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Old 02-01-2015, 08:37 AM   #57
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If u have leaks they are the most important, if they are not fixed they will do a lot of damage !!
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:33 PM   #58
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It's been a while since I gave an update. We've used the rig this summer for a couple weeks camping at Glacier National Park and on the Pacific Ocean at South Beach near Kalaloch. It's performed well except for the lack of a generator to keep the coach battery charged. We may acquire some solar panels to keep the battery charged when we are dry camping.

We dumped the black and grey tanks for the first time after our last camping trip. I was surprised at how full the black tank was as we don't use the toilet. The sensors which indicate the level of the tanks aren't working so I need to troubleshoot that as well.

I did, however, decide to update the converter/charger to a Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power 4600 so I can plug the coach into shore power without concern that the battery will be boiled dry.

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The installation was straightforward following their instructions. Here I'm transferring the 12v circuits from the old board to the new.

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Completed installation.

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It took me just under two hours to complete the installation. I acquired the unit from Best RV and Truck Supply. Great customer service and prompt shipping.

The next major project is to drop the generator and fix the bell crank on the governor which appears to be the reason the generator won't stay running.

That's the update for now.


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Old 08-28-2015, 07:45 PM   #59
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I dropped the generator today and the bell crank is properly affixed. It was about a 3 hour job to remove and re-install it. It looks like it's carb replacement time.


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Old 08-31-2015, 02:10 AM   #60
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Sounds like you may be in business with that there generator!
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:50 AM   #61
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100 watts of portable solar arrived today. It's too rainy and stormy to test for a few days.

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Now we have a backup for our generator.


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Old 09-02-2015, 09:48 AM   #62
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Have just been casually following this thread. Very interesting. Also gotta love the irony that it is too cloudy to test your new solar hookup. Here's to clear skies and lots of sunshine!
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:27 PM   #63
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It's a cloudy day, but the new solar charger is working its magic. It'll be interesting to see the max I can get out of this 100 watt unit.

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Old 09-08-2015, 05:53 PM   #64
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It's been a long road to getting the generator operational, but it finally occurred today. I found a used carburetor on eBay off of a running ONAN that had another part fail and the owner didn't want to fix it. So he sold the carb separately for $80. I took a gamble and swapped it into my unit and the generator fired up and ran on its own for the first time in probably many many years. There's still some fine tuning to do, but at least we now have a running generator to accompany our solar and shore power options. I am going to replace the rubber gas line hoses just to be safe as they are 20 years old.

That's it for now. It's time to continue enjoying the motorhome.
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