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Old 06-01-2008, 07:19 AM   #1
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Anyone out there,

I have been reading in the owner's manual about letting all of the air out of both of the air tanks on a weekly or monthly basis by opening the air drain valve located on the front side of the coach and the rear side of the coach.

My question is this: Is this really necessary as the chassis has a Bendix type(?) air dryer that takes all of the moisture out of the system before the engine compressor sends it to the twin air tanks?

I have driven charter bus for more than 4 years now and this was never done by us drivers, even when we were more than 60 days on the road with no scheduled maintenance done during that time!

Thanks for the feedback guys and gals!
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Anyone out there,

I have been reading in the owner's manual about letting all of the air out of both of the air tanks on a weekly or monthly basis by opening the air drain valve located on the front side of the coach and the rear side of the coach.

My question is this: Is this really necessary as the chassis has a Bendix type(?) air dryer that takes all of the moisture out of the system before the engine compressor sends it to the twin air tanks?

I have driven charter bus for more than 4 years now and this was never done by us drivers, even when we were more than 60 days on the road with no scheduled maintenance done during that time!

Thanks for the feedback guys and gals!
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Old 06-01-2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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Okay, here I go again. Have not seen the valves you mentioned in front or in the rear. Maybe its because I don't know exactly what I am looking for.

Do you have a photo of the valve(s) or can you describe it so I will know it when I see it.

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Old 06-01-2008, 03:17 PM   #4
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Redeldo,

The 2 plugs I am referring to look like (and are) quick connect fittings for air compressor hoses.

One is located just to the passenger side of the Generator compartment and the other just to the passenger side of the hitch connector for your dinghy (or toad in some people's world...you have to get on your knees to see them. Both of the fittings are attached and extend from both of the air tanks on permanent metal pipes.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been a commercial bus driver for several years driving 45 foot Prevosts and the other drivers think I am nuts letting the air out of the air bags, tank, etc...once a month.

But, better to be nuts than perhaps short cash due to a maintenance issue that was neglected?

Who knows?

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Old 06-01-2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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SacsTC,

Just noticed your picture of your beautiful looking motorhome...your paint colour on your Diplomat looks awfully like my Endeavor paint job.

Can I ask if you have any touch up paint and where you got it from?

Up here in Canuck country, it is not easy getting anything..usually have to order it from China or somewhere else and than wait 4 years to get it.

Does the Monaco Harrisburg plant carry this? I asked them once and they told me no.

I have tried Paint Supply shops, Autobody shops, etc...but to no avail.

Any help would be most appreciated...
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That's interesting. I found 3 or 4 little bottles of touch up paint in our RV after we picked it up from DeMartini. They were in one of the drawers. I thought they came from Monaco similar to those I received when I bought the previous RV (not a Monaco).
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:06 PM   #7
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Not only did I not get the 3 bottles of touch up paint, but every manual was missing (including the coach manual) and I only got 1 key fob (of course it wasn't a brand new coach, it had 5300 miles on it and 1 previous owner, but still, one would think that these things would be left in the motorhome.)

When I sold my 1994 Trailer 3 months ago, not only did I leave behind all of the original manuals in mint condition, but I also had all of the replacement manuals for the new appliances (someone hand me a crying towel now, please!...VBG)
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:30 AM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Not only did I not get the 3 bottles of touch up paint, but every manual was missing (including the coach manual) and I only got 1 key fob </div></BLOCKQUOTE>You know what's sad about that? Dealers don't seem to care. The previous owners would probably have been happy to bring them in if the dealer had simply asked. As it was, they probably found them two days later and just threw the stuff away figuring, "Guess we don't need these any longer."
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SacsTC:

Here are the valves I'm talking about on our Diplomat.
They should be the same on ChefGuys' Endeavor, but whether yours are in the same place is probably doubtful. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Now I'm confused...That connector on the back is where the factory told me to connect the air hose for my toad. That's exactly where the dealer put on the air connector. I was told the air bleed was in the engine bay like it was on my Dynasty...
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I try not to argue with the Manual. I suggest you do what it says and dump the air like it says once a month.
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