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Old 08-08-2014, 09:50 PM   #15
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Today, I changed out the main radiator hoses. Upon inspecting them, I could find no sign of deterioration, but it was good to have them changed. We also moved our camping gear from our tent trailer to the Montara. We are about ready to leave on our first trip.
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On the left entry wall are two on/off electrical switches that I've found no documentation for. Would anyone have a clue as to their use?
Our old Class-C is a 1993 (Ford). Those switches in ours are for the electric step or auto-step. We can shut it off once parked to leave the step out. But I think a good battery is needed for the step to work. We just replaced the step motor on ours. One is for the outside light. But all RVs are a little different. DH isn't here at the moment to ask.
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I found that the switches are for the interior and exterior lights.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:20 PM   #18
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Let us know how the maiden voyage goes, happy travels
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:28 PM   #19
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We're 'camped' behind a convenience store about 4 miles from our full campground. We'll secure a spot on the Pacific ocean in the morning when the overnighters depart. Here's a photo of the happy campers departing on the trip.

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Here's our camping setup for tonight. Not bad for free!

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We're back from our first camping trip (4 days to the Pacific Ocean) in the Montara. Mechanically, the unit performed perfectly on the drive to/from.

We had a little trouble keeping the fridge lighted, but it appears that is due to me not properly leveling it as the level markers are not really very sensitive. I'll replace those.

The bigger isse is that we discovered that there are a number of seam leaks on the roof. I'll address those shortly.

Apart from it being so crowded with 2 adults, 2 pre-school granchildren and one teenage grandchild, I think this will work for the two of us.

While we were gone, the replacement Atwood hot water tank came, so that needs to be installed. The water connections are in a different location, so it's probably a good opportunity to put in a winter bypass for the water.
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Very nice have a great time
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My wife and I have a 1997 Jayco. Seeing your RV restoration gives us hope. First replace the flooring, carpet is a horrible idea in an RV.
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My wife and I have a 1997 Jayco. Seeing your RV restoration gives us hope. First replace the flooring, carpet is a horrible idea in an RV.

The flooring will get changed, but I need to deal with the operational issues first. I picked up a water heater bypass kit today and will install that on the replacement water heater when I replace it.
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Congrats on completing the first trip!
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:33 PM   #26
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Houston, we have a problem!

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The old tank came out easily enough and I'm installing the new one after I obtain some fittings. I did install a bypass kit to help prevent this issue from re-occurring.
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With some help from a friend, this afternoon I finished up the replacement of the hot water tank. One thing I hadn't noticed on the new tank was that it had an extra opening that ended up needing to be plugged. Also it was a challenge to get some fastener rings around the intake and exhaust ports. I ended up purchasing a set of PEX tools to be able to cut off the hoses and re-install the fittings for the changed locations for the water outlets due to the installation of the bypass kit. The total job took around 7 hours to complete. I'll test it for water leaks and heating operation tomorrow.
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A good thing also is to flush the tank at least annually with one of those nozzles that you can stick into the drain. It is amazing the amount of sediment that can build up. People often don't realize that they should do this on their home water heater as well to extend its life.
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