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Old 07-26-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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Questions on my 2000 Dutch Star

I just updated to a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star with one slide and a Spartan Chasis and Cummins 330 motor. Just got back from my first overnight trip. I'm about to go through the manuals for a second time, but I wonder if you all could help me with a few questions.

1. Is there a link where I can read about shifting the transmission? When I press D the number 6 appears. Is that 6th gear? I haven't tried any other numbers.

2. The engine door in back is starting to get some cracks between the vent openings. Is there something I can do now to keep those cracks from getting worse?

3. If I ran the generator 24/7, roughly how long would it run on one tank of propane? Of course I should have looked how big of a tank I have before asking the question. Sometimes the generator surges some, is that typical?

4. In the instrument cluster is a gauge that reads from 0-400. What is that gauge and what number is ideal? It's been running just under 200.

5. What is the optimum engine temperature? Mine runs around 180 or a hair over.

6. I also can't find the propane detector. I see there's a covered outlet spot in the slide out near the kitchen so I have to wonder if that's where it should be? Definitely not comfortable going out again with a working propane detector.

7. I also find it odd that the a/c in the bedroom only blows out of one vent. That a/c sounds like it's suffocating itself with not being able to blow out more air. Is that normal?

That's enough questions for now. Thanks.
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Trans touch pad will display the highest gear that it is programed to shift up to . So when you push D the program shows 6th, if you hit the down arrow you can hold the trans in a lower gear for hill climbing.
My engine access door has cracks too, haven't got any worse in the 5 years that I've had this coach.
Can't answer any question on a propane gen set , sorry mine runs on diesel, it's usual consumption is 1/2 gal per hour.
I don't have the same gauge on my Freightliner chassis. sorry.
Engine temp sounds normal , 180 on the flat , expect to see 195 or so pulling the hills.
My propane leak detector is 4" above floor level in the hall way between the kitchen and bathroom. The cover you see in the slide would be a connection point for the flexible wiring between the frame and the slide, both the 12v and 1120v power run in a hinged metal protector under the slide and hook up there.
The rear A/C unit feeds into common duct work in the ceiling with the front A/C , if the front is shut off then the rear will supply cold air through all the vents close to the rear of the coach. The vents on one side of the ceiling are cold out the others are return air and have foam filters in them ( at least they did when the coach left the factory) you should clean those filters regularly, and maybe lifting the upper housing off the top of the A/C to check for debris there is in order too.
Here is a copy of Allison driving tips that came with my coach.
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Found this too , on the Allison transmission web site. Should contain the instructions your after.
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I'm pretty sure my back a/c only blows through that vent in the bedroom so will be doing some investigating as to why it doesn't also feed the rest of the vents.

Thanks for the link to the manual. Explains a lot.

Also, on the dash I have a button that says "Overhead fans." What's that?
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Mounted above the back of the entertainment center is a squirrel cage fan for aiding in windshield de-frosting.
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We had the propane gen set in our 2000 DSDP 3865. In 5 days we used two 10 gallon aux tanks and most of the main propane tank and didn't even run it overnight. Probably about 1.5 gallons per hour.
Generac 6.3 unit.
Engine temp seems about right at 180°.
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How do you ad an auxiliary propane tank? In August will be dryland camping for 7-8 days and I may run out of propane.
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Welcome to the forum and Newmar.
Here is a Brochure and Owners Guide for coach and below in my signature are links to many more for the coach.
Here is some info on the AC system and cleaning the rear AC feed cool air out to the front of coach as the front AC will feed cool air to the bedroom, the sir flow will be more noticed when both are running. Scroll up or down in link.
The gage your talking about is the pressure in the air bags when airing up at start up. 200 looks about right.
LP Detector maybe near floor in hall way and you may have a LP switch in your display area to turn on if not blinking to test or show its on.
The outlet on slide is for the wire terminations for 12v and 110 feeding into the slide with the cables under your slide running through a folding elbow into slide from the main compartment below.
You need a LP hose extend-a-stay hooked up for external LP tank and some camp grounds do not allow such a hook up.
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I found the LP detector. By the front passenger seat near the door. Right next to the expired fire extinguisher.

The industry seems to be big on replacing the LP detectors every 5 years. Most likely this one is original to the coach 15 years ago. Should I be concerned about replacing it? How about the original Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors? The VHS video I found in one of the manuals says to just clean them.
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All the detectors should have a best before date, visible on the back and if they are past dated , then replacement is the best idea.


EDIT: I should add that an annual cleaning will help the performance of the detectors, but won't extend their lifespan.
I have my VHS tape, but in the years I've had my coach , never had a player for it.
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Yes we had an extend a stay on the Dutch Star. I also bought a 10 gallon tank specifically for the one trip to eastern OR since I knew the weather could get hot and the gen would need feeding. We had two dogs with us so needed to run the gen for them while we were gone.
That trip convinced me that I would NEVER have another propane gen set and we haven't!!
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I found the LP detector. By the front passenger seat near the door. Right next to the expired fire extinguisher.

The industry seems to be big on replacing the LP detectors every 5 years. Most likely this one is original to the coach 15 years ago. Should I be concerned about replacing it? How about the original Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors? The VHS video I found in one of the manuals says to just clean them.
Yes, they need replacing. I did with our 2002 DSDP a few years ago. Need to check the present rig as I bet they're the originals.
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I never changed mine would shut it off during storage and as long as it tested OK with signal & FLASHING LED, I let it be.
Did the same with other detectors after changing batteries.
They have work when exposed to condition their designed for.
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