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Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« on: September 25, 2019, 10:16:08 PM »
We've been getting ready to leave our summer retreat in WY. Wrapped things up on the lot, winterized the casita (aka shed), and did some checks on the coach. This morning, I went to fire up the engine and had a couple of blips:
  • Turned the key, dash lit up, but nothing else happened. Looked over at the Alison keypad, and it was dark. Contemplated my navel for a minute, then started working through my mental cheklist. Chassis battery isolator on? Yes, but wait ... several years ago I installed a second isolator on the chassis bank, to eliminate a residual drain. I'd forgotten to turn it on and, when I did, the ISC came to life. Phew!
  • While waiting for the temperatures to come up, I noticed that the air system didn't come up beyond approx 60psi. This had to be a leak  :( so I started walking around the coach. Sure enough, the 'tire inflation' coupling in the front generator compartment was hissing. Tried plugging in a hose connector several times, but the coupling wouldn't completely close. No problem, I remembered that I had a spare on board. A few seconds later, I found that my spare coupling had a female thread instead of male. Off to the local Napa Auto Parts store, and the air system was soon up to 140psi.
Glad I found these minor things today rather than when we were trying to leave in the morning.

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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2019, 11:46:57 PM »
Safe trip, think you're leaving just in time!
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2019, 12:07:42 AM »
Sound like easy enough blips! Have a safe trip!
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2019, 07:00:04 AM »
It is indeed good you caught those things early, Tom. Have a good trip home.
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 07:52:43 AM »
Aye, had I waited until this morning, I'd have probably had that sinking feeling when I (or the driver) turned the key and nothing happened. The low air probably wouldn't have allowed the brakes to come off, even if the air bags brought the coach up to ride height.

Looks like an incoming storm is going to arrive a couple of days earlier than previously expected.
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2019, 08:06:51 AM »
Aye, had I waited until this morning, I'd have probably had that sinking feeling when I (or the driver) turned the key and nothing happened. The low air probably wouldn't have allowed the brakes to come off, even if the air bags brought the coach up to ride height.

Looks like an incoming storm is going to arrive a couple of days earlier than previously expected.


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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 02:07:56 AM »
MY MOTHER-IN-LAW IS going with you?
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2019, 10:00:53 AM »

 Tom,, A squirt of WD40 or LPS2 occasionally will keep the small ball bearings in the coupling from rusting,,, prevent a recurrence.>>>Dan
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2019, 10:43:41 AM »
Thanks Dan. This one had been on the back front of the coach for 15 years, and was long overdue for replacement (that's why I had a replacement on board, albeit the wrong one).

The rest of the story ... located in the front generator compartment, this connector is subjected to road-generated dirt/dust and possibly moisture. The protective rubber cover doesn't fit. Something for my shopping list.
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2019, 02:34:18 PM »

 I also have an air manifold in that area,, the only problem I need to address regularly is that I have 50 ft. of air line coiled on the top of the generator,, (Hooked to the manifold) to reach all 4 wheels when needed.. At about three years the hose starts leaking at various places and has the be replaced.>>>Dan
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2019, 03:02:45 PM »
I leave my 50 foot air hose coiled in a storage bay. Haven't had a leak yet  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2019, 12:25:55 PM »

 You probably have the manifold located in an easy to access area,,,not so with mine.  It's located behind the steering box inside the right front wheel well,,thus the reason to leave it hooked up and coiled on the gen.  >>>Dan
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Re: Getting ready to hit the road - minor blips
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2019, 12:42:11 PM »
Aye, I pull out the front generator slide, and the two connectors are right there (one to inflate tires, and the other for a tow truck driver in the event the coach  has to be towed).
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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2019, 02:51:01 PM »

 You have the advantage of a slide out generator,, not so with mine.. And wouldn't you know it, I had to drop the gen. out for a repair... The front end had to be raised 44 inches ( from normal height) to clear
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