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Old 10-05-2015, 08:40 PM   #1807
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Spritz I haven't tried that one but the paint is in real bad shape. Every other product Ive tried has just made it turn a pale grey color so this time I used turtlewax heavy oxidation remover and it seemed to make it a little better.Then a good coat of wax. Time will tell.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:46 AM   #1808
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Might check into the Zep fix for oxidized finish. Works well on older fiberglass finishes. Much cheaper than paint and easier (prep is critical) to do.
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:04 PM   #1809
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I have considered doing the zep on the upper section. I'm going to remove all the old cracked faded decals on it and just repaint the basement section. You can see that she was very neglected when I took possession. I will get an updated pic tomorrow.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:03 AM   #1810
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We got the clearance lights done. looks Great.
I got the stripe painted On the front end. I sprayed a primer and then 4 coats of the paint in light coats. This is the first time I have done it and I used spray cans. Unfortunately I had a few runs and when I was taken the tape off a few spots the paint came off.
I received a few ideas on how too redo those area's. So I will look into those tomorrow. One idea was to use a 1500 or higher wet sand??? Where would one find that type sand paper Manards, HD, Lowels ???? It really looks nice I think being my first time painting something. The colors are a near match also.
After redoing those area's would I want to use a clear coat?
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Sensar removal

7 hours to get the nuclear, black hole paste to release Baseplate of our Sensar antenna from aluminum roof... I think it has been there since 1999!
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:02 AM   #1812
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7 hours to get the nuclear, black hole paste to release Baseplate of our Sensar antenna from aluminum roof... I think it has been there since 1999!

ours looked the same, we redid it also, then there are the air horns (that don't work) there is about 4 inches of calking and heaven knows what else. The previous owner
scrap scrap... in the end you will have done it correctly.
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ours looked the same, we redid it also, then there are the air horns (that don't work) there is about 4 inches of calking and heaven knows what else. The previous owner
scrap scrap... in the end you will have done it correctly.
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Thanks, Tim! I found out it was Bostic Adhesive!!!!! Good stuff if you want things "stuck"!!!!!!
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Old 10-12-2015, 04:14 PM   #1814
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Pulled the newer water heater from the older vintage unit and swapped it with the older water heater from the new "old" vintage unit.

Need to get some wood to shim the opening up to accommodate the slightly shorter face that newer RV water heaters have over their older counter parts.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:00 PM   #1815
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First trip in the Cheiftain

Had a great weekend, and learned a lot about the RV, and what we need to do, or get for future trips.
Trip was about 100 miles each way to Lincoln State Park in Southern Indiana.
I had to buy 2 new house batteries at Walmart before leaving, as I had to put a lot of water in the old ones and that seemed to finish off a pair of terminally ill batteries.
Had to jump the RV before leaving, due to leaving the dual switch on while I was loading, and the fridge being on DC. Took the battery from the PU truck, just in case, but never needed it.
Loaded up the 6 dogs, 4 danes, a boxer, and a terrier, and away we went
Really good trip there, everything ran smooth, except for a time when I topped a hill, at 55-60 and the engine spun up, like something was slipping, and then after a few seconds, it seemed to correct itself, and it happened once on the way back.
I think it may be the torque converter. I will post questions about that issue in the appropriate forum here
Great fun, and so relaxing, we should have been doing this RV stuff a long time ago.
We took notes on what we needed in the future, and any repairs of modifications we need to make














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Good news. Your engine did not run away. It was your fan clutch cutting in. Your engine temperature went up enough to engage the fan clutch. Everything is O.K.
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My unit has the fan clutch and also two electric added in rad fans that come on when I am hauling heavy in the mountains. The fan clutch 'roar' is always a forerunner to the sudden increase in noise coming from under the doghouse. The engine normally operates at about 195 on the dial but when it hits 205 those little darlings cool her right down.
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Yea, if you did not have that runaway engine RPM bad clutch in standard transmission feel it was just the fan clutch locking up to force suck air through the radiator to keep the eninge temps down.
Sounds like a jet engine kicking in.
If your Revs go up at the same speed, or you,& you slow down check your transmission fluid level.
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* Bought and installed new house batteries from walmart. (2X group 24DC marine deep cycle batteries at $76.58 + $12 deposit each.)

* Bought misc plumbing fittings and replacement flexible heat ducting for the furnace install tomorrow.

* Shut down the hot water thank, drained the water system as best I could by opening the pressure relief vavle on the hot water tank and opening all water taps including the outdoor shower/sprayer which I used as a low point drain (or at least the lowest point I can easily get to)

* shut off the propane and burned off the excess using the range top. then shut down the propane detector.

All of it preparation for replacing my ruined furnace and ducting. My batteries were mostly dead before all of this but I wanted solid batteries for running the furnace. The gas is pretty much self explanatory and the water is because we might need to re-route 2 water pipes when installing the new furnace.
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THANK YOU, Thank YOU, THANK YOU

What you guys wrote was the best description of what happened, and explains it
I never felt a power loss, which confused me, because I thought I was actually backing off the gas, when it happened, as I was just topping the hill.
And it was really loud, and it did not help that the engine cover was a little loose.
The only time I drove this route in this RV, was in February, the day I bought it, and it was 40 degrees.

Thanks again
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