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Old 07-20-2016, 09:00 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Recently moved up from a nice used Coleman Popup, which we did quite a bit of work on, to get it quite nice, to a Fleetwood Pace Arrow 34 with one slide out.

It is really nice inside, well kept and clean, but we've unfortunately had a few issues with it upon starting up, of course! I'm just hopeful that it doesn't turn out to be a money pit like a boat I once had.

We purchased it from a mechanic in a personal sale, not a dealership. Got a pretty good deal, I think/thought.

Got about 12 miles from there (bought it 2 1/2 hours from home), and the right rear brake locked up. He was nice enough to drive out, pull off the wheel, unlock brake, which had boiled the fluid, fixed it, bled brakes, and all was good. Drove home fine.

Got home, could not get propane to work, and he could not tell us why. (Luckily, this later turned out to be a propane detector switch he forgot about!)

First camping trip was two days later, and things were acting strange. A/C's would run, but not well, acting funny, one would turn off and not come back on. Then we had a HUGE lightning storm, 6" of rain in a few hours... Lost power at the park. Ran the generator during this, to keep refrigerator cold. Upon power returning, I turned off the generator, and soon after, we noticed all the lights were "dim"... shortly, nothing working, no refrigerator, etc.

The park owner was nice enough to come check my 120v power, which was good, but batteries were all at 7.5v. We tore a bunch of panels apart, trying to find dead fuse or short... nothing wrong there. Could not find 12v converter, so he gave me an RV repairman's number. Friday night at 7:30, he came, spent 2 hours going over things with me, and after searching high and low, we found the 12v converter around a corner in one of the storage bays. It was dead! He had a replacement with him, and once he put that in, we had all power again!

During all this, I noticed a propane switch near the floor of our dinette, which was OFF. I asked the RV tech if that would cause propane to not work, and of COURSE, it would! We turned on propane, and that switch, and got stoves and hot water working... yay!

So the remaining time (1 1/2 days) of our 5-day vacation was much better.

Got home with it Sunday evening, and notice a fluid leak underneath the engine... taking it to a shop today to have that checked and fixed... hoping it's nothing big.

So, I got quite the introduction to how my RV works, and I'm likely to be here a lot over the next few months, and next year, too!

Glad to be here, and hoping to enjoy some RVing with our new rig.


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Old 07-20-2016, 09:03 AM   #2
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Hi Ray! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Hi Ray

Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Happy Trails!!!
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Hi Ray!

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