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Old 05-14-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Fun times... LOL

Well my wife and I took off from Paducah ky, coming into Chattanooga we lost the alternator.. Great thing is I was only like 1 mile from the largest camping world that I have seen. They comped us a camping spot while there getting us an alternator. It will be in the morning..
great thing is were are not on any schedule...
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$1300.00 installed
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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Nobody likes to break down but at least you picked a good spot for it.

Ouch is right. We lost the alternator on our 40 DP near Flagstaff, Az. I ran the generator to get us to Albuquerque and a Freightliner shop. My extended warranty picked up the tab but as I recall it was "only" about $600.

Best of luck on the rest of your travels.

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Old 05-14-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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Yikes!! $1300...how nice of them to "comp" you a spot!! Hope they get you fixed up and on the road again.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:48 PM   #4
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Now just hope the mechanics do the job correctly !
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WOW! I had no idea that alternators could be that expensive!
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:52 AM   #6
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We lost ours on the first day of our 3 day snow bird flight north a week ago. After some quick checks to make sure it really was the alternator and not something else, I jumped a relay, connecting the main and aux battery banks together, then used the generator to supply power while on the road. Running that to maintain the charge on the main batteries was no big deal, as we were already running the generator to stay cool anyway! Worked like a charm, allowing us to stay mobile and put the repair off until we could do it at our convenience once home.
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You are right over Lookout Mountain away from us!
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WOW Thats an expencesive Alt it must of bee cramping w price
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:05 PM   #9
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Yep. Done that myself, and it works. Also, since an alternator for a gasser isn't too expensive, I now carry a spare.

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We lost ours on the first day of our 3 day snow bird flight north a week ago. After some quick checks to make sure it really was the alternator and not something else, I jumped a relay, connecting the main and aux battery banks together, then used the generator to supply power while on the road. Running that to maintain the charge on the main batteries was no big deal, as we were already running the generator to stay cool anyway! Worked like a charm, allowing us to stay mobile and put the repair off until we could do it at our convenience once home.
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Anybody ever done a field rebuild of such an alternator?
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As easy as it is to jump a relay or something to connect both battery banks together, I don't know why you'd want to attempt a field repair - unless you're full timing?

At that point, I'm assuming you'd have tools on board that would allow you to pull it and get it to a shop capable of diagnosing and performing a proper repair?

Failing that, at the very least you would have time to get your thoughts organized well enough where "emergency" fees wouldn't apply/be necessary?

I haven't started on ours yet (pretty high on the list though!), but I know it's a 160 amp Leece Neville. Poking around, I see they're pretty easy to buy for less than 300. -Al
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Thought I'd update. Finally got around to pulling the dead alternator for a rebuild. No fun, but not that hard either. Once loose, I took it to a local shop and asked them to go through it.

I checked on it a couple days later, and they were having a difficult time getting it apart due to apparent corrosion issues and needed more time. I figured if they were willing, I'd darn sure let them!

A week later I got the call telling me it was done. They replaced both bearings, the brushes, and the regulator (which was the reason it went down). In addition, they painted the diode bridges, and put some sort of clear sealant on the case (after sand blasting it!) to keep it from corroding again.

The price, complete? $127.00

Makes it worth the trouble to take it off and put it back on myself.
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