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Old 09-16-2020, 09:45 PM   #1
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A trip to Flagstaff... EVENTUALLY!!!!

Well... some times, enough is simply enough.

I'd been planning to visit my kids in Tucson since mid-March. Apparently my timing sucks!!!! I promised it again in April and then May, June, July, etc. Well, many RV parks in the southwest were reporting to being over-booked through most of those months. But then September rolls around and my itchiness to travel becomes overwhelming!!!

As we assemble/reassemble everything needed to travel complete and in comfort, we quickly realized that my favorite RV was in serious need of new shoes - all around!!! So the process of pricing - and determining what additional option should be included - the process took on a life of its own.

AS A SIDE NOTE: We purchase our TOYO tires from "The Tire Factory" in Coolidge, AZ. While for a Californian, this may sound like an odd choice. They couldn't have been nicer, more accommodating and still offering the best pricing I could find. So far, I am very happy with these new shoes and the price was very appealing!!!!

NOW BACK TO OUR TRAVEL ADVENTURE: Leaving Temecula later than we'd planned on Monday - but earlier than hoped for - and in 100 degree heat, we quickly headed into even warmer temps as we moved east toward Tucson. The A/C became a necessity if we were to keep our ability to concentrate. And - driving a 50,000 lb. bullet down the highways - we felt that concentration was probable NOT something we wanted to lose! On went the generator followed relatively quickly by several of the roof A/C units. At first, everything was fine. The inside temps were cooling and Bear and I were singing our favorite Country songs... well, to be honest, I was singing and he was holing!!!! He never has liked my singing. Apparently the A/C and or generator also did not appreciate our harmony. Our Aladdin System display indicated irregular AC (current) and "blank" frequency - not even zero! Just BLANK!!!. Meaning, simply: No electricity was going to anything in our coach!!!!! It was 108 in the shade and we had no air conditioning!!!! Not particular positive. So the dash A/C had to serfice for now. And we all know just how good the dash A/C unit area!!

The first thing Tuesday morning we called the local (Tucson) service center for - hopefully - their ability to sqquueezzzzze us in. Long story short (and believe me, this was quite a long and frustrating story. Not about Cummins! The three centers in AZ all did their very best to accommodate us. Really! It was obvious to tell.). But that morning, the generator tech at the Tucson facility was OFFICIALLY required to physically (with his tools) leave that service center for about one week to service the large contract Cummins has with our Homeland Security. Government contracts come first. It's just the way it is. So Tucson called their Mesa location and attempted to scheduled us in immediately! But... the generator specialist at the Mesa location had quite the previous Friday to take a much better paying job to work on commercial generators. So Tucson called their Avondale location. It's like these guys are fighting to get us in as quickly as possible!!!!! I'm simply not use to this level of service. But definitely likin' it!!! SUCCESS!!! Avondale says "Bring it in!" But nothing until Friday or Monday of next week. "But we have eight RV stalls with 50 AMP service you can use for free while awaiting service." (we new the A/C units worked on shore power. Just not the generator.) So off we went. But I told them I'd arrive mid-morning on Wednesday, "Just incase you have any cancelations." They (Amber in service) says "Sure. Bring it in and plug it in." We get there at 10AM on Wednesday and at 11AM Amber calls me and says "We have a cancelation. Drive your coach into our service center right now!" I'M THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost screaming it into the phone.

Nice when you make a decision that turn positive in our favor.

"The generator is running beautifully - the Frequency is full 60 and the A/C (current) is as required. The three A/C units are all working! No problem we can find with the generator itself." Several hours late Amber reports. "Our tech thinks it could very possible be a loose electrical connection between your generator and your coach. But we do not service anything past the Cummins equipment. We simple don't have the required electrical schematics for that work. But we can get you in for the ISX 600 oil change you requested, tomorrow at 7:30AM. When we do the oil change and full service you requested on the generator on Monday, we can do more extensive systems checking. Hopefully then finding the intermittent problem." OK, well at least we're getting in much earlier than initially planned. Granted, this is all going to be very costly, but they're really pushing to get us serviced.

SIDE NOTE: Cummins - especially this location - does NOT need our money. This is one of their larger centers and is mobbed with commercial vehicles in for service. So I'm NOT complaining. And Amber is being super helpful. It is very obvious.

Well that's it for now. We're checking the weather in the Flagstaff area (Prescot, Williams, Happy Jack, etc.) because that's our destination for next week. Finger's crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'd be checking for loose wiring in the Auto Transfer Switch
Load, Neutral and Ground wiring connections from generator....course check/tighten them ALL

Flagstaff
Next week---mid to upper 70's low 40's at night
Perfect temps with slight breeze
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:19 PM   #3
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I'd be checking for loose wiring in the Auto Transfer Switch
Load, Neutral and Ground wiring connections from generator....course check/tighten them ALL

Flagstaff
Next week---mid to upper 70's low 40's at night
Perfect temps with slight breeze
They had also mentioned the "Transfer Switch." Need to find that puppy and check it out!!!

What is the air quality in the Flagstaff area? Smoke from the California fires blowing east.
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I'd be checking for loose wiring in the Auto Transfer Switch
Load, Neutral and Ground wiring connections from generator....course check/tighten them ALL

Flagstaff
Next week---mid to upper 70's low 40's at night
Perfect temps with slight breeze
agree. betcha you have a loose/corroded connection on the wire that feeds that circuit.
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The Tire Factory and the Hills family are great. We also purchased Toyo tires from them and enjoyed our visit.
The transfer switch needs to be exercised regularly or they get sticky. Sometimes starting and stopping the generator a few times while on shore power will get it back working well again (make sure you wait several minutes between cycles).

I cleaned the contacts on our transfer switch a couple of years ago with Hosa Deoxit contact cleaner. It was making noise and I was very close to replacing it. The Deoxit contact cleaner did the trick and it's still working well.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Zak at Esco said if I replace it to use Esco part number LPT50BRD. This is a newer design and is silent.
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The Tire Factory and the Hills family are great. We also purchased Toyo tires from them and enjoyed our visit.
The transfer switch needs to be exercised regularly or they get sticky. Sometimes starting and stopping the generator a few times while on shore power will get it back working well again (make sure you wait several minutes between cycles).

I cleaned the contacts on our transfer switch a couple of years ago with Hosa Deoxit contact cleaner. It was making noise and I was very close to replacing it. The Deoxit contact cleaner did the trick and it's still working well.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Zak at Esco said if I replace it to use Esco part number LPT50BRD. This is a newer design and is silent.
As usual, all good info. I'll do this once I return home in a week or so and report back.

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