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Old 01-05-2009, 04:45 PM   #15
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As others have said, this forum and others like it are a great source of information.

What's interesting is that after awhile you'll find that you are not only getting help but providing it as well.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:29 PM   #16
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I'm not much of a DIY'er, and big sweaty wads of $$ are getting very hard to find. However, I've found the IRV2 forum's a great place to get information to do the small fixes I feel capable of doing. The earlier model Alpines are a bit easier to work on than the later models. If you keep the maintainance up, the problems you do encounter will be generally the less expensive fixes. So regular oil and filter changes, having the chasis lubed,coolant and break fluid changes and making sure all the bolts and screws are tight are the best way to avoid partng with all that hard earned $$. Paying for these is not cheap but the alternative can be even more expensive.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:25 AM   #17
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I'm an avid woodworker, but somewhat lacking on the mechanical side. What has helped me in the past, beyond the readings on this website, is belonging to my local FMCA chapter where there are several members, and now very good friends, that have helped me, both verbally and hands-on, on different perplexing issues.
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You don't need to be an engineer but there are a couple of things that I have found that have been extremely helpful.

1) An electrical multi-meter ... it has helped me to locate blown fuses, to determine that the cable to my toad had lost continuity, to track down a discontinuity in my cable TV connection, check the charge on batteries, etc. I did not own one of these before my first motorhome

2) A good tire gauge so that I can accurately check the inflation of my tires

3) A spray can of Kwikee-spray lube ... it does wonders for keeping the steps working, door hinges from squeaking, etc ... (Lithium spray grease is good too but it leaves a visual residue)

And of course the two things every guy needs all the time ... a couple of rolls of duct tape and a can of WD-40 ... can't leave home without those
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I bought a tool kit in a fold up case from Costco that has most of the tools needed for regular maintenance issues. It fits nicely in an outside storage bin. I also use a spray lube called "Jig-a-Loo" that was recommended on this site. It works great on the slide outs and steps.
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