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Old 06-03-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Big Foot Levelers Not Responding - Happy Ending

I spent most of Sunday planning out and deciding what items would go in which basement storage locations. All in all, I think I feel pretty comfortable that everything now "has its place" in the coach.

I still find things that are quirky, and seem to have a mind of their own.

Take for example the hydraulic levelers.....

The PO reported that they went up easy enough when moving the coach from its once, permanent campsite, but I have yet to get them to go back down. Not a huge problem in the short run, as I would much rather have them stuck in the "up" position than the alternative.

The problem was that the control panel would light up normally when I turned them on, but would only hear a click or two from the solenoids, and no motor movement at all.

I knew I had other areas to attend on the coach, so again -- thankful they were stuck in the "up" position, I went on about working on other zones of the coach. I had noticed there was some oxidation and corrosion on the house battery terminals and contacts, so I set about cleaning up what I could.

With a drill mounted wire wheel and a hand wire brush, I removed each contact point, inspected, cleaned, applied a sufficient amount of dielectric grease and reassembled. Some of the terminals weren't too bad, but then there were others that looked like they came off a Subaru Brat. That's when I pulled off the positive cable to the house batteries which was the worst one.... I hit it with the wire wheel and it disintegrated into dust.

I followed the other end of the cable and discovered that it ran to the circuit breaker for the levelers. Hmmmmmm.... could it be?

A quick run to my local auto parts store netted me a new positive battery cable (the correct color) and another tube of Dielectric grease to keep things moving along. Returned home and installed the new cable, cleaned off the grounding posts I could see on the chassis and by then I was exhausted....

I climbed back into the coach, fired up the generator (which only took 5-6 attempts, as compared to the 15-20 it used to thanks to the 5 year old fuel in the tank) and hit the power button on the levelers. **WHIIIRRRRRR** They came to life!!!

HUZZAH!!! One major system restored, simply by taking a couple of hours to make sure all electrical components were clean and making good contact.

I took a pic of the bad battery cable I replaced. I'll post it when I can.

Feeling exceptionally proud of my efforts over the weekend.....
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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Heeeeeerrrreeeeee'sssss RUSTY!!
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Wow, rusty is right! Glad you got that taken care of.
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