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  1. What's the tstat set to? I suppose on the wilder end of the spectrum, the dish box could be injecting RF noise onto the sensor wire.
  2. Got it. Ours short cycled on two occasions.. the Intellitec load shedding device kept tripping erroneously. That circuit is shared with the washer, which only ever seems to draw about 4A, so I bridged the hot wires with an Alumiconn. The circuit might be overcommited by the nameplates, but in practice it stays under 20A and works fine. On the second occasion, the indoor temperature sensor wire broke, and made an intermittent connection. I noticed it mainly happened when the slide was extended, so I measured the temp sensor connector resistance while my wife moved the slide. The value jumped around, so I ran a new temp sensor wire, this time not in the slide. I don't think this one's your issue, since your fan continues to run, unless you're not using the auto fan setting. Frost sensor issue would cause the compressor to cut out and the fan to go to high speed, so probably not that, unless you had the fan set to high already. Dirty RJ-11 couplers in the ceiling cause some weird stuff as previously mentioned. I'm not sure if these have a high pressure cutout switch inline with the compressor.. I don't think they do.
  3. Not doing it on generator is interesting.. shore power is usually lower voltage than what you get off of the genset (longer cables, shared use, crappy pedestal maintenance, etc). Maybe there is some high resistance in the mix somewhere. Measuring line voltage at the unit while it's doing it could be informative.
  4. Any fancy considerations for burping the AH engine coolant loop? I thought I remembered a forum member having difficulty with engine heat transfer after having the hoses replaced.
  5. I round up to the nearest weight and use that inflation pressure; if you're properly filling em cold (in the morning before the sun hits), you're gonna have more air in the tire as you use the coach throughout the day. Our 120PSI steer tires get up to 140+ on a summer drive through foothills.
  6. Yeah the thermostatic cycling is normal in a TXV system with low load. Since there's no cycling switch, there's a frost sensor on the evap that cuts out to prevent icing.
  7. The Schraders seal well enough for you to get the caps on, but they aren't the primary seal.. if the caps are missing, you'll want some replacements. My low side pressure is pretty low with a full charge (20psig) owing to the long suction line. It's difficult to charge these guys without recovering and weighing it in. If you have no capacity label, based on my experiences, I'd fill to 18F subcooling and then recover a pound. Capacities seem to vary a significant amount system to system.
  8. I second the recommendation to take the compressor apart. If it overheated due to lost charge or lack of oil, the center ball would probably be welded to the gear. Sanden has a public service manual to help diagnose common failure modes. Knowing what I know now, I'd measure the amount of oil in the old compressor, and also cut open the old receiver/dryer and see how much crud is in it. https://www.sanden.com/objects/Failure_Analysis_Web.pdf The binary switch which servess to turn the compressor off on high head and lockout the compressor on lost charge, in my experience, isn't that reliable. I evacuated my system and it still took some time for the switch to open (reasonably new switch). Especially since there's no sensor on the low side, if the charge is lost while the compressor is running, the system won't shut down until the high side goes <28 psig by which point everything would be pretty well cooked. Was there still a charge in the system when you went to replace? Looking at the factory oil charge on the 4420, it comes with 6.75oz. My 4475 came with 10 oz and I still ended up adding 4 oz to it to get the crankcase level right (long suction lines tend to pool oil and these guys come filled for semi tractors). I wonder on the original replacement how much oil was installed. PAG 100 is the right stuff (Sanden calls it SP-15). Edit: the Sanden procedure for measuring oil was updated to run the compressor at a given RPM and then make sure a given quantity of oil was in the system by taking it off and draining it into a container. Mine is not easy to install, so I used the legacy dipstick. I flushed ours with 2 gal of naptha and it took about 2 hrs with a single stage vacuum pump to reach a stable vacuum (700 microns). Replaced the condenser out of paranoia, but when I cut the old one open, it looked just fine.
  9. Thanks, it looks exactly like https://www.steelerubber.com/flexible-edge-trim-70-4104-244
  10. Our coach has rubber seals/gutters installed roughly between the Girard awnings and the roof, which appears to be intended to direct water to run off at given points (I think to avoid pooling near the awning perforations). I need to reconfigure one of these because it's channeling water over an aftermarket wheelchair door and exceeding that door's ability to seal. Any idea where I can find some of this stuff? It appears to be neoprene. I tried Pelland and a few other Google searches, but I'm not sure exactly what it's called. Thanks for any input, Rob
  11. I've had this issue before on a temperature sensor that was mounted on a slide-out. Monaco used solid thermostat wire which broke and became intermittent when bent back and forth a bunch of times. Diagnosed by putting an ohm meter on the sensor wires at the roof and moving the slide.
  12. The suction line from the evaporator to compressor is probably most reasonably field assembled because of the length, twist, turns, etc (Monaco appears to have assembled the entire system with a manual crimper). I suppose you could feed a wire/string down the old hose to measure the length (and measure the fitting "clock" angle) and have one made if you think you can get right angle fittings through all of the passages. All of the OE-validated refrigerant lines these days are reduced-diameter and engineered as a system. I tried to source Parker's series 1A fittings to field-assemble 285 hose for a validated solution (what I would REALLY want for this), but was unable to find them. I presume what you're working with is #10 standard diameter barrier hose. If find yourself needing to crimp onto an old standard diameter hose, I highly recommend Gates fittings.. NAPA can order them. I have had multiple MEI Airsource-sourced fittings leak after assembly. I have a MasterCool manual crimper you are welcome to borrow, if you like. For any of the shorter runs, like from the receiver-dryer to the evaporator, I recommend taking the old hose to a Parker Store and letting them fab one for you with a hydraulic press. It's expensive ($100) but worth knowing you have a good hose assembly. My leak was at the high side service port, and I ultimately had Parker make me a 2 ft hose terminated with MIO fitting, and then crimped my own service port / o-ring fitting onto the old #8 hose (1 manual crimp vs 3). Fortunately, they had the special "Tube-O" fitting needed to connect to the compressor head. A refrigerant sniffer is not very expensive and works better than UV dye in my experience. Got to be careful with UV dye as mineral oil-based dye will wreck a PAG-lubricated system (I believe this happened to my coach). I've been through nearly a full system replacement, except for the evaporator and the long lines, if you're looking for someone who cares way too much about dash air and thinks he knows everything (I actually ended up with an EPA 609 cert out of this). Take care and good luck with the repair, Rob Edit: If the system has gone completely flat, you would ideally replace the PAG oil in the compressor crankcase, as it is hydrophilic, and you definitely want a new receiver/dryer and another couple oz of oil to go in that, and new HNBR O-rings to go on anything you take off.
  13. The Intellitek load shedding device is a double-throw relay, hard to imagine it killing power to two devices at once, although possible. Probably more likely one A/C leg is down as Larry suggested. Try cycling the main 50A breaker.. sometimes they can open without moving the handle. I'd be interested to know if the problem remains while running the generator. If not, check your shore power at the pedestal (240V between the left and right blades), 120V Left-to-center and right-to-center, cycle its breaker, and then the wiring to the transfer switch.
  14. I decided not to stick with Michelin after the sidewall cracking on ours got so bad that clover mites were crawling into them. The tires were 6yrs old, and we drive regularly (about 10k miles/yr). Toyo M144 has been working well for us for the last two years, and were about half the cost ($500 ea).
  15. Stupid question.. are these mounting bolts accessible from outside or inside the coach?
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