nwgs motorhome addiction and therapy thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, May 20, 2009.

  1. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    No, no. I'm good. Thanks.


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    Here's to hoping things improve for your health. :freaky
  2. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    Pulled the furnace, everything was dirty and crusty as expected;
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    The picture doesn't do justice to the amount of built up crud on the fan;
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    Tested the sail switch and sure enough it was bad (very intermittent continuity);
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    New switch on top, old one on bottom. You could feel the difference in the two switches, old one felt "crunchy" and only achieved continuity if held shut, new one was smooth and continuity was achieved at about 66% closeure of sail arm.
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    Just to be safe, went ahead and replaced limit switch (it's 27 years old);
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    Spent some time cleaning out all the nooks and crannys with compressed air and also gave the fan a good cleaning;
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    Reassembled and back in the hole;
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    Outside exhaust before and after;
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    Hooked everything up, turned on the gas, switched on the thermostat and everything worked as it should. After fan ran about 10 seconds, burner lit up and we had heat! :D

    Performed a leak test with soapy water in a spray bottle and the compression fitting at gas shut off valve was leaking, took it apart and found a couple tiny burrs on the compression joint. Cleaned it all up, reassembled and still had a minor leak. Pulled it apart and will look for new parts today. Will reassemble and if it passes leak test will consider job completed.

    Also decided it would be a good idea to install a gas alarm and the motor home had one in the spare parts, so began installation;

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    After getting it partially installed, hooked up power and ground and the alarm came on and stayed on. We even took it out to the battery and tried it direct, same result. Must be a bad alarm and may be why it was found in the spares. Will look for another one, any recommendations for a gas alarm (or a combo gas and smoke alarm) that will run primarily off of 12 volts?

    Thanks again to all who chimed in with good solid advice. :clap
  3. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Nice work on the furnace!

    As an owner of an older MH also...I think it is critically important to enhance the OEM onboard systems for fire/smoke/co and gas detection. You don't want to bet your life on 20+ year old stuff. I leave the OEM stuff there...it still tests "ok"...but have added modern smoke/fire/co and gas detectors.
  4. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Not mine, friend in the bay area showed me last night.

    1957 Cadillac ambulance/camper

    Interesting frankenstein.

    only $1900...:freaky

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    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/3678934602.html

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    One of a kind, Cadillac ambulance with El Dorado frame mounted camper that was installed by the El Dorado factory. Of interest to someone restoring old Cadillacs, lots of good parts, or perhaps someone might care to bring it back to life? Currently listing at $1900 or best offer. Has been non-op since 1997 sitting on side of home. I purchased this rig in 1965 and have owned it ever since, pro mechanic for many years and this rig was like a hobby as well as living in it. Currently does not run but nothing terminal on what was a low milage short block some years ago. Have records of maintenance performed over the years and I know the history of all that has been done. I know there is value in this rig so if you are serious contact me with any questions you may have and I can provide detailed answers. Need to sell to vacate driveway for new RV to be purchased in near future so I am serious about selling, contact me if you are as well, all offers considered.
  5. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Would you consider renting it to an inmate for burning man?

  6. sailwing2003

    sailwing2003 Been here awhile

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    When buying and owning an older motorhome you need to replace the gas and CO2 detectors, as those have only a 5-7 year life span. The "spare" you tried to hook up, might have a date code on the back.

    I would suggest you also add mud dabber screens to the outlet flue and intake flue before you have them build nests in the nice clean rehabed unit. I have had nests in the furnace pipes, and the squirrel cage fan.

    12 volt detectors are available at Camping World, any camping RV supply store, or on line at many places. Older coaches might have a system that the detector also powers the propane off/on valve switch near the tank. My valve was leaking, and I removed it. New building codes do not require the electric valve and the cost of a replacement has skyrocketed as the demand crashed. If you need a electric shut off, West Marine sell them for yacht use, where the tanks are on deck, but the stoves are down low inside. There you sure do not want to fill the boat with propane gas.
  7. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    Hear you loud and clear, I prefer to error on the side of safety! :D

    At lunch time yesterday, went out to Ace hardware and bought new valve and fittings to replace the leaky stuff. Also found a little mom and pop RV shop near where I work that had a proper 12v propane detector;

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    Old valve and fittings removed;

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    New valve was physically larger, so had to make room with an extra nipple and coupler;

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    New valve installed, no leaks found with soapy water test.

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    Closeure panel installed, note newly drilled access hole to turn valve on and off. In the past you had to unscrew the panel if you needed to shut the valve off, kind of scary! :eek1

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    New propane detector;

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    Will need to find the little screens for the outside vents, that is a really good idea. Next projects are to rebuild carb, reinforce the rear ladder and install an old CB radio that my dad had in his semi. :D
  8. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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  9. sailwing2003

    sailwing2003 Been here awhile

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    That is a great link. More than just a home built, but a engineering marvel. His other videos I found, show a tour of the RV by his son, and there are a couple more as well worth looking for with a Google search.
  10. Da Bear

    Da Bear Twisted toy maker

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    Got the washer/Dryer combo out of the coach today, as well as the T.V. over the cockpit. The space that the T.V. used will be utilized as lightweight storage, or as a display case for some of our rare and autographed books. Right now, Stella, one of our black cats thinks it's a new bed, just for her.....:lol3
    The space where the washer/dryer used to be is going to do double duty. The lower half as storage, the upper will be a negative air pressure space for the electric cat box, with a low speed silent fan pushing air out through the former dryer vent. It will also help keep the humidity down in the coach :clap. We bought a universally pivoting mount for the 46 inch flat screen, it will mount on a small Oak bookshelf I am currently designing, which will itself be secured to the passenger side wall behind the seat. Things are designed to still allow the seat to recline, although the T.V. will eclipse the window a bit, when the set is stowed for travel.
  11. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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  12. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Saw an Earth Roamer today parked at a Subway. I didn't realize they are 50-something miles from me. They're hiring, too!

    I like their F650 chassis rig!
  13. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Never owned one (living in NYC it would be a parking/storage nightmare) but I have always loved them. Growing up my great aunt and uncle had motorhomes since the 40's and drove them everywhere. I know they went to Alaska before it was a state and then again after it was a state. After the passed away I was in their garage and came across an old pile of license plates (used to issue a new plate every year) and took a bunch of them.
    I was cleaning my garage and came across some and thought this thread would enjoy the pics.
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    Sadly I do not have any pics of them and their motorhomes.
  14. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    I was just at the DMV the other day licensing my Smart and I asked them if you could re-register a plate that wasn't originally in your name like I did with the circa 1978 Utah plates I bought on ebay for my 911.

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    I was hoping to find an older silver/blue plate for my silver car. Oh well, NY no can do apparently. That worlds fair plate would really be something on a 64. :deal

    (If you're interested, being that it's family, they may do it for you.)
  15. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Saw this bad boy on the local CL...

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  16. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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  17. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    You could get a personalized plate with the number/letter combination of the old plate that you want to use and then your registration would match the plate. You can keep the current plates in the trunk if you have occasion to deal with Officer Weenie.
  18. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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  19. Da Bear

    Da Bear Twisted toy maker

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  20. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    That's cool!