Not sure if this thread is dead, and I'm kinda hoping that it isn't. I just bought an old Mallard, and moved into it three weeks ago. I have had no RV experience prior to this, and it has been a crash course (literally, although the crashes have been minor so far.) I'm really learning a lot, and quickly but there are so many things that I still don't understand.
First, my rig was advertised as a 1992 by the fella I bought it from on Craigslist. I'm sure that he had only purchased it to fix it up and sell it, so I doubt that even he knew for sure what year it is. I looked up the VIN number and it seems to be a 1990? I think the VIN is the more reliable source, right? :shrug:
I saw that users Elecmusic and 1989Mallard have non-working dash A/C. I have the same problem and my mechanic noted that it would be REALLY expensive to convert, so I'm leaving that one alone. The roof A/C works great off the generator or shore power, so I'm not worried about it. We're in Texas so the A/C is more important than the heat -- which works off the dash, but our furnace is not working. This is problematic, heading into the winter months. I had a guy come out and look at it, and he tested the furnace circuit board and found that it was bad, so he's replacing that. Only he doesn't know how long it will take to find that particular part.
Also took notice of the steering conversation, because I just thought that driving an RV was that much more difficult! Are you saying that I don't have to white-knuckle everywhere, and should only have to deal with the wind. Because one of my two :ahem: mishaps, was due to an extra narrow construction zone, on a hill, with a left hand curve, gusting wind, an oncoming semi, an unsecured baggage door, and a concrete barrier placed just a *little* too close. Fortunately, all I lost was the baggage door, and there was no other damage. Unfortunately, I've heard that it would be nearly impossible to replace. Anybody got a spare they want get rid of for super cheap?
I saved my favorite issue for last, because it's my very favorite thing. I mentioned that I had never had any RV experience before, so I didn't really know how the inside of the coach was powered. When we were getting the walk through, the previous owner turned on the generator to demonstrate the A/C and then all the lights and everything worked and we were impressed. What I didn't know is that the house battery is supposed to handle all the electrical needs inside the coach while the genny is off. The genny and/or shore power are supposed to charge up these batteries so that you don't have to run the genny all the time, and you only need it for major draws like the A/C. Well, if we aren't plugged in or running the genny, we have no juice. The guy that is looking at the furnace did a cursory check to verify that the fuses are all good, and the breakers are all working, but he didn't have the means to test the battery (he was mobile.) So at some point I have to pull the house battery and take it to get it tested (it looks pretty new, though, so I have no idea what the problem might be.) Did I mention that the RV is also our only vehicle?
I have learned that being a full-time RVer is like being a homeowner, combined with a bit of shade-tree mechanic. I'm learning a lot as I go along, and talking to as many people as I can. This forum has been an amazing resource, and I look forward to participating in my conversations in the future.
May the road rise up to meet you.