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Old 05-28-2014, 11:59 AM   #295
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Just got back from the Coca Cola 600 down in Charlotte. Stayed by the track at Ver-El campground...very nice and close to track. 650 mile run...coach performed flawlessly...10.4 MPG...had a blast!
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Great mileage. We often get that type of mileage when we drive at 55MPH and while not in the mountains. Now it's time to wash the MH and hit the road again.

Freight liner makes a very good chassis paired with a fuel efficient Cummins. Other than our annual maintenance, the chassis has been perfect, and we like our 5 year old Astoria. On the house side we have to replace another slide cable next week.

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Old 05-28-2014, 12:18 PM   #296
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Had AM SOLAR system installed last week by Lew Farber, Master Tech Mobile RV Systems (AM SOLAR preferred installer). Very smooth install that included 4ea 160w panels (GO-160 kits); Solar Controller MPPT 60/2 with Remote Monitor; Magnum MS-2012 Pure SineWave Inverter/Charger and Remote Control Panel; Magnum Battery Monitor System; Smart Battery Combiner, Panel Tilt Mounts, Aux 120vac Ckt Pnl; Upsized all wiring. Solar Energy serves everything except HVAC. Also, new 4ea Exide GC135 house batteries and added 2ea additional GC135 battery to provide 6 total house batteries 660ah. The last picture shows what we found in our 120vac panel: We had neutral problem with 20 amp conv/micro ckt; check your bus bars for tightness. Attached Thumbnails
We have our appointment at AM Solar in OR in July. Are you still happy with the panels, inverter, etc? Is there anything you would have liked to have done differently?

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Old 05-28-2014, 08:54 PM   #297
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Not sure which model Astoria you have but on mine behind the curbside compartment door where the fresh water tank is, there is a black plastic panel above the tank. Remove the screws and you'll find the inverter, converter and whatever else they decided to hide there. That is where my charge wizard eminates from, It's attached to the panel.
Thanks, Razzman. I will give that a shot this weekend when I get home. I knew they had this stuff hidden somewhere and that makes sense.

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:28 AM   #298
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Hi Steve. I tried to look at your coach but got a picture of a good looking woofer on the beach. We have a 2010 Astoria and it is deteriorating faster than I had hoped. It wallows like a boat so I have just ordered 4 Bilstein shocks to replace the Sachs. The Goodyear 670 tires are wearing strange on the front. I had an laser alignment with 4 wheel reference done and it all checked out OK. I have communicated with Bear about the quality of the cabinetry and his ideas proved very helpful with an issue I had. Has anyone got any comments on the Goodyear tires or the Sachs shocks. When I drove this home from the dealership 3000 miles away it rode like a Caddy. Now it rides like a hay cart. Would love to hear from the knowledge base out there.
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Hi Steve. Still very happy with our AM Solar System & Lew Farber installation.
● Can't think of any other items to have included; except the Lifeline batteries.
● If they offered a mechanism that allowed tilting all panels on one side at the same time, it would be a nice time and labor saver.
● During install, Lew said he was going to replace one of our roof plumbing vents with a lower profile design as he was putting a panel in that area. We have recently noticed odors but haven't determined actual cause(?).

We've used or panels and they have performed as briefed. Our RV reefer is a true energy hog, pulling 43amps! So, we will have to revert to LP during extended boondocking.
We will be in Oregon for FMCA gathering later this year. I hope to stop by the plant for checkup.
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Tire, Hub, Wheel Noise

We had new front tires installed 4 days ago in GA. Hearing what sounds like clicking noises from the front wheels. Have removed hubs hoping to find stones or rocks without any luck.
Anyone have ideas as to what might be cause?
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I had unusual tire wear on the passenger front tire so I had the front and rear tires on that side swapped around. On the way home I was getting a clicking rhythmic sound in time with my speed. I thought it might be a stone stuck in the tread or a tire label stuck to one wheel but an inspection revealed neither. I removed both wheel covers to check for stones but none present. I went for a 20 mile drive with the wheel covers off and sound had gone. I noticed that the retaining nuts on the wheel covers on were only finger tight whereas on the other side which hadn't been touched since new were very tight and needed and extension bar to loosen them. Myself and a buddy figured that when the nuts were fairly loose there may have been some flexing in the covers which caused the clicking sound. Don't know for sure but now they are back on and tightened up the sound hasn't returned.
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Appreciate tip. Believe you hit the mark with solution.
New ?: do you have any problems with your Lippert Ultra Level system? Ours is a headache.
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Yes, I do have problems with my Lippert levelling system and it's always the same problem and the same fix. When de-camping the jacks fail to retract about every third time. The helpful folks at Lippert say put more hydraulic fluid in and it works. Except there is always lots of fluid in the reservoir so when the jacks retract there is a big mess with excess fluid. I carry a shallow plastic tray to catch it in but it's a messy job. When I park up at home for weeks on end there is no sign of leakage so I don't know where the fluid is going. When I called Good Sam on the first couple of occurrences they always arrived with fluid so I learned what to do. It's a real PITA but I do't know what the long term fix is. Is this this same problem that you have?
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My Lippert acts occasionally like one of the pressure switches is malfunction; other times that is normal. Seems like it can only balance the coach once every 5-6 times. Usually when I try to level in automatic mode, the passenger swing - out basement doors won't open. Makes for a non - happy experience and having to manually level. (Not talking about drastic inclines). Frustrating. Don't have the fluid issues you mentioned.
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Found my converter!!!!

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Not sure which model Astoria you have but on mine behind the curbside compartment door where the fresh water tank is, there is a black plastic panel above the tank. Remove the screws and you'll find the inverter, converter and whatever else they decided to hide there. That is where my charge wizard eminates from, It's attached to the panel.

Razzman, you are my HERO!! The converter is just where you said. I have a small charge wizard attached to it. I mean small. It's about a 1" square little module mounted to the side of the converter. I have no panel. Anyway, I found the converter after looking for over a year!!! Thanks a million!
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Hi All,

First off I want to thank you all for posting on this forum. It's amazing how much I'm learning from reading everyone's posts. Not sure Im even posting correctly.

And all your advice for the step closure problem seems to be working just fine. But my steps don't seem to close up tight, they seem to stick out a little. is that normal?

Couldn't get my generator to start. Seemed to work fine at the dealer. Now that its at the storage yard, it doesn't work. Go figure.

Was talking to a neighbor, who has a smaller motorhome maybe 25' with I think Mercedes. They said not to use the diesel at the truck area pumps. Go to the area for cars and That its a different kind of diesel fuel and they were filling up there because there is more room. But they got bad gas. And had to have a lot of repair work done as a result.

Has anyone heard of that before?

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Lawest,

I buy diesel from the truck lanes all of the time with no issues, in fact I prefer truck stops as they turn their fuel more rapidly. As far as the generator goes be sure that the battery disconnect switch is turned on not in the store position. Welcome!
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Laurie generator won't start

Hi Laurie, what is the generator doing? Are you using the internal remote switch to try & start? Are you holding the down in the stop position for 10-15 secs? If so, & it still won't start, go to the generator itself and prime it there and start it there.
I have had an intermittent start switch inside for some time now. Sometimes the gen will prime from inside, sometimes not. I still haven't figured it out, but it always start at the generator.
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