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Old 01-28-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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Sunday, I started the MH to take it a mall lot to hook up our new toad for the first time. While I waited for the air pressure to build, I remembered back to the spring of last year when I went through a series of times when, after a very short period sitting, the chassis batteries didn't have enough a charge to turn the engine over, even with the aux start.

The problem turned out to be the new step controller board that I had put in. The old one flat out failed and wouldn't move the steps. The new one was a different version and apparently had enough of a parasitic load that it can run the battery down pretty quickly. At Hooligan's suggestion, I move the steps to the house batteries. I either have the battery disconnect off or have the MH plugged in so this move made perfect sense.

It is just another case where I've come to this forum and been given the exact information that I needed. Hearing our diesel fire on the first flick of the key was music to my ears but I remember that someone else wrote the song for me.

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Hooligan and the others among you who have been kind enough to share your experiences with me. This past week was our 5th anniversary of MH ownership and I know that it would have been a significantly more difficult period without all of your help.

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Charlie, all I can say is, your are welcome. I too have learned a lot from other members here.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:25 AM   #3
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I've always been amazed at the level of support and good will that is provided to and from complete strangers every day. This forum is clearly a testiment to our better nature and the decency of its members. That being said, a little flattery goes a long way. Nice comment and happy RVing.

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Charles, Thanks and it has always worked both ways. Since we have the same model motorhome, it seems you have solved many of the problems just before I run into them. The loose VDC connections causing speedometer problems, Belt size for the A/C compressor, Troubleshooting the Atwood Furnace, etc, etc. I've learned a lot and I sure appreciate it..
You and all the active members of the forum have provided a wealth of information and initiated a lot of good discussions. Thanks again and enjoy....
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, Hooligan. I'm glad that my efforts have helped others, too. J Walker and I share a lot of information and, today, he managed to save me yet more money. I view MH ownership as a journey in which there is always something new to learn. It is great to be able to share that learning as well as to benefit from the learning of others.

In seems like this is one of the few places where we can all come, share a common interest and have a lot to take away.

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I can't tell you how many times I have said "hmm" or "ah-ha" or "bingo" after reading these threads. Although I don't contribute much anymore, I still do a great deal of knowledge fishing.
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Boy is that the truth. Tons of info.....FREE. Ain't science grand?
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Boy is that the truth. Tons of info.....FREE. Ain't science grand?
Science is grand. I was thinking the other day about how much better life is with the Internet and having the kinds of responses that one can get from Google and others. IMHO, it is one of the biggest labor savers and highest productivity tools that I have.

But what happens on this forum goes beyond that. I still have to apply to results of any Internet search that I do. Here, guys like Hooligan, RV Wizard, GaryKD, NeilV, JWalker (this list could go on for a very long time), apply their individual knowledge to MY specific set of symptoms or problem description. I promise you, it would have taken me a very long time to have researched whether the Service Bulletin for the exhaust brake voltage spike that was shutting down our engine really applied to me. Hooligan cut through that research for me and, $27 and 15 minutes of time (after the part arrived) later, that symptom has never reoccurred. Several times, my obviously wrong information was corrected by others. Probably more important, the atmosphere here is that I can be wrong without be ridiculed for it (has happens a lot on other forums.)

I find myself being more of a whiner and complainer than I ever intended to be. There just seems to be so much to whine and complain about. I'm trying to make a personal effort to be as energetic about pointing out the good stuff, too. And this place IS the good stuff.

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