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Old 06-18-2012, 06:23 AM   #1
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Hello, just thought i would say Hi before reading and learning as much as possible from the website.

We have just bought a 1997 Chevy Holiday Rambler and are quickly finding out how much maintenance has been missed out by the previous owner.

after reading lots of articles and looking on youtube we have repaired the following.

The roof leak where all of the vents needed to be resealed, obvious lack of maintenance
The RV heating system needed a complete overhaul once, again little or no maintenance
Replaced the broken door hinges not greased for years !
resolved the lack of voltage from the onan generator (breaker fuses are wonderful )
Replaced the RV fresh water system pump, the old one was leaking,
repaired the bathroom door
replaced various broken switches
Replaced the old TV's with new flatscreens
replaced the stereo
greased and adjusted the auto step, quite scary not knowing if the step was going to be there or not when you opened the door !

things still needing attention

repair the floor where the roof leak has damaged and rotted it.
repair the upholstery for the same reason

find out why the vehicle heater and demister keeps blowing fuses and is not wired to the correct marked fuse on the vehicle fuse block !

resolve the issue of the 6 gallon water blows out water continuously once it reaches temperature.

then we can enjoy ourselves as much as possible

any help resolving the outstanding will be much appreciated

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:07 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Steve.

You sure have had a lot to do on your coach and I hope you have it ready to roll soon so you can get out there and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Two thoughts come to mind on the water heater. I assume that you are saying there is a water leak at the water heater once it has heated up, and that leak is at the pressure relief valve. It is possible that the thermostat is not working and allowing the water to overheat, building excessive pressure, and the valve is purging that excess. A more likely event though is the valve is failing and needs to be replaced. Have you tried opening and closing the manual release lever to dislodge any debris that might be keeping it from sealing properly?

I suggest that you post your questions in other iRV2 forums such as the one for your type motorhome and/or the Systems forum. You should get more specific answers there from people who own the same equipment.

Again, welcome to the group.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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We are glad you found us. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions. We have a great group here who like to help when they can. Your problems remind me of a like problem I had last year when i purchased a used coach.

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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Welcome, I am sure you will find lots of help here as we have.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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Steve, Welcome to the forum and Motorhome ownership...
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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thank you

thank you for the welcomes already finding out lots of information......

just need to enjoy the RV more than working on it
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new motor home! Welcome to the forum - you'll meet lots of friendly people here, and they have excellent advice on any problems you may find. Safe travels!

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:53 PM   #8
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Welcome, Steve. You're a braver man than I, taking on an older US-built motorhome in the UK. A '97 would seem quite old to a lot of folks over here.

Whereabouts in England are you? We're originally from Leyland (Lancs) and have lived in the Pacific Northwest of the US for all but two of the 44 years we've been this side of the Atlantic. If you look at a US map, we're in the top LH corner of the mainland part of Washington State, about 60 straight-line miles from the border with Canada and on the coast.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:39 PM   #9
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we are in surrey just on the outskirts of London.

the RV is a Chevy 454 and has only 48000 miles on the clock so the engine is just run in
it had lpg already fitted for the engine so per mile is better then petrol

RV's over here are so expensive and US Built are so much better than the european types.

so it was a simple decision, and after all theres this forum to help me when i get stuck
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:58 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum and happy travels,

My website describes the conversion of my Dodge B-250 van into a small RV. I deal with a lot of woodworking, but hope to be quite specific on solar as well.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forum cargovan! Enjoy your MH
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:27 PM   #12
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