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  1. 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD. I have a saying "Easy Day" which means this.... when something bad happens / something breaks, and you start to think.... oh crap, this will cost a couple hundred bucks to fix (or in some cases thousands) but after a few minutes you've got it fixed for nothing, or almost nothing. Today's example: Exhaust fan's cover opens but fan doesn't come on. Check fuse: It's good. Check switch: It's good (continuity check) Check for voltage at switch: None. Go up on the roof to look for a part number on the other side of the fan and just for giggles I jiggle the ground wire..... fan comes on.... and there you have it.... Just a loose ground wire Sharing this experience to if anyone else has an inop exhaust fan after checking fuse and switch... check ground. Here's the pics: Red arrow pointing at ground wire. This is the top of the fan.
  2. Yes... I use autolevel 100% of the time. Good to know the probably "reason". I was a little worried. Also, I've always thought it raised it too high.... Maybe I'll start doing a manual level. Manual retract. Yes, I was able to retract mine using the exact method you described.
  3. We normally don't sit still for very long so I was never really able to run an experiment to see how much diesel the AquaHot uses to operate furnace heat and water heater. We showed up in Foley Alabama (just north of Gulf Shores / Gulf coast of Alabama) on November 15th. I topped off the diesel tank just prior to parking. Other than exercising generator a couple times and running engine for a few minutes every few weeks, I only used the diesel to operate Aquahot. Here are my findings: Average temperature range in December was 44 - 62, January was 48-63 with a couple of cold snaps that lasted for a few days with lows into the very high 20's and highs in the mid 50's. Number of days: 75 AquaHot "burner" and "electric" on the entire time to heat water and furnace when it was needed. Total fuel usage: 100 gallons. Distance from gas station about 22 miles each way, so about 7 of those gallons were used to drive RV and exercise generator. Estimated AquaHot diesel usage over 75 days 93 gallons. 93 gallons / 75 days = 1.24 gallons per day 1.24 gallons x $3.56 per gallon (today's price 1/31/22) = $4.41 per day That seems like a LOT when added up for the month ($132.00). I can't imagine what it would be in a colder climate! I think I'm going to turn off that burner until I absolutely need it!
  4. Original post updated with the fix! RV tech found it!
  5. Yes.... RV Tech coming to take a look today. I have given up. I hope he has experience with this.... I just hate to spend $200 for him to say, "hmmm..... that's a tough one".
  6. I've tried to reset via the touchpad.... won't do anything except show "low voltage". I've looked through all the obvious breakers and fuses but can't find one that services the levelers. I've checked under the drivers window and in battery compartment. As well as the ones inside under the bed. Made in appt for an RV tech to come out next week... so, would be great if I found it prior to that!
  7. I called Lippert at 432-547-7378. They were very informative...... Everything points to it being a tripped breaker. I've called Winnebago at 800-537-1885 to find out where that darn thing is but they are closed until tomorrow the 4th. Where is this leveler breaker on a 2104 Itasca Ellipse (Winnebago Tour)?????
  8. 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD I got a "low voltage" screen and alarm when retracting jacks today. Jacks partially up now. Can't get "low voltage" fault to clear. I have tried with engine running, in park, and neutral. (as always) Voltage at coach panel shows 14.0 volts on both chasis and engine batteries. I've tried powering everything down and back up. (chassis and house batteries off, then back on) I've tried unplugging lippert panel and back in. Still getting low voltage. I checked 15A inline fuse near pump. It is fine. I can't find any other fuse or breaker. I've looked at breaker and fuse panels under drivers window. I've looked at 12v breakers under bed and near chassis batteries. Where the heck are the fuses / and or breaker(s) for the lippert leveling on a 2014 Itasca Ellipse (Winnebago Tour). I have found the control box which is attached to ceiling of compartment behind driver's door under a rounded box. But can't see any reset there? UPDATE: FIXED: Could not find the high amp fuse so I called in the pros. I gave Ewing Mobile RV Repair in Foley Alabama a call (251-207-5922). I didn't tell him anything I had come up with since there was a good chance I was way off base. He gave Lippert a call, checked some voltages and came to the same thing I came to... must be a fuse... but where is it? He found it. The fuse is pictured below. Strangely enough... the fuse didn't "look" burnt.... but it was. He got a new one at a local auto parts store. Replaced it (which was not easy because of the location / see pic) To help with the location... it was in the driver's side rear compartment, (same as chassis batteries) under the push button breakers, behind 2 removable panels. Total cost: 2 hours labor + service call + parts: $268.50
  9. 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD Tires: Michelin XZA2 ENERGY 295 80R22.5 Position: Front / driver's (steer tire) These tires were put on a little over 2 years ago I just noticed some unusual damage, can't be normal tread wear. The inner portion of the most outside tread looks as if it's been shaved off about 1/8 inch, but only in strips about 2/3 around the tire. Strangely, it's not a continuous cut/shave. It seems to be thin, thick, thin, almost nothing, then same pattern again about 2/3s around the tire. About 1/3 shows no damage. Inspecting the tire and it doesn't seem to have enough damage to be immediately concerned, but I'm going to keep an eye on it. Wondering if anyone can tell me what may cause this? (For one pic I wet the tire to see if that would help see the damage.)
