (36K#) I should always use economy-mode. I have found that to be true for everything except mountain driving; then I do as you stated. Allison helpful information:https://cdn.mpparts.com/pdfs/Trans Codes.pdf
  14. With July 4 a few weeks away I submit this: He was getting old and paunchy, And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past. Of a war that he once fought in, And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one. And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors, His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke. But we’ll hear his tales no longer, For ol’ Joe has passed away, And the world’s a little poorer For a Veteran died today. He won’t be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life. He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won’t note his passing, ‘Tho a Veteran died today. When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great. Papers tell of their life stories, From the time that they were young, But the passing of a Veteran, Goes unnoticed, and unsung. Is the greatest contribution, To the welfare of our land, Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country, And offers up his life? The politician’s stipend, And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives. While the ordinary Veteran, Who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small. It is not the politicians, With their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom, That our country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever-waffling stand? Or would you want a Veteran, His home, his country, his kin, Just a common Veteran, Who would fight until the end. He was just a common Veteran, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us, We may need his likes again. For when countries are in conflict, We find the Veteran’s part, Is to clean up all the troubles, That the politicians start. If we cannot do him honor, While he’s here to hear the praise, Then at least let’s give him homage, At the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say: “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”
  15. Brakes my foot, that old FWD Ford van will pull anything. I wonder how it handles with the hitch over the rear axle?? Seems it would limit turning radius severely, perhaps he replaced the rear wheels with castor wheels?.
  16. Our 1999 model came with the MH. It reliably functions as a refrigerator or as a freezer from both 120VAC and 12VDC. Although I must admit it takes some sampliing to find the correct setting for ice-cold beer-without ice in the bottle. The drawer tray pulls out so the Dometic is actually outside the compartment. if we were to purchase a new MH a basement freezer would be part of the deal. Check out the amp-draw and add that to the refrigerator amp-draw for boondocking.
  17. wildbill that website is not entirely accurate, individual states may not impose weight limits on Interstates.The referenced 34,000# is for tandem axles. reference: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/23/658.17
  18. As you noted everything is different, I would go with the 10G unit if there is room.. FWIW the Atwood 10G heater while using both LP and electric has a recovery rate of 14.5G per hr.
  19. Now that right there is funny!
  20. "The NEC does require a transfer switch to be used instead of wiring directly below the main breaker, although in my state the transfer switch can be manual or automatic, but it is required, if one gets caught negating this code, a fine can be levied if the the electric company or inspector finds out about the breach. Remember that just in case of an accidental turn on of that main goes directly to the grid, and the 120 or 240 volts is in turn transformed back to the original source through the same transformers that transformed from 4000 or 10,000 volts, this could be lethal to a lineman working to restore power back to you" Kaysmith that happened about 35-40 years ago in Indiana. An ice storm tore down many miles of lines, a farmer had a large genset to handle and cool his dairy farm. He simply disconnected the main breaker, started his genset and blissfully continued his operation. When a lineman discovered live wires from back-feeding he shorted them with a chain. Naturally this ruined the farmers genset and he complained to the utility company. The utility company took legal action, resulting in the farmer losing his farm and entire dairy operation.
  21. Nope, duck tape isn't going to hold, I suspect you're going to have to bite the bullet and buy a new one.
  22. I agree with kaypsmith, make sure everything else is working properly, including the house battery bank, before replacing the inverter.
  23. I''ll say that qualifies as no trailer brakes required. Backing is gonna require a special skill-set.
  24. Wow FKrauss, that's a huge leap from "Reattaching a hose" to $8K repair quote.
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