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Old 03-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by kmesaaz View Post
Thanks a ton for the insight and encouragement! I feel a little less chicken now...

At this point, I am picking up the mh today and parking it our front of my house, while I sit around and read (again) the manuals. I'm even going to remove the access cover and check the oil! Then, I'm going to try and find the control switch and status indicator light. I have NO desire to start anything! I like the idea about finding the circuit breakers and labelling them, so I'm going work on that. I also need to check out the remote control inside the mh. Wow--I'm feeling brave now!

Tomorrow I am taking it in to a Cummins Onan dealer to have it serviced. That way, when I do start it up, it will work and I won't freak out! Thanks for that suggestion camperme2.

SarahW--the one thing I can do with confidence is DRIVE THE THING! Don't know why, but I'm thankful I can. I can even back it in and park. Strange, huh?
You're my hero! I know I need to "Just Do It." Sounds like you are making great progress; I'm inspired! I also read your blog entries which are great for n00bs. Thanks for sharing.

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Well, getting the access plate off the mh was the ONLY thing I could do right! Glad I'm taking it in to the cummins onan dealer today. That dipstick (not the cummins onan dealer...) was impossible to turn or remove.

From what I read and can figure out, the control panel is for maintainence and troubleshooting (layman's terms...). In a perfect world, the remote ontrol panel inside the vehicle is what I'll be checking on a regular basis. As far as the circuit breaker, mine doesn't look like the one in the manual, but the idea is the same, probably. I'll have the cummins onan guy explain it to me.

So, I keep reading manuals, reading posts, and talking to folks--there are plenty of "snowbirds" with rv's here!

I remember when I rode my first jet-ski at Lake Powell. I was HOOKED! I bought a pair, read and marked those manuals, and then I took my friends to Saguaro Lake 2-3 times a week. I knew how to maintain them and even helped out those who were stranded on the lake. Jet-skis are much simpler, and I was a decade or so younger, but once I understand this mh I'm GONE! Thanks for the kind words one and all!

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Kmesaaz. I'd be interested in hearing about your experience at the Onan dealership. I had difficulty removing the dipstick also and needed tools for that. There are several bolts underneath which should be removed for cleaning and they are locked in solid. Can't be removed without drilling. I'd guess that if you can't remove the dipstick the unit may not have ever been serviced. Good luck.

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