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Old 08-14-2015, 07:21 PM   #42281
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After almost 8 weeks of non-use, I finally got my toad back and it's looking grand! All shiny and super clean on the inside too!

edit: I forgot to mention the grand total was just a tad over $11k.
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Sweet! Ours was $11k too.. our list is down to hail dings in bay doors.
Looks great Carl. I hope that the Element isn't $11K. At that point, they might want to total it. Seems to drive ok with the dents though.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:25 PM   #42282
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Getting the show on the road...
Looks like a few extra tables there too!
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:30 PM   #42283
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I did the same thing earlier.. stinks doesn't it... lol.
If I'm concerned about losing a post, I'll always select all/copy it into the clipboard before anything goes wrong. That way it's really easy to recover.

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Steve and all,

I told Mel that I have spent ~ $2,000 total on RV repairs and maintenance in the 4 years that I've been full timing in this 25' class C. That includes the new cooling unit for the fridge, 2 golf cart house batteries, a new condenser, 6 oil/filter changes and a bunch of little fixes I've had to do. I lucked out when Michelin recalled the original tires a year ago. I have also spent an additional $2,000 on the solar panels and installation.

Understandably Mel is in panic mode over the cost of putting Bow back on the road and is comparing her expenses to mine. I've dismissed any ideas I ever had about moving up to a DP because of the higher cost of maintenance.

I feel for you Mel! Hang in there -- it's got to get better.
But you bought yours new, isn't that true? They are dealing with a used unit.

But I'm with others who poo-poo the 5th wheel approach. I think unless you bought all that gear new, you're always at risk of doing the fix-up repairs before you go into maintenance mode. With my RV, I totally lucked out purchasing used and am just in maintenance mode.

I also wonder what level of trust you have with the repair shop. Seems there is some level of miscommunication going on or something…
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:31 PM   #42284
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Looks great Carl. I hope that the Element isn't $11K. At that point, they might want to total it. Seems to drive ok with the dents though.
Thanks Larry. There was some Nova show or something that proved a car with dimples gets better mileage, so I should've just kept the $$$ and drove with the dimples
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:35 PM   #42285
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That looks like an evaporator or condenser coil. Not a compressor.
Yes it's the condenser. I don't know why I keep calling it a compressor. They put in a new condenser. There is actually a hole in that coil. They told me they could braise (?) it. (Put a copper patch over the hole.) they offered to give me the truck rate rather than the moho rate and knock off an hour or two on the price.
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Looks like a few extra tables there too!
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Yes it's the condenser. I don't know why I keep calling it a compressor. They put in a new condenser. There is actually a hole in that coil. They told me they could braise (?) it. (Put a copper patch over the hole.) they offered to give me the truck rate rather than the moho rate and knock off an hour or two on the price.
What about the oil?
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:11 PM   #42288
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Can you feel the atmospheric pressure?

Can you hear the low thrum of thunder ?

Can you feel the earth moving under your feet ?

Get ready cause we are coming to a site near you, and y'all that are carrying are targets, Dirty Dave .... Be forewarned !!!
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Can you feel the atmospheric pressure?

Can you hear the low thrum of thunder ?

Can you feel the earth moving under your feet ?

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Yep yep I feel it! Usually means it's time to go to the bathroom, but I feel it!
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:39 PM   #42290
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Yep yep I feel it! Usually means it's time to go to the bathroom, but I feel it!
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Can you feel the atmospheric pressure?

Can you hear the low thrum of thunder ?

Can you feel the earth moving under your feet ?

Get ready cause we are coming to a site near you, and y'all that are carrying are targets, Dirty Dave .... Be forewarned !!!

Yumpin Yeff, ya caint ruffle THIS Marshal with such idle jabber. Bring puddin. There's proof in it.
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Did A/C repair for 30 plus years...just patch the coil recharge the unit and your good to go.
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Ok, here are the pics of Bow's new compressor. Freightliner installed it about 3 weeks ago. I took it back to them today because the dash AC wasn't blowing cold air. The Freightliner service rep took the pics and sent them to me. Damage had to have occurred when it was towed to Cummins or when Cummins towed into their service bay.


If they replaced this condenser 3 weeks ago they missed a mounting bolt (right lower corner). But unless you were driving in a lot of rain and dust it doesn't appear new to me. Just sayin'

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Yes it's the condenser. I don't know why I keep calling it a compressor. They put in a new condenser. There is actually a hole in that coil. They told me they could braise (?) it. (Put a copper patch over the hole.) they offered to give me the truck rate rather than the moho rate and knock off an hour or two on the price.
Most A/C condensers are made of aluminum. Brazing aluminum with copper probably won't hold.

Another concern is that this will cause and orifice type effect at the point of the patch. That could defeat the purpose of the condenser in condensing the refrigerant thereby sending gas to the expansion valve or orificed fitting at the evaporator coil.

Another, there is refrigerant oil in the A/C system which could cause problems when trying to solder the tube. Maybe this is the location of the oil puddle on the floor??

If damaged in towing should be an insurance claim.
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