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Old 05-28-2010, 10:18 PM
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Well, I got the RV home and started playing around with everything. LP Gas is great although I've got to figure out why the fridge isn't working on propane. I hooked up the water and... it was not good! I'm not sure who worked on the plumbing but it was a mess! Stripped threads and cracked nuts... I had to rebuild the entire assembly from the water heater to the faucet and I'm going to chase the rest of the plumbing in the morning just to make sure there's no more leaks.

I also decided to check under the existing floor to look for any water damage. Here's where I really saved a ton of money! The cabinets are in great shape but the floor "under the cabinets" has had a lot of water damage. I'll walk the entire cab and look for any structural problems and I might get under it and look there too. Any other places I should look at or precautions I should take?

I'll keep adding to this post as I'm sure I'll have other things to share!
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:57 AM
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Jeff,
Sounds like the "bargain" I got, roof leaked, water damage under kitchen cabinets, ac didn't work, the hot water heater was replaced with an electric 2 gallon water heater, plumbing needed fixed, furnace died the first week we used it, front end damage where some genius jack-knifed it... I'm thankful for the year of my life I spent working as a RV technician, or I would have had to take out a mortgage to fix this thing, lol
Some of the things I typically do when I got a new camper include, use an air compressor to clean out the exhaust for hot water heater, and while you have the compressor out, clean the coils on the back of the fridge . trace where all the water lines run and carefully examine every inch of them while you have it hooked up to water, even a small drip at a connection can make a huge puddle and rot a floor, a quick-fix for a leaking connection is to dry it off and use a liberal amount of pvc cement over the affected area. That sure does beat tearing the whole darn thing apart and replacing good pipes for one leak (just did that 2 weekends ago).

I'll get "the list" out and post it here for you later
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:13 PM
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Well Mark, I sure lucked out in comparison. I would have completely lost my mind if I had all those other problems. I'll blow out the coils on the fridge too. I've got to figure out why the ice maker's not putting out water and not I have a good excuse to pull out the whole thing. PVC cement!?! Brilliant! All my lines are tight "finally" but I'll defiantly remember that one.

Ok; new problem! When I step on the accelerator it takes a very long time to get going. Sometimes it starts off fine "when I have had it level" and sometimes it just doesn't want to get going. Going up hills I loose all my HP and only when I level out does it run better. I'm thinking it's the fuel pump but I'm no mechanic.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:46 PM
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wow Jeff, we could start our own rv repair tricks forum, lol....

I spend a couple years turning wrench for the Pa Army National Guard, but I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn't sound like a fuel pump to me, normally when they start going they stop sending fuel to the engine, it sputters and dies, and you wait till the engine "cools" and it starts up again, or in my case, it just quit working and wouldn't start at all, I'll ask my buddy who is a mechanic for you tomorrow, but sounds like a possible compression problem to me ????
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:55 PM
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Oh that's just my luck! I was able to find a good mechanic here so with any luck I can get it fixed without breaking the bank. Thanks
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:02 PM
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Maybe you'll get lucky and it will be a O2 sensor ?
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:14 PM
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Hmm.... I'm actually surprised I know what you're talking about. Is there a handheld sensor I could buy to read the engine errors or would it be a waste of money? I had a mechanic try to tell me that it would cost $300 for them to install a new MAF censor in my truck. It's the same thing right?
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the MAF is the mass air flow sensor, it'll be in the air intake some where (i've cleaned it before on the wife's mazda). black & decker makes a code reader but i'm not sure how good it is (around 100 bucks). usually you can go to autozone and they've check the codes out for you.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:19 PM
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Hey everyone! I wanted to bounce something off all the gear heads here" my mechanic told me that I need to either have my injectors refurbished or replaced because my engine is still not running as well as it should.

My pops says their full of crap and are just trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of me. He says all I need to do is load the gas tank up with about 4 bottles of fuel injector cleaner and let it clean itself out. The problem is they have already done it so whose advice is better?

Thanks in advance everyone!
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:42 PM
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depending on the miles you put on it, and highway/ vs/city I put in F.I. Cleaner every 4th tank full, but as you and I discussed, I put on average 300 miles a day, 6 days a week. Average use I would probably do it every 3 months, and they should be in good condition for you, hope this helped
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:28 PM
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That helps for maintenance and routine driving. Have you ever heard of replacing the injectors because they won't come clean?
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:55 AM
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I havent heard anyone having to replace them because they wouldnt come clean. I know place have a machine, a motor vac I think its called, that they can clean the injectors on the car. You can also do yourself to, if you were so inclined. You can hook up a bottle to the fuel rail and remove the fuel pump relay and let the bottle you hooked up be the gas for the system while cleaning. Hard to explain, found a vid for you to see what I mean. Just thinking if it was going to cost you much for them to do it, you may do it yourself cheaper and be able to do whenever you wanted to.





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Old 07-02-2010, 09:30 AM
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Awesome! I'm getting the rv today and I'll buy the injector stuff later on today. Thanks everyone!
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:22 PM
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Thanks guys! I did take it home this morning. They charged me a grand for an oil change, replaced the spark plugs, drained the fuel tank and filled it up a 1/4 the way, "208 fuel additive", and replace vent hose.

Parts $162
Labor $770

Guess who got screwed? Anyone know a good mechanic in Colorado?
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:38 PM
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Wow, sorry to hear that. That is a freaking ripoff! They must charge about $350 an hour for labor.



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