The challenge of finding good mechanics on the road
Traveling from Lafayette LA to Tyler Texas, about 30 miles north of Alexandria our check engine light came on, quickly followed by Alt Charge (2006 Monaco Camelot, ISL400). Quick look at voltage and sure enough less than 12 volts. First thought was a thrown serpentine belt but it was fine; alternator failed. Fired up the generator and was able to charge the batteries enough to get us to a safe exit. Started calling around to find a mobile tech and after several calls got one guy who could meet us the next morning in Natchitoches, LA, 30 miles away. Used the generator to get us to the campground (30 miles away) and emailed him a picture of my alternator (Leece-Neville 160 amp) so he could find a replacement. This alternator was no longer available but a suitable replacement from Delco-Remy was available. He arrived the next day and went to work. After replacing the alternator it was charging fine but the alt charge light/chime would not go out and he worked for a good hour before he got it to quit. We took off the next morning for Tyler and then a few days later to MCD shades in McKinney, all told around 400 miles. Everything worked fine.
Yesterday when I started the rig alt charge light came on stayed on; voltage 13.5 to 13.9 volts. Went back to check connections and this is what I found (see picture). It appears the technician jumpered two wires and just wrapped the wire around the connection rather than using a proper connector. I'm off to the store to get a connector and I have no idea if this thing is wired correctly or not. The rig runs fine but I've heard there is a relay in the circuit that might be burnt out. I'll call REV in Alvarado Monday.
Shame on me for not checking his work before he departed. Frustrating but part of the full time life I guess!