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Old 05-29-2011, 09:02 AM   #15
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Glad to hear it working OK for you.
My question about the alternator, engine starter, AC compressor is there a life span for these units.
Some people seem to not have problems and others continue to have problems with them.
If driving on roads during winter months a big cause of failures or is it just age of these units.
I do know salt roads can mess up conditions under the chassis had wiring problem with my starter corrosion and compartment locks, aluminum, frozen in locks and that is only one trip to Florida via Nappannee last winter.
People who travel in winter how do you cope with the salt conditions every year?

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Old 05-29-2011, 02:55 PM   #16
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Be careful to get the proper rebuild or new alternator. Mine went bad and had to have a new core as mine was bad. 140 amp Leece/Neville w/duvac system $290.00 rebuilt. You do need the duvac system alt. for charging chassis batteries then switches over to coach when chassis fully charged. my 02

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Old 05-29-2011, 06:26 PM   #17
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I will say this: First side note: Some Workhorse Custom Chassis based motor homes have a problem in rain with water getting sucked into the ir intake and drowning out the engine (or rather sensors upon which the engine control computer depends)

Back to topic: I used to have a car which, if I hit a puddle just right, the alternator went "On vacation" much as yours has.. When it dried out it came back 100%.. This could take as much as an hour of driving.. Which is simply NOT POSSIBLE without the alternator if you are running heater/defroster, wipers and lights for safety. The starting battery don't got that much punch.

Temp solution if you want to try driving a while.. Jumper off the hosue bateries and crank up Mr. Onan (or whomever you have)

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