Posted from East Bank COE, near Bainbridge, GA
Well, 2021 is certainly not turning out to be a carefree, love that fulltime lifestyle year so far for us.
Let's just say that mechanical problems related to the motorhome are starting to wear on us.
It began a few weeks ago when I was doing a routine monthly running of the generator. Our generator only has 945 hours, which is fairly low for an 11 year old rig. If we are using it as intended on a regular basis I try to follow Onan's recommendation to "exercise" the generator for 2 hours every month under at least a half load. On this particular day I was approximately 1 1/2 hours into the run when suddenly the generator shut off. Grabbing my handy Onan manual I determined that the fault code being generated pointed to excessive output voltage. Uh oh!
So far I have determined that if the circuit breaker located on the generator is turned "OFF", the generator will happily run as normal. I tried turning the same breaker "ON" and was able to run several things in the rig such as the dryer, water heater, etc. Unfortunately, as soon as I attempted to turn on the air conditioners, the generator again shuts off and gives the same error code. NOTE: The generator's circuit breaker never trips during the shutdown. I'm thinking control board here, but since they are pretty expensive I've decided to let someone take a look at it before going that route.
I could live without the generator for a bit, as we are usually plugged in at our stays anyway. On to the next recently occurring problem. A couple of days ago we pulled into a campground and began to deploy our hydraulic jacks, then put the slides out as we've done in the past.
We have two hydraulic slides on the passenger side, and two electric slides on the driver's side in our rig. The pump motor for the hydraulics sounded weak and the large passenger side slide halted. Oh CRAP! Well, on that particular day we deployed the electric side first, then returned and deployed the passenger (hydraulic) side. After a pause, all slides finally deployed.
Today, we got to our destination and the leveling jacks proceeded to go down VERY slowly as again the pump motor wasn't operating as it should. We finally decided to only deploy the small bedroom (electric) slide and no jacks at all for fear of not having anything work when we decide to leave tomorrow.
To me, it sounds as though the motor is not receiving enough DC power to operate properly. Although we replaced our house batteries just two years ago, I suppose that could be an issue. I need to get them load tested and take some specific gravity readings to see if I might have a bad battery (or more).
To sum up, fulltime is not good times, all the times. I think that every fulltimer has gone thru stretches like those we are currently experiencing.
So, hopefully, in the end it's not something that MORE MONEY can't fix.
If anyone has any experience with similar problems, or would just like to throw out an idea, I would be VERY RECEPTIVE to any ideas.
Again, thanks for taking a look at our blog (and listening to my gripes) today.