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Old 10-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, my wife and I just bought ourselves a 1989 Winnebago Elandan 37rq. We absolutly love it. We are going to be RVing fulltime if we can and travel the country. Unfortunately we have come across some issues with it. The generator does not work and the brakes are a little sluggish. But other than that it works perfectly with no leaks anywhere. We are running extension cords from the house to power up a few things and its working for now. But on the 1st of Nov we will be putting in a outlet and breaker for the rv. We are just getting used to being in the tight space right now. But we both think its gonna be great. If anyone knows what could be wrong with our onan 6.5k genset, please feel free to comment. It cranks but does not start, almost like its not getting fuel into the intake. Thank you.
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If the Genny is Gas and not LP Gas then first make sure you have more than 1/4 tank of fuel, the feed is above that level to keep you from stranding yourself.
If it has enough fuel than check the gas line for leaks, the filter for clogging and clean the carb, sometimes the gas gels and gums up the works after sitting for a long time.

Run it at half load for about 1/2 hour every month to keep the carb clean and the field coils magnetized. One AC unit is about the right load.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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I recommend downloading a manual. U can go to Smokstak site and ask there.

Read it and learn how to trouble shoot it. You will surely need to know the ins and outs of that genny.

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You can also go to the Onan site and read their manuals online.

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Thank you for the replys. I definately need to get that genset open and clean out the card and check the filter for it. Does anyone know how much it would cost to either replace the brakes or resurface them? It has 3 axles and 8 tires, if that helps.
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Thank you for the replys. I definately need to get that genset open and clean out the card and check the filter for it. Does anyone know how much it would cost to either replace the brakes or resurface them? It has 3 axles and 8 tires, if that helps.
Before replacing or resurfacing the brakes you might try bleeding the brake lines to see if that would help.

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Old 10-15-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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Hi jstnbrwn, and Welcome to the Forum!
Congratulations on the "new" motorhome. I've always liked the looks of the old Elandans.

Regarding the brakes - if you do not know when they were last serviced then you should do a complete fluid flush at a minimum. Old, moisture contaminated fluid will guarantee a brake failure when you need them most. On that old of a chassis, you should plan on doing a complete brake rebuild: calipers, pads, rubber lines and any hardware that is rusty or worn. Rotors can be re-used if they are in good condition. As for cost to replace, you'll need to discover which chassis you have (Chevy or Ford/Oshkosh) then you can do some calling around or online shopping.
Your 3rd axle in the rear is called a "Tag-Axle" and was installed by Winnebago, not the chassis maker. It is likely a Dexter axle and will have different brakes (drums) from the main axles (discs) and could be hydraulic or electric. There should be a tag on that axle to identify the maker and serial number. Dexter Mfg can provide exact details from that - providing it IS a Dexter axle.
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Just for fun - here is the link to the factory sales brochure for your Elandan:
http://media.gowinnebago.com/models/...landan-bro.pdf
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the group! I can't help with your question, but I would suggest that you post future questions over in the appropriate areas of the forum for better results. Not too many folks hang out here. Good luck & God bless!
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