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Old 07-26-2012, 11:15 AM   #995
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1965 Kodiak Camper Trailer.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:54 PM   #996
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Reminds me of an old trailer my parents had in the backyard for the longest time before they finally sold it. It was supposed to be a project for my dad but that never happened. lol
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:41 PM   #997
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I had a friend that had one like yours and he cut a square hole in the front and put a window airconditioner in it. I used it a few times and that baby would freeze you out. It was nice to use for fishing trips to the state park. I bought a small generator thinking he and I could use it to run the air on the next fishing trip. That way we could hit some fishing spots out in the boonies that were not over fished. Only to find out he decited to trade the camper for a nice hunting rifle. Kim Enjoy!
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:08 AM   #998
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Your 13.5 kw AC unit will not cool much over 20 degrees below ambient temperature- that is, if its 95 degrees on the roof, you will probably see 75 degrees inside.

If the cooling is much LESS than 20 degrees, you might want to check/clean your inside air filters and clean and straighten the fins on the evaporator and condenser units on the roof.

Its tough to cool off an uninsulated tin box, period. Try using Reflectix on the windows on the sunny side, use your patio awning and close your drapes and blinds, especially on the windshield to help you AC work its best.
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Thanks Chief, I backed my RV in my drive way, cut a few branches off a fur tree so I could get close to the garage and use the cord on the RV and leave the extention cord alone. The AC unit was putting out 65 degree air.(Using a thermometer) You are right about trying to cool down a hot RV. I turned the AC unit on in the morning and it seemed to keep up with the heat when we gave it a chance.
Now I have to get someone to look at the generator. It doesn't like to have a load put on it. It will cough, sputter and just about quit when I turn on the rear AC. Until then we will just plug the thing in. I will get this thing ship shape one of these days. Thanks again, Kim.
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Now I have to get someone to look at the generator. It doesn't like to have a load put on it. It will cough, sputter and just about quit when I turn on the rear AC.
Is it getting fresh gas?
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Hey John, I have filled the tank a few times and I use the mid-grade in the RV. My wife and I picked the RV up in Lincoln Ne and we ran the gererator to run the furnace on the trip home. We bought the rig back in late Feb. and the temp was around 20 below. Not one of our brightest ideas. The generator ran well then but the AC must pull a few more amps. I might try adding some carb cleaner in the gas tank and just let the thing run. Question does the RV need to be level to run the generator? I changed the oil in the generator and suppose it should be run from time to time to keep things from drying out.
The RV was one that was lived in by the owners son so I don't think he used the generator much. I did not find this out until Merry and I drove the 400 plus miles to purchase the RV. I guess I did not ask about that when I talked with the owner. All in all the thing is in pretty good shape for being almost 30 years old. I think if we use this rig enough we will up grade to a newer one. Thanks for the reply. Kim
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It does not really have to be level to run, I would think that any severe out of level condition that would hurt it you would not be parked or driving at.

The next thing I would consider is changing the fuel filter for it.
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Why did I not think of the fuel filter. Good idea! I shall give that a try and see what happens. I bet that thing has not been replaced ever.
How did you add your RV photo with your name? I would add one of Merry and me or one of the rig. KW
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I would guess the fuel filter as well but low oil will have a similar effect. The gen. will run fine for a few minutes but then as the oil starts to run and thin a little it will try to shut off under the low oil automatic cut-off. I had the same problem and took the fuel filter out and found it to be clean. I checked the oil and it was a little low. After I changed the oil it ran perfect. My manual says to let it warm up for a minute before putting any heavy loads on too. Good luck with it!
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I will top off the oil. I checked it and it is a little low but not to the add mark yet. I purchased some carb cleaner additive to add to the tank and we will get the rv backed into the driveway and let the generator run for a while. I am crossing my fingers that this works. If not she will have to see the gen-a-coligest.That was bad I know. Thanks for the advice KW
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When you tried to start the AC, had you let the generator run for a while or did you try to start it up as soon as you fired off the gennie?

Your generator requires a few minutes, maybe 5, to warm up before you attempt to put any load on it. It will shudder, shake and die if you add a load too soon.
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A better method to clean the gennie carb is to add a full can of SeaFoam to a one gallon can of gas.

Disconnect the rubber fuel line, insert it into the gallon can and fire off the gennie. Let it run for an hour or until the can is empty. This will clean the worst varnish out of the carb (typically, the symptom from varnish is surging when not under load).

Also, besides checking/replacing the fuel filter, look carefully at the rubber fuel line all the way back to the tank. If its perished or cracking, it may be collapsing or sucking air when fuel is being pulled rapidly through it.
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