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Old 07-03-2014, 06:05 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by 97PaceArrow View Post
Main concern is to make this 100% LIVABLE for now on land electric, but want it to be fully self sufficient on propane and the Onan gas generator. HELP!!!!!!!
I think it's great that you have taken on this project. I have a slightly older PA (see signature) and it had plenty of "issues" when I bought her. We have spent a lot of quality time together and I think everything is sorted and working well - even added solar (which is fantastic). Be patient, ask questions, do lots of research, and do the work yourself (when possible). These things aren't cheap but they don't have to be super-expensive either.

If your air bag replacement is already done, don't read this... The air bag replacement (if the type inside the front coil springs) is cheap and pretty easy. See my airbag replacement write up here - I think I spent $100.00.

Not sure about your batteries but would bet your charging system is not working and is probably old. Do yourself a huge favor and replace the charger/converter with a modern, multi-stage smart charger. It will save you a fortune on batteries. My write up here. In any case, put a multi-meter on your house batteries while plugged into shore power. The reading should be something above 13 volts (depending on the charge mode that is in progress). If not, your charger is not working.

It's possible the gas gauge is working. Mine seems to drop to empty VERY quickly after filling it up! Seriously, I'd start by checking the sensor wires around the tank area - maybe you'll get lucky and find a loose/broken wire.

Enjoy the projects and learning your new toy!

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