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Old 07-22-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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I'll get by with a little help from my friends...

Good Morning all...

I am 67 and retired for a long while. Fifteen years ago I had a 34' HR diesel which I enjoyed immensely. Now, re-married, I recently purchased and drove back to NM from FL through this heat wave a '94 Pace Arrow diesel pusher. I collected it in a biblical rainstorm and never got the step-by-step walk through that I needed. In any case, the dash air did not work and the trip home through 111 degree heat at times was like the Bataan Death March. My wife is ready to kill me.

I am storing the coach for a month while we fly east to see her family. First I need to know how to disconnect batteries; whether to fill the coach w/diesel and add something like STABIL to the tank.... I feel so unprepared that I'm disheartened.

Next, I'd welcome recommendations about an honest mechanic in the Albuquerque area to whom I might take the coach on my return who could work on the dash air - do an oil change, run through things with me. I live in SFE, but the only place up here did a bad job on my younger son's Freightliner truck (he is an owner/operator driving for Swift) when he was here last and he swears that they should be avoided at all costs.

Too much info - sorry.

Hope to hear from people about how to safely store the coach for a month.....and about trustworthy mechanical shops or individuals in ABQ.

Thank you in advance for any help you can render.....feeling helpless is no fun.


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Old 07-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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Easiest is to simply disconnect the battery negative cable at the battery. Yes, fill the tank with fuel and for a month, don't worry about an additive. Can't help you with a good mechanic. What chassis does it have?

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:55 AM   #3
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Thanks Don & Lorri

Negative terminal - got it....

Not sure how to answer the question about the chassis....it is an Oshkosh, that I know....and I mentioned a 37' diesel pusher....

I'll read more about it today as that is the agenda I've set - read the material that came with it.


Thanks for your help....have a good weekend,

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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A month will not be a big deal. As said, disconnect neg batt. post and put some fuel in it and start fresh in a month with a good RV MECHANIC. Why did you not run the gen. with the house air on during the trip??
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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[QUOTE Why did you not run the gen. with the house air on during the trip??[/QUOTE]

This would be my question as well. The dash air isn't all that anyway with 111* heat.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:36 AM   #6
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I did use the coach air a bit with the generator....but when I didn't; if I didn't get a shady spot to hook up, the coach was too hot for the roof ACs to help w/o over-heating the circuit breakers....this has been a real learning experience.... having made every mistake in the book, it seems.

Your advice is welcome and I will ask again for anyone who has a tip on a good RV MECHANIC in SFE or ABQ to please pass it along.

Thank you all and have a safe and happy Sunday

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Old 07-24-2011, 08:40 AM   #7
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Steve, the roof a/c would have about an 18-20 degree temp difference from inside and outside air. The is a thread on here about what to check for and possible solutions. My 94 Pace will keep the coach comfortable in the hottest weather but it takes awhile if your starting with a blazing hot rig. Your breakers shouldn't be heating up unless you have some loose connections. Time to read slot of these threads and unplug your power/ batteries then retighten all connections.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig. Hang in there, you'll get everything under control soon.

Last month while traveling from Phoenix to Minnesota the alternator in my DP went south.... while I was going north. We spent three days in Albuquerque at the Freightliner Oasis shop getting it replaced. I would probably rate them with a grade of "C". Nothing special but they eventually got the job done.

Good luck...

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Statkus Engines in Albuquerque is a familyn owned business that's been there a long time,and are great, friendly place for chassis work. For coach work, would highly recommend Tom's RV. Have used both of these (Tom"s extensively) and been very pleased.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:25 PM   #11
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Very appreciative....

Of those who recently responded with actual names and opinions about mechanics locally - thank you very much.

I'm at ABQ waiting for a flight to MCO to collect the car I left there when I picked up the coach - heading up the East Coast to visit some of my and MANY of my wife's family for about the next month....NOT in the RV that we bought with that in mind.....but, truthfully, by this point my wife needed a break, big time

I come from a background in film and we were always on location and there were always problems.....she was an RN, with enormous skills including CCU, ER, OR, Flight Nursing, you name it; but always with a stable, reliable home to return to every night...and this is maddening to her; however she is a wonderful partner and a great sport and will do her best to adapt - if she doesn't, I'll drop this coach and this idea like a hot potato.

But, with some concrete suggestions about mechanics like I'm beginning to receive (and for which I am very grateful) perhaps we'll get on track when we return and take a trip out to Northern California as she has never seen even SF.

Thank you again for all your generosity of spirit and willingness to assist a 'newbie'.

Regards and happiness to you all,

steve and cecile

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