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audreyh1

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Posted: 02/10/05 08:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well - after Jodi's swirling toilet post I had to come here and re-read the maintenance post.

You know - our water pressure isn't what it used to be

Not fulltimers yet - but we have been very good about draining the hot water tank and rinsing it out. This was originally to preserve the anode. But I think it also really helped avoid the "sulfur" smell you can sometimes get from a hot water heater.

Now the new DP will have the "hydro-hot" system and thus no hot water tank, but I guess it must have it's own maintenance issues....

Above all, I suppose when you get a new RV you have to read ALL you manuals and write down all the teeny little maintenance requirements and suggestions (even though they are often buried in the text) and try to put them in some logical time order so you don't miss anything. Whew!!!

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Finally remembered to get the right socket for the w/h plug from storage today. (1-1/16") Sat down to read new posts here and thought I'd better flush the w/h tank. Was pleasently surprised to find an anode rod already installed in our Suburban 10 gal. w/h. Was shocked to see the condition of said rod after only 9 months of living in the 5er. Next stop to CW to get a new sacrificial (?) anode.
A reminder to you guys- Turn off the heating source to the w/h, then run a faucet until the water cools off. After flushing the w/h, turn the water back on and remember to run a couple of faucets to remove the air from the system. Also do the toilet. Failure to do so will result in the wife person opening a faucet (or flushing the toilet) and jumping out of her shorts when the faucet explodes with a burst of air.
Thanks, FireDude for the reminders.
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Posted: 02/15/05 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good one Firedude.... about the Hot Water Heaters! We had to replace our Atwood right after the Warranty was one month over! DO put a Atwood anode in yours, if you have a Atwood! It says right on the box, the new one came in... "no anode needed" yeah, right! I called Atwood, and they said" if you put a anode rod in it, the Warranty wil be VOID & that they don't need one because they have a special coating on the inside to protect against corrosion on the aluminum tank." Yes, life is a "live and learn" situation and a costly one. Now, I have just replaced our burned out anode rod (after 6 months) and flushed it out..... should be Ok for a while. Hard water areas beware! Happy traveling.


Slide out Warranty Repair Problems?
I'm Just curious if any Fleetwood owners are having problems getting their slideout problems fixed under Warranties? We have had nothing BUT problems! Long story.....I can give more details later. Our 2001 32 foot GL was made quickly on the assembly line (we have heard from the Fleetwood Repair Reps themselves!! "it is a MONDAY or FRIDAY Coach" and is missing bolts supporting the slide and has been repaired (5 different attempts) with "shims and extra "bulb seal" to compensate the large "gap" that all of a sudden appeared one morning, LOST it's seal as it isdefective and needs to be totally REBUILT, not shimmed!!. Fleetwood doesn't want to fix it like it should be to the original tight seal fit at the top, they just keep stuffing more in it to fill the gap, now about 4" of wood and rubber and it still is not right and they used ALL the adjustment!!! I thought I'd "forum out" and see IF there are others out there? Or maybe we are the unlucky ones? :-( Hope not...... things ALL RV'ERS SHOW KNOW about the Fleetwood Warranty Service practices NOW!!

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Posted: 02/16/05 10:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

also one more thing you might want to do is to install a external water filter (very inexpensive at lowes) and change the water filter at regular intervals to help keep from getting crud into your fresh water system..


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Posted: 03/02/05 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Something that we recently had a problem with, (but thinking it was more than this, we paid almost $100.00 to find out that) a mud-dobber (type of wasp that makes it's nest with mud) had made its nest right up next to the fan on the Heat Pump, under the cover. Fan couldn't turn. We thought it was the fan motor...should have looked ourself, and will the next time. So that is something to add...take off the covers of your air conditioner units and check for nests and junk accumulating in them. Also check out all your hose connections and make sure they aren't leaking. Some people have water spraying all over the place when they hook up and all they need is a new washer thingy! [emoticon] I'm coping and pasteing this to Word and going to print it out for hubby to use. Thanks for starting this Firedude. My new son-in-law to be (April 2nd, 2005) is a firefighter and Medic. Where were you a firefighter? Take care, Anne
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Posted: 03/02/05 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anne,
Thanks for the great maintenance tip! That was great.

Yes I was a firefighter. I retired 2 years ago as a Fire Captain following a 33 year career.[emoticon]

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firedude, This response is a little late but I have the same problems with my 2000 Wilderness GLX 32.5 slides. Had it into the dealer 8 times and the Fleetwood Service Center in Longview, Texas 6 times. They did the same thing with our slides (just keep putting more stuff around the slides). Still not right. I have to use the travel bars to force the slides in and when out we have stuff rags around to seal out the wind. Fleetwood said they would cover the problem until it was fixed, but I got tired of spending all my time and paying for motel rooms while they TRIED to fix it. Never buy a Fleetwood again and would trade this off but I can't get any money out of it. Bob

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Posted: 04/09/05 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I personally am a good example here today. CHECK THOSE WATER CONNECTIONS periodically! The line that goes on my black tank Quickie Flush popped off today where the hoseclamp holds it on. When I installed it it was tight! Water was running in my basement unregulated for maybe two minutes at the most and probably a minuted. I heard it pop and ran to the water connection and shut off the water totally to the flusher.

I figure maybe 2-4 gal of water at most as it all happenned so fast. Even so I'll have to drop the belly pan and make sure all; the water is gone and replace the R-11 insulation bats I had put down there as I am sure they got wet. I drilled some holes in the plastic belly pan at the lowest points to be sure all water than could, would drain out. Doesn't look like any major damage at this point.

Bottom line here? I waited too long to recheck my water ffittings and make sure they were tight! Check them often and make it routine., It will save you alot of greif and time!

Tony

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Posted: 07/02/05 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

amazed and confused wrote:

Hi Firedud,
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With an Atwood water heater you have a plastic drain plug from the factory. This really needs to be changed to either a brass plug or an anode rod(must be an Atwood rod-Suburban won't fit) snip

You will void your Atwood warantee if you attempt to use an anode rod in it. Got this straight from the horses mouth at Atwood.


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Posted: 07/21/05 05:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Coming from a newbie, Checking the wiring for lose connectors, harness, bulbs. No fun about finding lose, broken or shorted wire for your water pump when you need it the most! A dab of electrical grease helps in preventing corrosion in the connectors and bulbs


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