  10. Yes.... I always turn the breaker off prior to plugging in or out. Yes..... same here.
  11. 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD 50amp coach Over a year ago I had some sort of surge that ended up knocking out my ATS. Had the ATS replaced and everything is fine..... However, shortly after I noticed the plug (that plugs into the pedestal) would get hot.... not something you really check for, but when I'd go to unplug is was pretty darn hot.... I began to wonder.... "Was it hot before????" I began using a Progressive EMS-PT50x thinking it was a pedestal problem.... well, the EMS plug never got hot, but my coach plug was still getting hot when plugged into the EMS. A couple days ago unplugging I noticed my plug was cracked and had some melting damage. I ran another test at the next stop... plugged a 50 amp extension into the pedestal and them my plug into the extension.... only my plug was hot.... the extension plug was NOT hot.... My thought, when there was the surge a year ago it damaged one line at the plug causing resistance, thus heating up, causing more damage over time. How to fix? Replace the plug! Here is the replacement... I found a Camco 50 amp plug at a nearby KOA. Home Depot, Lowes, nor Walmart had them in stock. I did order one from Amazon but decided not to wait for that. I'll keep that one as a spare. I found a good Youtube video Here are my instructions, pretty much the same as he shows in the video. Unplug coach. Cut off plug several inches down (to be sure to be past any heat damage) with a hacksaw. Remove black insulation around all wires 3" down. Cut cloth stuff back to same as black insulation. Cut wires to length shown in picture. Green will be the longest, white the shorest. Black and red are the same length between the two. Strip all wires to have 3/4" showing take each plug prong out, one at a time and attached to the appropriate colored wire. wait to replace prong into casing until all prongs are attached. once all prongs are placed in the proper place (use picture) once all are in place, place cover on and put the 3 short screws in and tighten. once cover is on with it's 3 short screws put some sealant at location where you are about to place the holding clamp on. once sealant is there, (be careful not to get sealant up into the plug housing), then place holding clamp and secure with the 2 long screws. Pictures included have tools used. The only thing not in a razor knife used to get wire insulation off and measuring tape. Tools: Hacksaw, wire cutters (lineman plyers), phillips screwdriver, gloves, measuring tape, sealant. Here is the part I used: https://www.amazon.com/Camco-PowerGrip-Replacement-Transform-55255/dp/B000PGVZ30/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=50+amp+plug&qid=1627742980&s=automotive&sr=1-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyRFVSWEpYTEpBRDVMJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjgwNDY3OFhXVVJISDc5RzNMJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzNTYxMTM0SDkyS0RFNDU4N00md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl ^^Do not use the video on Amazon for reference. That video is for a 30 amp plug. I got it from KOA for $24. Less on Amazon but couldn't way 2 days. Once I had the old plug off I check resistance... the line that was slowly melting over time had a much higher resistance than the other. *****NOTE: Pictures are NOT in order... Yellow plug is the new one, black plug is the old.*****
  12. I've been "full time" traveling going on 5 years now... I've been meaning to put together a binder in case of roadside problems but never got around to it... I've been broken down a few times and it's always very stressful finding the info I need.... FINALLY I am putting one together. So far in the binder I've got my FMCA Roadside Assistance number and contract, Freightliner help number, Cummins help number, Lippert, and Winnebago (I own an Itasca). I've also got engine ESN#, filters and belt part numbers, my tire info, coach dimensions including weight generator info (model #, S/N, oil type, filter info etc) and I've even got the build sheet for all the "RV" related part and serial numbers.... What else may be important... especially in the event of a roadside breakdown (I'm now even going as far as having spare serpintine belt, fuel filter, and separator...... leaning toward carrying a spare tire even!)
  13. Coleman Mach 8 A/C units So I got some foaming no rinse coil cleaner to clean my coils on the units.... I've not cleaned them before, and one unit is about years old, and the other about 6 years old. Took the unit covers off and noticed the coils didn't really look dirty. I use these A/C units daily. Is that normal for them not to be dirty? I cleaned them using the spray cleaner anyway.... I guess maybe there was some dirt in there somewhere?
  14. Last update: They've updated the software and it still doesn't work. Requesting a refund today!
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