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fred heath

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    1979 Champion mfg. "Galavan". 95K origional miles. Purchased from second owner with all paperwork from day one.
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    Raleigh, NC

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  1. You can bypass your thermostat to determine if that’s the problem. Remove the face plate. You should see two screws with wires attached. Using a jumper wire(or even a pair of needle nose pliers) bridge the two screws together. You should hear the fan motor start. Allow to continue running until you hear the burner kick in and start producing heat. If this happens, it’s a bad thermostat. EDIT: This should be done when the thermostat is turned to high yet the furnace doesn’t run. Based on your narrative, the furnace works fine with warmer ambient temperature. When it doesn’t run, that’s when you want to jump the terminals.
  2. Might be an option. Not sure what shipping would cost.
  3. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Char-Broil-Dual-Stage-Propane-Tank-Regulator/999919552 Yours looks like a standard size. You can try to google your existing regulator numbers, or buy the one at lowe’s. You can always return if it doesn’t fit. Good luck
  4. I just replaced mine. Take a picture of your regulator for reference. In my case I found an exact replacement at of all places Lowe’s. It made by char-broil and costs about $30.00. It’s in the grill section. You will also need yellow Teflon tape (gas tape), and a spray bottle of kids bubble fluid or soapy water. Measure the length of your current regulator end to end. If the replacement is exact or close it should work. Shut your main tank valve off. Remove existing regulator. You will probably need to reuse any copper fittings from the old regulator. This is where the yellow tape comes in. Remember the regulator screws opposite of normal tightening/loosening where it meets the tank. Clockwise will loosen, counterclockwise to tighten. Install the new regulator and attach any fittings. Open the main gas valve and spray all fittings to check for leaks. Tighten as necessary. This is just a general outline to follow.
  5. Your sale ability would have been better if you left it in running condition or can reinstall it so potential buyers can test it out under load. The older carburetors tend to junk up and cause a ‘hunting’ condition under load. At idle they run fine. New carburetor is over $250.00. No rebuild kits are available from Onan. My Onan 2800 had a total of 42 hours on the meter when purchased. Could never get it to run steady under load. I removed the carburetor, cleaned it up and reinstalled, same problem. Finally had to replace with new carburetor before it would run correctly. Most informed buyers will want to hear it run under load.
  6. Your decision to make. Keep in mind there are no replacement axle shafts (anywhere) for the GO82 axle. If you loose an axle shaft you’re looking at a tow to home, not to mention potential damage to the coach itself. I believe 2 members here had 16’ fiberglass campers that both lost an axle. Good luck.
  7. Should be done before any long distance travel.
  8. If the springs are not installed yet, take them along with the bushings to a garage or shop that knows what they’re doing. At some point DIY can cost more than having a professional help out. IMHO
  9. Vacation Funnies 😂 For any ‘Family Guy’ watchers. I got lots of honks and waves on my trip south.
  10. Just completed my annual trip from Raleigh NC to Hampton NH, then back to Raleigh. Each travel block of time was 24 hours in total with 17 of the 24 hours actually moving (according to GPS). Trip up was 922 miles with an average speed of 54.23 mph. MPG was 16.47. Return trip was 924 miles with an average speed of 54.35 mph. MPG was 16.6. Pretty impressive performance from a 43 year old vehicle. Only needed to put in gas and check the oil occasionally. Wear and tear on my body is another issue.🙁
  11. Harbor Freight has a good selection of bottle jacks all reasonably priced. There are basically two design heights, standard and low profile. Low profile is the way to go. I’m not sure what tonnage the low profile jacks start with, I believe it’s 12 ton. I carry a 20 ton low profile but I use it for other things than just lifting. The jack manufacturers will give low to high travel measurements. Climb under your rig with a tape measure and find potential jack points. Measure distance to the ground. This will tell you what size jack will fit.
  12. Any wheel 5 lug x 4.5 will work. Only caution is be sure the center hole is big enough to allow the wheel to sit flush to the hub. Aftermarket white wagon wheels in 15” work very well and are reasonably priced. I run thunderer 195/70R-15 tires. Plenty strong and well made.
  13. I run Mobil 1 20/50 weight in my 1979 20R. Have used it for the past 11 years and love it. I usually do an 1800 mile trip each year. 900 miles each way stopping only for fuel and power naps. Engine doesn’t miss a beat or overheat. I have nothing against Dino oil but found my rig runs much better with synthetic oil. I also run Mobil 1 in my transmission and rear axle. FWIW Fred.
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