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Old 09-11-2014, 05:32 PM   #43
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After diagnosing why the refrigerator wouldn't keep running and doing a lot of online research, I found that Dinosaur Electronics makes a highly regarded replacement control board. My model is the P-711. I ordered it yesterday and it was delivered today, so I installed it in about 10 minutes and the refer fired right up! Here's a picture of the installation.

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Three major projects remain: the Onan generator carburetor appears to be gummed up as it's running quite rich, and there are lots of internet threads about how un-repairable they are. But the replacement for my A series generator is $433! EEK! I'm going to try cleaning it (I've already had it apart and it's really clean inside) by soaking in carb cleaner. A rebuild kit ($40 including shipping is on the way).

The second project is to replace the carpet with flooring. That project will need to wait a bit.

The last project is to replace the inner lower part of the main entry door. This shouldn't be too hard.


Now I need to do some RVing. . .
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Check Amazon and eBay for a replacement carb. They are so much cheaper than from a dealer!
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:58 PM   #45
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Check Amazon and eBay for a replacement carb. They are so much cheaper than from a dealer!
I certainly am. This is a very specific carb used on this early ONAN unit (Model A), so the pickings are pretty slim. I'm even searching for whether there is an alternative for it.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:30 PM   #46
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Ah that's too bad but makes sense. My generator was giving me fits for awhile. Be sure to keep the updates coming!
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #47
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One step forward; two backwards

Today I replaced the rotted out piece of lumber on the bottom of the entry door to the coach. In the process of doing this, I discovered that the hinge side of the door was rotted out. So I'll need to un-mount the door and re-manufacture the inner framework of the door before re-skinning it. I'll take pictures of that process as it should be interesting work. I have some thoughts about how I'll make the inner framework stronger than the original.
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:00 PM   #48
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Well that was easy!

Here's the damaged door edge and rot after I disassembled the hinge side of the door.

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I fabricated new wood pieces.

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Then I glued and screwed them together and reinstalled the door. Works perfectly, but now I need to clean it.

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Our replacement blinds came today, so that's next.
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I installed the new blinds that we purchased from Home Depot on line. They were pretty inexpensive and easy to install.

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It really dresses up the coach and provides some privacy.

The generator and floor remain as the last two major projects.
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BTW, I installed aluminum blinds as the original plastic ones really suffered from sun damage.
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I can't understand why they still make those plastic blinds. They only last about a year.

Your replacements look terrific!
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Your new aluminum ones will last forever. Ours are original to the coach (1994) and still have the original strings.
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There was no privacy curtain in the coach when we acquired it, so we acquired a queen size sheet from a thrift store, doubled it over so there is a pattern on each side, hemmed it and installed some cord loops (sewing by my wife).

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This should work.
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There's nothing like doing it your self and being creative.
It kind of reminds me of my first apartment.
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It's been a long wet winter without any work on the Montara. Today, I received new 1141 LED BULBS for interior lighting so I installed them. They went in easily and definitely throw off enough light.




I have done more diagnostic work on the Onan auxiliary generator and it appears that the bellcrank on the governor is loose. To fix that I'll need to drop the generator out of the coach which I hope to do in the next few weeks.
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