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Old 08-04-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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todays list of questions

I just got a Dutch star 1999 DP freightliner cat 300 38 foot
This is today list of questions
What size is my diesel tank?
The cruise control does not like to go up hills, what do I do
Thereís no power to power vent in kitchen, and fuse is good, what do I do?
I have been told to get a spare starter solenoid, whatís the part number?
I want to buy and nice outside grab handle, where can I look?
Where can I get a 4 button ac control
I need to Read about how the Trans works

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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Our 2000 DSDP on FL chassis it was 100 gallons
What do you mean by "does not like to go up hills"?
Start looking for a broken wire, faulty ground or burned out motor
Why? I've never needed a starter.
Newmar sells them although not the plastic lighted ones, there's an RV closeout place in Elkhart IN that might have the lighted ones with Newmar on them.
The 4 button units are not made any more, you might be able to get one through some of the listed businesses
As I remember there is a place the rebuilds them, just can't find the info right now
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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The following link will tell you where you can get a
4-button T-Stat:

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/dome...tml#post729028
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:09 PM   #4
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Welcome dutch99 to Newmar forum & irv2.
Congrats on your 99 have safe travels.
Some of your chassis answers you may get in the FL forum.
Transmission in the ALLISON Forum.
This link to COM_NET in Quick Tips & Mods will get you info on your coach.
Here is a Owners Guide.
Here is a brochure.
Your tank size for fuel, gray, black and fresh will be in brochure.
Dependant on size of hill your CC may cut out unless you have hit the gas pedal to gain speed to get up the hill.
The fan which fan?
Here is a thread on your door asist handel.
QT's has many answers for you on your slides, controls and many mods that members have added to their coach's.
Enjoy the forums and do post often.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #5
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Dutch '99:

Welcome to the world of Newmar! We have a '99 that we bought in 2003 and have been full-timing in since 2004. We LOVE it! It is a great coach and we have had little trouble.

On your cruise--Make sure your exhaust brake is turned off when your cruise is on. It is easy to leave on and it causes all kinds of bucking, etc.

My diesel tank is 100 gallons, my fresh water is 100 gallons, my gray water tank is 60 gallons and my black water is 40 gallons. My model number is a # 3858.

Good luck and good riding!
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:20 AM   #6
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Looks like all of your questions have been answered except about the vent fan. If it is a Fantastic fan give that company a call and they will help you find the problem. They are excellent with troubleshooting and even send you repalcement parts free - no matter how old the fan.

Enjoy your Dutch Star and keep asking questions.
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:54 AM   #7
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Same problem with power vent. Was the ground wire up on the fan. Fantastic told me to turn the fastener 1/4 turn. Works great.
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dutch99, Mr_D's reply about a starter, is part of the on-going confusion, of definitions . Solinoid vs Relay, the solinoid in the starter system is mounted on the starter, part of the assembly. The Relay, mounted on a plate on the outside of the passenger side frame rail; above the muffler. The relay takes a low amp signal from the ignition switch and provides high amp power to the solinoid. I don't have the correct p/n for the relay; although it is similar to many mid 70s Ford items it is wired up differently. Definately carry a spare when you do get the right p/n. Mine has acted up so often that I wired in a push button by-pass. So I'm not stuck at the pumps trying to start the unit. It also comes in handy for spinning the engine over to build up oil pressure, after a filter change. Even Lordco, and Napa have issues with with the definition, cost about $12.00. Napa p/n ST404SB can be used in a pinch but you have to leave the ground wire off the I terminal as it will cause a short.
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I guess I should put my definitions out there.
Relay. a switching device that uses low amp power, to control high amp power.
Solinoid. a device that uses power to perform single or multiple tasks. that may involve transfereing power . As is the case with a starter solinoid, it supplies power to the starter brushes, at the same time pulling the drive arm to move the drive gear to to engauge the flywheel.
Thats what I was told when I started in automotive 45 years ago. It seems that since then the definitions have got a little blurry
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one question at a time

i thought the forum wanted only one question per thread?
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:12 AM   #11
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With a new member it may depend on how complex the questions may be.
Its easier to keep track of a problem if each question is on its own, muiltible questions may get lost as thread gets longer.
By rights chassis related questions should be posted in proper chassis forum but if related to Newmar I may allow in this forum.
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