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Old 09-06-2010, 06:26 AM   #15
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Welcome GSGracie to irv2.
Hope all is well at Christchurch this morning.
If you were to post your questions on the Winnebago forum you may get some help in solving your problems with coach.
Your battery situation does not sound correct to me and maybe this 12v of life will help you out.
Chassis battery should be 12v, house battery should be all 6v or 12v not mixed as you may have.
Your jacks may work of chassis battery or house batteries.
In the Winne forum there are links to wiring diagrams for your coach that should help you out.
Enjoy the forums and do post questions of your problems.

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Old 09-06-2010, 11:18 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by jperry29 View Post
And since Dick started it... I too have enjoyed some snapper fishing in the Bay of Islands.

Geez, don't put your hand in the water with those in it, you could lose a pinkie!! What a monster! Bet you ate, really well, for quite some time


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Old 09-06-2010, 12:00 PM   #17
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I hope you are well under way to solving those electrical issues...
No doubt you have figured out that if you will simply ask... many kindred souls "who have gone before you" in this grand RV adventure will help you find your way.

Regarding the "rattling venitian blinds" issue from some time ago...

If you have not already replaced them, you can quiet them for traveling by simply raising them tightly and tying off the cord diagonally across them (you may need to move the "cleat" to the other side of the window casement to do this most effectively.

Alternatively, but somewhat less effectively, you could leave them pulled down, put them in the "anchor hardware" at each side of the bottom bar and pull a slight tension them. If that hardware is missing, it can be purchased or fabricated... anything to "hook and hold" the bottom bar as you pull tension to dampen the banging around.

I prefer to have my blinds up while traveling, giving me a view with a quick glance over my shoulder or in the center inside mirror, of traffic or obstacles my outboard mirrors may not fully show.

I also have a mid-ship window cracked ever-so-slightly to allow me to hear sirens, motorcycles, other traffic, (people yelling as you run over their foot!!), etc. Seriously, this audible feedback is very helpful for "situational awareness" and does not detract from the enjoyment of the ride if done correctly.

Hope this helps... Safe Travels in that beautiful New Zealand countryside... 'hope we can visit there someday.
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Thanks jp. As always, this site comes up trumps overnight.

We had a severe earthquake (7.4) on Saturday morning early, and are still getting aftershocks of up to 5.4, at the rate of 30 per day. Just a little unnerving, and the RV is proving invaluable!
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:23 AM   #19
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We heard of the earthquake and worried about our Kiwi friends. I have friends at Nelson, Christchurch and another place on the South island. Hope all is well. Nothing damaged?
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We are still getting earthquakes, but I am getting more used to them (?!) and can sleep through anything under a 5 now.

I have had a lot of work done on the Mirada in the last few weeks. Had a leaking hubseal to be replaced, and a weeping steering box to be repaired.

I am having real problems with my Dometic refrigerator, as it will run on shore power, but will not remain running on gas. I have replaced the control panel, and can get it to start the gas, but it cuts out after only a few seconds. I have replaced the heat sensor to make sure that it is not the automatic cutout that is faulty, but still no joy. Have been in touch with the local (New Zealand) Dometic agents and they just want to sell me a new ($2500!) 240V fridge. They have no idea what is causing the problem. And to make matters worse, when it runs on shore power, the whole fridge freezes. Any one else with any ideas on what might be wrong.

I have put a new reversing camera in (hard wired) with a 7" screen and the quality is SO much better. No flicker, reversed image so that when something comes up behind me on my right, it appears on the right of the screen. Much less confusing! I have installed gas lifts on the bed, nearly $300 worth, so that when filling the fresh water I can keep an eye on it while doing other jobs. Although the sensors are ok, they do not tell me when the tank is completely full.

I have rewired almost all of the bus to 240V, and left only the generator and the aircon units at 110V. I need to put in more solar panels, and a decent size inverter to run the smaller appliances. I am loving the MH, and I am really looking forward to going full time in a couple of years, once I have paid it off, and have all of the bugs ironed out!
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Welcome to the forum. Many happy and safe miles.
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Well, after buying a tow dolly for $1800, unbraked, I have found it really difficult to load the car on the dolly. So, I splashed out and bought a Suzuki Escudo 2.5L V6 that I can tow four down. Much easier to connect and it tows like a dream. We are now able to go anywhere and have secondary transport wherever we go. If I can just get the solar sorted...

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