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Old 01-02-2014, 11:05 PM   #15
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Our Holiday Rambler Imperial 40 WDS is on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis with an I-Beam front end, so it has king pins instead of ball joints. I shudder to think what those would cost to replace From everything I can tell, it looks like grease is an RVer's best friend
With all the trucks out there with kingpins they should be relatively cheap compared to ball joints. On some of the IFS front axles Spartan (and maybe FL) use it requires special tools and Spartan only allows certain shops to use them. They supposedly don't sell the tools either although that was a few years ago too.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:45 AM   #16
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With all the trucks out there with kingpins they should be relatively cheap compared to ball joints. On some of the IFS front axles Spartan (and maybe FL) use it requires special tools and Spartan only allows certain shops to use them. They supposedly don't sell the tools either although that was a few years ago too.
I can understand Spartan wanting insure quality repairs by limiting the repair shops to only those they certify. However, in situations like that, it's frustrating to the DIY'er who perfectly capable of doing their own (high quality) work when the tools needed are specialized and unavailable. This situation obviously puts the "certified" shops in a position where they can charge whatever premium they desire, since they know the customer has no other options.

I just noticed in your signature it says you've been an RVer since 1957! WOW! I'm guessing you've had quite the list of RV's over the years. It would be interesting to see that list. At what point did you go to a diesel and never look back? Just curious.
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Don't know if this will help, but Drivers side (outside) compartment in front of the Front wheel by the Generator exhaust there is a small compartment with a Black box and air attachments. Remove the cover and there are relays and wiring there as well. Also:
Drivers (Inside) by drivers left foot.
Center Console under Cup holders behind Drawer.
Drivers side Bathroom/bedroom door way at edge of bedroom entrance near floor.
Battery compartment by air filter, and circuit relays beside inverter above batteries.
I may be forgetting 1. I will double check this weekend. Will be Detailing it :( lol

I have a 98 H/R Imperial. I have had my fair share of electrical glitches as well... still tracing one down which I'll get to once I get off of this Shut down. lol
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Thanks hkindle. I've found all but one of those, the front Spartan panel. That's probably the one that is in the front drivers side compartment on your 98 model. On our 96 I noticed yesterday a black metal panel under the hood and suspect our missing panel is there. I'll check it out later this week. What is the "glitch" that you are looking for?

Off subject, but I'm guessing from terminology and location that you too are a nuclear plant worker. How's the South Texas Project doing?

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