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Old 05-08-2016, 09:48 PM   #2213
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Changed the oil on the Chieftain, all 8 quarts.
checked the fluids
Did a big cleanup, ordered a new AC compressor for the dash.
cleaned the water tanks.
Order some invection hot plates/
Prepping to pull out the stove
Bought a new battery for the chassis at Wal-mart for 48.88.

I had planned to do a big cleanup, and tuneup on the onan generator, but after exercising it a lot over the winter, it is running perfect, for some miraculous reason,
Last year it had a lot of issues, and would not run continuously, and steady.
I assumed it was due to setting too much, and never being run.
I have left it running hours this past couple months, and it is doing great. I am afraid to touch it now
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:10 AM   #2214
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hpbcrillo,
You have done a fine job remodeling, and now you have something that you can be very proud of. I hope that you have many enjoyable trips with her for many years to come.
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:28 AM   #2215
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Thank you all for the very kind comments. We love how it has turned out so far.
Plan to flush and test the water systems tomorrow for leaks, and try the water heater for the first time. Fingers crossed!
I always used air to test water system. It keeps you from having a big wet mess if there are leaks. When you get through, leave the system pressurized and let set for about 20 minutes and you will know if you have any tiny leaks. Use the water regulator. It will work on air as well as it does on water.
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Well, good and bad report. Good news....the refrigerator works on propane as well as elect, the freezer is down to 10 degrees f. after a couple hours, but the fridge is only down to 43 degrees at the top, moved the thermometer to the bottom to see if it is colder down there.
Also good news...the water heater works! Propane, but gets the 6 gallons hot pretty quickly.
Filled the water tank about 1/4 full and no leaks, and the water pump works great also. Then I hooked the water hose from the house with pressure reducer and filter directly to the correct inlet, and it works great bypassing the water holding tank.
More good news...the new shower head and line work awesome.....seems like great water pressure, even though I know it is not that high. I forget the brand, but it is highly recommended as a replacement for rv's.
Bad news....a couple small leaks at the water lines inside. It is leaking at the substitute clamps.... will have to put on the proper 'crimp type' clamps. But overall, much more good news than bad.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:25 PM   #2217
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A little 12v computer cse fan wired into the light switch latch or a battery powered RV fridge fan will help a lot...point it at the "fins" inside fridge.
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A little 12v computer cse fan wired into the light switch latch or a battery powered RV fridge fan will help a lot...point it at the "fins" inside fridge.
Thank you! I just checked again and the freezer is now down to 0 degrees f, and the bottom of the fridge is at 39 degrees, so it is working.
Does the freezer really need to get that cold?
There is a 'climate control' switch inside the fridge, either on or off. Does anyone know what this is for? I don't see any other temperature controls for it.
Thanks for your help!
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Thank you! I just checked again and the freezer is now down to 0 degrees f, and the bottom of the fridge is at 39 degrees, so it is working.
Does the freezer really need to get that cold?

Old Toolmaker says: Don't you like hard ice cream? The difference in temperature is built into the refrigerator.

There is a 'climate control' switch inside the fridge, either on or off. Does anyone know what this is for? I don't see any other temperature controls for it.

Old Toolmaker says: When you're on shore power, that switch turns on a heater around the door gasket to prevent the humidity from condensing on the cooler metal.

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Your dong the right thing Jerry, I was told to start and run the Generator at a minimum of once a month for an hour. The worst thing is for them to sit. I also added an in line fuel filter separate from all others and that has help immensely. I did not read this anywhere but after I run the Gen for a few minutes and then I also kick on all roof A/C's / Heater / Water and just about any other system and run for the remaining hour as I have found condensation and rust are killers!
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Your dong the right thing Jerry, I was told to start and run the Generator at a minimum of once a month for an hour. The worst thing is for them to sit. I also added an in line fuel filter separate from all others and that has help immensely. I did not read this anywhere but after I run the Gen for a few minutes and then I also kick on all roof A/C's / Heater / Water and just about any other system and run for the remaining hour as I have found condensation and rust are killers!

Thanks for the advice on the addition of a fuel filter. I do run it under load, now that it will run indefinitely
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I was hesitant about the generator in my coach prior to purchase, it had just about 2000 hours on it. But after doing some research, found that those hours are not so relevant on the diesel genset and in fact worked out to around 150 hours a year, again, not a huge deal for an oil burner. We ran it all night when boondocking on our last trip and it never missed a beat.
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I was hesitant about the generator in my coach prior to purchase, it had just about 2000 hours on it. But after doing some research, found that those hours are not so relevant on the diesel genset and in fact worked out to around 150 hours a year, again, not a huge deal for an oil burner. We ran it all night when boondocking on our last trip and it never missed a beat.
Having a BlueBird (built like a tank) I hang around with a lot of other BlueBirds that are 30-35 yrs old (the coach's!). I have never, ever, ever seen a worn out diesel generator (the engine part). I've seen plenty of gen heads end up getting replaced after 20-30yrs of use, but I've never seen a generator's engine wear out. FYI I'm talking about 8-12kw diesel gensets in the bigger rv's.
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Put the two new coach batteries and the old chassis battery in today. Friday it will be de-winterized and then I can start loading up/installing everything I bought for it over the winter. Bring on the camping season!!!
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Went to routine start the generator and found both house batteries drained. Disconnected the + cable and using the trusty VOM found short to ground. Fortunately problem was a bad battery mode solenoid. Now to go argue with the parts store people about what I need.
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