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Old 03-13-2010, 10:05 AM   #1
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Spring has Sprung!!!

In Chicagoland, and last night we brought the ole PAceArrow home from her winter sleeping grounds.

And this weekend I'll be spending some time on wakeup maintenance, and also fixing a few things, and studying more on some of the systems that I could understand better.

I'll be putting up a bunch of threads, trying to put them in the right area to deal with specific areas of attention, and hopefully link them all back to this one.

You DIYers and pro's on the forum, I'd appreciate your intput.

While I came here from the other forum to escape this, and have never gotten it here, doing my own maintenance is a personal choice. I'm not interested in any suggestions to take it to a shop.

I am a very good mechanic, I fix things (computers and complex computer controlled eloctromechanical devices) for a living, and I do all my own home improvements including electrical and plumbing. I rebuild classic cars for fun. I can tackle anything on this ole bus, but some advance knowledge, as well as opportunities to learn from the mistakes of others never hurts.

So thanks for following along.
as I put the other threads up, I'll link them back here.
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#1 Fleetwood F53 battery charging "Da Box" under the hood?
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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#2 Onan 5500 gas spring wakeup genny maintenance?
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:55 AM   #4
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#3 engine and chassis lubrication Lubrication and other chassis needs?
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:05 AM   #5
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ended up not getting squat done yesterday... had to get my haircut..... then had to go out in the afternoon. Weather VERY uncooperative, raining most of the day. gonna try again today.
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I heard that! Today was a PERFECT first day of spring. Sunny and high of 70 degrees. Decided it was time to unwrap my baby and get her ready for her first trip this year. Can't wait!!

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Well it UN-Sprung in SE Texas last night....it as 36dF here....some spring, we had to cover and protect the new plants in the garden in case there was frost.....last half of March. Come on now, we have had the 'maters in the ground since the end of February.

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and life takes over.... I had to do a work road trip, left last saturday for pensacola, worked mon and tues and just got back. Took the 93 vette. Thought about driving the pace, but she's not ready for the season yet, and she woulda drank a thousand bucks worth of gas :( The ole 93 version of Chevy's finest averaged 25.1 mpg and cost just $200 plus 4 $70 hotel rooms. Still hate hotel rooms and miss my MH tho.

Added "replace the backup camera to the list, new one came in today, it will be forst on the schedule on saturday, weather permitting.

Also found a new storage lot, only a mile from the house and $65 a month, but got 3 for the price of 2...
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and back at it again today.
Did new icemaker ($50 from Lowes, had to splice the connector) last weekend, and I'm making ice.

Went to camping world yesterday and got a few goodies. Just hooked the new Charge Wizard to my 9100 converter.
Hope to get a lot done today.
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Another weekend. Still at it. Tuesday I think, I played hooky from work and coated my EDPM roof with Liquid Roof. Stuff worked great, looks goos. Roof is white again.

Worth noting that usage was no where near what their site said. I bought 6 gallons, based on thier 42 sf per and 8 times 30 feet (the PA has a very long front cap.)
I used 4 gallons, and I put it on thick.
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Thanks for the liquid roof usage info Joe. I gotta do mine soon. I'm a pretty good fixer myself, was a ship engineer for 19 years. All it really takes is the right tool and not being scared to screw up. Whats the old saying...If I can't fix it I'll fix it so no one else can fix it. Had an '81 Vett for years but gave it up for Suburbans and MH when started having kids. Like the TXiceman said it got cold and rainy here in SE Texas. Got my 38' Discovery in the side yard on concrete pads but have failed to make a hard driveway to the street, used her all winter for beach trips but shes back there for the week till it dries out. Got her stuck on the beach last trip, went straight into spot near the water but had to turn backing out and she dug in. Got her out using a shovel and plywood and carpet pieces. Lucky. Better than the $300 the towtruck driver quoted me.
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Not sure what fuel filter setup you got on your gen Joe, but I put a cheap little $4.00 in line before my fuel pump and stock gen diesel filter. Keeps trash out of the pump and also prolongs life of my $22.00 Onan filter.
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Sorry for the typo Jim, not Joe, did it twice too. Getting old.
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Reading your gen maint post...stick with real Onan oil filters. There was a recent post on irv2 about Fram oil filters. They are junk. I read a blog about 12 years ago about a guy who bought common brands of oil filters and cut them open to see how they were made, Fram was the worst, Wix (available at napa) Mobil 1 and Purolator ranked best. Fram also sells these cardboard gutted filters under various other brands so beware, bypass and backflow valves in these filters are made very poorly. At 8k for a new gen a few extra bucks a few times a year is worth it.
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