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Old 06-08-2014, 03:45 PM   #309
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Truckstop fuel all the way...like Bear says...they sell a bunch of fuel...less chance of water and debris in your fuel...your friend is misinformed...
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misinformed

Thanks Bear and Jim,

I thought that sounded a little odd. I was also told there are two types of Diesel. Reg and Premium. And one you had to put in an additive.

I don't remember the dealer saying anything about adding anything to the fuel.

Getting ready for our first trip with her in a couple weeks to up north. I'm sure we will be working the bugs out.

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Old 06-08-2014, 08:49 PM   #311
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re: generator I was trying the switch on the dash. I didn't try holding down in stop position. Bob wasn't around at the time, so I figured I must have been doing something wrong. Next time I go there I will try your suggestions.
We have a week planned up north soon. I'm sure we will learn a lot from that trip.
Thanks, Again
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:37 AM   #312
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A minimum of 40 cetane...diesel at all truck stops will have it...additives are not a bad idea...algae will grow in diesel...loves to grow in your filters...change your filters every season when you do the other maintenance...oil changes...Chassis grease...check oil in front hubs...gear oil in rear differential...just to name a few...

I have never used an additive but will most likely start using one...

A friend of mine uses one he gets at Wally World...swears by it...I will find out the name and post later...
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:15 AM   #313
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Jim and Bear have got a mine of good information. I have learned a lot from their postings.
Truck stops have been good for me, Lots of manoeuvring room and those high speed pumps make life a lot easier. I run my generator for about an hour once a month. I started doing this after I left it all summer and it was difficult to start and ran erratically. I read an article that said they need 'exercising' regularly. Enjoy your new rig and if you look after it, it will give you a lot of enjoyment
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:40 AM   #314
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Run that generator! Once a month for at least an hour and put at least a half load on it...one AC on line will do it...in the winter months I turn the hot start on and that puts a decent load on the genny...then after an hour I light off the engine and run it till tranny reaches about 100 degrees....

It keeps the generator exercised and drys the moisture off the generator windings...
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Jim is correct except that the chassis batteries charge when plugged in or when the genset is running as week as from the big motor.

If you are correct I have a problem! I cranked mine this weekend to reposition for a wash job and got a low battery alarm...it went away pretty quick with the engine running...and she has been on shore tie all summer/spring...
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Jim,

Did you get the warning from the levelers? I get that frequently but it doesnt really make any sense as I've gone out and checked the voltages immediately and had 12.8 volts on the chassis batteries do not sure what it means.
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It popped up on the display bar as soon as I lit it off...I was still on levelers...air bags still deflated...it did it last summer as well...it cancels out after it runs for 30 seconds or so...this is what makes me think it is not charging cranking batteries on shore power...

We went on a 700 mile trip 2.5 weeks ago so you would think the cranking batteries would be charged up...who knows with these beasts...they like to keep us guessing...

The engine turned over no problem cranking...but the alarm came on!
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Cranking batteries

Jim, I think your correct. I don't think the chassis batteries are charged while plugged into shore power. I get the same low voltage error on my info dash panel if I let the coach sit more than a few weeks without starting it. Goes away pretty quick.
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I run my genset with a load on whenever I run it for its hourly work-out. What do you mean when you turn on the hot start in the winter month, what is that?
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Back in the bedroom just below the closet there is a switch on the wall...a foot or so up from the floor...a hot start has electric heating elements in it and bolts on to the side of the engine...the heating element warms up the engine for cold weather cranking...i believe it is 220 volt service...anyway it will put a decent load on the generator when turned on...I keep ours covered so I dont feel safe running the heat pumps with the cover on...so I turn on the hot start for an hour or so running the generator...then I secure the hot start and light off the engine...monthly...
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Water Pump

I have a 2009 Astoria 3772. Not sure what is happening with my water pump but for some reason, it is not sending *any* water to any of the faucets.

- I can hear the pump turn on.

- The fresh water tank is filled to capacity

- When connected to city water, there is pressure to all the faucets.

Any idea where there may be a valve that is prohibiting water from the tank to be sent through the pump? The valves at the rear of the coach (below the washer / dryer hookup) have the hot line and cold line open and mixed line closed - which is how I have always had it in the past. I am wondering if the people who winterized closed something I was not aware of.

Thank you for any assistance!

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I would check the low point drain and the valve that allows you to fill fresh water tank from city water hookup. I have that problem once and it was the fill valve that was in the wrong position.
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