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Old 09-02-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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First trip in the new to us Coach

We survived our maiden voyage, shake down cruise if you like.

Well, the good news first. We had a blast! We got 5.8 on the way down and 7.61 MPG on the way back. I thought that was a good number for a 1988 454. 160 miles from the coast back up to the midlands of SC. I used Octane boosters and carb cleaners when I filled it up before our departure Friday. I used the cruise and kept it at 55 MPH there and back. The coolant temperature stayed right at normal for the balance of the trip after the boil over. That is attributed to the fact the seller installed a new overflow bottle and did not fill it with coolant and I did not make sure it was filled before we left. The steering box needs some attention as it has a 1/4 turn of play in it. Like driving a stage coach! I'll tighten up the adjustment screw and see where that leaves it. Seats are comfy. Mattress was nice. A/C is cold! Fridge is COLD.

Now for the bad.
The breaker for the A/C tripped Saturday morning. We ran it at MAX and lowest temp from the time we left Friday afternoon right on through the night with no problems. It would trip every few minutes, so we moved our Parrots into the house and shut the coach down. Saturday night we ran it at low cool and mid temp all night with no problems. Sunday morning, it would not run more than ten minutes without throwing the breaker on any setting. We came back home with no A/C, hot 3 and a half hour ride for us and the birds. The breaker was hot to the touch. I think they are just old. I'll replace them Monday and see if that fixes it. I know we used to run the unit in the pop up at max around the clock and never tripped a breaker.

These are just house breakers right? I don't need a special breaker?

The engine exhaust system is installed with tape and bailing wire, I'm not kidding! Not a single clamp anywhere! This will be my first priority, as I can't have my parrots die from that! The generator exhaust is about 4 inches past the side of the coach, yet, when running, you can still smell exhaust gas on the other side of the coach and inside every now and then. May replace that too.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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You can replace the breaker(s), but that may not be your problem. Fixing this may require an understanding of what can cause over-heating in an electrical circuit. Any electrical device runs on POWER, which is roughly the product of the voltage and the current. The device doesn't care whether it gets a little more current and a little less voltage or vice-versa.
It will DRAW more current when the voltage drops to give it the power it needs to run. How does the voltage drop? It drops because there is a loose connection in the circuit, a bad switch or wire, or a wire too small to carry the required current. Since your breaker is hot, one source of the problem COULD be the connections at the breaker. Try tightening the screw (with the power off). Then look for other places there could be a loose connection. Good luck.
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[QUOTE=PirateCamper; The generator exhaust is about 4 inches past the side of the coach, yet, when running, you can still smell exhaust gas on the other side of the coach and inside every now and then. May replace that too.[/QUOTE]You might want to invest in a Venturi Exhaust, for your ginny. It is designed to expel the exhaust, above your RV, thus pushing those deadly carbon monoxide fumes up, above your roof and out of the RV. Your birds will be the first to know. Never go to sleep, with the ginny running and the exhaust being expelled on the ground. The fumes are oderless, lighter than air and can rise up and into your RV. Camping World or any major RV Supplies Store will have them. Hope you have a carbon monoxide detector. Saved me and my family once, in a boat.
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Excellent advice Full. monte.
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Sounds like a plan, thanks mate!

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You might want to invest in a Venturi Exhaust, for your ginny. It is designed to expel the exhaust, above your RV, thus pushing those deadly carbon monoxide fumes up, above your roof and out of the RV. Your birds will be the first to know. Never go to sleep, with the ginny running and the exhaust being expelled on the ground. The fumes are oderless, lighter than air and can rise up and into your RV. Camping World or any major RV Supplies Store will have them. Hope you have a carbon monoxide detector. Saved me and my family once, in a boat.
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Search for posts by me and see what I discovered about the breaker and the A/C today.
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