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Old 08-20-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hi! Well, after Chuck's dipstick problem I decided to drive out to our coach and see if we fell into the same problem. In looking around, we discovered that they ran the 110 volt wire that powers the engine block heater, between the oil fill tube and the side of the engine. The wire is stuffed right up against the top side of the engine. The insulation was burned off the wire and bare wires were touching the top side of the engine. What a dumb place to run it. I unpugged the wire from the 110 Volt plug and will wait to see Newmar about this. They are going to have to reroute a good part of the wire. Paul
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Hi! Well, after Chuck's dipstick problem I decided to drive out to our coach and see if we fell into the same problem. In looking around, we discovered that they ran the 110 volt wire that powers the engine block heater, between the oil fill tube and the side of the engine. The wire is stuffed right up against the top side of the engine. The insulation was burned off the wire and bare wires were touching the top side of the engine. What a dumb place to run it. I unpugged the wire from the 110 Volt plug and will wait to see Newmar about this. They are going to have to reroute a good part of the wire. Paul
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:02 AM   #3
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Hi! As a follow up, I don't think The EXDP owners will have the same problem. Their air filter and engine layout is a little different then the MADP due to a different rear cap. Paul
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:08 AM   #4
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Paul, just as an aside,even with the switch I never leave the cord plugged in...
Never wanted the block heater to come on if the switch was inadvertently turned on.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:45 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I never leave the cord plugged in... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hi! You are right. I forgot to unplug it when we came home from Newmar in June. I had it plugged in because I heard it always snows at Camp newmar when Bob (aka Rebelsbeach)is there! Paul
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:17 PM   #6
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Paul,

An act of touching a parcel of metal on your coach while that wire was bare, live and plugged in could have given you quite a jolt. Glad you found it before it found you!
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I will check mine out tomorrow, as I'm busy away all day today. I always have mine plugged in, on this coach and my last. I can't imagine acidently turning it on as it is illuminated. I use mine even for warmer starts and quicker warm ups in 50 degrees F. or lower on occasion.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I will check mine out tomorrow </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hi Peter! I don't think you will have a problem. Your air filter (according to Chuck) is turned a different way. It is a serious problem that all 07 MADP owners should look at. Paul
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Thanks Paul. Hopefully John Lane will see this and check it out. If anybody see him. let him know. I have another friend Larry and Cathy that also have an '07 MADP and I'm sure they will be happy you passed this along.

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Hi Paul when you are all done with your season I would like to talk to you about all your repairs only got to use my madp twice this summer and only put on maybe 300 miles tops since new just to much work to do I still have orignal belt set up not heard any thing from spartan now have to check block heater wire
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OK guys - where does the block heater plug in? My switch is off, but I don't know about the plug. And DW LOVES to turn on switches.
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Mark, It's in the engine compartment. Just have a look. It's a grey duplex waterproof PVC material box. The block heater will either be already plugged in or you will see the plug somewhere there.

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Peter, thanks for the concern. Paul called me last evening and I will check it out ASAP, although I do keep mine unplugged. I called Larry C and left a message regarding this issue. I also called a friend who just bought a 2008 MADP.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I would like to talk to you about all your repairs only got to use my madp twice this summer </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hi Charlie! You are welcome to call anytime. I will PM you with my cell. Between John (Lane) and myself, we should be able to help you with a list. Paul
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